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FILM REVIEW – Blade Runner 2049

By Marty Mulrooney

Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 is a neo-noir science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival). The sequel to the classic film Blade Runner (with director Ridley Scott serving as Executive Producer here), this new story – set 30 years after the 1982 original – stars Ryan Gosling (Drive, La La Land) as Officer K, a Blade Runner hunting down replicants – artificial humans – for the LAPD in the year 2049.

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FILM REVIEW – Only God Forgives

By Marty Mulrooney

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Only God Forgives is a surreal nightmare of a film that defies genre, written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Drive). Ryan Gosling stars as Julian, an American expatriate – and man of few words – who runs a boxing club in Bangkok, Thailand. The legitimate business is actually a front for an expansive drug smuggling operation and Julian’s dysfunctional family are all criminals. When Julian’s brother Billy rapes and murders a 16-year-old prostitute, Thai Police Lieutenant Chang – aka the ‘Angel of Vengeance’ – takes matters into his own hands… with a samurai sword.

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FILM REVIEW – The Place Beyond The Pines

By Marty Mulrooney

The Place Beyond The Pines

The Place Beyond The Pines is a drama directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine). The film stars Ryan Gosling as Luke Glanton, a motorcycle stuntman who turns to a life of crime in order to support his family, and Bradley Cooper as Avery Cross, a policeman who makes a split-second decision that will change his life forever.

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FILM REVIEW – Gangster Squad

By Marty Mulrooney

Gangster Squad

Gangster Squad is a period crime action film directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland). Loosely based upon a true story, the film follows an elite unit of LAPD officers and detectives known as the ‘Gangster Squad’, whose sole mission it is to drive the gangster known as Mickey Cohen out of Los Angeles. The ensemble cast features Sean Penn as Cohen, with Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Robert Patrick, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie and Giovanni Ribisi starring as the cops determined to take him down.

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BOOK REVIEW – Drive by James Sallis

By Marty Mulrooney

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Drive is a 2005 novella by American crime writer James Sallis which was recently adapted into a major motion picture starring Ryan Gosling. Set in L.A, it tells the story of a man known only as ‘Driver’, who is a Hollywood stunt driver for movies by day and a getaway driver for criminals by night. In classic noir fashion he is double-crossed when a robbery goes horrifically wrong, setting in motion a series of events that will irrevocably lead him down a road of revenge and violence, forcing him to break his strictly enforced code. “I drive. That’s what I do. All I do.”

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