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Stylized Violence on Film Isn’t Just Lazy — It’s Immoral

I walked out of the first movie in The Hunger Games series, directed by Pleasantville‘s Gary Ross, feeling surprisingly frustrated. In fact, I may have ranted to my friends that the film was “morally reprehensible” and “disturbing” and the only thing of value was Jennifer Lawrence’s endless soulfulness. … Read More

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Has the Ryan Gosling Era Come to an End?

Here’s the thing about premiering your directorial debut at the Cannes Film Festival: whatever happens there, it’s going to happen loudly. Such was the case Tuesday, when leading man and Tumblr fave Ryan Gosling unveiled Lost River to a chorus of boos from attendees and hisses from fleeing critics. Variety’s Scott Foundas dubbed it “a first-rate folie de grandeur,” while the London Telegraph’s Tim Robey called it “a film-maudit crapocalypse.” Grantland’s Wesley Morris was even harsher: “If a $200 haircut and $900 shades were given lots of money to defecate on Detroit, the result would be Ryan Gosling’s directing debut.” Warner Brothers, which bankrolled the picture, is reportedly trying to offload it to a smaller distributor. With this high-profile folly following a series of commercial disappointments, could this be the end of Gosling’s pop culture reign? And if it is — does he actually care? … Read More

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Ryan Gosling: ‘Only God Forgives’ Is “Like a Drug — You Either Have a Good Trip or a Bad Trip”

Ryan Gosling is good at a press conference. The media event for his new film, Only God Forgives, started a solid 30 minutes late, leaving a roomful of reporters — many of them already, to put it charitably, not wild about the film itself — annoyed. Yet when The Handsomest Man Alive appeared, flashed his smile, sat next to his director and fellow cast members, and began to joke around in that (slightly affected) regular-guy accent of his, we were basically putty in his hands. He is, it must be said, a charming fellow, quick with a funny line (when Winding talked about their reunion by saying “I’ve only had one girlfriend,” Gosling grinned and chimed in, “There’s gotta be a better way to express that”), serious about his work but keenly aware of when to add a moment of levity to the kind of press conference where the Scandinavian director can end up talking about how “a great many books have been written about the idea of what it would be like, having sex with your mother.” Gosling’s silent, bemused reaction in a moment like that says it all. … Read More

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Cool Designs Pay Tribute to Famous Cars in Film

Since their roughly concurrent births, automobiles and films have been eternally intertwined, a film or character’s mode of transportation a vital part of the fabric of cinematic storytelling. Spanish graphic designer Jesús Prudencio, inspired by that marriage, has created Cars and Films, a series of tributes to iconic vehicles and the famous movies that showcased them. Check out his sleek designs after the jump, and order prints from his website here. … Read More

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Ryan Gosling ‘Drive’ Spin-Off in the Works?

If you have a scorpion jacket hiding in your closet, or you just really loved Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, then we have some good and bad news. The director recently told The Evening Standard (via Slash Film) that while he doesn’t envision a sequel to the neo-noir film starring a dreamy —… Read More

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The Best Opening Lines in Cinema

Whether you’re reading a book or watching a film, audiences and bookworms want to be pulled into the story’s world, immersed in the life of its characters, and get a keen sense of the setting where the action is taking place. Skilled writers can ignite that connection almost instantly, and as the Guardian shared over the weekend, the literary world is full of fine examples where the first lines in fiction have been enrapturing readers for decades. Cinema is no different, and we wanted to search for the most unforgettable movie openers. These oft-quotable opening lines have acted as a foreshadowing device, added instant drama, and allowed us to understand the inner workings of different characters’ minds. We could have spent all day reciting first lines from our favorite films, but we narrowed our picks down and left you the opportunity to share your own past the break. … Read More

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Classic Movie Scenes Recreated Around the World

We’re officially obsessed with “movie mimicking,” an ongoing project by world traveler and film fanatic Allen Fuqua, which we first spotted over at My Modern Met. In the photo series, Fuqua goes to far-off countries and takes pictures of himself and his friends standing in for the actors in his favorite films, the shots recreated almost perfectly. The results are amazing — there’s something wonderful about realizing that some of the places inexorably connected to our favorite movies actually exist, and the juxtapositions tap into our subconscious memories in an incredibly satisfying way. Click through to see some of our favorites from Fuqua’s series, and then be sure to check out his website for even more from the project. … Read More

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Mike Mitchell’s Funny, Twee Caricatures of Pop-Culture Icons

Mike Mitchell paints familiar characters as you’ve never seen them before: There’s Homer Simpson blissfully jumping rope, April from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sucking on a Big Gulp, and A.C. Slater from Saved by the Bell sitting backwards, in his usual fashion, on a toilet. Visually, these witty caricatures straddle the line between adorable and creepy; each portrait has the big, watery eyes of a cartoon and the chubby, flushed cheeks of a child. We’ve collected some of our favorite work by Mitchell, who we discovered via The Mary Sue, after the jump. Readers in the Los Angeles area can see these pieces in person through April 28th at Gallery 1988 Melrose, where you can also buy originals and affordable prints. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Kevin Bacon, Chris Colfer, and John C. Reilly have joined a stacked cast that already includes George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, and Martin Sheen in a Rob Reiner-directed performance of Dustin Lance Black’s play 8 on March 3rd in LA. Funds raised by the one-night only show will go to support marriage… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we met the unluckiest person ever. We took a look at presidents and their cars. We watched the highest shallow dive. We saw the world through the eyes of a hula hoop. We learned how scientists reconstruct speech from brain activity. We… Read More

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