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Cannes Review: Nicolas Winding Refn's Low-Slung '80s Crime Drama 'Drive' Has A Dark Majesty

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 19, 2011 12:22 PM
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Why is "Drive" -- a seemingly trivial affair about a stuntman and part-time getaway driver, played by Ryan Gosling, pulled into deep and bloody waters on the neon-and-streetlight lit streets of L.A. -- even at Cannes, let alone in competition? It's not merely because of the bloody-but-brilliant background of director Nicolas Winding Refn, whose films (the "Pusher" trilogy, "Bronson," "Valhalla Rising") have demonstrated both an eye for composition and a taste for the jugular. It's not merely because of the film's cinematic roots, with the production seemingly crafted as a clear tribute to '80s-era Michael Mann and other synthesizer-and-faux-leather action-crime stories. Rather, you can make a case that "Drive" is here because action cinema and genre cinema are too important -- and too exciting, enthralling and, yes, artful when well made -- to be merely dismissed as suitable only for hacks to make and dolts to watch. French enthusiasm for American crime cinema from the '40s and '50s gave us the vocabulary and value set to truly appreciate film noir -- and anyone who can truly appreciate film noir will appreciate "Drive."

Plenty Of New Images Unveiled From Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 8, 2011 2:49 AM
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First Look At Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston & Oscar IsaacWith the Cannes Film Festival right around the corner, one film we're champing at the bit to hear and see more of, is Nicolas Winding Refn's latest effort, "Drive."

Tom Cruise Not Quite Set For 'Mountains Of Madness'; Slowly Inching Forward To 'Rock Of Ages'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 14, 2011 4:52 AM
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Cruise Not Officially Signed On To Either Project Yet; Seth Rogen Denies His Musical InvolvementOK quickly, two things. While Tom Cruise will probably sign on to star in the musical "Rock of Ages" eventually, the man is notoriously picky so he must be asking for the script to be tweaked slightly or something because he's been in discussions to take a supporting part in Adam Shankman's new film for what feels like more than six months now (OK, it's more like four).

Review: 'Season Of The Witch' Provides Swordplay, Ghouls And Ron Perlman's Forehead

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 6, 2011 10:01 AM
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There's black magic everywhere in "Season of the Witch." Be prepared for winged demons taking to the sky. Gird yourself for the specter of zombie monks. Secure your temperament against the threat of mutant werewolves. And mind the massive forehead of veteran character actor Ron Perlman. No stranger to swords, forests and monsters, Perlman -- all upper body and grunts -- smirks his way through the production, setting the tone in that he's not going to take anything all that seriously. But when a supernatural monster comes at him, you can be sure he will headbutt said demon several times.

Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Lizzy Caplan & Chris O'Dowd Team For 'Frankie Goes Boom'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 9, 2010 2:45 AM
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Stars of FX motorcycle-gang drama "Sons Of Anarchy," the on-the-rise Charlie Hunnam and the revitalized Ron Perlman are set to unite on the silver screen alongside comedy thespians Lizzy Caplan and Chris O'Dowd for "Frankie Goes Boom," a project written and to be directed by Jordan Roberts.

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