Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn made a big splash in Hollywood this year with his neo-noir Drive, placing on many lists in our Best of 2011 round-up. You may have heard of his previous films Bronson (featuring the break-out of The Dark Knight Rises villain Tom Hardy) and his Tarkovsky-tinged Valhalla Rising, but not many have seen the trilogy that launched his career, the gangster saga Pusher.
I just got through the trio of films myself, and found them each distinct and gripping, a great preview to see what Refn had in store. Approved by Refn himself this remake, from Spanish director Luis Prieto, includes the ensemble of Agyness Deyn, Richard Coyle, Bronson Webb and Paul Kaye. The film follows the storyline of the first (which starred Kim Bodnia and Mads Mikkelsen), concerning a newbie drug dealer that enters a spiraling ring of problems, leading him to fix them at any cost. Anyway, the Daily Mail (via The Playlist) have the first two stills of Deyn and Cole, which look to mirror the style of the original.
Not seeing how these could improve on Refn’s version with the talent involved, I won’t be seeking them out (and I’m sure I won’t have an easy chance to), as they’ll likely only appear in UK theaters. If you are over there, let us know if you are looking forward to them in the comments and check out the stills above and below. As for Refn, he’ll be shooting Only God Forgives with his boy toy Ryan Gosling this February, with a release likely for next fall.
When discussing the “merit” of titles joining The Criterion Collection, it seems like a no brainer to see Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor’s Safety Last! as the latest masterpiece to get a spine number. The Harold Lloyd-starring comedy remains an endlessly delightful romp, as inventive as well as relatable as it must have felt in [...]
Today marks the launch of our new recurring column, which dives into the cream of the crop when it comes to this week’s home releases, including Blu-ray and DVD, as well recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best films one can take home. Note that [...]
Note: The following piece contains spoilers for both Shadow of a Doubt and Stoker. Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt is already available on Blu-ray, as a component of the sizeable Hitchcock box-set that was released last October. This month, however, sees its individual, standalone release on the format, and the timing couldn’t be more [...]
After a recent New York screening of František Vláčil‘s Marketa Lazarová, my friend and fellow critic, Vadim Rizov, tweeted the following response: “Sheep God war men snow church blood swords ‘old crone’ justice grass wtf WTF UNCLE.” He certainly wasn’t alone in such a confused response. Lazarová — now out on Blu-ray via Criterion — is [...]
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