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Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Extras: Audio commentary with Nicolas Winding Refn, 2 x Trailers, Alternative Artwork Gallery, Fan Art (Photo-Gallery), Limited Edition All City Poster Concepts (Photo-Gallery)
There’s no doubt that Drive set a high standard for director Nicolas Winding Refn and it was another intelligent leap in Ryan Gosling’s acting career and exposure. We’d seen many sides of the leading man after the romance of The Notebook in the tremendous Half Nelson and Blue Valentine but Drive was the one that truly sent him to the top of the acting stratosphere. In Only God Forgives, the director and actor are reunited for an unforgettable delve into the dark, seedy side of Bangkok with no holds barred.
In this world Gosling plays Julian, a martial arts club owner who uses »
- Dan Bullock
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “CGI Is Killing the Modern Horror Film” — Jordan Forward at Screen Robot makes a case against the limiting capabilities of the filmmaking tool. “Why is oral sex hard for Hollywood?” — The picture above is, of course, from Blue Valentine, but The Guardian asks the question anew as Evan Rachel Wood rails against the ratings board for wanting to slap an Nc-17 on Charlie Countryman for showing cunnilingus. “Why We Watch Movies” — Colin Biggs at Movie Mezzanine dips into his childhood to find a metaphor behind our compulsion to sit in a dark room watching where the light goes. »
- Scott Beggs
As Evan Rachel Wood has found to her dismay, cunnilingus as a form of oral sex still remains taboo in Hollywood – so how can it go mainstream?
• Evan Rachel Wood on Hollywood's cunnilingus censorship
Yesterday, actor Evan Rachel Wood launched a Twitter polemic against the ratings board in the Us, the MPAA, for necessitating the removal of a scene where her character in Charlie Countryman receives oral sex. The edit was presumably made so the film avoids the Nc-17 rating that would effectively bar it from many mainstream cinemas.
It's a microcosmic example of a much wider issue: cunnilingus is de facto arthouse. Even coming from the surprisingly stilted world of intra-male sex chat, it's clear that among my twentysomething peers this is a thoroughly mainstream, necessary part of modern sex – ignoring the fact that most men thoroughly enjoy it. And yet Hollywood, with its lumbering moral turning circle, hasn't come round to the idea. »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
The indie film, co-starring Shia Labeouf, featured a graphic scene that had a female receiving oral sex from a man, but director Frederik Bond was forced to remove the scene in order to obtain an R rating from the Motion Picture Alliance of America, a move Wood claims is sexist and hypocritical.
“I would like 2 share my disappointment with the MPAA, who thought it was necessary to censor a woman’s sexuality once again,” she wrote on Twitter.
“The scene where the two main characters make ‘love’ was altered because someone felt that seeing a man give a woman oral sex made people ‘uncomfortable’ but the scenes in which people are murdered by having their heads blown off remained intact and unaltered,” she added.
The drama, currently playing in limited release, »
- Stuart Oldham
Director: Felix Van Groeningen,
Running Time: 107 minutes
Love, sex, romance, family, and death; The Broken Circle Breakdown looks at many realistic and relatable instances of happiness and tragedy that the majority of people will experience in their own life. But it also goes further as it examines one particular relationship in scrutinising detail. Didier and Elise are two music lovers who spark up a passionate affair. The sex scenes are shot with all the intensity of new found love without stripping them of intimate privacy in the process. We’re constantly aware that we are intruding on a very personal moment, which is both unsettling and liberating. This feeling of voyeurism continues as we see the ups and downs of their relationship culminating in the birth of their daughter, her diagnosis and death. Not a spoiler, as the film jumps through time »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Kids. Such as Sex, Lies, and Videotape or Reservoir Dogs before it, and such as Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine and Fruitvale Station after it, Larry Clark & Harmony Korine’s seminal film is forever connected in “spirit” to the lieu where it received its secret midnight premiere screening in 1995. The Sundance Film Festival might be known as the birthplace of U.S indie filmmaking innovation, avant-gardism, a larger definition of the low budgeted film response to Hollywood in not only narrative but in the non-fiction form, but it is a festival made strong by its renewal and familiarity. That close acquaintanceness exists in Kids‘ starlets Rosario Dawson and Chloë Sevigny filmography/career path trajectory and connection to Park City (both have several indie films slated for ’14 – of which I’ve included in our predictions list) and it is that “familiarity” that is visibly noticeable in how I map out my annual predictions list. »
- Eric Lavallee
James Bond spoof helps to rescue ‘Philomena’ from the evil claws of the Motion Picture Association of America (Judi Dench as M in Funny or Die James Bond video) James Bond, savior of the Free World, was just recently back, fighting the forces of undemocratic darkness. No, not in a new movie featuring communists and/or terrorists, but in a Funny or Die video, with Steve Coogan as a shoot-first-ask-questions-later James Bond (Adam Sandler better watch out) and Judi Dench as Bond’s boss M. See video below: Here’s the story: The publicity-savvy The Weinstein Company and the prudish censorship board of the Motion Picture Association of America were at it again, doing the best they can to ensure that: TWC movies get lots of free buzz (particularly important as awards season is here). In recent years, think Bully, Blue Valentine, The King’s Speech. The MPAA ratings look as arbitrary, »
- Andre Soares
According to a Hollywood truism, you’re only as good as your last project. So the awards buzz for this year’s directors is doubly gratifying: Prizes are nice, but for some of these helmers, the 2013 films are a way to rebound — or to remind the biz that they never lost it.
It’s hard for a bad director to make a good film, but a good director can make a film that’s … well, not great. So it’s nice to see a slew of directors back at the top of their game: Lee Daniels (with “The Butler,” after “The Paperboy”), Stephen Frears (“Philomena,” following “Lay the Favorite”), Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips,” after “The Green Zone”) Ron Howard (“Rush,” after “The Dilemma”). In a digital world where everything is under intense and often negative scrutiny, most of the helmers’ previous films were noisily lamented, with occasional speculation that the filmmaker had lost it. »
- Tim Gray
Ryan Gosling turns 33 today, Nov. 12, and that's reason enough to have a Gosling movie marathon! From "photoshopped abs" to "it still isn't over," check out ETonline's top five picks of the heartthrob's sexiest film roles.
Related Pics: Hollywood's Sexiest Shirtless Men
1. The Notebook "It wasn't over, it still isn't over!" Who could forget Gosling's portrayal of the Super sexy good ol' boy Noah in the 2004 flick. It also helped that his on-screen lover was his real-life girlfriend, Rachel McAdams, at the time.
2. Crazy, Stupid, Love. It was his 2011 shirtless scene in this romcom with Emma Stone that had tongues wagging and coined the term "photoshopped abs."
4. Blue Valentine Though this 2010 film can get a bit dark, Gosling plays the unmotivated husband, Dean, to Michelle Williams' character Cindy. Even with his faux receding hairline, Gosling still manages »
A little bit of a silly misnomer about me (but a somewhat understandable one considering my line of work) and many of the other folks who write about the awards circuit is that we only care about Oscar contenders and don't look at movies on their own terms. Yes, I make my living mainly writing about the awards season and how certain films will make a play for the Academy Awards but I'm also just a lover of cinema in general. I'm a sucker for a solid Judd Apatow laugh riot or even a good romantic comedy, maybe moreso than top notch promising Oscar players like 12 Years a Slave or the awards-baiting biopics like Lincoln. When it comes to relationship dramedies or straight dramas? Forget about it if they're good, I'm all over them. It doesn't always have to be Blue Valentine; it can just as easily be something comparably lighter like (500) Days of Summer. »
- Joey Magidson
The film that started out being called Kristy and then changed to Satanic and then to Random has been renamed back to Kristy, at least for Afm. Btw... My head with pain. In any event, here are some new pics!
From director Oliver "Olly" Blackburn (Donkey Punch) and producers David Kirschner (the Child's Play series), Corey Sienega (Frailty, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky), and Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell (Blue Valentine, Place Beyond the Pines), comes a new thriller starring Haley Bennett (Music and Lyrics), Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga, The Apparition), Erica Ash (Scary Movie 5), Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), and Chris Coy (TV's "True Blood"). Anthony Jaswinski (Vanishing on 7th Street) penned the script.
With the rest of the campus at home for the Thanksgiving holiday, Justine (Bennett) and a few of her friends spend the weekend in their college dormitory: studying, relaxing, and blissfully »
- Uncle Creepy
Here’s a first look of Mia Wasikowska in Madame Bovary, directed by Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls) from a screenplay by Rose Barrenche & Sophie Barthes, who adapted Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel Madame Bovary.
The passionate drama tells the tragic story of Emma (Wasikowska), a young beauty who impulsively marries a small-town doctor to leave her father’s pig farm behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy mate and seeks excitement and status outside the bonds of marriage.
The cast includes Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland, Jane Eyre), Ezra Miller (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, We Need To Talk About Kevin), Academy-Award nominee Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man, Sideways), Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-man) Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, Anna Karenina), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Winner and Cesar Award nominee »
- Michelle McCue
It was only a matter of time before the Parents Television Council, a non-partisan educational organization that advocates for "responsible entertainment," addressed New York's IFC Center's decision to admit teens to the Nc-17 rated Palme d'Or winner "Blue is the Warmest Color." (This is the same organization that publicly criticized the MPAA's decision to downgrade the rating for "Blue Valentine" from an Nc-17 to an R.) None too surprisingly, Tim Winter, the president of the Council, has come out with guns blazing, demanding that the theater "immediately reconsider this self-serving and undermining business decision, and instead do what is in the right and best interests of parents, families and children," in a scathing open letter. Read More: 'Blue is the Warmest Color' Filmmaker Pens Enraged Open Letter; Slams 'Spoiled,' 'Opportunistic' Star Lea Seydoux "The IFC Center’s decision to usurp parental and family authority by allowing unfettered access to children of adult-rated, »
- Nigel M Smith
A new opportunity for those of you writing independent films. Announced this week, producer Cassian Elwes (The Butler, The Paperboy, Blue Valentine, Ain't Them Bodies Saints) has partnered with The Black List script hosting service to provide one independent screenwriter with a chance to attend the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and receive professional mentorship from Elwes. Writers opt into consideration by registering their scripts on the Black List site. More details from the press release below: Producer Cassian Elwes and Black List founder Franklin Leonard jointly announced the creation of the Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship, wherein one unrepresented writer »
- Jai Tiggett
A bluegrass-loving couple are joined in tragedy in this immensely moving drama
Belgium's submission for the 2014 foreign language film Oscar category is a powerful and haunting tale of love, death and bluegrass – a mournful song played on a broken instrument, with striking visual accompaniment.
Presenting its central relationship in a Blue Valentine-style broken-backed montage of past and present, this shimmering adaptation of Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels's play slips between the couple's first passionate encounters and their later battles against the illness that threatens to rob them of their most treasured possession.
He is hairy and obsessed with Americana; she is tattooed and wears a cross; they meet in the unexpected harmony of their voices, singing arcane songs about this world and the next to the accompaniment of bull fiddle, banjo and slide guitar. As the cruelties of life bite deep and their child is endangered, their worldviews diverge, »
- Mark Kermode
The MPAA should probably go ahead and dedicate a special seat in their boardrooms to Harvey Weinstein, as the notoriously testy producer and Weinstein Company exec has begrudgingly filed into their offices a shocking number of times. Occasionally it's been to overturn a harsh Nc-17 rating on a film — “Blue Valentine” in 2010 or “Clerks” in 1994 — but more recently it's been to soften an R-rating for language, as he attempted for 2012's “Bully” or “The Kings Speech." The Tom Hooper film was eventually released in a cut PG-13 version for awards season audiences, and now Weinstein is hoping to avoid a similar outcome for another contender as it nears release. After landing big with audiences, the jury, and us at Venice this year (where it won Best Screenplay for Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan's work), director Stephen Frears' latest film “Philomena” has been slapped with an R-rating by the »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Resonant banjo playing carries us over this somewhat contrived and flatpack-like Flemish weepy
Advance word on this Flemish tearjerker was formidable, but I'm afraid I couldn't quite see past the oddness of its conceit: to redo Blue Valentine with songs. Felix van Groeningen's film at least justifies its title's eccentricity: the relationship between a beardy bluegrass singer (Johan Heldenbergh) and a tattooed free spirit (Veerle Baetens) is set out as fragments of life before and after the death of their child; scrapbooking nudey frolics alongside heavily worn regret.
The music lends it whatever unity it has: though there's a comic incongruity in the idea of all this banjo-plucking going down in northern Europe – the spirit of Rednex lingers – it's chiefly regarded as a fleeting source of solace. The leads emote their hearts out, and it'll doubtless make a resonant soundtrack album – but van Groeningen needs those tunes to carry »
- Mike McCahill
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars as the titular role in The Thracian Wars - out on July 25, 2014. After performing his legendary 12 labors, Hercules is asked by King of Thrace and his daughter to defeat a cruel warlord.
Meanwhile, Twilight's Kellan Lutz will play his own version of Hercules in The Legend Begins. Lutz's Hercules is exiled after falling in love with the Princess of Crete, who is set to marry his brother. The upcoming film is set for a March 2014 release in the Us, and will debut on August 8 in the UK.
Those who have an interest in football, will be fully aware of the meteoric rise of gifted Belgian players of late, as a nation certainly contending to have the finest national side in the world. Well it seems their cinema isn’t half bad either at present – also going through something of a golden age, as following on from the likes of Our Children, Bullhead and Rust and Bone – comes Felix Van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, a gripping and emotionally devastating piece of cinema.
We look upon the romance between tattoo artist Elise (Veerle Baetens) and musician Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) from two contrasting angles – one in flashbacks, as we see the pair first meeting and falling hopelessly in love with one another, to the present day, where our protagonists have since had a daughter called Maybelle (Nell Cattrysse). However the six-year-old girl has been diagnosed with cancer, as »
- Stefan Pape
The non-profit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, otherwise known as Film Independent, announced today the addition of over 20 new panelists. These panelists include our own Editor-in-Chief Dana Harris, Ryan Coogler (writer/director, "Fruitvale Station"), Jaime Patricof (producer, "The Place Beyond the Pines," "Blue Valentine" and "Half Nelson"), Jacob Kornbluth (director, "Inequality for All"), and Matthew Greenfield (Senior Vice-President of Production, Fox Searchlight), to name a few. This marks the 9th edition of the Film Independent Forum held at the Directors Guild of America. The three-day event begins Friday, October 25 with a screening "Dallas Buyers Club," directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, and concludes Sunday, October 27. Following the screening will be a Q&A featuring producers Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter moderated by Greg Ellwood (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, HitFix) The Forum is currently »
- Ohad Amram
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