I am absolutely certain about the top three films on this list. But the further down we go, the more absurd it seems to rank films as different as the Coen Brothers' wonderfully layered look at a struggling folk singer in the 60's and Martin Scorsese's bacchanalia of 80's excess.
Take Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas out of the equation,
and Only God Forgives is no more than
a stylish midnight movie about murder,
vengeance and drug-dealing in Bangkok. But there they are, exuding talent
and legitimacy: Gosling stony-faced yet magnetic
as Julian, who runs a boxing ...
In "The Place Beyond the Pines," Derek Cianfrance's time-spanning look at guilt and responsibility across multiple generations, Ryan Gosling plays a reckless stunt driver suddenly thrust into fatherhood and engaged in bank robberies to provide for his newly discovered son. Despite his apparent commi...
A number of appealing cinematic treats open this weekend. Derek Cianfrance's crime saga "The Place Beyond the Pines," starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes, is receiving solid critical praise, while Rodney Ascher's documentary "Room 237," examining the wonkiest wonks' theories about K...
Derek Cianfrance's The
Place Beyond the Pines is a giant ambitious triptych -- Ryan Gosling
dominates the first part, Bradley Cooper the second, and two younger actors when
the story leaps ahead in time -- and this trenchant view of fathers, sons and
the determinism of class is two-thirds of a t...