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post #106 of 205
Saw this movie about 3-4 weeks ago. It has not left my mind since.
post #107 of 205
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I'm excited to see it. Might be the first movie I see in an actual theater in years. Refn is great.

The pusher trilogy and Valhalla rising were both quite interesting, especially the later, which is like B-movie Tarkovsky. I'll probably see this soon...
post #108 of 205
the soundtrack is great as well
post #109 of 205
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I don't think it was either, and it obviously played on archetypes, but the plot was just so thin and the big reveal had Chekhov's gun all over it. again, a very pretty, stylish, tense film that should be seen, but I could care less about everyone in it.

Hey, I was going through this thread looking to see if Limping_Decorum ever answered my reply about him having read the book and I just realized I never asked you about the Chekov's gun thing. You a lit major/minor? Also, what did you think the Chekov's gun was? Depending on how tight I run with my definition of that technique it could be anything from the mask at the beginning to jacket he wears. I would think that in the strictest sense a Chekov's gun would have to be an item, person, or phrase that had necessary significance on the plot and not something that gained symbolic significance relative to the on going plot.
post #110 of 205
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the book/story it is based on was only 158 pages.

Hey, read the book. I saw it at an airport bookstore and it looked pretty brisk so I picked it up out of convenience/curiosity. Thought it might be interesting to compare and contrast to the film and see if we saw thing same things.
post #111 of 205
Just watched the movie after a friend recommended it to me. Awesome. Loved Gosling's acting: hardly ever spoke, but still conveyed a lot. Reminded me of No Country for Old Men in some ways, which is good.
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Absolutely loved it. I haven't been this tense in a movie since I saw 'No Country for Old Men'.


Don't mean to revive this thread or anything crazy, but yes to this. The way both these movies have interplayed starting silence with brutal violence is great. 

 

I loved the style, clothes-wise and cinematography-wise. Succinct, I guess. I think my only complaint was that the soundtrack—as great as it is—was overdone once in a while. The song "real human being" felt a little too forced, perhaps. 

 

For those who want to emulate Gosling: http://svpply.com/lukas/sets/1787/Driver

 

 

 

post #113 of 205
No Country for Old Men has come up a couple times in this thread, but I didn't see any connection other than they're both great hollywood movies. What are you guys seeing that i'm not?
post #114 of 205
So it looks like the author is writing a sequel to the book.

Link to article
post #115 of 205
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No Country for Old Men has come up a couple times in this thread, but I didn't see any connection other than they're both great hollywood movies. What are you guys seeing that i'm not?

I think people are responding to the fact that both are thrillers that succeed in creating real tension. If you're into cinema, you're probably used to constantly being disappointed by bad mechanics, cliches, a hokey score, etc. in x thriller. Both Drive and No Country for Old Men are thrillers that WORK along with being ambitious well made films. I think that's the point of comparison.
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So it looks like the author is writing a sequel to the book.
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I read Drive on a flight to Canada. Can't say I was nuts about it, then again it's pretty similar to the film so it lacking the element of surprise might be why I didn't respond to it like the movie. Now that I think about it, it did do things that the film did that I really liked, like creating a sympathetic and principled antagonist. Still, I preferred the film. Drive is a somewhat ambitious pulp insofar that it alludes to existentialism. But that's just it, it just alludes. I doesn't use existentialism to create insight into the characters like Heat nor does it expand into any existential themes as far as I could tell. I couldn't say I really cared for the prose either, which isn't to say it was bad it just wasn't my cup of tea. I mean, I'm more into Cormac McCarthy and Burroughs then Elmore Leonard, so when it comes to crime novels what the fuck do I know?

The film Drive is the thematic skeleton of the novel, plus wizardry in about every technical aspect of film from direction to scoring to acting to cinematography, etc.,
post #117 of 205
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I think people are responding to the fact that both are thrillers that succeed in creating real tension. If you're into cinema, you're probably used to constantly being disappointed by bad mechanics, cliches, a hokey score, etc. in x thriller. Both Drive and No Country for Old Men are thrillers that WORK along with being ambitious well made films. I think that's the point of comparison.

There's also the strong contrast between very long calm periods, interspersed with short moments of brutal violence.
post #118 of 205
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I think people are responding to the fact that both are thrillers that succeed in creating real tension. If you're into cinema, you're probably used to constantly being disappointed by bad mechanics, cliches, a hokey score, etc. in x thriller. Both Drive and No Country for Old Men are thrillers that WORK along with being ambitious well made films. I think that's the point of comparison.

I think you articulated it excellently. I whole-heatedly agree.
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