Tag: Nicolas Winding Refn

John’s Top Ten of 2013

It was a bit of a hit and miss year for movies. Some of the most anticipated and heavily promoted films failed to live up to the hype. We had the now normal slew of Superhero movies of varying quality. As usual there were more films than time this year so the list below did not take into consideration some notable releases including Don Jon, The Hobbit and Thor.

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Only God Forgives trailer

Only_God_Forgives 2Just out is the international trailer for the new Ryan Gosling film Only God Forgives. The film is the first collaboration between Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn since the superb 2011 drama Drive.  The film has been selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at this years Cannes film festival.

The action is set and filmed in Bangkok. Gosling plays Julian, a leading figure in his family’s drug running operation. Motivated by his brother’s death Julian is out to seek revenge for his sibling’s murder. At the head of the family is Jenna, a frightening and aggressive  mother who rules all around her. Kirsten Scott Thomas in the role of Jenna looks immense and totally scary at the same time. An unusual and interesting role for the versatile actress. Continue reading “Only God Forgives trailer” »

Themes for an Imaginary film

A bit of a stretch this one for a movie review site. A review of the 2012 album Themes for an Imaginary Film by the band Symmetry featuring Johnny Jewel and Nat Walker.

During the making of the 2011 film Drive, the director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling approached Johnny Jewel to provide the score. Jewel is a prolific musician and producer for a number of acts on the Italians do it better label including The Chromatics and Desire. The Chromatics album Night Drive (2007) had been extensively used while location scouting for the film took place. A score was produced by ultimately not taken up as the production turned into a much bigger deal than first thought and seasoned film composer Cliff Martinez was drafted in. The soundtrack retained some input from Jewel in the form of a Desire track and a Chromatics track (both featuring the two members of Symmetry) . Since the film was released there has increased speculation that the unused score was superior to the official one and it would receive some sort of release. So when the Symmetry album Themes for an Imaginary Film was announced it was assumed that this was the soundtrack. According to Jewel this is not so. The tracks on this album date from 2008 through to 2011. Apparently there are four un-named tracks from the score that make it on to the Symmetry album. Continue reading “Themes for an Imaginary film” »

Drive Soundtrack

After moviescramble’s recent review of Drive we have a listen to the accompanying soundtrack .


01 “Nightcall” – Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx
02 “Under Your Spell” – Desire
03 “A Real Hero” – College feat. Electric Youth
04 “Oh My Love” – Riz Ortolani feat. Katyna Ranieri
05 “Tick of the Clock” – The Chromatics
06 “Rubber Head”
07 “I Drive”
08 “He Had a Good Time”
09 “They Broke His Pelvis”
10 “Kick Your Teeth”
11 “Where’s The Deluxe Version?”
12 “See You in Four”
13 “After The Chase”
14 “Hammer”
15 “Wrong Floor”
16 “Skull Crushing”
17 “My Name on a Car”
18 “On The Beach”
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Who’s gonna drive you home?

Having missed seeing Drive at the cinema in 2011, I finally caught up with it this week on Blu Ray. Topping a few best of year lists and gaining a lot of love online, the omens for this were good. That is not always a good thing as expectations can lead to disappointment. In some cases the film is spoiled for the viewer as the product on-screen is not what they were expecting. With a quote on the poster of “A blood pumping thrill ride of a movie” you might expect a certain kind of film. A Fast and Furious type action flick springs to mind. If that what you’re looking for then indeed you aint gonna love this film. On the other hand if you know of the previous work of the director, Nicolas Winding Refn, then Drive is an intriguing prospect.

Refn is a Danish director whose reputation has been growing since his first feature, Pusher from 1996. The success and reputation gained lead  to two equally intense sequels.  His first English language film Bronson (2008) cemented his reputation as a visionary director.  He quickly followed this up with Valhalla Rising in 2009, a film that divided critics and audiences due to the lack of dialogue and story  coupled with extreme violence from a one-eyed Norse warrior. I have watched it twice now and I am still puzzled by parts of it. Having been sought out by Ryan Gosling, Drive marks Refn’s first  ‘American’ film in nearly ten years.

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