Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2011 Nostalgia Sneaking Up - At The Movies

2011 Nostalgia Sneaking Up - At The Movies

Well, it's that time of the year already. People are over the whole Christmas shopping and we're ready to get it over with. For those who do celebrate Christmas it's already time to move on to the nostalgia stage.

You know, that's when everyone gets all wide eyed about the previous year and you see the slew of "Best of.." and "Worst of..." for the year. Though there's often far less Worst of's since people generally like to keep it positive to some degree. In any case, this all means one thing. The year is ending and you will be swamped with those god damn stupid list reminding you of shit that happened just within the last few months. It's really terrible on all accounts.

In any event, I have to say that if Drive isn't on the top list of best films of 2011 I'm going to be really upset. Okay, I'd probably care as much as I care for Time's Person of the Year. In that, I don't.

With that said, DRIVE may very well have been the best movie I saw in 2011. The main reason? Every frame of the movie just makes sweet sweet love to L.A. If films like Taxi Driver embodied New York, DRIVE tapped into that Michael Mann and made a film that had L.A. as a pivotal and great character.

tribute to drive from tom haugomat & bruno mangyoku on Vimeo.

If you really want to be like "the driver", you can get yourself a snazzy official jacket like that with the scorpion on it from Steady Clothing. It will run you back a pretty penny though. Around $150 for the jacket. Talk about pricey. But then again, if you want to relive the 80's style, which seems to come back in 20-30 year cycles anyway, then perhaps it's the way to go.

I do have to say though, I thought the style of the film and the clothing in it was just utterly amazing. You can read a lot about how they choose what they choose and how they got the look down in this little article about it..

But enough about fashion, what about the sound? Now I'm not going to say the soundtrack wasn't amazing. It really was great. But when people generally say something has a great soundtrack what they usually mean is that it has a couple of amazing songs. That is the case for this.

It has some really awesome songs up front, but after that it's just keyboard instrumental stuff that belongs in a film to help with the setting/mood. You'll probably not want to listen to that stuff while driving on the road. Incidental music isn't typically something you listen to on its own, because it loses a lot of its appeal once you strip the visuals away.

So yeah, if this film isn't one that is on your top list of the year then I have nothing to tell you other than you need to watch it. And if you have watched it and didn't care for it - what's wrong with you?

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