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Movie Reviews: 'The Salvation' / 'My Life Directed By Nicholas Winding Refn'

2/27/2015 11:10am EST
Movie Reviews: 'The Salvation' / 'My Life Directed By Nicholas W
Some interesting flicks coming out this week for sure. (And we’re not talking "Focus" here folks!) But we would like you to focus as we check out an old school revenge western and a doc on one of the most interesting directors working today. Go below to read the reviews of "The Salvation" and "My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn" and enjoy!

Title: "The Salvation"

Stars: 2 1/2

Genre: Western / Action

Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Director: Kristian Levring

Rating: Not Rated

Running Time: 100 Minutes

Release Company: IFC Films

Website: www.ifc...

Understanding 'Only God Forgives' & Why It's a Masterpiece (Spoilers)

7/22/2013 9:15am EDT
Only God Forgives
Nicolas Winding Refn's latest movie "Only God Forgives" has been almost universally panned by critics, who have called the movie slow, dull, ultra violent, and confusing. To be fairly blunt, most of these reviewers have jumped on the "hate" bandwagon that this film has produced with the hope of getting more hits, considering that this movie is in fact equal to it's predecessor "Drive" in terms of quality and is bound to be a future classic. Just think, "Taxi Driver" got booed at Cannes in it's day and it's hard to think of anyone who doesn't now consider it a masterpiece.

Hollywood of late...

LA Film Fest 2013 Review - 'Only God Forgives' Is Both Brilliant And Flawed

6/21/2013 12:20pm EDT
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First off let me say I’m a big Nicolas Winding Refn fan. From his early work on the famed "Pusher" series to his in-your-face brutality with "Bronson," Refn has an eye for visual violence like no one else. I was disappointed in "Drive," mainly due to the fact that I felt the mainstream story wasn’t a good movie marriage with Refn’s strange cinematic style. Now comes "Only God Forgives," a second teaming of Refn and star Ryan Gosling and on the up side this film is 100% pure Refn through and through. But within the films’ off world of slow visual sequences and crashing musical crescendos...

Review: Refn-less 'Pusher' A Mere Faded Carbon Copy

10/26/2012 11:00am EDT
There’s nothing more amazing then when a talented director takes on a not so original subject and elevates it with style. The ability to breathe life into a tired tale is a special skill reserved for only a few cinematic auteurs with vision. Back in 1996, Danish Director Nicolas Winding Refn showed such ability with his finely tuned take on a drug dealing man on the run entitled "Pusher." It presented a unique visual palate and a palpable tension worthy of some of the finest masters of the genre – Refn was a filmmaking force to be reckoned with. A new but very familiar version of that f...

'The Artist' Leads 2012 BAFTA Nominations

1/17/2012 8:17am EST
The Artist
Silent movie The Artist looks set to continue its winning streak after picking up a massive 12 nominations for the 2012 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA).

The critically-acclaimed film, which won a coveted Best Picture prize at the Golden Globes on Sunday, now looks set to dominate the U.K. film awards after the nominations were announced on Tuesday.

The Artist scored 12 nods in categories including Best Picture and Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius, as well as acting honors for its stars Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo.

British drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is another major c...

'Drive' Dominates The 2011 Satellite Awards

12/19/2011 10:28am EST
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Action thriller Drive was the toast of the 2011 Satellite Awards on Sunday night, winning four of the ceremony's top honors.

Nicolas Winding Refn was named Best Director, while the movie's lead Ryan Gosling fought off competition from stars including George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gary Oldman and Brad Pitt to take home the Best Actor prize.

Albert Brooks landed the Best Supporting Actor trophy, and Refn's movie also won the Best Sounding Editing prize.

However, Drive missed out on the Best Picture Of The Year award, which went to Clooney's The Descendants. The film, a top tip for ...

Carey Mulligan Stopped By Police After Red Bull Bender

11/29/2011 11:23am EST
Carey Mulligan
Carey Mulligan was once pulled over by police for "veering around in the road" while driving in Los Angeles - because she was "so wired" after bingeing on an energy drink.

The An Education star had a brush with the law when she was taking her Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn home, but the cop who pulled them over decided not to take further action.

She tells New York Magazine blog Vulture, "We almost got arrested once in L.A. I used to drive him to and from work when we were doing the movie... and one day we shot until two in the morning. I'd never had Red Bull before, and I had, lik...

Why 'Drive' Could Shift Ryan Gosling's Career Into The Fast Lane

9/17/2011 10:00am EDT
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Most of us ladies know Ryan Gosling as the sweet, sensitive and sexy Noah Calhoun from The Notebook, and most guys know him as that guy they can never live up to their girlfriends. But after Ryan’s new movie Drive, there may be a turn in the table resulting in a few more man crushes in this world. This highly anticipated movie may change Ryan’s career and send him to the top of the Hollywood Food Chain.

Love him or hate him, we all know the guy can act - Half Nelson, Lars and the Real Girl and Blue Valentine proves that. But Drive shows that intense, edgy side of Gosling that makes him sex...

Review: 'Drive' - Two Jews Agree This Over The Top Thriller Stalls (Video)

9/15/2011 1:00pm EDT
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin-Schwartz: Ryan Gosling is 'Driver'. He fast...If you're a burglar, he's your go-to guy. Just make sure you get the job done in five minutes. Because that's all you got... One minute late, Driver is gone.

Now, driving a get-a-way car is Driver's night job. His day job is slightly more glamorous. Driver is a stunt driver for movies...That is, when he's not working as a mechanic, for Shannon (Bryan Cranston) who just happens to be the Driver's agent and manager as well.

Shannon is a man with a dream. He wants to fund a stock car...

Fall 2011 Movie Preview: September

8/29/2011 12:00pm EDT
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The end of the year is always the most exciting time for true movie lovers as the studios release the films they hope to compete in the race for the many awards shows that will happen early next year. This September will have some decent films to choose from (namely "Contagion" and "Drive"), but with a greater amount of less-than-impressive fare than is normally seen. Either way, this first month in the awards season will have moviegoers flocking to the cinema nearly every weekend.

September 2

Apollo 18

This horror/thriller has been called “The Blair Witch Project” set in space, and the ...

LA Film Fest 2011 Review - 'Drive' A Movie Marriage That Doesn't Work

6/21/2011 11:00am EDT
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The strange thing about the engaging work by filmmaker Nicholas Winding Refn (“Bronson” and the “Pusher” trilogy!) is that his movies always seem to relish having an distinctively uneven tone and it’s both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand it’s a unique way of shaking up the traditions of the modern day motion picture, but on the other it’s a discombobulating device that almost ensures the work will never be five-star stuff – a cinematic conundrum indeed. Unfortunately the problem is even more glaring and severe in the case of Refn’s latest outing "Drive" due to the filmmaker abando...

Los Angeles Film Festival 2011 - 'What To See'

6/17/2011 1:30pm EDT
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It’s that time of year again here in sunny Los Angeles, California – LA Film Fest time! The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival taking place June 16-26 in the heart of downtown LA (go to for more details!) is upon us and Starpulse is going to be covering everything fest related this year. From dramatic documentaries to star-studded screenings (and even some free outdoor classics!), we’re gonna be right in the heart of this years event covering all the memorable movies both big and small. (Plus a few parties and mixers just for giggles!)

So to get the cinematic ball rollin...