Mondo Does Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Drive’

Nicolas Winding Refn‘s suspenseful and cool character piece, Drive, was recently named the best film of 2011 by the Alamo Drafthouse. Add that to the fact the film was just released on Blu-ray (with a lame cover), and that Mondo is on a kick of releasing more current films (Kill List, anyone?) and it makes perfect sense that they are doing a poster for Drive. Designed by Ken Taylor, fans of the film will love this limited edition hot pink look at Ryan Gosling. Check out the full poster after the jump. Read More »

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We’ve made no secret about our love for Nicolas Winding Refn‘s beautifully moody thriller Drive, and we know that many of our readers fell for it as well. So for a lot of you, the following clip of the first seven minutes of the film won’t really be a “first look” so much as a little reminder of what made the movie so special, in case you’re still trying to make up your mind about whether or not you want to buy the Blu-ray / DVD / digital copy when it goes on sale this week.

For the rest of you, Drive stars Ryan Gosling as a movie stunt driver who mans getaway vehicles by night. When he falls for a married neighbor (Carey Mulligan), he gets pulled into a heist with her ex-con husband (Oscar Isaac) that spins out of his control.

This clip doesn’t get into the meat of the plot, but it does offer up a nice taste of Drive‘s considerable charms, including Gosling’s withdrawn lead performance, Bryan Cranston‘s turn as Gosling’s accomplice, the seedy Los Angeles setting, the ’80s-inflected soundtrack, and the delectably tense vibe. Oh, and of course, some actual stunt driving. Watch it or rewatch the opening scene after the jump.

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Early this morning the BAFTA nominations were announced, after a couple rounds of ‘longlist’ reveals. One of the big Oscar frontrunners, The Artist, walked away with 12 nominations, including Best Film, Director, Original Screenplay, Leading Actor and Leading Actress. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy gets a moment in the sun with 11 nominations — not really any surprise that the film would get lots of BAFTA attention — and Hugo took 9 nods, though mostly for smaller categories.

Drive, which has mostly been ignored in the US awards rounds so far, got a nod for Best Film, and Attack the Block and Submarine were both nominated for Outstanding Debut By a British Writer, Director or Producer.

Check out the full nomination list below. The Orange British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday 12 February at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. The ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry and will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One. Read More »

Last year, Quentin Tarantino released a list of what he called the best films of 2011. This year he has repeated the list-making effort, and Tarantino’s list of the best eleven films of 2011 is out now. (Or best twelve films, really, since there is a tie in one position.) Along with that comes a collection of associated lists, from his estimation of the best directors of the year, to a set of ‘nice try’ picks, which includes some peoples’ fave film, Drive.

Check out the main list below. Read More »

How much of The Avengers has Tom Hiddleston seen? What does The Amazing Spider-Man have to do with Drive? Which superhero actor did the people vote as being better than Thor and Captain America this year? When might we see the next trailer for The Dark Knight Rises? Which adjective does Stan Lee use to describe his cameo in The Avengers? Did you know Hit-Girl is getting her own spin off and there’s art online? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

The Alamo Drafthouse’s Top 10 Films of 2011

It’s no secret that the Alamo Drafthouse is the best theater chain in the country. Sure, it’s small, but the passion they have to create the perfect environment to watch a movie is unparalleled. Case in point, their hugely popular No Texting public service announcements, incredible in-theater food selection, stunning repertory screenings and so much more.

As the new year begins, the entire staff of the Drafthouse voted on their favorite films of 2011 and selected /Film as the outlet to exclusively premiere their list. It’s extremely eclectic (The Muppets, Beginners and 13 Assassin all made the cut) but you’d be hard pressed to find a better cross section of the best 2011 had to offer. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Roger Ebert’s Top 20 Movies of 2011


With just days to go until the end of 2011 (Where did the year go???), legendary film critic Roger Ebert has announced his top 20 movies of the year. Just as you’d expect from Ebert, his list runs the gamut from mainstream blockbusters to more obscure foreign or arthouse projects — with enough in the latter category to offer up some useful suggestions for your Netflix queue. Read his list after the jump.

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I don’t know that I’d put much money on this ever becoming a film, but if you were enough of a fan of Nicolas Winding Refn‘s film Drive that you have to find out what might happen to the main character at some point in the future, a novel scheduled for April release will deliver the info.

In all the talk of the film Drive, one name often left out is that of James Sallis, the man who wrote the novel upon which Hossein Amini‘s script was based. That script is what attracted Ryan Gosling, who was instrumental in bringing Refn on board, and it’s all history from there. Sallis has, it turns out, written a sequel to his original novel, and Driven, as it is called, will be published next year. Read on for some more info. Read More »

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