From “Drive” to “Lost River,” she’s starred in some of the most-talked-about indies of the past few years.
What makes a movie a cult movie? Is it the movie itself or the audience who watches it? Are certain movies just born to be cult, while others have cult status thrust upon them? These questions are as elusive and provocative as cult movies themselves, but while you ponder, check out these 10 cult movies from the past 25 years, like “Natural Born Killers,” that are all included in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”
Christina Hendricks’ portrayal of Joan Harris on Mad Men turns heads for sure. But the talented redhead — who just earned her fourth Emmy nomination — is so much more than an hourglass figure and a pen necklace. To wit, her top five movies.
For all the hype and praise DRIVE received, even without Ryan Gosling undressed, the film really is a refreshing Hollywood release that focuses on the darker personalities and fringe aspects around town. Compared to other highlights of 2011, this film was made on a shoestring budget of $16 million. FYI, Johnny Depp received $20 million to star in THE TOURIST—sad. But DRIVE’s real success rests in the fact that it became the catalyst and poster child for a sub culture of low-tek nostalgics that have been working independently, and are now seen as using the same vocabulary to create a vision of the world. It’s the BLADE RUNNER affect all over again.
DRIVE, Nicolas Winding Refn’s hyper violent, crime movie/love story is an extraordinary piece of work. The words that infiltrated my head while watching? Robots and bubblegum. Refn has created such a uniquely strange world. Everything is either soft and pillowy or luminous and plastic. It’s so stylized and clean that even the blood looks delicious.
Ryan Gosling, who plays a part time stunt driver who’s a sucker for romance, behaves more like a robot than a human. Line after line, Gosling waits a beat before delivering his dialogue so there’s not a single moment of…