Ryan Gosling New Film Gets Booed and Called A Defecation!
The actor's film Only God Forgives got the worst reception of any film yet at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Many just got up and left.
Gosling plays, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death.
Not surprisingly Ryan Gosling elected not to attend the premiere.
I can't speak to the quality of this movie since I haven't seen it but this does remind me that the Brooklyn Academy of Music is putting on a movie series right now called BOOED AT CANNES and they're showing a bunch of movies that've become important even though they were indeed booed at Cannes. Movies like Taxi Driver and Wild At Heart and L'Eclisse are showing. So a few mouthy Frenchies drunk on morning champagne might not be the best judges of everlasting quality, is all I'm saying.
Yikes. I'm still going to see it, but I'm disappointed. I was hoping this was going to be big.
Just another flop for Mickey Mousling
R3, if it's as big as Taxi Driver (see R1), I think you can let go of your disappointment.
Please R1, picking out a handful of movies isn't a good argument. What about the forgotten hundreds that have been booed throughout the Festival's inception.
Supposedly this is a more violent, crappier version of Drive with even less plot or character development. Plenty of people mentioned the director must have serious issues and should go to therapy.
They were not saying Boo. They were saying Boourns.
The Guardian film critic gave it 5 strs
Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn re-team for an emotionally breathtaking, aesthetically brilliant and immensely violent thriller set amongst US expatriates in Bangkok
I read that Ryan has about 12 lines of dialogue in the whole movie.
French people like twee, they like charming idiocy (Jerry Lewis), they like fromage, they don't like deodorant (yay to that!), they didn't like Cronenberg's "Crash" (booed it, too) and I love it.
This is the same director as the pretentious DRIVE, which some critics adored (including The Guardian no doubt).
How naked does he get in it?
[quote]Supposedly this is a more violent, crappier version of Drive with even less plot or character development. Plenty of people mentioned the director must have serious issues and should go to therapy.
They said the same thing about Taxi Driver and Scorsese. I don't think Drive or Refn are that great. Just saying.
I actually kind of hate Taxi Driver.
...there is a weird grey area sometimes with films that I find philosophically confused, or that I outright disagree with, or even find completely repugnant and horrible...yet they aren't 'bad' films per se, as in, they're not poorly *done*, and I think you should probably see them because they're culturally relevant, or historically important.
That's the only real issue, isn't it, R12?
I have doubts about taxi driver being actually booed since DeNiro and especially Jodie were very much loved by the audience at Cannes. Jodie got lots of attention there for it. Was the filmed booed for its ending or for the whole film itself?
Sweetie, an excellent film by Jane Campion, was also booed at Cannes.
Only God Forgives debuts with a 25% rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes.
I didn't like Drive, but I thought it looked beautiful. This does too, but I know I don't want to see people's limbs and flesh being hacked off and sliced. I'm out.
The poster for it is awesome though.
R10, do you understand that Cannes isn't exclusive to the French?
I want to see it just for Kristen Scott Thomas. Apparently she's a foul mouthed,nasty piece of work.
I have the same problem with all of Scorsese's movies. I admit I never saw Taxi Driver but out of the Scorsese movies I saw I didn't like a single one. They are all beautifully shot, techically perfect, brilliant cast but it's as if he keeps making the same cynical, violent, men's world plus decorative ladies-movie over and over again, just in a different setting.
I can't say anything about Gosling's new film other than it sounds and looks like it is influenced by recent Asian ultra violent and hyper realistic exploitation movies. Being booed at Cannes can really mean anything and everything though. Lets see what the critics have to say if they can still detach themselves from this incident.
I like Ryan Gosling, think he is a talented actor and hot. That being said, how does he keep getting jobs? He has not really had too many hits.
Because he turns in good performances, he has a lot of tabloid buzz, and he mostly takes low budget projects.
Kristin Scott Thomas!!
Booing films is a Cannes Film Festival tradition. It happens every year to numerous films. Not sure it means much, except that the audience is allowed to applaud or protest a film with no reservations.
You never hear of any scandals involving other film festivals, but there is something every year at Cannes that generates buzz. Cannes FF is about promotion and making film titles resonate in the media.
TAXI DRIVER won the Palme d'Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. I sincerely doubt it was booed when it screened.
Controversial films will get booed. It only takes a few people to get a really good boo going. As for people walking out, they probably couldn't take the violence.
Yes, it was, R22
"Debate, perhaps even controversy, has characterised the reception of Campion’s films since the premiere of her first feature Sweetie at Cannes in 1989, where it was greeted with boos and hisses."
Was he called a defecation because his asshole was filled with shit when his French trick fucked him?
The director and the producers of Only God Forgives must love the attention. The film could have been just another of the screened films; now everyone is talking about it.
The new Coen brothers film got a long standing ovation at Cannes, yet you don't hear as much about Inside Llewyn Davis as you do abot the Gosling film.
Not such a bad thing. Maybe it will be called art and appreciated as a divisive lost masterpiece somewhere down the line.
[quote]where it was greeted with boos and hisses
The theater must have been filled with old queens.
It doesn't matter if the audience boos and hisses. It isn't a popular vote. The jury determines prize winners. So unless Steven Spielberg and Nicole Kidman were booing and hissing it doesn't mean anything.
[quote]As for people walking out, they probably couldn't take the violence.
Or they would rather go grab a drink, a smoke, some blow, etc., etc.
Just for context (and giggles) here's the rest of the paragraph from the reviewer, Jeff Wells, who called it a defecation :
[quote]"Movies really don’t get much worse than Nicholas Winding Refn‘s ‘Only God Forgives.’” Wells rails. “It’s a shit macho fantasy — hyper violent, ethically repulsive, sad, nonsensical, deathly dull, snail-paced, idiotic, possibly woman-hating, visually suffocating, pretentious. I realize I sound like Rex Reed on one of his rants, but trust me, please — this is a defecation by an over-praised, over-indulged director who thinks anything he craps out is worthy of your time. I felt violated, shat upon, sedated, narcotized, appalled and bored stiff.”
Refn is incoherent. Perhaps we are returning to the era of junkie film-makers. That said, that was a good era for film.
Ryan Gosling: "I think like a woman" after he just said that John Hughes' movies would have been masterpieces if they had included violence.
Oh Christ is was Jeffrey Wells who said all that? He's a fucking buffoon, I'm immediately more inclined to disregard this.
I wanna buy a vowel, Alex!
Down to 22% percent at Rotten Tomatoes.
Sure, Wells is the most colorful in his reviews, but he ain't the only one.
Great publicity for this movie.
Maybe someone can start a thread about a lesbian themed film at Cannes that is getting good reviews:
[quote]Blue Is the Warmest Color features long, graphic sex scenes that are crucial in establishing the all-consuming physical passion that is the foundation of the bond between Adèle and Emma (what U.S. distributors will do with all the full-frontal flesh, saliva, spanking, and panting is anybody's guess). But though it instantly joins works like Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain on the too-short list of great big-screen same-sex romances, the movie adds up to much more than a lesbian love story; by the time it reaches its quietly devastating, though hopeful, final shot, Kechiche's film has become a map of the human soul.
[quote] How does he keep getting jobs?
Probably by letting his directors suck his enormous cock, lick on his 8 pack, or by fucking them in the culo, like all casting couch surfers land a role.
R46, So how did Gosling get the starring role in Clooney's latest?
Good thing if Gosling doesn't talk in movies because he has the most annoying voice. He gave a lame and lazy performance in Pines. Completely being overshadowed by Ben Mendelsohn. Since he became an internet sensation he doesn't think he has to give good performances anymore. Pretentious idiot!
R17, I love Sweetie too!
They had Irreversible director Gaspar Noé on set.
Prob the most violent and most shocking movie I have ever seen in my life. Full of sexual aggressive male fantasies. Although that movie had some artistic value (and it had the gorgeous Monica Belucci in it, and I don't know how she got through that horrific scene), Only God Forgives just seems to be try hard ... like Ryan Gosling.
I would pay any price to be Ryan Gosling's cumdump.
I love what the director said about Scott-Thomas: "She has no problem turning on the bitch switch."
I bet she doesn't.
[quote]I love what the director said about Scott-Thomas: "She has no problem turning on the bitch switch."
I can see that happening, though, I must admit, I like the softness that KST acquired with age.
No takers for starting a new thread about Blue Is the Warmest Colour? It's the BBM for lesbians.
[quote]There's a devastating mix of eroticism and sadness in Abdellatif Kechiche's new film, which returns to the style and setting of his 2003 movie Games Of Love and Chance. It's the epic but intimate story of a love affair between two young women, unfolding in what seems like real time. There's an interestingly open, almost unfinished quality to the narrative, although this could just be because the print shown here in Cannes was still without credits. The film is acted with honesty and power by Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos; the affair itself is a little idealised, and the film is flawed by one rather histrionic scene, though not, I think, by its expansive three-hour length. Nonetheless, this is still a blazingly emotional and explosively sexy film, which reminds you how timidly unsexy most films are, although as with all explicit movies, there will be one or two airy sophisticates who will affect to be unmoved by it, and claim that the sex is "boring". It isn't.
It's been reported that Ryan Gosling is in incognito and is hiding from the media.
[quote]She calls her girlfriend a cumdump
That's nasty! No wonder people walked out.
Why does Gosling try so hard on PR to keep his face everywhere if all he makes is these tiny movies that no one wants to see? He hasn't even attempted a mainstream movie since Crazy, Stupid, Love in 2011.
It sounds like this season's "Human Centipede."
[quote]He hasn't even attempted a mainstream movie since Crazy, Stupid, Love in 2011.
Gangster Squad was a mainstream movie. It came out in January but kind of flopped.
"and Called a Defecation"
Sometimes a good shit is just what we need.
"A defecation" sounds like something Amanda Wingfield would say about a book she hated.
Thank you, R60!
"By far the most pertinent scene comes early on when we watch a girl masturbate while Gosling is tied down to a chair. What a wonderful analogy for the entire film."
Funny, how no one mentioned that Luke Evans bailed out of this film, leaving the part for Ryan Gosling.
Ryan Gosling was brilliant - and incredibly attractive - in the indie film "The Slaughter Rule". Gosling is a football quarterback who is recruited as a player and maybe more by David Morse, in an equally-transcendent performance.
Fantastic cinemaotgraphy of the old west and a lovely and evocative musical score by Jay Farrar. See it!
r66 I remember reading that way back when, but had forgotten it. Even more intriguing now that's it's turned out so unfavorably.
Poor Gosling. He had such an amazing 2011, then did nothing in 2012, and now 2013 is going so poorly for him. This, Gangster Squad being a mess, Place Beyond the Pines was well received but didn't really hold any interest. I wonder how the Terence Malick film will go over.
If he will make the cut in that Malick movie ...
R68, Place Beyond the Pines was not well received by the critics.
Looking at Goslings bio, he really hasn't had a great career, other than Notebook, he really hasn't anything to show for it.
[quote]Place Beyond the Pines was not well received by the critics.
Yes, actually it was. And it did very well for an indie film at the box office.
[quote]Looking at Goslings bio, he really hasn't had a great career, other than Notebook, he really hasn't anything to show for it
An Oscar nomination for Half Nelson means nothing? And he should have been nominated for Blue Valentine as well.
He had nothing but flops in recent years. As an actor he has given some great performances, but publicity wise he seems to rely on being a gossip rag poster boy these days. In none of his recent movies he is halfway believable. PSH, Ben Mendelsohn, Marisa Tomei all acted circles around him. The Disney boy has become a bit full of himself.
Gosling is a big helium balloon at this point: empty and high-flying but primed for a crash. His one box office hit was almost a decade ago. His one Oscar nom was for a film SEVEN years ago. He's no different than the Kardashians at this point, famous for being famous.
He's also becoming alarmingly type-cast as these sub-literatore moron types.