FIRST MAN (2018)

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A film by Damien Chazelle

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke 

Pilot “a little distracted” by his superiors in 1961, Neil Armstrong will be, on July 21, 1969, the first man to walk on the moon. For eight years, he undergoes an increasingly difficult training, bravely assuming all the risks of a journey to the total unknown. Murmured by personal hardships that leaves indelible marks, Armstrong tries to be a loving husband to a woman who had married him in the hope of a normal life.

Here is what I love about this film the first scene of the film is Neil Armstrong who is in a supersonic plane  and you get a sense what it is like to be in such of plane. Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) and his fellow Apollo Program team-members put on  insulated suits  strap themselves into narrow seats, wait hours or days for clearance to take off, then spend a few minutes being shaken like a martini in a shaker. Here is the life of Neil who enlist in the program that NASA has to offer due to the fact he needs a distraction because he lost his two years old daughter to cancer. However his wife is pregnant again and hope that Neil comes home every night. The wives and the other pilots gets together on weekends and enjoy life a little because they don’t know anything can happen they might not making it back. Also the film lets you know the race to beat the Soviets to the moon. To top it all off it takes a brave man to be an astronaut plus it takes a lot of training and such. Here you see Neil going into space, it was his job, as it was easier for him to do his job then to be a father because he did not know how. I love this film more than the other film that dealt with this theme because it fell so real, it feels like you are there. I remember my parents watching this on TV in France I was a young kid back then who didn’t understand what as the big deal anyway.

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blade runner 2049

A film by Dennis Villeneuve 

Cast: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas

Here is the 2 hour and 43 minutes stylish master piece of Villeneuve with the message what it is to be human that is relating to a melodic Blade Runner (1982). It has staying power and his ground breaking like its predecessor. It remix the themes and characters of the beloved original to give viewers the comfort of familiarity to the audience. the first trailer was fine and he did not reveal two much but the second one did and that was a mistake. There is some kind of twist in the story thank god for that. The film looks grippy and has a film neo-noir feel to it and it suppose too like the first one.


Los Angeles in 2049. K (Ryan Gosling) a young blade runner finds out a secret that is link to Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) former blade runner himself who has been missing for 30 years. The visual of the film is out of their world. Villeneuve has created this dark look in 2049 L.A. where it is raining most go the time. The hologram surfaced here and yes it does exist today just not long ago they had a dead singer’ s hologram giving a concert in France they just testing it out, it is like the real thing impressive. it is a visually striking world, capturing images that work thematically. Like the one K goes to where there is minimal radiation and the gigantesque statues are mind-blowing as K walks bedside them. It is the most stunning film visually with  Luc Besson ’s Valerian. Ryan Gosling,  gives one of the great performances along with Jared Leto. What I like about this is the film is the continuation of the second one 30 years later nice move here. And yes Blade runner 2049 answers one of the most important question. 

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LA LA LAND (2016)


A film by Damien Chazelle

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt

The setting for La la Land is in L.A. traffic jam with people into their cell phones passing the time waiting to press on the gas pedal. Our two protagonists here honks the horn at each other in frustration not until later they will meet again and now ladies and gentlemen you have boy meets girl may the music begin.

Damien Chapelle has found a way to make a musical picture to make it fresh and unique. When he went to Harvard to study film he was obsessed to the point of doing some day a musical, he grew up watching old musical from the 40’s to 60’s. It is a musical old fashion style with a bolder, modern style with a thoughtful mixture of old school dance numbers you’d expect from a musical in the 50s, and emotionally-wrenching ballads. The film again looks and acts like a classic musical but frequently we see low-key reminders that this is modern-day; actresses using their iPhones, a video being seen on Youtube, etc to remind us that this is set in the present day. The cinematography is beautiful and overall the film is visually stunning with candy-colorer costumes and the decor with pastel colours. The scenes were shot outside and not in a studio as Gostling said in an interview when he was in Paris to promote the film Chapelle wanted it like that a natural setting so we had one shot at this and the revershal paid off.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are phenomenal in this picture, the chemistry is there plus the dancing is perfect. I leave you with this at least Chapelle makes you dream and thank god he ended the film like he did because I thought he was going to go the other way. Voila!


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the nice guys

A film by Shane Black. 

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Matt Bomer, Russell Crowe

Los Angeles 1977. Two detectives are investigating the alleged suicide of a starlet. Despite methods for less “original”, their investigations will update a conspiracy involving very senior figures in …

The film has been selection official at Cannes film festival. It will be shown at 7:00 PM tonight but at the UGC movie theater I saw it at Noon. Shane Black who is a screenwriter and a director those days has pull this colorful 70’s film well enough to draw audiences. The Nice guys a tough buddies private detective story that is burlesque wit a zest parody borderline slapstick comedy.The atmosphere of Los Angeles post-Nixon is a marvel: sets, costumes and disco-funk soundtrack is right on the money with some colorful characters that comes into play. Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are perfect for each other as well on top of their games. It is a trip that is spayed with scotch and saturated with marijuana. do not except a structure script put so well together but it keeps the best for last and mislead the viewers. You have to focus on each scenes here to understand the density of writing here. Also Black has done an outstanding job on the decor the details are astonishing and dead on the money. Yes there are fight scenes, car stunts and plenty of scotch to around plus gun play as well. The sound track especially at the beginning I heard it before in the 70’s movies nothing wrong with that one it works here as well. Here Shane Black did not make  a masterpiece, but he shows in any event an incredible talent for architecting its sequences, and portray a beautiful atmosphere.


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the big short

A film by Adam McKay

Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling

In the big short someone did the math and even said the bubble is going to burst. Other people checked the numbers and eventually found to their surprise and disgust that not only was that person right, but the system was corrupt ,very corrupt.The film is a darkly funny story of the credit and housing financial crisis of 2007-2010 and how different groups of people made money off of the dishonesty and misery of others. That housing financial crisis was far worst than the one in 1930.


Too make it not so boring McKay we are guided through the world of finance by an unreliable narrator, Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) who is based on a real person (Greg Lippmann) and has other characters from hollywood to explain the financial jargon in english to the viewer.The man who began crunching the numbers was a brilliant, but socially awkward man Micheal Burry (Christian Bale) and to top it all he has a glass eye. He is an American hedge fund manager. Burry studied medicine but instead started to take a turn start Scion Capital. At Scion Capital the employees does research and came to a conclusion that the bubble of the financial world and housing market is going to burst. The title is the slang expression that refers Wall Street going short. The thing is that everyone that Burry warned about the bubble nobody believed him. Although it got the attention of Mark Baum (Steve Carell) in a presentation with Jenga blocks that will visually simplify the problem for most viewers. Baum always knew that the system is broken and corrupt that just confirmed him even more. A terrific performance by Carell here. He is a man who is completely depressed about this and broken down that the system let him down. Christian Bale got under the skin of Burry who was on the set to advise Bale, he even lend him some clothe, he is very particular by the way he was dressing. Ryan Gosling who incarnates a person also has done an outstaying job here even when he was narrating. Well in this story I hate to say there is no hero here and it is difficult to even like the characters and the people who surrounded them. The thing is big financial company are consumed with greed and greed drives them to disaster. Yes we need to be regulated if the regulator are not corrupt themselves.






















A film by Ruben Fleischer.
Cast: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone.
It’s 1949 Los Angeles, and gangster Mickey Cohen has moved in, with the intention of controlling all criminal activity in the city. He has bought local judges and police, and no one is willing to cross him or testify against him. Everyone except Seargant John O’Mara, a former World War II soldier, whose goal is to settle with his family in a peaceful Los Angeles. Police Chief William Parker decides to form a special unit whose mission is to take down Cohen, and chooses O’Mara to lead the unit. O’Mara chooses 4 cops and asks another cop and vet, Jerry Wooters to join him but Wooters is not interested. But when he witnesses the murder of a young boy by Cohen’s people, he joins them, and they decide to take apart Cohen’s organization. Cohen wonders if a rival is going after him, but eventually he realizes it’s the cops.

This film is loosely base on real event. They had to tone down the tommy gun shooting and reshot them du to the Aurora Shooting. This film was good wit an all stars cast but it is too Hollywood they should went independent film it would been better. His film has the familiar look and feel of a gangster classic. To me it has a feel like the untouchable and that film was better. Not to say I like Gangster squad. The film gets down to business and introducing the characters who are going to take down Mickey Cohen. There is an impressive car chase, and some gun blazing action scene. Great performance by Sean Penn. Also Robert Patrick’s performance as the grizzled older gunslinger. I call it a guilty pleasure film.


A film by Derek Cianfrance.
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes.
A mysterious and mythical motorcycle racer, Luke, (Ryan Gosling) drives out of a traveling carnival globe of death and whizzes through the backstreets of Schenectady, New York, desperately trying to connect with a former lover, Romina, (Eva Mendes) who recently and secretly gave birth to the stunt rider’s son. In an attempt to provide for his new family, Luke quits the carnival life and commits a series of bank robberies aided by his superior riding ability. The stakes rise as Luke is put on a collision course with an ambitious police officer, Avery Cross, (Bradley Cooper) looking to quickly move up the ranks in a police department riddled with corruption. The sweeping drama unfolds over fifteen years as the sins of the past haunt the present days lives of two high school boys wrestling with the legacy they’ve inherited. The only refuge is found in the place beyond the pines.

Ryan Gosling, Who continues to plays those eccentric characters does a fine job in this one. He plays a tattoo-spangled man as he makes his way through a carnival crowd, arriving in a tent containing a few hundred cheering fans and a globe-shaped metal cage. This audacious, extended tracking shot will be familiar to fans of Martin Scorsese (and before that, Orson Welles), and tell us that we are in a hell of a ride and story as well. The man straps on his helmet and climbs on his motorcycle, and he and two other daredevils are soon zipping past and around each other inside that metal cage, racing around and around and upside down, defying gravity and all common sense. This is a self confident film by the talented Derek Cianfrance. this is an epic movie center around 5 characters in a span of 15 years. It takes great actors, writers and director witha talented crew to pull a movie like that.
Eva Mendes gives one of the best performances of her career as Romina, a waitress who is the mother of Luke’s infant son — the result of a fling the last time Luke was in town. Romina’s got a new man now, and she’s trying to make something of herself by going back to school, but she’s clearly drawn to Luke, even though she knows he’s the wrong man to help raise their child. Luke when finding out that he is the father tries to get get a job and meet this guy who has a shop but can’t paid him much. The man confesses him that he robbed banks and never got caught because he does it once or twice every so often. Like decided to rob bank and for a wile they both succeed and makes a pretty good team. On a mostly parallel track in the same town (Schenectady, N.Y.), is Bradley Cooper’s Avery, a cop and law school graduate who’s smart — but not as smart as he thinks he is.Avery’s also nakedly ambitious, as we see when he attempts to parlay a heroic act into a huge promotion.
After Avery crosses paths with Luke, “Pines” takes a hard right turn, and we’re immersed in a world of crooked police officers and life-changing moral dilemmas. we saw Liotta plays crooked cop before and he does it so well. The third act is about the sons of Luke and Avery, some 15 years down the road. I am not going to tell you the all story but you pretty well can guess what it is. It takes a few turn here and there. The music, the cinematography, the acting choices are so well done. It is worth the 2 hours and 20 minutes.


A film by George Clooney.
Cast: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Stephen Meyers is an idealist who’s brilliant at communications, is second in command of Governor Mike Morris’s presidential campaign, and is a true believer. In the middle of the Ohio primary, the campaign manager of Morris’s opponent asks Meyers to meet; he offers him a job. At the same time, Morris’s negotiations for the endorsement of the man in third place, a North Carolina Senator, hit a snag. A young campaign intern, Molly Stearns, gets Stephen’s romantic attention. Republicans have a trick up their sleeve; Stephen may be too trusting, and Molly has a secret. What’s most important, career, victory, or virtue?

The film also raises the question of whether it is possible for any candidate to win and yet remain true to his original values. The movie stars George Clooney, well-known as a Democrat. It takes place entirely within a Democratic primary campaign, and although our feelings about who is good and bad may evolve, they’re all Democrats. Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling), who as a press secretary is required to more or less lie as a living. He works for Pennsylvania Gov. Mike Morris (Clooney), an idealistic liberal. Philip Seymour Hoffman is Paul Zara, his seasoned campaign manager; Michael Mantell is Sen. Pullman, Morris’ opponent, and Paul Giamatti is Tom Duffy, Pullman’s campaign manager. Well so far we have ensemble cast hooray!!!! The screenplay is based on a play (“Farragut North” by Beau Willimon), it contains some front-of-the-stage monologues that Hoffman and Giamatti make plausible under the camera. This is the story about actual candidate that wants to run for President. THat is how it goes lying that is what politician do so they can get elected If you think that politics is pure you are wrong. lying, deceiving ,cut throat, back stabbing etc…..It is a realistic political drama. Well done.


A film by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa.
Cast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore.
Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) have the perfect life together living the American dream… until Emily asks for a divorce. Now Cal, Mr Husband, has to navigate the single scene with a little help from his professional bachelor friend Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). Make that a lot of help.
CRAZY STUPID LOVE is a nice little comedy about good people With Steve Carrell not too crazy about him but he out done himself in this one and their is Julianne Moore’s character who is cold and distant who has two adorable teenagers. Marisa Tomei enters the movie as a tornado of warm comic energy.cBut the surprise is Ryan Gosling. He is a terrific actor? he is getting getting better and better every time? he plays a lounge lizard /pickup artist Yea! I remember those days (the Russian you can stop laughing now) and he sells a lot of bull shit.
after hearing the news of his wife wanting a divorce cal sinks is sorrows in a lounge drinking cranberry juice and watching the ladykiller makes his moves on pretty women. Soon He meet up with him and teaches cal to dress and to pick up women as he call it to take back your man hood. Here is a great comedy that you wife will love Masahiro. This film will leave you satisfied.