Ryan Gosling has quietly emerged in recent years as one of the best actors working in Hollywood today. With a brooding, but affecting intensity, Gosling is, to use an already worn out comparison, the modern day James Dean.
In the past few years, the young actor has been very particular about the roles he chooses, making only a handful of films since exploding onto the scene with his first Oscar nomination for 2006’s Half Nelson. But 2011 is the year of Gosling. Audiences have already seen him in the better-than-expected Crazy Stupid Love this summer and he has got two of the most anticipated films of the year yet to hit theaters.
The George Clooney-directed political drama The Ides of March is due next month (co-starring Clooney, Paul Giamatti, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman), but first, the buzz-building action crime-drama Drive pulls into theaters this weekend.
See where both of these films rank on my Most Anticipated Films for the Remainder of 2011 list (I will give you hint . . . they are both really high up).
Drive certainly has the feel of a pulse-pounding thrill ride and with a tagline like “There are no clean getaways,” how could it not?
A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.
Watch the terrific trailer for the film posted in the VIDEO box on the left side of the article.
In addition to Gosling, the film has an excellent cast – Carey Mulligan (An Education), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy), Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood, Sucker Punch), and an uncharacteristically menacing Albert Brooks (Taxi Driver, voice of Marlin in Finding Nemo).
Drive is directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, whose previous films are all very good – The Pusher trilogy (criminal underworld in Copenhagen), Bronson (England’s most notorious prisoner), and Vahalla Rising (one-eyed Viking warrior). The film is loosely based on the novel by James Sallis.
The film premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received unanimous rave reviews and Refn walked away with the Best Director Award.
So basically, the film looks awesome and you should go see it. And you can this weekend, when the film opens nationwide.
Starting Friday, September 16, Drive will join the lineup at Chalmette Movies with four showtimes daily – 2:25, 4:45, 7:20, and 9:35 pm. The film also opens at the Hollywood Cinemas 9 in Kenner on Friday.
Also opening this weekend at Chalmette Movies and theaters nationwide is Straw Dogs, the remake of the classic 1971 Sam Peckinpah film of the same name. This time around the English countryside of the original is traded in for Louisiana, which is where the new version was filmed. So support the Louisiana film industry by going to see this film as well! Chalmette Movies showtimes for the film – 2:15, 4:30, 7:15, and 9:30 pm.
So come out and support Chalmette Movies (8700 W. Judge Perez Dr.) by catching one or both of these wonderful new films, so that the theater can continue bringing interesting films like these to the New Orleans-area. Also, visit the theater’s website for more information, directions, showtimes, and ticket prices.
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