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Review: Only God Forgives

Posted by Neil at 16:00 on 24 Jul 2013
Only God Forgives
First things first: let's get all the Drive comparisons out of the way, shall we? 1. Ryan Gosling is in it. 2. Nicolas Winding Refn directs it. Good, that's that done. Now forget about Drive, because Only God Forgives is about as similar to that film as I am to Ryan Gosling. And despite what you may have heard, that is, alas, not at all.

Review: The Place Beyond The Pines

Posted by Neil at 12:00 on 08 Apr 2013
The Place Beyond The Pines
One of the conditions of me joining The Shiznit after closing down my own unbelievably popular and hilarious film blog was that I would become the site's Gosling Correspondent: any and all Ryan Goslingness would have to pass through me before it made it onto the internet. The rest of the team made a bit of a fuss, but when I took my shirt off to reveal my full chest tattoo of Ryan's face, they soon agreed to all my demands. Turns out I didn't need to take my trousers and pants off as well, but still, in for a penny, in for a pound.

Review: Gangster Squad

Posted by Matt at 14:00 on 10 Jan 2013
Gangster Squad
It turns out that I have a small issue with a lot of gangster films, which I didn't realise until watching Gangster Squad. For all their sharp-suited, Tommy gun-wielding adventures, most feel the need to bring home the heavy-hitting drama underlying it all. Of course, there's no problem with this, but it seems to me that Hollywood has spent so long trying to tell us the real story behind some of history's most infamous outlaws, that it seems to have forgotten how to tell us the fake, fun, irresponsible version. This is where Gangster Squad chimes in; a film so gloriously cartoony at times that it feels ripped from the frames and pages of a graphic novel. Even though it is actually um... based on true events.

How to sell Gangster Squad to Korea

Posted by Ali at 09:20 on 15 Oct 2012
How to sell Gangster Squad to Korea
Eastern moviegoing audiences have proved to be a massively untapped market this year, so it's only natural that Warner Bros would want to tailor the marketing for Gangster Squad to make it successful overseas. If you ask me, there's a home run waiting to be hit in South Korea with just a few new tweaks and edits.

Sean Penn's Gangster Squad accent: answers on a postcard

Posted by Ali at 09:45 on 10 May 2012


Took me at least eight plays before I knew what he was bloody talking about. Full trailer for Gangster Squad here.

Everyone else is doing it, so here are our alternate Drive posters

Posted by Ali at 14:45 on 07 Feb 2012
Everyone else is doing it, so here are our alternate Drive posters
Everyone and their dog has created their own alternate Drive poster, so we thought we'd give it a go too. The results are predictably shit.

A true Hollywood glove story

Posted by Ali at 07:00 on 22 Dec 2011
A true Hollywood glove story
I promise I wasn't high or drunk when making this. Just very stupid.

Review: Crazy Stupid Love

Posted by Ali at 12:00 on 20 Sep 2011
Crazy Stupid Love
Crazy Stupid Love is a movie that wants it all. It's a romcom that knows it's a romcom and wants you to know it knows it's a romcom. Characters reference popular movies and the clich├ęs therein; by pointing out the elephants in the room, they're allowing us in on the joke. "Damn, love is crazy and stupid," they nudge and wink to us, but because they acknowledge the craziness and stupidity of movie romance, they assume they'll get away with it. Luckily for us, the characters of Crazy Stupid Love are so darn charming, they do.

Review: Drive

Posted by Ali at 11:00 on 18 Sep 2011
Drive
That Ryan Gosling: so hot right now. It's easy to forget he started his career as a Disney Mouseketeer in the same stable as Britney, Christina and Justin, but today Baby Goose finds himself with two critically-acclaimed movies out on the same day and a Clooney Oscar-grabber still to come. Ladies, if you thought he was hot stuff in Crazy Stupid Love as a spray-tanned, six-packed womaniser, then prepare for your ovaries to implode when you see him play a strong-and-silent getaway driver with a penchant for deep, meaningful gazing sessions. "Hey girl," he seems to say. "I'm capable of astonishing violence, but I'll make a good makeshift father for your son, too." Make no mistake: he's husband material.

Drive, meet Star Wars

Posted by Ali at 22:58 on 27 Aug 2011
Drive, meet Star Wars
Just when you thought Drive couldn't look any more awesome.
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