From moment to moment, The Place Beyond the Pines is a strong piece of work comprised of terse dialogue, pain-eyed performances, sudden bursts of violence, and heavy thematic resonance. Unfortunately, it never quite holds together to deliver anything as profound as the somberly existential tone seems to promise.
We sit down with The Place Beyond the Pines director Derek Cianfrance about how his own experiences honed the film’s takes on father/son relationships and the concept of heroism, his influences, his working relationship with Ryan Gosling, and the different set of challenges between this film and Blue Valentine. We also talk briefly to Dane DeHaan (as much as we can without spoiling the film) about his character and his approach to such an unconventional and sprawling story.
Enter for a chance to win one of ten pairs of passes to an advance screening of The Place Beyond the Pines in Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver courtesy of Dork Shelf and eOne Films.
It's not much more than pulpy, violent gangster entertainment, but Gangster Squad is a blending of old timey conventions with modern filmmaking techniques that makes for major studio B-movie goodness that should be praised rather than condemned.
Dork Shelf sits down with Gangster Squad actor Giovanni Ribisi to talk about growing up in Los Angeles and starring in a period piece from before his time, transitioning to older roles after starting young, the controversy surrounding the film's shifted release date, and why he loved being immersed in the world of the 1940s.
Since we don't get days off on weeks like this, here's part five of our TIFF 2012 coverage with looks at The Place Beyond the Pines, Seven Psychopaths, Hotel Transylvania, A Royal Affair, Thermae Romae, Smashed, Rebelle, and Laurence Anyways.
With his latest film, The Ides of March, George Clooney reasserts himself as one of the best actor-directors working today. As a throwback to the political potboilers of the 1970s and 80s, Ides doesn’t break any terribly new ground, but much like Clooney’s previous directorial efforts it is a solidly constructed and tightly paced film with great performances from an all star cast.
Director Nicolas Winding Refn has proven that he knows the dark world of crime dramas well. His new film Drive manages to be both an immaculate homage to the seminal crime films of Melville and Mann, and a worthy addition to a genre already full of classics.
Two of the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival's biggest (or at least its most star-studded) gala presentations take place today: the Brad Pitt n' baseball crowd-pleaser Moneyball and the George Clooney directed political thriller The Ides of March, starring Ryan Gosling. Our Andrew Parker has seen both films and lets us know whether or not these celebrity-filled galas are worth the rather hefty price of admission.