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It’s Fall y’all. Can’t you tell by the Spring ’14 shows? I felt like doing something Mens-y. I was thinking cool, real cool, like winter cool. But in LA we get jacket weather, not really coat weather. And believe me, we’re excited by it.  Oooh, I get to wear a jacket, or Ooooh, I get to wear a sweater. Fun!

So I was thinking what was a big mens-y thing I watched recently, and sadly couldn’t think of anything blog-worthy. Then I thought about “Drive,” directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. Moody, atmospheric, with the lust-provoking Ryan Gosling. Oh, Ryan Gosling… When I read you were taking ballet– BALLET y’all, not hip-hop or something more masculine, at The Edge in Hollywood, just cuz- dude, you had me at changement. He is pretty f**king cool. This generation’s sensitive Steve McQueen.

Driver (he has no name in the movie), Ryan Gosling, is a stuntman/mechanic by day, driver for nefarious activities by night.

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The rigid denim trucker, looks great on anyone, especially him.

Driver develops a crush on his neighbor, Irene, Carey Mulligan.

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Uh… Car seat anyone? Nicely framed.

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Insert woman doing tiger sound fx here. Don’t you love coveralls?

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The whole film has an 80’s vibe. The music, the saturated colors look, the neo-noir feel.

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There’s always a money shot, or maybe jewels or whatever. But it’s usually literally a money shot. Driver and Irene’s husband, Standard were supposed to rob a pawn shop and give the gangster he owes, the goods. But it doesn’t go so smoothly. Standard is shot dead and Driver and a gangster moll, played by Christina Hendricks, make haste.

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This could be a magazine editorial shot, the reflection matches the jacket and the red door is a nice frame.

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Driver wants out of this clusterfuck and shows the gangsters he means business. Nice gloves.

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When you got Jewish gangsters, there’s always a Chinese restaurant scene. Driver gives Bernie Rose, Albert Brooks (!) brilliantly cast against type, his ill gotten gains.

A scuffle and ambiguous ending give “Drive,” a genre flick body, but the style and Gosling give it some extra horsepower under the hood.

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