Saturday, March 30, 2013

'The Place Beyond the Pines'

A movie review from Betsy Sharkey, at the Los Angeles Times, "Review: In 'The Place Beyond the Pines,' society is the bad guy."

Violence is the trigger in "The Place Beyond the Pines," Derek Cianfrance's latest love letter to bad breaks. But it's the ripple effect of responsibility, regret, limited resources and guilt that makes "Pines" particularly relevant in a time when so many struggle from paycheck to paycheck.

Starring Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, Ray Liotta and Dane DeHaan, the movie is intimate in its telling, sweeping in its issues and stumbles only occasionally.

The idiosyncratic Cianfrance tends to gravitate toward the economically challenged who live lives of desperation. It's a cultural slice that seems as forgotten by cinema as by society, those carrying a deep longing for the American dream of home and family, and a deep resentment that it is out of reach...
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I've got some time over the Easter Break to catch a couple of movies. And I'd have a crush on Ryan Gosling if I was a homosexual, so what the heck?