Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

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Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by HungFist » 04 Apr 2013, 08:20

I've been dying to see this before filming even began. Trailer:
http://movies.yahoo.com/news/hot-traile ... 06044.html

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From Nicolas Winding Refn, whose previous film Drive (2011) is cinematic perfection and the best film of the decade so far.

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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by Markgway » 04 Apr 2013, 13:56

HungFist wrote:From Nicolas Winding Refn, whose previous film Drive (2011) is cinematic perfection and the best film of the decade so far.
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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by luckystars » 04 Apr 2013, 18:53

Drive was 'great' but I'd go no further in praise than that :)


I'm still excited to see this collaboration ;)
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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by Markgway » 05 Apr 2013, 00:31

Drive was overrated.

The first half was pretty decent, the second half a lot less so.
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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by HungFist » 22 May 2013, 11:44

Finnish film reporter reports back from Cannes: Refn's most beautiful and horrifying film. Plenty of neonlights. Gosling only has about 17 lines of dialogue. Far, far more violent than Drive. Some of the audience loved it, many are so upset (over the violence, apparently) that they are enraged.

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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by grim_tales » 24 May 2013, 09:19

I heard that too, doesnt seem to have gone down well at Cannes, very polarising:

http://uk.movies.yahoo.com/drive-direct ... 00819.html

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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by HungFist » 24 May 2013, 11:17

grim_tales wrote:I heard that too, doesnt seem to have gone down well at Cannes, very polarising:

http://uk.movies.yahoo.com/drive-direct ... 00819.html
Isn't that a good thing?

Decent chance of being the best film of the year I'd say.

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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by luckystars » 24 May 2013, 12:57

As much as I enjoyed Drive I was still left wondering 'what the fuss was all about'

It was a good indie film but still silly and loaded with cliche. I guess those who felt it was a masterpiece might now wonder why the director can't do the same thing twice - and maybe their beloved Drive was a bit goofy and OTT after all

Ps that wasn't a shot at Hung at all
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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by HungFist » 24 May 2013, 14:38

Drive comparisons are understandable considering it's Refn + Gosling + Martinez again, but then again, Refn's been one of the most interesting European directors since 1996, and most of his films aren't much like Drive at all...

Drive is a combination of fairytale and 80's pop dream in the 2000's... perhaps if you were looking for an original storyline you may have been disappointed, but that's not really what the film is about at all. Saw it in cinema four times and was more impressed every time (except maybe on the 4th when I could remember every cut and camera angle by heart, lol)

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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by luckystars » 24 May 2013, 21:22

HungFist wrote:Drive comparisons are understandable considering it's Refn + Gosling + Martinez again, but then again, Refn's been one of the most interesting European directors since 1996, and most of his films aren't much like Drive at all...

Drive is a combination of fairytale and 80's pop dream in the 2000's... perhaps if you were looking for an original storyline you may have been disappointed, but that's not really what the film is about at all. Saw it in cinema four times and was more impressed every time (except maybe on the 4th when I could remember every cut and camera angle by heart, lol)
I don't think I could watch it again for maybe 5 years :oops:
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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by Markgway » 25 May 2013, 01:27

'Drive' is the only Refn film I've seen and I've no desire to watch it again. For me it was like a 70s movie, say 'Driver', only not as good, and with slabs of contemporary excessive violence thrown in for 'shock value'. I didn't hate 'Drive', the first half was reasonably absorbing, but it was unquestionably the most overrated film of 2011.
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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by HungFist » 06 Jun 2013, 10:38

Rated 16 in France, lowered to 12 after distributor complaint.

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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by Markgway » 06 Jun 2013, 15:13

Rambo - a '12' in France? A child rapist has his intestines ripped out! Crazy frogs!
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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by bradavon » 02 Aug 2013, 22:27

I saw this earlier. Apart from the lead/director and some similar style/music choices it's rather different to Drive. Drive is more fun but this is the better made film without a doubt.

I really enjoyed it. It's very violent in places, one scene in particular I wasn't expecting (could've done without it being as long as it was). Ryan Gosling is playing a very different character, not what you'd expect for most of the movie. Kristin Scott Thomas is excellent.

7 out of 10 I reckon.

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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by gasteropod » 02 Aug 2013, 22:44

I hated it tbh, so pretentious IMO.

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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by bradavon » 02 Aug 2013, 23:54

I didn't find it pretentious at all. Arty doesn't always equal pretentious.

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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by Markgway » 03 Aug 2013, 00:13

bradavon wrote:Arty doesn't always equal pretentious.
No, sometimes it equals boring, too.
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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by gasteropod » 03 Aug 2013, 02:20

bradavon wrote:I didn't find it pretentious at all. Arty doesn't always equal pretentious.
A large percentage of my collection is art films, but I found this film pretentious and yes, extremely boring.

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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by Markgway » 03 Aug 2013, 10:19

Gas is the King of Criterion; if he says it's pretentious and boring, he would know!! :P
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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by bradavon » 03 Aug 2013, 11:21

Ha ha.

Arty and Art don't mean quite the same thing :-|

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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by gasteropod » 03 Aug 2013, 14:00

Markgway wrote:Gas is the King of Criterion; if he says it's pretentious and boring, he would know!! :P
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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by saltysam » 03 Aug 2013, 15:00

Think i'd sooner eat my right testicle rather than risk sitting through some of that stuff Criterion put out :icon_suspect:
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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by Markgway » 03 Aug 2013, 16:15

saltysam wrote:Think i'd sooner eat my right testicle rather than risk sitting through some of that stuff Criterion put out :icon_suspect:
Is it tastier than your left?
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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by Xenon » 07 Aug 2013, 20:30

saltysam wrote:Think i'd sooner eat my right testicle rather than risk sitting through some of that stuff Criterion put out :icon_suspect:
Yeah... I'd rather eat your right testicle too.

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Re: Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) (2013)

Unread post by Shingster » 07 Aug 2013, 23:08

I was watching this today and I immediately thought "Hungfist is going to love this". The mood is like early Wong Kar Wai meets early Sion Sono. :D
I enjoyed it a lot, it IS a little pretentious but it makes perfect sense and it is soooo, so stylish.

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