Terrence Malick attempts to liven up this hackneyed soap/rock opera with his signature swooping camera moves and stunning cinematography.
The Big Short is a deftly sardonic piece of doomsday economic diagnosis that is as entertaining as it is alarming.
Director Refn’s craftsmanship isn’t in doubt here, just whether this deadening story was worth all the effort.
“The Ides of March” tells the same old political story: we know how tedious the campaign season is, we know that deals are made behind doors and that all that really matter are the numbers.
In “Drive,” director Nicolas Winding Refn crafts a cool, tight and stylish film that gets away with a lot. He managed to make a movie that works as some kind of bizarre but wonderful Michael Mann/Jean-Pierre Melville/Quentin Tarantino mash-up, helmed by star Ryan Gosling, who described it as a “violent John Hughes movie.”