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[–]mrpoopybutthole551 67 points68 points  (8 children)

This and Blue Valentine are fantastic movies. Haven’t seen the Light Between Oceans but Derek Cianfrance creates such great atmosphere in his movies.

[–]send-in-the-yams 44 points45 points  (0 children)

I remember passing by a theater one day and that Cianfrance's new film was supposed to be out soon. I vaguely knew only a few details and I thought the title, so on a whim, I went in and bought a ticket. So I was sitting there, recognized Bradley Cooper, but no Ryan Gosling. Also a lot sillier than expected. Not gritty at all. Weren't there supposed to be bank robberies? It took me til the end of the first act that I finally figured out I bought a ticket to the wrong movie - Silver Linings Playbook.

[–]Im_Big_In_Japants 16 points17 points  (3 children)

Blue valentine made me access emotion I never knew I had. I was a blubbering mess with that movie.

[–]Angry_Foamy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This. I saw this alone in the theater and was quietly weeping to myself during the kitchen scene.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Blue Valentine and Blue Velvet just got swapped in my head, this thread was all very confusing.

[–]bucknutz18 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Made me feel something I have never felt in a movie before.

[–]jonjonman 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Cianfrance is one of my favorite directors. Adore BV, like PBTP despite it not being perfect. His last film was just awful, IMO. Like a different director.

[–]brokenwolf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Light Between Oceans was way better than I expected. Vikander slays in it. If its on netflix its worth a look.

[–]Andrewkira96[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I saw Light Between Oceans when it premiered at my local cinema. I actually picked up the novel and started reading it back when I heard Derek Cianfrance was announced to direct this movie in 2013. I finished the book and loved it, and eventually the movie released (2016) and it was beautiful. It stayed faithful to the novel and as you mentioned, the atmosphere he created for this film was breathtaking. Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander both delivered phenomenal performances, but sadly no best actor/actress performances. It's also nice to see that Fassbender and Vikander fell in love in the set of this movie and got married!

[–]500DaysofNight 61 points62 points  (7 children)

Ryan Gosling was killing it then. Drive, The Place Beyond the Pines, Blue Valentine and I would even add Only God Forgives too. All fantastic films.

[–]dergster 17 points18 points  (0 children)

still killing it IMO, Nice Guys, La La Land, BR2049...

[–]champion_dave 40 points41 points  (2 children)

Don't forget the best rom com of the last decade: Crazy Stupid Love.

[–]500DaysofNight 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I did forget that! It was great too! That huge clusterfuck of a fight towards the end was pure greatness.

[–]TeeNguyen 5 points6 points  (0 children)

And the scene when he lifts Stone up is hilarious

[–]blakxzep 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Hows he still not killing it? The nice guys la la land and blade runner and probably first man as well.

[–]bungeechord 0 points1 point  (1 child)

He definitely has those movies to thank for his less frequent but much higher profile roles of late, Lala Land is not my thing at all but it's good to see him go beyond the brooding quiet guy thing.

[–]Dudensen 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This might sound weird but...I really like him as an actor. I especially love the quiet side of him. When he is just standing there and gives a look, I like that in his films. When he opens his mouth, especially when he tries to portray a lot of emotion, he steps down a level for me. I don't know, that's what I got from Lala land. I didn't mind that in Blade Runner.

[–]heyyoufartfart 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Incredible movie. I saw it right before my son was born and it was maybe the most emotional experience I've ever had watching a movie.

[–]Andrewkira96[S] 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Aw man, that's always been on my mind after having seen this movie. It really makes you think about what you are leaving behind for your kids

[–]spiiierce 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The director commentary is great and he talks about those themes that y’all are talking about

[–]dancingbear41 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Dane Dehann is awesome in the third part, but like most people have said the movie is at its best during the opening Gosling scenes.

[–]Aesop_Rocks 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Great movie. Saw it shortly after Drive came out and I was pleasantly surprised by how good it really is. In fact, I'm gonna watch it again soon!

[–]trevo_p 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Love it

[–]riddin365 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I love it

It also has one of my favorite Ryan Gosling performance

[–]AtomicManiac 18 points19 points  (2 children)

I love the first 30 or so minutes. The second act is pretty good, but the third act. Jesus that whole third act can just fall off. The writing of and the acting of the two teenagers just makes me angry.

I understand the themes and all, but I feel like that third act completely ruins what would otherwise be a pretty good film.

[–]mexican_mystery_meat 3 points4 points  (1 child)

The third act really made me dislike Emory Cohen before I saw him again in Brooklyn.

[–]MeineMeinungen 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I totally never connected that those were the same actor. He was so much skinnier in Brooklyn.

[–]Milanista21 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I wouldn't say it's my all time favourite. But I love it. A definite 9 for me. Rewatched it so many times and Gosling is my favourite actor.

[–]Ghostface215 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Great movie! It was filmed right near where I live and one of my dad's friends was paid for use of his house during filming.

[–]Andrewkira96[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's cool! I hope it wasn't the house where Gosling stormed inside in and eventually died by getting shot haha

[–]ReservoirDog316 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Amazing movie. Found it randomly just changing the channels with no clue of the kinda depth it would have so color me shocked when the movie just kept going and going. Just love it plain and simple.

Here's a 37 minute, uncut, conversation/interview with the director about the movie from the amazing youtube channel DP30. Really interesting guy and I highly recommend watching if you enjoyed the movie.


[–]Andrewkira96[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yes I have seen it! Its always so interesting hearing him talk about his movies, it resembles his director's commentary on The Place Beyond the Pines blu ray. Actually hearing him talk about the movie while I watched it brought a tear in my eye

[–]ReservoirDog316 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yup. He seems like a very real kinda guy compared to the way most filmmakers talk about their movies.

[–]Im_Big_In_Japants 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It moved me like no other movie before it and I can't even tell you why. It just did. Very powerful movie.

[–]shmoove_cwiminal 14 points15 points  (5 children)

I liked the first half. I found the 2nd half weak. The kid with the Long Island accent ruined every scene he was in.

[–]Vaginal_Stank 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Great in Chronicle, shit in everything else I've seen him in so far.

[–]sweetehman 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Dane Dehaan was in Chronicle, but he did not play the kid with the Long Island accent in Place Beyond The Pine. That was Emory Cohen.

[–]Naydawwwg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cohen was pretty good in the OA.

[–]Vaginal_Stank -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Ah, sorry, I just remembered the kid and kind of lumped them together. Wasn't he Cooper's son?

[–]sweetehman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah the LI kid, Cohen, was Coopers son.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Watch the interview with the director. It really made me appreciate the movie even more https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V55bE-ikodg

[–]no_spoon 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Wow thanks for that

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

if I had any sort of filmmaking talent, that interview would have been inspirational

[–]MGSCG 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I really like the movie, it's not my favorite of all time, but it's in my top 50 or 25

[–]Andrewkira96[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I can agree with that. I've had a fair share of friends I've made watch the movie and they would completely bash me for labeling it as my favorite movie haha

[–]BITW44 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I went into this movie knowing nothing except that Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper were in it. I was blown away, but after watching it a few times I think the middle portion that focuses on Cooper really, really drags.

But overall great movie def in my top 50

[–]dtc413 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I absolutely love this movie. And as what is typical, NO ONE I know has even heard of it. I think it’s fantastic, I might have to give it a rewatch soon.

[–]Arslan7041 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Absolutely one of my favorite films of all time and one of the handfuls I'd actually give a perfect 10/10 to. This film affected me so much when I first watched it, I could not stop thinking about it for months.

[–]ParallelMusic 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Funnily enough this is actually my favourite movie of all time too. I definitely don't think it's the outright best but I've never seen another film like it. Knew it was my favourite movie pretty much right after I'd seen it.

[–]Andrewkira96[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's exactly my point of view too. Right when Dane Dehaan rode off into the sunset with Bon Iver playing in the background and then cuts to black with "The Place Beyond the Pines" title, I legit said "One day I hope to write a movie this beautiful" under my breath. I was blown away.

[–]Naydawwwg 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I love that movie! I have “ride like lighting” “crash like thunder” tattooed on my ankles.

[–]Andrewkira96[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Interesting enough I want a tattoo of this movie too!!! I plan on getting the pine tree from the title logo on my wrist or somewhere I can cover up easily for my job

[–]SodaPopJr 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Watched it once when it premiered on HBO and thought it was above average, literally a poor man's Heat. The second time the ending came and that Bon Iver song started in the background and tears were streaming down my face. I let the credits end and immediately went to talk to my mom. Yeah it's safe to say I love this movie... Its not the first or last time it happened. Certain things like Love Liza and and High Fidelity have had me blubbering like a man baby. But I think maybe Place Beyond The pines was one of the first to really pull me to that place and I love it for that.

[–]Sir_Auron 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Amazing first act.

Good second act.

Bad third act.

[–]thisartia 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Also one of my all-time favourites. The soundtrack, the cinematography, the colours, the cast, the story, I could go on, everything is perfect.

In fact I re-cut it to make an Unofficial Music Video.

[–]DonJonathan97 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Love it!

[–]Birdinhandandbush 1 point2 points  (2 children)

You're on the right sub. Plenty of love for it here. I was speaking to a friend about it last night. Not sure if you're seen Dark, the German stranger things with added time travel. Basically I felt that Dark had elements of Place Beyond the Pines, in that events from one generation strongly effect the following generation. I think PBTP should be up there as an all time American classic.

[–]Andrewkira96[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I have not seen Dark, but I'm willing to checkout any thing that resembles PBTP, I'll watch it soon thanks! Good to know I saw that show is on Netflix too

[–]Birdinhandandbush 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Trust me, by the end of the first episode you'll be looking for the second and by the end of the second you'll be hooked.

[–]erik_reeds 8 points9 points  (5 children)

great film

i don't think i would like it as much now as i did when i was 16 but it's a powerful movie

[–]larrydocsportello 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Wouldnt that just make you 20?

[–]erik_reeds 0 points1 point  (0 children)

small boi

[–]Andrewkira96[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's funny you say that because I actually saw this film for the first time when I was 16 haha. But yes, I can understand it losing its value as people age.

[–]Lord_Ralph_Gustave 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Really like it but I feel it could’ve been truly great/classic if it was two separate movies, with the second focusing on how sons deal with the crimes of their fathers. Love it tho.

[–]brucebanner34 3 points4 points  (0 children)

i actually think the first hour is a perfect hour of cinema

the movie as a whole is maybe 9/10 for me

the score, acting, dialogue and camera work in certain scenes all stand out

an exceptional exceptional american movie

[–]melondelivery 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It's a great movie I absolutely love Ray Liotta in this he holds up the second half of the film.

[–]Jerrymoviefan3 8 points9 points  (1 child)

A total meh movie.

[–]Duzcek 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A lot of my friends are actually in this movie. It was filmed like, 20 minutes from my house in Schenectady.

[–]y2jerichoholic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well acted but I remember thinking the narrative structure was odd. It just felt like it was going to go on forever near the end with no climax in sight.

[–]Krelian1212 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Would need a rewatch to confirm, but it may also be one of my favourites. It's like an intimate epic that spans several generations, I can think of few films like it.

[–]freshestpr1nce 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's my favorite movie too, Cooper and Gosling give masterful performances. Especially the part when Gosling's character watching his son get baptized.

[–]azorahai7 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Gets pretty boring towards the end

[–]1moreban -1 points0 points  (2 children)

Awful awful movie. One of the worst I have ever seen. Horrible pacing uninteresting and cliched at times story. It was a complete waste of time watching it.

[–]Vaginal_Stank 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Avoid Nicholas Winding Refn, you have been warned.

[–]1moreban 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I liked Valhalla Rising and I loved Drive. Only God Forgives was terrible. I didn’t see Neon Demon because I had such a bad taste in my mouth.

[–]brycetifer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I remember the third act being disappointing. Haven’t watched it in awhile should probably give it a go again.

[–]ViolentAmbassador 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I actually just saw this for the first time about a week ago, and I thought it was great. I kinda hated Emory Cohen's character, but I think I was supposed to. I thought both gosling and Cooper were great, and I'm a sucker for "relationships between fathers and sons" movies

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I really dislike the third act. other than that its cool.

[–]epaynedds 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Love this movie. GREATLY underrated and sadly seems to be forgotten about :(

[–]BaconBitz109 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah this is probably my most loved movie that nobody talks about. Perfect film IMO

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I cried a few times through this movie. It's brilliant but I can't watch it again.

[–]TomTheJester 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I really liked it when I first saw it, but it's one of those movies that is so taxing on your emotions, you don't rush to see it again. Still, a great film.

[–]bellsofwar3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tried to hard. Felt like a poor man's wuthering heights.

[–]TheWox 0 points1 point  (0 children)

One of my favourite endings.

[–]mickeyflinn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There is no love from me. I found the first story to be great and the second paint by the numbers shit and the third one even worse.

[–]Elephant_RanchTrail 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Incredible movie. Definitely in my top 25.

[–]dtsyk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought it was really bad. Also probably the laziest "aging" I've seen in a movie.

[–]iwilladapt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The first act by itself is incredible. I actually turned off my TV during the chase scene once it was clear Gosling's character wasn't going to get away. It was too intense and heart breaking to watch that character throw away his life.

[–]prolelol 0 points1 point  (1 child)

It's absolutely amazing, but I'm only talking about the first sequence. After Ryan Gosling's parts they ruined the movie and it sucked pretty much, especially the third sequence. I consider with that I found it a good, but disappointing movie at the same time. I think this would make in my top 20 of all time if it's all about Ryan Gosling, not about a detective or his son.

[–]evilpenguin22 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I respectfully disagree. I liked the whole thing. I’d concede it’s a bit misleading though with Gosling billed first and no real warning re the narrative structure. 1st watch- 40 min in “they must be planning flashback or something” 60 min or so/“ok, I guess gosling is gone, that sucks” 2nd watch- “ok, well those people lived very differently so I can now understand changing pace of movie”

[–]matthank 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I enjoyed it.

Well-written, interesting structure and a lot of good acting there.

[–]nilxnoir 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I saw it in theaters, i really love it. Too many people seem to complain about goslings character arc to appreciate it for how beautiful of a film it really is.

[–]MikeyFED -1 points0 points  (0 children)

If you were a piece of shit like me and did OxyContin in your younger years.. The 2nd act really hits home. But yeah I love the first act.

Goslings partner in crime, I forget his real name.. I love that actor. He's great in this, Killing Them Softly and DKR

[–]hentaidownloader -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

you should watch more movies

[–]tapir_ripat -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

I really liked that show!

[–]youngsaaron -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Naw I prefer al pachino in godfather