‘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 »

Nicolas Winding Refn could own 2011 and 2012. The director has been one of our faves for some time thanks to the Pusher trilogy, Bronson, and Valhalla Rising, and his action thriller Drive, with Ryan Gosling, generated great buzz at Cannes and won Mr. Refn the Best Director prize.

Drive recently premiered in LA, and the director was on the red carpet to answer questions from press. In doing so, he talked about another film that he and Ryan Gosling would like to do after their Logan’s Run remake, which he described as a romantic comedy. He also continued to press the idea of directing Wonder Woman, in which he would cast Drive co-star Christina Hendricks. Read More »

The Cannes jury, headed by Robert De Niro, has selected the winners of this year’s competition slate, and the results are slightly surprising. In the early days of the fest two films quickly emerged as seeming front-runners for the top prize, Lynne Ramsay‘s We Need to Talk About Kevin and Michel Hazanavicius‘ silent black and white film The Artist, but the Palme d’Or went instead to Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life.

The slate of winners was surprisingly tipped towards American films and talent, or films that played very specifically towards American tendencies in a way that isn’t quite typical for a Cannes awards slate. The full list of winners is after the break. Read More »

The first Cannes screening of Drive, the new film from Nicolas Winding Refn that stars Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston and Albert Brooks, ended not long ago. Reviews aren’t up yet, but  a sampling of Twitter reactions suggests the movie has one of the most positive consensus opinions of the Cannes premieres so far — I think only We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Artist rival it for near-unanimity of positive opinion.

Check out a few reactions after the break. Read More »

One of the films still to premiere at Cannes is Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive, which casts Ryan Gosling as a stuntman/mechanic/getaway driver. We’ve seen one tense, riveting clip from the film already, and now there is a second. While the first clip showed the Driver in action after a robbery, this one is a bit more gentle.

Here you’ll see the first meeting between Irene (Carey Mulligan) and the Driver. You’ll also get an introduction to Shannon, played by Bryan Cranston. We’ll have screening reports from Cannes soon, but until then enjoy this clip. Read More »

Sometimes, all it takes is two minutes of new footage from a great filmmaker to start the day off right. Here’s your first look at a clip from Drive, the Nicolas Winding Refn film that stars Ryan Gosling as a stunt man / getaway driver. The clip is from very early in the movie, and makes me think that Refn has really managed to bring the script perfectly to life. The footage is tense and exciting, and juiced with a slow-boil energy that we don’t see enough of lately. Read More »

First Looks: ‘Drive’ and ‘Lock-Out’

The show now known as CinemaCon, formerly ShoWest, is in full swing in Las Vegas. The marketplace is full of first looks at a great many films we’ll be seeing over the next year, and we’ve got images from two of them. One is among my most highly-anticipated films of the year: Drive, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Ryan Gosling. (One of two images is above.) The other is Lock-Out, a sort of Taken clone in space, starring Maggie Grace and Guy Pearce. See the images after the jump. Read More »

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Time to mark up your calendar. Three films, each of which is aimed at a very different audience, have set release dates. Let’s get the ugly one out of the way first: Warner Bros. has locked Wrath of the Titans, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, for March 30, 2012 — basically the same place in the calendar that saw the release of Clash of the Titans this year. Liam Neeson will return as Zeus, and presumably Sam Worthington and Gemma Arterton will reprise their roles from Clash as well.

After the break, dates and recap info for Tom McCarthy‘s Win Win and Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive. Read More »