Drive – 2011, Rated R. 100 minutes. Starring: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, & Ron Perlman. My rating: 9 out of 10.
That doesn't mean the movie is bad however, it just means that the marketing campaign for the film was misleading. All of the performances in this film are outstanding. I especially liked Albert Brooks as a slimy gangster, playing against his usual type. He got a Golden Globe nomination for his performance but didn't get any love from the Oscars. Overall this is a great film, it's just a lot slower of a flow for the story than I was expecting. When the film does bring the action and violence however, it comes very powerfully for a few brief moments, including amongst other scenes a head stomping that makes the scene in American History X look tame. That scene almost makes you squeamish, and the look of horror on a bystander character who I won't name to avoid spoilers is priceless.
The Ides of March - 2011, Rated R. 101 minutes. Starring: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, & Evan Rachel Wood. My rating: 9 out of 10.
Given the cast, it is no surprise that the acting across the board is phenomenal and the movie is a joy to watch as these actors at the height of their game interact with each other. Clooney is great as the candidate, being the type of candidate that the Democrats only wish they could field (at least in the beginning) in real life, while Gosling's slow descent into political apathy is very interesting to watch unfold. His journey through this film is very interesting to watch. I think of the 3 films he did in 2011 this one has his best performance. The nuance he shows as he changes from the naive youth to bitter, hardened, jaded political operative in only a few weeks is a masterful performance, and it is a shame he didn't get any recognition from the awards this year. If you like movies that are about politics, or just enjoy watching outstanding acting, then go see this movie right away.
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