Ryan Gosling is a tremendously talented actor, but he should really leave the storytelling to someone else. In his debut as a writer-director, the stylish-but-maddening Lost River, he seems to have picked up all of the worst habits of the auteurs he’s worked with over the course of his career—especially Nicolas Winding Refn, whose signature brand of empty, neon-lit nihilism (Drive, Only God Forgives) is so copied here, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Gosling wants to be a forger as well as a filmmaker.
Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River has inspired a lot of strong feelings over the past year. When the film played at Cannes, it was met with both cheers and boos while the movie’s screening at the recent SXSW Festival prompted a marriage proposal. Now that, folks, is a positive review.
Johnny Jewel, the multi-instrumentalist and composer (not to mention labelhead behind Glass Candy, Chromatics, Desire, and Symmetry) who has worked on films like Drive and Bronson, re-teamed with Ryan Gosling (Drive) to score Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, due out this spring. Following an opening burst of dialogue, “Bullytown” is a deeply moody, exceptionally tense instrumental piece.
Lost River, Ryan Gosling directorial debut that was given the rude raspberry treatment by critics when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, will get a limited theatrical release after all. The movie will play in New York and Los Angeles on April 10, the same day it becomes available on VOD.
A dark fairy-tale set in the burned-out shell of a decaying city, Lost River stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Iain De Casestecker, Ben Mendelsohn, and Matt Smith. The film will make its North American debut at SXSW in March. “I am excited that Lost River is being released by Warner Bros. and having its North American premiere at SXSW,” said Gosling, in a statement. ”It’s a small specialty film, so for me, this day-and-date theatrical and digital release plan provides the best of both worlds. It allows those who are interested in seeing my film in a theater to do so without excluding the majority of people who don’t have access to a specialty cinema. VOD is giving a new life to independent cinema and I’m very excited to have the opportunity to showcase the wonderful work of my cast and crew on such a broad platform.”
The new trailer captures the Lynchian vibe that the film’s defenders noted.
'Lost River' teaser trailer: First look at fantasy thriller from writer/director Ryan Gosling -- VIDEO
Ryan Gosling has moved completely behind the camera and into a dark underworld for the film Lost River. Gosling wrote and directed the film about a teenage boy who discovers a mysterious road leading to an underwater town. From the looks of the first official trailer for the film, that barely begins to tell the fantastical story.
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