I finally caught up with one of the best, most innovative, surprising and simply awesome films of the year this week, Drive. I am kicking myself for not having seen it when it hit theaters in September because it’s just fantastic. This film starring Ryan Gosling (who’s reaped Critics Choice and Independent Spirit Award nominations for his performance) as a stunt driver who gets wrapped up in the dark crime underworld of LA got raves from critics when it was released. However, it only did so so at the box office. That’s unfortunate because it’s one of the best films of 2012. Carey Mulligan is wonderful as the woman Gosling chooses to protect from some scary circumstances and Golden Globe/Independent Spirit/Critics Choice nominee Albert Brooks is stunning as an evil mob boss plus great turns by Emmy winner Bryan Cranston, Emmy nominee Christina Hendricks, Ron Pearlman and Oscar Isaac. The movie has brilliant direction (by Independent Spirit/Critics Choice nominee Nicholas Winding Refn), editing and cinematography and one incredible element that has also received great notice~ the music. The soundtrack and score are reminiscent of 80′s new wave classics and they will stick in your head. The music is available on iTunes and other digital outlets now and I highly recommend you get it. So, take a listen to some choice cuts from the wonderful soundtrack to the film Drive which hits dvd next month. Oh and the film gets an “A” grade by the way.
The music from Drive….
“A Real Hero”- College featuring Electric Youth
“Under Your Spell”- Desire
And here’s the trailer for the best most unsung film of 2011: Drive