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Saturday, 30 April 2016


Actor Ryan Gosling tries his hand at writing & directing with the surreal neo-noir piece Lost River.
It tells the tale of a small family, living in a fantastical poverty stricken midwestern neighborhood, that the rest of the world has forgotten.
The average movie-goer will be quick to compare Gosling's style to David Lynch but that'd make it apparent the viewer doesn't know Lynch.  Gosling's more akin to Nicolas Winding Refn, Harmony Korine, Derek Cianfrance and David Gordon Green, with just a few minuscule hints of Lynch surrealism.  I make these comparisons because, although it's obvious Gosling has a promising knack for film-making in the future, here he has yet to discover a distinct voice of his own.  Criticisms aside, it's actually quite an interesting film that is haunting as it is beautiful in all the right places.

3 dino-heads out of 5

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