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Any love for The Place Beyond the Pines? Its my all time favorite movie

I've browsed this subreddit for a while now and I don't see much postings about this film. I absolutely love this movie and as I said is my favorite movie of all time. This movie actually inspired me to start writing screenplays. I know its not a perfect film but I appreciate it for its legacy theme and its originality. I haven't come across a movie that resembles this at all, or I might just be naive. I just love how all three acts are different but connect in the end. Seriously, if you have not seen it, definitely watch it. I just want to talk to more people about it!

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

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.

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

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

1 point · 5 months ago

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

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

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.

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

Original Poster1 point · 5 months ago

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!

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.

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

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

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

And the scene when he lifts Stone up is hilarious

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

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.

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.

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.

Original Poster9 points · 5 months ago

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

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

10 points · 5 months ago · edited 5 months ago

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.

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Exactly my thoughts, I'd love to see a whole movie of Gosling in that storyline.

Just watch Drive instead.

Yeah but then you don't get strung-out gosling screaming at bank tellers which is arguably the best part of Place Beyond the Pines

Anytime he screams in anything is always satisfying. See: 2049.

Agree with this - the gosling part and maybe some of the corrupt cop part were enjoyable. Watching the lives of the teenagers unfold was pretty meh.

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!

Love it

I love it

It also has one of my favorite Ryan Gosling performance

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Original Poster1 point · 5 months ago

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

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.

Original Poster1 point · 5 months ago

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

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

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

The first 50 minutes are impeccable. The rest is meh

Watch the interview with the director. It really made me appreciate the movie even more

Wow thanks for that

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

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

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

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.

Cohen was pretty good in the OA.

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

Yeah the LI kid, Cohen, was Coopers son.

11 points · 5 months ago

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

Original Poster4 points · 5 months ago

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

7 points · 5 months ago

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

3 points · 5 months ago

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.

3 points · 5 months ago · edited 3 months ago

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.

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.

Original Poster1 point · 5 months ago

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.

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

Original Poster2 points · 5 months ago

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

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.

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.

Amazing first act.

Good second act.

Bad third act.

Love it!

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.

Original Poster1 point · 5 months ago

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

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.

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

Wouldnt that just make you 20?

small boi

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Yeah, I don't think it's a film for a particular age as my parents loved it, too.

Original Poster3 points · 5 months ago

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.

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.

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

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

A total meh movie.

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2 points · 5 months ago

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

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.

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.

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

Gets pretty boring towards the end

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.

Avoid Nicholas Winding Refn, you have been warned.

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.

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

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

1 point · 5 months ago

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

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

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

1 point · 5 months ago

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

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.

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

One of my favourite endings.

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.

Incredible movie. Definitely in my top 25.

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

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.

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.

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”

I enjoyed it.

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

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.

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

you should watch more movies

I really liked that show!

Naw I prefer al pachino in godfather

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