Dammit, I thought I was immune to Star Wars. The prequels, endless spin-off products and constant tinkering with the films has, sadly, bled me dry of interest in anything related to the famous Lucas franchise.

Or so I thought. Then I watched the video below, which cuts footage from many of the Star Wars films against the audio from the trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn‘s upcoming film Drive. Han Solo stands in for Ryan Gosling‘s nameless character. And it works pretty well! Read More »


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I think Nicolas Winding Refn‘s film Drive, starring Ryan Gosling as a stuntman/getaway driver who is pulled into a difficult situation through his attraction to his next-door neighbor (Carey Mulligan), is pretty great. (Bryan Cranston, pictured above, plays a supporting role; I wanted to give him some header image attention.) I’d love to have a trailer to show you that is the great key to selling audiences on the movie without showing too much.

We don’t have that trailer yet. This new one is French, and it’s a lot like the previous US trailer until the end, when some new footage crops up, along with a few quick shots of naked people. But because the plot of Drive is relatively… let’s say ‘contained’… there’s only so much a trailer can build on without showing quite a bit of that plot. So, NSFW warning and possible spoiler warnings taken into account, check out this new trailer if you’re ready. Read More »


This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam compare the classic Straw Dogs to Rod Lurie’s new remake, try to get excited about a new Blade Runner film, and wonder whether or not story still matters in modern movies. Special guest Jordan Raup joins us from The Film Stage.

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New ‘Drive’ TV Spot and Poster

Because there is more than a slight risk of over-hyping the Nicolas Winding Refn film Drive, I’ve resisted posting the regular green-band trailer for the film, which dropped a week or so back, because it is almost exactly the same as the red-band version that hit during Comic Con. The trailer shows just a bit too much, I think, because the film is fairly thin on plot, instead prioritizing character and atmosphere. Those priorities work quite well for the film, but not so much in trailers. (The first clip we posted from the movie is the best look at it so far, I think.)

But now there is a new US poster, and a TV spot that, by virtue of brevity, is also a pretty good way to see some footage from Drive. (Including a few new shots.) Both are below. Read More »

Entertainment Weekly‘s Fall Movie Preview hits newsstands Friday and, as usual, it’s filled with new information and photos from some of the most anticipated films scheduled for release between September through December. After the jump, check out new photos from We Bought a Zoo, Jack and Jill, Like Crazy, Contagion, Drive, Abduction, Hugo, The Muppets, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Adventures of Tintin and The Descendants. Read More »

‘Drive’ Poster

Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive is one of my favorite films of the year so far, and the perfect film for those who want something with an edge a little more sharp than found on the summer film crop. I’d like to suggest watching the red-band trailer we posted during Comic Con, but while it is a great trailer, it also shows a lot. It’s a better postcard for people who have seen the film than for those who haven’t, unfortunately.

Until we can pass along a trailer that is a bit more vague, here’s the first poster for the film, featuring some great title typeface (it’s so GTA: Vice City!) and a mid-movie look at the determined central character played by Ryan Gosling. Read More »

If you’re more interested in the typical fall slate of festival entrees than summer’s glut of tentpole action fare, this is a great week. The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films that will play the fest in September. This is a batch of about 50 titles, which makes up only a small chunk of the programming. Usually TIFF features between two and three hundred films. But these are some of the highest-profile entries.

Below you’ll find rundowns on the new films from George Clooney, Bennett Miller, Jay & Mark Duplass, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Crowe, Sarah Polley, Fernando Meirelles, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, and Lynne Ramsay. No announcement yet of the Midnight Madness programming choices, always some of my faves, but this is a great start. Read More »

Yesterday in Hall H at the San Diego Comic Con, the new company FilmDistrict presented a panel featuring two films: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Drive, the latter being the sort-of action movie that won Nicolas Winding Refn the Best Director award at Cannes this year. We didn’t know what to expect from the panel; both of these films have been screened and reviewed, so the typical Comic Con approach of teasing some footage with a short Q&A wouldn’t work.

The panel turned out to be one of the best I’ve ever seen at Comic Con, as Guillermo del Toro and Nicolas Winding Refn spent most of it firing questions back and forth at one another and talking about their approach to filmmaking. It was the sort of in-depth conversation that almost never happens in a Hall H presentation, and it was wonderful. Almost as a bonus, the first US trailer for Drive was revealed. The trailer is now online — it is classified as a red-band clip due to some brief nudity — and I’ll offer it an a few thoughts about last night’s Drive screening after the break. Read More »

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