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October 2, 2011


Lost in Translation, Once, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Royal Tennenbams and Layer Cake. After watching each of these films I bought their soundtracks. Whenever I love a movie I immediately buy the soundtracks. The music reminds me of the experience and motivates me to write. Drive and its Director made me remember the motivating effect that movies can have.

Nicolas Winding Refn has finally managed to mainstream his insanity. After The Pusher Trilogy, Bronson and Valhalla Rising Refn has succeeded in making a Hollywood movie in his own way.

An 80s sounding score, an anti-hero out of a noir film and a current day Los Angeles. Drive centers around the unnamed Gosling as he tries to protect Carrey Mulligan and her son. Violence and a great score follow.

The preview makes it look like any other film. This is not the case.  The movie is unpredictable and beautiful to look at.  Drive is a reflective piece with  occasional ultra violence. The violence does go to unnecessary extremes but it wouldn’t be a Refn film without a fork getting stabbed in someone’s eye.

Gosling and Refn are teaming up for two more films (Logan’s Run and Only God Forgives) and I think this pairing is going to give us some great work. I’m hoping they become a crazier version of DiCaprio and Scorsese.

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