It’s the end of the year and I’m hoping to get out all my favorites list by the end of the week. Today is my favorite movies. I think maybe it should be just called, The Year Ryan Gosling Made Amazing Movies, but I’ll let you judge for yourself. Here are my top six.
1. Drive – This was the year of Ryan Gosling. He was in the amazing movie Drive, you need to go see it. Period.
2. Crazy, Stupid, Love – Ryan and Emma Stone, they make the cutest couple ever. And Steve Carell proves he’s funny, once again.
3. Ides Of March – Ryan and George Clooney. You know you can’t go wrong with this one. I think that drama has always been a strong suit for Ryan, he proves it in this movie.
4. The Immortals – I have to admit that I watched this movie because of a shirtless Henry Cavill and Kellan Lutz. But when I went to see it I was stunned by the effects. I literally didn’t let my eyes leave that screen for one second. If you watch movies with me you know I get distracted easy. I was not distracted in this movie.
5. Sherlock Holmes 2 – I went to the theater to watch this movie just this week. Well, my son made me watch it. He wanted to watch whatever movie was playing in the seats that move. Well, I appeased him and went. I had heard many of my friends excited to see the second part of the movie. I hadn’t seen the first one at all. But with the seats moving every time there was a gun shot I felt very involved. And Robert Downey Jr., he was great in this movie. I honestly couldn’t imagine anyone else in the role of Sherlock than him.
6. The Change-Up – For a while there in the summer I was obsessed with movies with Jason Bateman in them. The Change-Up happened to be one of those movies that had him in it …and it had Ryan Reynolds in it too. The two of them in the same movie ended up with a lot of laughs. I enjoyed it immensely.
P.S. Remember this is only my personal opinion. Thank you.
Ryan Gosling. When you think of that name you automatically think of winner, right? The nominations for the Golden Globe Awards came out this morning and Ryan found his place on two of the nominations. I think that in my head he has already won them.
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50 Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris
Now Ryan is up against some big hitters, George Clooney and Brad Pitt. But, if there is anyone that could do it. It would be Ryan. First, the Golden Globe Awards then the Academy Awards. Congratulations Ryan! You deserve it!
George Clooney has been busy promoting his new movie which he also directed, Ides of March, (which also stars Ryan Gosling) and he also covers this week’s issue of Parade magazine. Here are some of the highlights of the interview in the issue:
On why he avoids social media: “I don’t tweet, I don’t go on Facebook. I think there’s too much information about all of us out there. I’m liking the idea of privacy more and more. There will be funny things, like I’ll read something I’ve said about a woman somewhere. And I haven’t spoken about my relationships in 15 years.”
On how aging has changed his career: “I look at myself onscreen and go, ‘I don’t look like I did when I was 40—I know that.’ The people I’ve respected most in the industry over the years—Paul Newman, for instance. I just loved the way he handled growing old onscreen. It’s understanding that you’re now basically a character actor.”
On how he handled rejection as a young actor: “I had to stop going to auditions thinking, ‘Oh, I hope they like me.’ I had to go in thinking I was the answer to their problem. The greatest lesson I learned was that sometimes you have to fake it. And you have to be willing to fail.”
On why The Ides of March is relevant: “We were in preproduction on this film in 2007, before the Obama election. And then we realized that a good portion of the country was elated with what happened in that election, so we had to shelve the movie until people were cynical again. I didn’t think it would be quite this quick [Laughs].”
On the practical jokes: “There’s good fun in watching those play out. And, hey, my friends are rough on me, too. Brad Pitt’s brutal, and Matt Damon. My friends used to change my outgoing phone message all the time. This was the old days, when you had a phone machine. They would change the message to something horrible and there was nothing I could do to change it back. That was always brilliant.”
This September 2011 issue of Esquire came out in August but since Ryan Gosling is at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend promoting The Ides of March with George Clooney I just had to post this now. Isn’t the cover cute? I know that having two Ryan’s around would be just as perfect as having one! Here are highlights from the interview with the magazine:
On being recognized: “It’s like being in a dream. You don’t know anybody, but everybody knows you, everybody reacts to you. You can be walking along in a dream, through a pretty normal world, and then bam, everything seems to be a response to your presence. Everything seems to be driven by you. And that’s notable at first, and you deal with it. And then – and it happens every time – you become aware it’s a dream. Right about then, when you think you have it figured, and that acknowledging that will make it easier, it inevitably becomes a nightmare.”
On why it’s pretty sweet to be an adult: “Sometimes I think that the one thing I love most about being an adult is the right to buy candy whenever and wherever I want.”
On puberty: “I went through puberty in a theme park. I’m grateful. That place was a landscape to me. I had adventures every day….Backstage at Disney World, there are stories. Mickey Mouse with his head off, drinking coffee on break. Pirates on the phone. Ghosts in line for food. It just made me see things.”