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Review: Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Only God Forgives' Starring Ryan Gosling

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 17, 2013 6:56 PM
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Only God Forgives
With the weight of expectation behind it, Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives” was never going to be able to deliver the same neon blue jolt of surprise that thrilled audiences who saw “Drive.” And the anticipation for this film has certainly been high for this film, that in early stages at least, looked a little like “Drive 2," reuniting Refn with star Ryan Gosling in a similarly taciturn role, and also with that reflective black and fizzing blue/red aesthetic that’s as heady and addictive as a drug to the director’s fans (among whom we number ourselves, of course). This is probably a good example of “be careful what you wish for," as “Only God Forgives” delivers what we might have thought we wanted but with diminishing returns: Refn’s trademark visual style is indulged to a dizzying degree (to an almost self-parodic extreme in the early stages) but is unmoored, lacking any kind of satisfying or coherent narrative throughline. Where “Drive” looked similarly amazing, it was in addition oddly affecting and poetic in its narrative arc; this film has the twisted, dreamlike, cool vibe in spades, but it makes only a late bid for our real engagement.

Watch: 5 Clips & 3 Featurettes For Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Only God Forgives'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 5, 2013 10:21 AM
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Only God Forgives, Ryan Gosling
We hope that your July 4th was great and that if you are one of the those unlucky enough to have to be back in the office today, that your hangover is manageable. So let's get the day started off right. In case you missed it, yesterday brought a new U.K. trailer for "Only God Forgives." And now, four new clips and three new featurettes have dropped, but you might want to pause on clicking.

Watch: New Trailer For Nicolas Winding Refn's Intense 'Only God Forgives'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 4, 2013 9:49 AM
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Only God Forgives
Happy 4th of July! Just when we thought we could sleep in and maybe not be online all day....well, here we are. Old habits die hard or something. But hey, it's a new trailer for a movie many of you are looking forward to anyway.

Kill Them All: Watch The New Trailer For Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Only God Forgives' Starring Ryan Gosling

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2013 4:42 PM
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As we said in our 5 Things You Can Expect From Nicolas Winding Refn's Polarizing, Moody & Brutal 'Only God Forgives' feature, don't believe the hype that the film was booed at Cannes. Yes, response was vocal, but the movie also earned applause and frankly, it's something you need to witness with your own eyes. And a brand new trailer is here to give you another tease of what's to come.

2 More Neon Mega-Cool Posters Arrive For 'Only God Forgives'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2013 1:43 PM
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Ryan Gosling, Only God Forgives
"For me, the greatest pleasure is when you make something and everyone argues about it. Because you know it’s the only time that people are actually affected by what they see. So I’ve apparently made a film that people either love it or they hate it," Nicolas Winding Refn told us at Cannes about the divided reaction his latest "Only God Forgives" received, adding: "The irony is that the people that are trying to fight it and criticize it, are criticizing it for the exact same thing they criticized 'Drive' for!"

5 Things You Can Expect From Nicolas Winding Refn's Polarizing, Moody & Brutal 'Only God Forgives'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 23, 2013 12:09 PM
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Only God Forgives, Gosling
As you may have heard by now, the reception for Nicolas Winding Refn's latest "Only God Forgives" was mixed at the Cannes Film Festival, with a smattering of boos mixed in with applause during the press screening on Wednesday morning. Our review by Jessica Kiang didn't find much substance beyond the gorgeous stylization, but I would beg to differ that there is much more going on than just a twisted, Oedipal, coming-of-age story (of sorts). I would wager that beneath the slick surface is a story about breaking a cycle of violence...and that's all I can really write about it, without spoiling things further.

Ghosts, Pornographic Cock Talk, Bitch Switches & Art & Violence As Penetration: Highlights From The ‘Only God Forgives’ Cannes Press Conference

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 22, 2013 11:10 AM
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Only God Forgives, Refn, Gosling
“Only God Forgives,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest collaboration with Ryan Gosling just let out in Cannes this morning and the conversations on Twitter are heated and polarizing. There’s either love or loathing in the air and not a lot in between. Many are remarking that it’s similar in tone to Refn and Gosling’s last team-up in “Drive.” This stands to reason as Gosling himself told us earlier in the year, “It's very extreme. It's part of the same dream as ‘Drive,’ but it's more of a nightmare than a dream... So that's what happens when you let Nicolas loose in Thailand. There's no one around to put the reins on and he's completely unleashed.”

Cannes Review: 'Only God Forgives' Stretches Refn's Neon-Noir Style Over Too Little Oedipal, Amoral Substance

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 22, 2013 6:48 AM
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Only God Forgives
With the weight of expectation behind it, Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives” was never going to be able to deliver the same neon blue jolt of surprise that thrilled through the 2011 Cannes crowd at the first screening of “Drive.” But the audience in attendance today was prepped and primed, and practically salivating, for something that looked a little like “Drive 2” -- reuniting Refn with star Ryan Gosling in a similarly taciturn role, and also with that reflective black and fizzing blue/red aesthetic that’s as heady and addictive as a drug to the director’s fans (of whom we number ourselves, of course).

Nicolas Winding Refn & Ryan Gosling Want To Make A Comedy Together, Refn Confirms 'Logan's Run' On Hold

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2013 8:56 AM
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"Ryan and I are practically one," director Nicolas Winding Refn says about Ryan Gosling in the press notes for "Only God Forgives," which they are preparing to unspool at the Cannes Film Festival next week. But it seems they are already tinkering with what they will do next.

Warner Bros. Will Learn 'How To Catch A Monster' With Ryan Gosling's Directorial Debut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2013 3:02 PM
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So, you're a first time filmmaker. You pour you heart, time, soul, energy and more into a passion project, spend long months shooting and editing and then finally show it off to the world. If you're lucky, you get good reviews. If you're luckier it builds up more steam and you land a distribution deal, maybe it'll get a limited release opening. Perhaps it'll break even, and some doors will open, and your next project can move forward. It's the same drill whether you're new to the industry or even, like Ryan Gosling, a big name actor turned director. Wait, scratch that...

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