Nicolas Winding Refn and Liv Corfixen Talk MY LIFE DIRECTED Documentary, Running Out of Money During Filming, Dodging Expectations, and More

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Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn will always be divisive yet I don’t think he minds.  He loves to shirk off what you expect from him, which can be agitating to people that latch onto one or two of his films and think they know what they are getting when they see his latest film.  The most recent example of this is Only God Forgives, which was Refn’s follow-up collaboration with Ryan Gosling after the critically and commercially successful Drive.  A new documentary called My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn is from Refn’s wife, Liv Corfixen, and follows the struggles to get the film made and how arduous his process is.  It’s a documentary that truly puts you in the heart of the filmmaking process and what it takes to balance being a director on set and having your family live with you for six months on location in Bangkok.  What becomes clear throughout the 58-minute documentary is how much that balance takes a toll on everyone.

As enlightening as it is about Refn’s process and how he freewheels at times because of the freeing nature of shooting in chronological order, My Life Directed is a film that really nails his relationship with Corfixen and how that bond needs attention even when everyone else needs it as well.  A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with Refn and Corfixen to talk about the world premiere of the film at Fantastic Fest and we hit on some interesting details. During our chat we touched on why the film is only 58 minutes long and whether there was any intention to extend it, whether Refn believes he should have won the Palme d’Or, why he switched from composer Peter Peter to working with Cliff Martinez, how they had little boosts of money that helped get the film made, why the film is just now coming out instead of closer to Only God Forgives‘ release, whether Refn ever wanted to stop being filmed, the commercial prospects of an hour long documentary, and much more. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Win a Set of Character Posters for Nicolas Winding Refn’s ONLY GOD FORGIVES Featuring Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm

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Now playing in limited release is Only God Forgives, the latest effort from writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling.  The Drive follow-up centers on Julian (Gosling), a crooked boxing club owner in Bangkok who goes off in his single-minded pursuit of vengeance for his brother’s killer.  To celebrate the release of Only God Forgives, we’ve got sets of three character posters to give away to 25 lucky winners.  Also starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm, Only God Forgives opens stateside this Friday.  Hit the jump to see how you can get your hands on a set of these character posters.

Nicolas Winding Refn Talks ONLY GOD FORGIVES, What Inspired the Movie, His BARBARELLA TV Series, and Why LOGAN’S RUN Didn’t Work Out

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From filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), Only God Forgives tells the story of Julian (Ryan Gosling), an American fugitive who runs a boxing club in Bangkok as a front for his drug business.  When his mother (Kristin Scott Thomas), who is the head of a vast criminal organization, arrives from the U.S. to collect the body of her murdered son, she demands vengeance.

At the film’s press day, Nicolas Winding Refn spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what inspired the movie, how the experience of making Drive affected the script, how audiences have reacted to the film, that he doesn’t shoot any wasted footage, and how a  small side story for the Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) character in Drive was one of the only things he’s ever cut from one of his films.  He also talked about how he’d like to focus on his Barbarella television series next, why his remake of Logan’s Run didn’t work out, and how he would like to do a big studio project, at some point.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

TOP 5: THE LONE RANGER, 15 Movies You May Have Missed in 2013 So Far, Christian Bale Not Involved with JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE WAY, WAY BACK, Our Most Anticipated Movies: July to September

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With a production budget in the neighborhood of $150 million and a worldwide pull of just under $50 million entering its second weekend, it’s probably fair to say that White House Down will ultimately be seen by the powers that be as a bust. Blame its proximity to the similarly themed Olympus Has Fallen (which, on the whole, received similar critical reaction but comparatively more box office success) if you will, but having watched and enjoyed the heck out of the film last night I believe at least some of the blame lies at the feet of Sony’s marketing. Whereas Fallen was packaged, and ultimately delivered, as a dead serious action/thriller, I don’t think White House Down marketing did enough to prep its potential audience members for the over-the-top, often times ridiculous, self-aware genre piece they would encounter. The best examples I can give to support this theory are the multiple scenes that left me laughing out loud while the majority of my fellow moviegoers sat quietly, unsure whether the movie was actually asking them to laugh with it or was just that silly and contrived. It’s possible that I’m going Roland Emmerich and co. too much credit, but I went with the former every single time and ended up having a great time with the film as a result.

All White House drama aside, this week’s Top 5 includes a slew of interviews from The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp and more, a list of 15 movies from the first half of 2013 that you may have missed but definitely deserve a look, Christian Bale insisting that he is not involved with the Justice League movie in any way, The Way, Way Back interviews with Steve Carell and more, and a look at our most anticipated movies from July to September.

New International Trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn’s ONLY GOD FORGIVES Starring Ryan Gosling

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A new international trailer has been released for Nicolas Winding Refn’s thriller Only God Forgives.  The film stars Ryan Gosling as a drug smuggler in Bangkok who is forced by his mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) to avenge the death of his brother.  Like Refn’s other films, it looks like it has an intensity that’s only made more compelling by the slightly off-kilter, violent world the character inhabit.  This new international trailer contains some new footage, but nothing that looks like it’s going to spoil the picture.  My anticipation for the flick only grows.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Vithaya PansringarmOnly God Forgives opens in the U.S. on July 19th and in the U.K. on August 2nd.

Collider’s Most Anticipated Movies: July to September

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We’re smack dab in the middle of the summer movie season, and while we’ve already seen our fair share of hits and misses, it’s time to take a look at what the second half of of the summer has in store.  There are plenty of high-profile releases heading our way over the next three months, with big tentpoles like Pacific Rim and The Wolverine, more comedic genre fare like Kick-Ass 2 and The World’s End, and even character-driven indies like The Spectacular Now and Prince Avalanche.

In the latest installment of our Most Anticipated series, Matt, Adam, and Dave run down what films they’re most looking forward to from July to September.  Hit the jump to read on.

First Poster for DON JON; Quad Posters for ONLY GOD FORGIVES and THE WAY, WAY BACK

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A few new posters, just for you:

  • Don JonJoseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne MooreTony DanzaJeremy LukeRob Brown, and Brie Larson star in Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut about a New Jersey porn addict whose life is complicated by a beautiful girl who prefers romantic comedies.
  • Only God ForgivesRyan Gosling reunites with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn to play a drug smuggler out for revenge when his brother is killed.  Vithaya Pansringarm and Kristin Scott Thomas co-star.
  • The Way, Way BackLiam James plays a teenager who spends his summer working at a water park in the coming-of-age drama, the feature directorial debut of The Descendants writers Jim Rash and Nat FaxonSam Rockwell, Toni Collette, and Steve Carell co-star.

See the posters after the jump.

New Trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn’s ONLY GOD FORGIVES Starring Ryan Gosling

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The new trailer for writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives is now available.  It’s a much more conventional trailer than we’ve seen previously, but no less powerful for it.  If anything, this new cut should help to sell audiences on the brutal revenge thriller whether or not they happen to be fans of Refn and star Ryan Gosling.  We get a few new looks at the film’s supporting cast this time around, including the antagonist played by Vithaya Pansringarm, but Kristin Scott Thomas still drives the plot forward with ferocity.  

Only God Forgives opens July 19th.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.


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We’ve got new posters to share with you for the following films:

  • Percy Jackson: Sea of MonstersThor Freudenthal’s fantasy adventure sequel starring Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Leven Rambin, Jake Abel, Anthony Head, Stanley Tucci and Nathan Fillion opens August 7th.
  • Insidious: Chapter 2James Wan’s horror sequel starring Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Barbara Hershey and Ty Simpkins, opens September 15th.
  • Only God ForgivesNicolas Winding Refn reteams with Ryan Gosling in this violent revenge thriller that also stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm.  Only God Forgives opens July 19th.

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Exclusive Poster for Nicolas Winding Refn’s ONLY GOD FORGIVES Featuring Vithaya Pansringarm

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Today, we’re happy to host the exclusive premiere of a new character poster from writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives.  The poster features the film’s badass villain, played by Vithaya Pansringarm.  Much like Refn’s fantastic previous installment, Drive, his new film also stars Ryan Gosling in the lead role.  Playing Julian, an exile living in Bangkok and managing a crooked Thai boxing club, Gosling takes his character on a bloody quest for revenge when his brother Billy is killed.

Be sure to check out the stylish and brutal trailers, as well as these three clips that highlight star Kristin Scott Thomas, all of which only hint at what Refn and Gosling have in store for us this time around. Only God Forgives opens July 19th.  Hit the jump to check out our exclusive poster.

Soundtrack for ONLY GOD FORGIVES Revealed

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If you’re all done listening to one of Hans Zimmer’s tracks for Man of Steel, but you want some good old-fashioned fightin’ music, you might want to check out the recently-released soundtrack list for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives.  Featuring original compositions from Drive’s Cliff Martinez, the soundtrack will also include the song You Are My Dream by the Thai band PROUD, which was heard in the film’s trailer.  The soundtrack will be released on May 20, 2013 in France, where Only God Forgives will premiere at Cannes.  In the U.S., the soundtrack will be released closer to the film’s domestic release date of July 19th.

Only God Forgives stars Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm.  Hit the jump to check out the track listing.

2013 Los Angeles Film Festival Lineup Includes THE WAY, WAY BACK, ONLY GOD FORGIVES, FRUITVALE STATION, and More

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The lineup for the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival has been announced.  Fox Searchlight’s The Way, Way Back—which marks the directorial debut of Oscar-winning The Descendants screenwriters Jim Rash and Nat Faxon—has been selected as the closing night film, while Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives and the Sundance hits Fruitvale Station and The Spectacular Now will also fill out the festival.  Additionally, the fest will host the US premiere of the sci-fi thriller Europa Report starring Sharlto Copley and there will be community screenings of Badlands, Dazed and Confused and John WatersHairsprayHit the jump for the full press release.

3 Clips from Nicolas Winding Refn’s ONLY GOD FORGIVES Starring Ryan Gosling

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Director Nicolas Winding Refn’s follow-up to his fantastic 2011 film Drive is set to make its debut at the Cannes Film Festival next month, but three whole clips from Only God Forgives have graciously made their way online a tad early.  The film’s red-band trailer promised another intense and gorgeous collaboration between Refn and star Ryan Gosling, and these three clips don’t disappoint.  While I’m eager to see what the always-reliable Gosling has in store for us this time around, it’s Kristin Scott Thomas who is the highlight of these clips as she plays the mother of Gosling’s character, a woman who urges her son to seek violent revenge for the death of his brother in Thailand.

Hit the jump to bask in the moodiness of Refn’s latest.  Only God Forgives also stars Vithaya Pansringarm and will open in theaters on July 19th.

2 New International Trailers for Nicolas Winding Refn’s ONLY GOD FORGIVES Starring Ryan Gosling

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Two new international trailers for Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn’s new film Only God Forgives have made their way online.  These trailers delve deeper into the pic’s plot than the fantastic domestic trailer that was a released a couple of weeks ago, but they still highlight what looks to be one hell of a ride.  Ryan Gosling stars a man who’s been living in exile in Bangkok for the past ten years after killing a cop. He manages a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation and finds himself in hot water after his brother is killed for murdering a prostitute. The boys’ mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) arrives in Bangkok to collect her son’s body and instructs Gosling to take revenge and “raise hell.”

I really love what we see of Thomas’ character in these new trailers, and Gosling appears to turn in yet another subdued, affecting performance.  Stylish, brutal, weird, Only God Forgives promises to be everything we could possibly want from the second collaboration between Refn and Gosling.  Hit the jump to watch the trailers.  The film will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month and opens in theaters on July 19th.


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The full lineup for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival was announced today, and it looks like a really great group of films will be screening in the south of France later next month.  Official selections include Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the CandelabraJoel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, Roman Polanski’s Venus In Fur, and James Gray’s The Immigrant (previously titled Low Life).  Additionally, the Robert Redford man vs. nature film All Is Lost will premiere out of competition, and Sofia Coppola’s The Bling RingJames Franco’s As I Lay Dying, and the Sundance hit Fruitvale Station (previously titled Fruitvale) will screen Un Certain Regard.

A number of these titles are early awards contenders, and I’m particularly interested to hear the reaction for the Coens’ Davis and Payne’s The Descendants follow-up Nebraska, which is a black-and-white road trip movie starring Will Forte and Bruce Dern.  Hit the jump to read the full lineup.  The 2013 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – 26th.

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