Tag Archives: ryan gosling

Obsession, Submission, and ‘Only God Forgives’: A Conversation With Nicolas Winding Refn

©ourtesy of BlackBooknicolas refn

It’s the hottest day of the summer and Nicolas Winding Refn is sitting outside in a button down shirt peeling hard-boiled eggs. When I meet the acclaimed Danish director at the Bowery Hotel, he’s eating his lunch and taking interviews in the shade, not daring to remove his sunglasses and as always, keeps it cool. This is the second time we’ve met, having previously done an interview back in 2010 for Valhalla Rising—but things were different then. Not only was I quite young and on one of my first in-person interviews with a favorite director and shaking in all-too vibrant dress, but this was before the cult of Drive and the first taste of major Refn appreciation in Hollywood. Known for his violent, color-drenched films that serve up his fetishistic urges on a platter, Refn’s oeuvre is as stimulating and arousing as it is coldly removed from the reality of everyday life. No matter the subject, his characters exist in a world of his own creating, a heightened place where the inextricable link between death and sex is always present and gesture speaks far louder than words. His films are aggressive and carnal yet rather than giving us a stark look at that sense of grit, he slowly inches us towards that internal fire, shining a light onto the beauty in the brutal. With Drive, his ferocious pop fairytale, we saw a softer side to Refn—albeit still dangerous. There was a sense of romance and tenderness we hadn’t seen before in films like Bronson, Valhalla Rising, or the Pusher films. And in the process of creating that film and exposing himself to the Hollywood fantasy, he found his American leading man Ryan Gosling, whose near-silent protagonist drove us through a bloody kinetic love story with a bite. Now having re-teamed once again for Refn’s latest

Continue reading

Only GOD Forgives !!!

©ourtesy of Hillary Weston ,  BlackBookonly god forgives

See a Dark New Batch of Clips and Features for Nicolas Winding Refn‘s ‘Only God Forgives’

In the way that Paul Schrader’s Hardcore felt like pure Schrader id—an absolute tonal and visual summation of his impulsive obsessions—Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest work of brilliance Only God Forgives, feels like an amalgam of both his early cinematic fetishes and what he has been waiting his whole life to be able to show us—completely and utterly a neon-lit and blood-spattered world of his own making. Unlike Drive, Only God Forgives is no Ryan Gosling-led fairytale, rather it’s a hyper-real look at a mother and son out for violent revenge in a Refn world where human connection is always achingly desperate yet staunchly distant. The overwhelmingly color-drenched and stunning film plays like candy for those who crave the filmmakers style and with the release of the feature coming up later this month, there are four new clips for you to feast your eyes and ears on,

Continue reading

No ….I said

©ourtesy of Sleeper Hit by The Daily Omnivore

Sleeper hit refers to a film, book, single, album, TV show, or video game that gains unexpected success or recognition. Sleeper hits often grow in popularity over time. Some sleeper hits achieve unexpected success at the box office immediately upon their initial theatrical release, but this is not typical. Because these films are not expected to do particularly well they often receive little promotion or advertising and take time to register with the public. Typically the sleeper hit relies instead on … Read more

Drive Costume Designer Erin Benach Answers All Your Questions About Ryan Gosling’s Satin Jacket

Drive, director Nicolas Winding Refn’s hyperviolent ode to fast cars and pink fonts, is crammed with memorable visual details: a tense, gloved hand on a steering wheel, Carey Mulligan’s doe-eyed gaze, Ryan Gosling popping skulls like Birdman pops bottles. But the most iconic image of the film is the white satin jacket worn by Gosling’s character, Driver. Pitched perfectly between immaculate throwback and haute hipster, the ever-present jacket — which becomes ever more bloody as the film progresses — was the work of costume designer Erin Benach, a veteran of films including Half Nelson, Blue Valentine, and even a few not starring Ryan Gosling. We spoke with her about her greatest creation.Drive, director Nicolas Winding Refn’s hyperviolent ode to fast cars and pink fonts, is crammed with memorable visual details: a tense, gloved hand on a steering wheel, Carey Mulligan’s doe-eyed gaze, Ryan Gosling popping skulls like Birdman pops bottles. But the most iconic image of the film is the white satin jacket worn by Gosling’s character, Driver. Pitched perfectly between immaculate throwback and haute hipster, the ever-present jacket — which becomes ever more bloody as the film progresses — was the work of costume designer Erin Benach, a veteran of films including Half Nelson, Blue Valentine, and even a few not starring Ryan Gosling. We spoke with her about her greatest creation. – – Follow more on this Interview HERE