Fashion & Film Features

Fashion & Film: Ryan Gosling’s Otherworldly Jacket in Drive (2011)

That’s Ryan Gosling at the wheel. After all the singing and dancing in La La Land, here is a little reminder that he can do tough, too (but then again, he can take on any role). Gosling is the Driver in Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 American debut. With uncanny skill, in league with cinematographer Newton Thomas […]

Features Lost Classics Reviews

Lost Classic: Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2009)

If “art is an act of violence” as the uncompromising Nicolas Winding Refn has attested, then his vicious Viking abstraction Valhalla Rising must surely belong in the Louvre. Cut to the bone in terms of narrative and dialogue, the only thing harsher than the inevitability of (often brutal) death in Refn’s powerful and primeval journey […]

Features New Releases Reviews

New Releases: The Neon Demon

To give you an impression of how disappointing and utterly miscalculated Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon really is, let me say that it contains a scene in which a character engages in heartbroken sex with an iced-over corpse, and your gut response somehow turns out to be, “Is that honestly all you’ve got?” It […]