Double Bill: DRIVE and THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

Each of these film noirs feature Ryan Gosling as a stunt-driver in entertainment, who moonlights doing mechanical auto work for a garage owner, who moonlights as a criminal on the side, and gets Ryan Gosling crime-work.  Gosling is a stunt-driver with skillz, displaying a mechanical genius AND a driving genius that knocks his fellows out …

BICYCLE THIEVES, aka THE BICYCLE THIEF

I watched BICYCLE THIEVES, which I haven’t seen since I thought it was called THE BICYCLE THIEF. SPOILER I really only strongly recalled the scene where the father treats himself and Bruno to lunch; yet, even that felt different than I remembered it! I was awfully surprised how poorly I remembered the story overall; I …

Double Bill: PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES and LE DÎNER DES CONS

Two films from the modern world’s two initial republics; each is about a trim, urbane, well-dressed, successful businessman with a satisfying home life who encounters a bumbling, hefty, less attractive, unsophisticated lower class worker with a heart of gold and no one to call his own, whom he cannot get rid of and who ultimately, …