A look at Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines
Featuring Ryan Gosling as a motorcycle stuntman turned bank robber, Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines immediately conjures comparisons to Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive. And, for the first five minutes, Beyond the Pines does seem to be in the same vein as Refn’s thriller. However, what follows is something so unexpected that it will completely defy your expectations. The trailer for Beyond the Pines sells the film as a high speed thriller. However, it is much more focused on the actions that shape peoples’ lives than any high speed chase.
Eugene Jarecki’s latest documentary, The House I Live In, is difficult but essential viewing. Cinéma du Parc, opening March 29
From early in the screening of The House I Live In, I got the powerful sensation of familiarity. I was entering into a documentary by filmmaker Eugene Jarecki. And that’s a very good thing; Jarecki is quite simply a genius at analyzing complex issues, at showing us how the personal and political are intricately interwoven.