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Nicolas Winding Refn Says 'Drive' Was About The Purity Of Love With His Wife; Says Driver Was A Werewolf

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • February 1, 2012 5:18 PM
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Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” was one of last year’s great success stories, that somehow few people seemed to know about. Although it built buzz to a deafening crescendo in between its first appearance at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and its theatrical release in September, most of the din came from within the industry, and even though its $70 million haul more than tripled the cost of making it, a less than $100 million film scarcely registers among folks looking for nothing short of a cinematic phenomenon. But as the year drew to a close, Refn’s film gained a cache among critics and its modest but fervent audience that guaranteed it would be seen, appreciated, and most importantly, shared for years to come.

BAFTA Nominations Buck The Trend With Strong Showings For 'Drive,' 'Tinker Tailor' & 'My Week With Marilyn'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 17, 2012 3:09 AM
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BAFTA nominations were announced early/late/unreasonably late this morning by Daniel Radcliffe and Holliday Grainger, and after a pretty shoddy longlist, which serves mainly to drain the suspense from the nominations list and to let Emma Watson tell her friends "I was this close to a BAFTA nomination!," the organization redeemed itself to a degree.

'Drive' Star Albert Brooks Reflects On His Career & Working With Martin Scorsese, Sidney Lumet, James L. Brooks & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 11, 2012 5:36 PM
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Over the weekend, the Film Society of Lincoln Center put on a special event, hosted by Scott Foundas, centered around "Drive" star Albert Brooks, who is earning strong Oscar buzz for his role as menacing mob boss Bernie Rose. The night took a unique (and, it should be noted, unexpected) approach by focusing on the roles that Brooks acted in, instead of the ones where he appeared in something that he had both written and directed. The night kicked off memorably with the beginning of "The Twilight Zone: The Movie," a clip that still plays well today (you could tell that much of the audience either hadn't seen the movie or had forgotten about it completely), and from there it was a wonderful look back through the years, from his breakthrough performances to his role in "Drive." 

My Favorite Films Of 2011: Kevin Jagernauth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2011 11:01 AM
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The annual top ten list is pretty much an exercise in futility to some degree. With a race to cram in as many movies as possible as the clock on the year winds down (and let it be said, I didn't get to see everything I would have wanted to) combined with the added duty of then ranking them, it's safe to say that in three months (not to mention three years) feelings and impressions on the movies I've seen will have changed. But in considering the list for this year, I went with the former adjective -- "feeling." Because at the end of the day, the movies that will linger with me the most, that I will want to share and encourage others to see are those that struck a deep chord that still resonated days, weeks and months later. Others are just movies that thrilled and entertained with an inventiveness and creativity unlike anything else I saw on the big screen.

Drew Taylor's Favorite Films Of 2011

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 24, 2011 9:25 AM
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2011 was undoubtedly the year of Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life." It just wasn't for me. After winning the Palme d'Or on the same day that I saw the movie, I was left feeling baffled. Like I had missed something.

Gabe Toro's Best Films Of 2011

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 21, 2011 3:30 PM
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Great art challenges. Bad art flatters. But those of us who don’t dedicate our lives to film don’t always seek to be challenged. Sometimes we want to experience art at our leisure. One doesn’t schedule, or plan the impact of art (making a film review deceptive, as it can never be a critics’ final thoughts).

'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' & 'Drive' Lead London Film Critics Nominations

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 20, 2011 3:02 PM
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The London Film Critics' Circle has released their nominees this morning, with some surprising frontrunners. Tomas Alfredson's Cold War thriller "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and Nicolas Winding Refn's pulpy blast "Drive" were the top nominees, with six nominations apiece, while Lynne Ramsay's chilling "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and Asghar Farhadi's emotionally devastating "A Separation" each picked up five nominations. Steve McQueen's sex addiction drama "Shame" and indie black-and-white silent thingee "The Artist" each secured four nominations. Sadly "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star," was, again, overlooked.

Hope You Like Synths: The Best Scores & Soundtracks Of 2011

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 2:29 PM
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Way back in the day, The Playlist started as a site focused principally on the places where movies and music met, and in particular, on scores and soundtracks. We've widened our net in the intervening years simply because that sole focus felt too small and we're movie lovers just as much as music lovers, but that interest has never gone away. And how could it? In many ways, we've reached the most interesting time in film scoring in years, with 2011 in particular seeing a number of electronic artists bringing the synth back into fashion in a big way. Between these and last year's Daft Punk-abled "Tron: Legacy" score, has there ever been a time when movie music has been so, well, danceable?

From Bloody Murders To Bridesmaid Speeches: The 25 Best Movie Moments Of 2011

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 13, 2011 1:59 PM
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The great Howard Hawks once famously said that what makes a good film is "three great scenes, and no bad ones." While we'd argue that that's not an absolute hard-and-fast rule, he wasn't far off. With 2011 providing a number of above-average films, there've been plenty of memorable moments to go around, even if we couldn't attest to them all following Hawks Law.

'Drive' Sequel 'Driven' Coming In April 2012 (In Book Form)

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • December 12, 2011 9:20 AM
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As the year-end lists start to roll out proclaiming the best films of 2011, Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” seems to be receiving a lot of the love from critics and audiences alike. Though many will forget that Refn’s assured thriller found its basis in crime novelist John Sallis’ work, it looks like they will have a new chapter to the tale, as the author has revived the monosyllabic Driver character that Ryan Gosling portrayed on screen once again.
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