Movie of the Day – Drive (LP Edition)

So I have talked about this movie several times in the past, mainly since I first reviewed it and then another time when it was also a Movie of the Day post as well.  But today folks, today is special.  The LP Edition of this post is mainly so I can show off two pieces of Mondo goodness that are related to the movie that I have gotten in the past month, basically culminating with the acquisition of the long awaited Mondo Drive LP pressing. Behold!

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Yeah I even managed to score the rare pink pressing of the LP.  I can’t even begin to tell you all how excited I am and that this LP is the little brother to this beauty that is currently hanging up in my house:

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So yeah I feel that with today’s haul, this is a good enough time to pick Drive as my Movie of the Day.

You know the drill, here is an excerpt and  link to the original review I did to the movie and really, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, DO IT!

Have a good day!

It’s rare when I will come out and say “that is a perfect movie”.  Everything just vibes and connects so well that it’s a seamless experience watching the movie.  I love having my expectations altered in the movie and the play on the genre was refreshing and changed the game for me.  I have been impressed with Refn’s previous movies and this is no exception.  Refn take the simplistic genre of action and car chases, injects it with this European sensibility and gives us one the most stylish movies of year.  Shocking and beautiful violence, electro-pop soundtrack tempo, strong character types, and an unconventional genre skewing film all produce one of my favorite movies of the year.

Click here for the full review.

Movie of the Day – Stay

With a 26% rating on RottenTomatoes.com, Stay is really an enigma of a film.  On the outset, I should be hating a film that is flat on the story even when it tries and fails spectacularly to be deep and mind bending.  I should know better not to get tripped up in a film that relies on its laurels of visuals and trippy, factured narrative.  Maybe I enjoy the film for the cast of incredible talent and Mr. Baby Goose himself, Ryan Gosling.  The more I reflect on the film and the more I watch it, I find myself being sucked into the film itself, almost too David Lynchian in it’s appearance and structure.  Damn my love of David Lynch.

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Movie of the Day – Drive

Drive.  I could go at length about how amazing this film is and how it was a damn travesty that it wasn’t nominated for more Oscars other than the sound mixing one which was just a meager bone thrown to the fans of Drive.  I guess that is why I am posting about it today, to make a point about how unbelievable this movie is.  Sure, the movie is made out to be this Fast and Furious clone, which I guess if you are in it for the car chases, you won’t enjoy this movie.  Hell, some lady sued the people who made the movie because the trailer made it seem like a action film.  While I that lady should kick rocks, I guess that might be a deal breaker for a lot of people.  If you can look past this “flaw”, what you will fine is one of the most dynamic films that is a genre mash-up like no other.


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Movie of the Day – The Ides of March

With our current political climate, I like many other people out there are being bombarded with about a billion fucking primaries that ultimately mean shit in the end.  I guess to temper my enthusiasm for politics, I will talk about a movie I previously reviewed and considering it is getting some award nods here and there, it makes for a good post.

The Ides of March is a solid film, one that I really enjoyed watching for the slow pacing and quiet, somber acting from the lead Ryan Gosling.  The film’s strong points come out when you least expect it, either from a quiet scene which has Gosling looking an answer amidst his decay or the tension filled scenes of backroom politics.  It’s a strong script which is carried to perfection by the stunning cast of actors involved with the film.  Gosling, Clooney, Hoffman, Giamatti, and even Tomei all have a guiding hand in where the focus of the film leads us to.  It’s a brilliantly cast film with a lot of silent, stoic roles, along with the occasional dramatic outburst.  All the emotional scenes are framed with a sense of urgency, as the go go side of politics is in effect since the outcome of the election hinges on what happens next.  While I said it was a slow pace film earlier, I mean that the buildup to the final revelation or conclusion takes a bit to get to.  The exposition scenes and meetings between rivals are filled with an underlying current of rage and distrust.  All of this works to the benefit of the film.

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Movie Review – The Ides of March

So politics isn’t really my thing. Yes, I realize that the political process is important, I do vote and I do try to stay apprised of the issues that matter to me, but I honestly can’t stand the mainstream media.  Whether it is Fox blaming liberals or CNN blaming conservatives about everything else, there is little discussion being had, rather just a shouting match that escalates everyday.  I get my news from The Daily Show, which is sad since it is a comedy show about politics.  While the politics are digestible as comedy bites and filled with snark, we don’t glean anything important about politics other than who is right and who is wrong.

I have talked about political movies before on this site.  More so about the behind the scenes motives of those involved with elections, presidency, or even those that shape the opinions of the public.  There is one thing that I think people forget and that politics is a game just like any other game.  Only what’s at stake is the well-being of citizens that they are trying to represent.  It’s a game with the ultimate prize and that changes people, for better or worse in the end.  Sure we sit and watch our candidate get on the pulpit and spout off about changing the world and making it better for all of us, but at what cost to us, to him/her does it take to get there?  To get to that position of power to make our hopes and dreams come alive.  There is this saying, Beware the Ides of March, that titles the film about those that engage in the game of politics.  Beware of what you get yourself into, cause the outcome may or may not be favorable.

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Movie of the Day – Lars and the Real Girl

Well if I decide to do some post about a romantic comedy/drama you can tell its going to be a bit off in the traditional sense.  Lars and the Real Girl continues my ongoing saga of basically finding the beauty of love in film with the absurd and sometimes non-traditional relationship dramas.  I am not sure how to essentially proceed with an opening since this movie is about a social closed off gentlemen who is having a relationship with a sex doll.  Apparently these creepy dolls are for real which makes the relationship just a bit weirder.  Screw it.  This  is damn entertaining.

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Movie Review – Drive

Drive has been this little enigma in the midst of big summer movies, slowly creeping up the release date schedule as it comes off the end of the summer movie season.  I had blogged about this movie before, getting excited to see what the Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn will come up with next.  If you aren’t familiar with his works, I suggest you get on Netflix and check out his films Valhalla Rising, the cult smash Tom Hardy driven film Bronson and his Pusher trilogy.  All these films are the product of a meticulous director and one that encapsulates cinema.  His films have been in the back of my mind and I consider Bronson to be one of the best unseen movies around and it was a Tom Hardy vehicle as well.  So when Drive came about, it was this signal to the start of his first mainstream movie.  A director that gets a shot like this needs to come out of the gate and Drive was going to be the pace car for his debut.

What got me excited was the premise and the cast.  Most notably was the dramatic actor Ryan Gosling taking the wheel as the lead and having him become this rough, action star.  Judging by the trailers, we were going to get a fuel injected shot of adrenaline and kinetic action scenes that would set the stage for a fantastic movie.  Well if you aren’t familiar with Refn’s movies, you were going to get something both unique and intense.  So avoiding reviews and press releases, I got an opportunity on Sunday to get a glimpse at Drive.

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