Wednesday, 5 October 2011

How about this - shut your mouth or I'll kick your teeth down your throat and I'll shut it for you.

Drive/Crazy Stupid Love/Half Nelson (2011/2011/2006)
Chosen by me because I like the cinema and a friend lent me Half Nelson. 

A trio of movies all with interesting, powerful performances from Gosling going to different ends.
Drive is a terrific, pared down thriller where you have to gather two people fall for each other just by looking ad at each other. It manages to be cool, though slightly forced, with an amazing soundtrack and great actors in the secondary roles (a lot has been said of Albert Brooks, quite rightly, but Christina Hendricks really excels in a small role).
Crazy, Stupid Love is probably the weakest of the three. Another small scale 'indy' styled comedy vehicle for Steve Carrell it starts, slightly worringly, suggesting Carrell should become an asshole to get women but is funny enough to get away with it and does make some effort to explore this notion on a more than just a surface level.
Half Nelson relies on the power of it's central actors for a slight but compelling tale of a student and teacher.

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