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In Defense of ‘Only God Forgives,’ the Summer’s Weirdest Movie

“Gruesomely grotesque and pathologically pretentious, a diabolical horror called Only God Forgives may not be the worst movie ever made, but it is unquestionably in the top five.” Unquestionably! Consider this a cry for help: I must stop hate-reading Rex Reed. But for once, Rex — who, we must always remember, lists Punch-Drunk Love, Being John Malkovich, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind among his other contenders for the “worst movie” title — appears to be on the same page as his critical peers about a new independent film. … Read More

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Why Did Ryan Gosling Want So Badly to Get Beat Up in ‘Only God Forgives’?

An hour or so into his latest film, Only God Forgives, Ryan Gosling steps up to the chief antagonist (Vithaya Pansringarm), looks him right in the eye, and poses a two-word question: “Wanna fight?” The two men step into Gosling’s boxing club. The star rolls up his tailored sleeves, undoes his immaculate tie, and puts up his fists. And Pansringarm just beats the bejesus out of him. He then spends the rest of the picture in rather startling face makeup, his golden mug all but unrecognizable behind all the bruises and battery — and this, fascinatingly, was among the first promotional images released for the film. Come see our movie, folks! Here’s America’s Sexiest Man looking like ground chuck! … 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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Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, there’s great stuff from Dustin Hoffman, Jeff Bridges, Ryan Gosling, Jesse Eisenberg, Ryan Reynolds, Carey Mulligan, Kristen Stewart, John Malkovich, Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid, Albert Brooks, Bill Hader, Ted Danson, Kristen Wiig, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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Hollywood’s Cleverest Bait-and-Switch Casting Stunts

If you visit the IMDb page for Pedro Almodovar’s new movie I’m So Excited (out this Friday), you might think a reunion is in the works: the top-billed actors there are Almodovar favorites Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz. So it’s a bit of a surprise to see the film itself, wherein the perversely prankish filmmaker brings in two of the world’s biggest movie stars to appear only in the first scene, running maybe three minutes, before disappearing. Because he knows how we presume these two actors will dominate the film, Almodovar is effectively toying with our expectations; he’s not the first filmmaker to do so. … Read More

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The 50 Greatest Movie Antiheroes of All Time

Last month, this site took a look at the entirety of cinematic history and cooked up a ranking of the 50 best villains of all time. In honor of this week’s release of Man of Steel, the natural follow-up would seem to be a list of the best heroes — except, ugh, how boring are heroes? They can’t hold a candle to the villains, the supporting goons, or (especially) the antiheroes. The latter is usually defined as a protagonist with no heroic virtues or qualities, but that definition can get a little blurry; some would consider characters that are treated as heroes but have a few unlikable or unpopular qualities (like Han Solo, Dirty Harry Callahan, or Snake Plissken). But a true antihero is made of darker stuff than that. Here are a few examples — well, 50, to be… Read More

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Cannes 2013: How the Festival’s Most Anticipated Films Fared With the Critics — And When You Can See Them

The 66th annual Cannes Film Festival is officially behind us. Drama seemed to leap off the screen on the French Riviera with unseasonable rainy weather, a string of robberies, and plenty of emotional moments. The reviews are in, deals have been inked, and the festival’s most prestigious awards have been granted. We took a look at how the most anticipated titles fared with critics and filled you in on the latest details so you can be there when Cannes’ greatest arrive in a theater near you. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Endearingly Exhaustive 2013 Summer Movie Preview

It’s the first weekend in May, so you know what that means: there’s a new Marvel movie in theaters, and the summer movie season has officially begun. It’s a tricky minefield to navigate, rife with sequels and reboots and sequels and adaptations and sequels, but Flavorwire is here to help: our summer movie guide takes you through the entire season, month by month, spotlighting the films that might be worth seeing (Might! Maybe! No promises!) and delicately averting your eyes from the certain dogs. Take a deep breath and put on your 3D glasses; here we… Read More

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