The Ryan Gosling Film Audiences are Booing
July 18, 2013
'Drive' director Nicolas Winding Refn returns with 'Only God Forgives.'
Derek Cianfrance's America
March 29, 2013
For the second time, Derek Cianfrance has put Ryan Gosling on the edge of a great character: the American failure who has the neediness and the inner life of a wild genius.
Worthwhile Canadian Coolness
November 09, 2012
Canada, long considered the U.S.'s boring, denim-wearing neighbor, has become America's leading purveyor of cool.
He is called “Driver” on the wishful but forlorn principle that you only need to be what you do. He works in an auto repair shop in Los Angeles for a man named Shannon (Bryan Cranston), whose heavy limp bespeaks a bad history with the Mob. It is Shannon, acting as an amiable manager, who guides Driver into other jobs: doing stunts for movies; and driving the getaway car on serious robberies.
August 22, 2011
Joe Biden and a Mongolian wrestler. Ryan Gosling breaks up a fight. All the different theories for what’s wrong with the economy. “Leading from behind” to victory. Everything's coming up Milhouse for Bernard-Henri Lévy.
David Thomson on Films: 'Blue Valentine'
January 17, 2011
As the award season builds, Blue Valentine is being promoted by the Weinstein Company as “the most provocative film of the year.” That’s not far-fetched: This is a challenging experience, and a conscientious effort to expose raw lives. But is it a movie or a new way of revealing helplessness? Perhaps the picture’s largest strength and problem is that its two embedded performances--from Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams--leave us realizing their characters may not be suited to either marriage or a great fictional movie.