Ryan is still missing somewhere (though I'm sure he is in LA and I'm still waiting for the big announce of the Sundance!! Because I really hope Ryan would premiere his How To Catch A Monster in Park City next January) so what can we do?
As for me, I'm having good times watching his movies in the evening as Italian Tv offer is really a poor poor one.
So, after watching Stay on Monday evening (great great movie... I've just ordered the UK uncut version as I had the regular Italian dvd) yesterday I've decided to watch (again, as I'm totally obsessed by) Drive.
Drive is something incredible. The first time I've watched it I was like: "well, so what?". I couldn't decide if I liked it or not. But I couldn't stop thinking about it (don't forget, I've started following Ryan in Mid 2012 after watching Ides of March and Drive was my 3rd movie with him and the 1st by Nicolas WR) so I've watched it twice few days after and....
Gos!!! That movie has opened my eyes on a new kind of making movies and acting.
Before discovering Ryan I used to watch movies like Indiana Jones or the Stallone and Schwarzenegger kind or My Big Fat Greek Wedding kind.
Then a friend lent me The Ides of March (she loves Clooeney) and I was about: "Gaah!!! It's a political movie. It will be boring!"
Well, GosAdd at the end of the movie I've found myself totally in love with that young weird actor. Honestly, I watched The Notebook but I didn't realize Ryan was younger Noah. I've never followed actors before The Ides of march.
So after Ides I watched The Notebook (screened on Italian tv few days later) and then I've bought Drive after my Summer holidays. I was curious as it seemed a masterpiece.
And after a second viewing, I was obsessed. Obsessed with Ryan ok. But overall obsessed with the movie. I've never seen something like that before. Few dialogues, slow scenes, love that turns into a sudden violence. That was ART. And this post is for chatting about few scenes .
Driver sits on the bed and Blanche is in the bathroom when Driver hears a rumor and he understands. When Driver kills the killer he is in the bathroom covered by blood and one of the 2 killers and Blanche are dead on the floor. Very slowly Driver hides himself by moving backwards til he disappears from the sight. Ok, maybe you would notice nothing but to me that particular shot is breathtaking.
He knocks at Irene's door after Standard's death and he asks to talk to her for a while so he confesses to her saying he was there when Standard passed away, he still has the money and she slaps him in the face. Driver is crying silently (I swear I've seen a tear on his cheek). In this scene I love Ryan/Driver look. His eyes are begging for her forgiveness and for her love.
Extreme sweetness turns into hard violence. Driver understands that man is there for kill him (or them both) and he cares not for himself but for his Irene. It's now clear Driver and Irene are in love (and I love the way Nicolas shows it to us in such a gentle way) and what does Nicolas decide to do? He lights the elevator and when they're kissing the lights dim softly and when it's over they get up again. Maybe because their love is so pure and it's a way to protect it from the cruelty of the world (that in a while explode in front of our eyes).
The absence of dialogues gives you the chance to take time to think, to understand what's unsaid in this movie. You see the love between them, a pure love, a deep love.
And let's not forget the beautiful Soundtrack! Everytime I listen to the sound of Nightcall I feel a shiver down my spine. This movie is poetry to me.
Have you seen the movie? Have you liked it? Let me know.
In the meantime I do wish you a happy week-end.