Nicolas Winding Refn doesn’t shy away from the excessively visual aspect of filmmaking, even when doing a low-budget effort like Only God Forgives. The hallucinogenic family crime thriller opened last year, but it’s a gift that keeps on giving to those who appreciate a touch of the weird. While we wait to hear what Refn will do next, check out this great Only God Forgives VFX breakdown to see how effects were used not only to create violent illusions, but to clean up difficult locations and make long dolly shots possible. Read More »
Celebrate the filmmaker who is able to rip stuff right out of their head and put it on screen. One of the most striking movies of 2013 is Only God Forgives, from Drive and Bronson director Nicolas Winding Refn and Drive star Ryan Gosling.
Refn’s movie is a hallucinogenic trip through stunted sexual growth, with a manchild (Gosling) defined and constrained by the influence of his domineering mother, played by a fierce Kristin Scott Thomas. The film seems hell-bent on shattering Gosling’s image as a muscular leading man, and in diving deep into the corners of an unstable and not entirely welcoming mental space.
Only God Forgives is out on disc this week. Earlier this year I spoke to Refn and the film’s soundtrack composer, Cliff Martinez, and they explained the gestation of the voice of the film, and the idea of following artistic inspiration. Read More »
Dave and Devindra revisit Only God Forgives, praise the brilliance of Orange is the New Black, and respond to your phone calls and e-mails. Be sure to read this great profile of Nicholas Winding Refn and learn what dick washing is.
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It’s only a couple weeks until the first US release of Nicolas Winding Refn‘s new film Only God Forgives. You might expect a contained and strange film as a follow-up to Drive, but this is even more quiet and weird than what most people have in mind. (Related: I like the film a lot.)
Only God Forgives stars Ryan Gosling as an American at large in Bangkok, where he and his brother run a boxing gym a a front for a drug operation. But that’s really a tangental story point — the real thrust of the movie is about what happens when Gosling’s character conflicts with his own mother (an icy, scary Kristin Scott Thomas) over the ideal approach to avenge violence done to their family.
After the break, get a taste of the early period that led to the creation of the film, as Refn explores Bangkok in search of locations and inspiration. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
Most of us are off today for Independence Day here in the States, but of course for the rest of the world it’s just a plain old Thursday. Which I guess is why this new international trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Only God Forgives is hitting on a day we Americans like to spend sleeping in, lounging around outside, and generally avoiding being cooped up inside with our computers.
But we’re not complaining. Refn and Ryan Gosling wowed us in 2011 with the slick, stylish Drive, and based on the trailers his follow-up Only God Forgives could be even more eye-popping. Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm also star in the Thai-set thriller. Hit the jump to watch the video.
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Here’s a new theatrical trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn‘s second collaboration with Ryan Gosling, Only God Forgives. The movie premiered at Cannes last month to decidedly mixed reactions. There were some of the famous Cannes boos (hey, some really great movies get booed at Cannes) and also some big fans of the movie’s extra-sylized action and nearly mute protagonist. (That would be Gosling.)
You’ll get a chance to form your own opinion soon, as the film has a simultaneous theatrical and VOD release set one month from now. Until then, check out a new trailer below. Read More »
This morning brings gifts: along with the Cannes lineup we’ve got new trailers for some of the scheduled films, and among them are two new looks at Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Only God Forgives. Ryan Gosling stars in the Thai-set western as a minor gangster who is commanded by his domineering mother (Kristen Scott Thomas) to bring his brother’s killer to justice.
The first trailer here is quite a lot like the debut footage we saw not long ago, but it is more explicit, and features more dialogue that explains the story and does more to suggest that Kristen Scott Thomas is scary as hell. Some of the dialogue in the first trailer isn’t subtitled, but I think you’ll get the idea.
Both are slightly not safe for work thanks to language and violence. Read More »
The first trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn‘s new film, Only God Forgives, promised a neon-lit blast of strange, serious action. Ryan Gosling plays a small-time gangster in Bangkok who seeks to avenge the killing of his brother as his domineering crime-boss mother (Kristen Scott Thomas) pushes him into action.
Now we’ve got a teaser poster that follows through on the trailer’s promise. It is decorated with a stylized neon logo and dragon face. Inside the beast’s mouth a tagline is almost hidden: “time to meet the devil.” We know that Refn’s character runs up against a corrupt former cop, and that the cop styles himself as a local god. Does that make Gosling’s character the devil, or is the former cop both god and devil?
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We’ve only just seen the first trailer from Nicolas Winding Refn‘s new film Only God Forgives, in which Ryan Gosling plays a man looking to avenge his brother’s murder in Bangkok. (There appears to be a bit more to the story than that, but we’ll keep it simple for now.)
Turns out there has been a nice little video piece about the making of the film floating around for a few months. In a segment from the documentary N.W.R., we find the writer/director in Bangkok preparing to make Only God Forgives. He explains a bit more of the story — more even than the trailer really gives away — and also describes some of the difficulties of making the movie in Thailand.
But the most interesting bit is perhaps the segment towards the end, where Refn is in his hotel room putting together the script. That doesn’t sound like a great thing to look at, but his explanation of his writing process, combined with the view into his working space, is somewhat unique.
(Note: This headline has been altered from the original “Nicolas Winding Refn Races to Finish ‘Only God Forgives’ Script in Behind the Scenes Footage” in order to avoid any suggestion that Refn is working to finish the script now.)
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Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Drive) has employed images of serious violence in the past; his first team-up with Ryan Gosling featured both intimidating threats and gory action. Now we’ve got the first footage from their second film pairing, Only God Forgives, a violent revenge-thriller “western” set in Bangkok.
Gosling plays a boxer and drug smuggler pressed into vengeful action when his brother is killed. This trailer isn’t terribly gory, but it is laden with the heavy air of things just about to go really, really wrong. The color in the images, combined with the music and a sense of floating, suggest that this is a story that descends into the same psychological space as Bronson. This time, however, Refn has more resources at his disposal.
And yet, more than anything else, it’s the opening dialogue from Kristen Scott Thomas, playing the mother of Gosling’s character, that gives me chills. Compared to that, Gosling’s invitation at the end of the trailer seems almost polite.
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