1. theipc says:

    EXCELLENT as always!

    • Monkeyboy says:

      Thank you! When’s the deadline for the next Shitfest by the way?

      • theipc says:

        Honestly – I wanted it to be the 31st but everyone’s been so busy with the holidays that I haven’t received much – it might be a SHITFAIR. So – still open!

        • Monkeyboy says:

          Well, I could probably get something done for the 31st, but if you wanted to extend the deadline into January, a February Shitfest might not be so bad, if you want to get more posts! Up to you of course. You might get a sudden rush of entries nearer the day anyway.

  2. 70srichard says:

    Ryan Gosling, graduate of the Natalie Portman school of drama.

  3. CMrok93 says:

    So true. Gosling definitely used his poker face well here.

    • Monkeyboy says:

      I’m not even sure it was Gosling’s real face. I think they just took a photograph of that one expression, then digitally put it on top of another actor’s head. The real Ryan Gosling was probably at home, watching a Breaking Bad boxset.

  4. Mark Walker says:

    Haha! Interesting take on it Monkey. Great post!

    • Monkeyboy says:

      Cheers, Mark. After Drive, I really wanted to love this movie, but I was disappointed. It looks gorgeous, and the soundtrack is awesome. But mostly, it’s like watching paint dry.

  5. Nostra says:

    You forgot one: He gets his ass kicked ;) Personally I loved the movie though, one which ended up in my top 10 for 2013 actually.

  6. ckckred says:

    Couldn’t have summed it up better myself ;-)

  7. I was totally engrossed by this one. Sorry you didn’t like it so much.

    • Monkeyboy says:

      I wanted to like it a lot more than I did, as I loved Drive. Refn seemed to pulling back from the more mainstream success that he had with Drive. Felt closer to some of his earlier stuff like Valhalla Rising (which I quite enjoyed, admittedly).

  8. thycriticman says:

    Laughed out loud. A buddy of mine put this in his top five, and I have been meaning to watch it. However, a 2 in a half does not make me want to rush.

    • Monkeyboy says:

      It’s a gorgeous looking, beautiful sounding film. But the story needs more meat on its bones. I just didn’t find it very satisfying. It’s not even a case of “not getting it”, the film is blatant with its symbolism: lots of stuff to do with hands etc. It’s not a hard film to understand.

      You should absolutely watch it though. It’s one of those films that splits opinion down the middle, it seems. You might end up loving it. And that’s fine. I just expected more after Drive. It feels like a step backwards.

      • thycriticman says:

        It really is getting that sort of reaction. The friend who loved it did mention he let the story slide just because of how wonderful it looks. I’m a tad bit more picky when it comes to good script writing.

        I think I will. With that said, I still have not watched Drive or The Place Beyond the Pines either. Have not seen much of Gosling other than Gangster Squad or Lars and the Real Girl from ages ago.

        • Monkeyboy says:

          Funnily enough, Gangster Squad and Lars and the Real Girl are two Gosling films I haven’t seen yet. Place Beyond The Pines is less of a Gosling film than Drive. Don’t really want to say much more than that for fear of spoilers.

          • thycriticman says:

            I may take a day or two to catch up on him, as most do say he is a good actor. Anyways, I just feel a real need to inform you that Gangster Squad is pure popcorn action and beautiful cinematography, with a script that could have been a lot, lot more. Falls into the same category as you described with this film actually….

  9. OMG this movie was so annoying. Ryan Gosling is hot, that’s all I like about this film. Aesthetically it’s great, it’s like watching an editorial for a magazine come alive, but the story was trying to hard to be avant garde.

    • Monkeyboy says:

      Hi, I’m normally much quicker replying to comments, but have been busy messing with my site’s layout!! Agree the film looks lovely. I don’t think it could look more beautiful, but bloody hell, the story… very tedious at times.

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