With two high-profile films before the year is out, Ryan Gosling is Hollywood’s reigning kingpin. This month, he leads the all-star cast of George Clooney’s political drama The Ides of March (out Oct. 7). For the moment, the fast-tracking leading man is courting awards-season buzz for his steely turn in the action thriller Drive, opposite Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston and Albert Brooks. Playing a movie stunt-driver who moonlights as a for-hire getaway driver for criminals, Gosling all but cements his status as the DeNiro of his generation. As stylishly directed by Nicolas Refn, Drive is a compelling blend of classic film noir (moody atmospherics, arresting visuals) and shockingly violent action thriller (in the tradition of Tarantino) that is as memorable as it as excitingly unnerving. Tyrone’s Verdict: B+
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Director: Neil Jordan
Long before the pop culture phenom Twilight and TV’s True Blood and The Vampire Diaries cast their wickedly seductive spell, bestselling author Anne Rice was churning out wickedly seductive tales of the undead, with Interview with the Vampire arguably her most well-known release. Adapted for the screen and masterfully directed by The Crying Game’s Neil Jordan (with a screenplay by Rice herself), Interview weaves a potently fascinating tale centred around the vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise), who lures Louis (Brad Pitt) into the immortality of the damned, later tormenting him with the fact that in order to survive he must kill. Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater and Kirsten Dunst co-star in a film that’s steeped in devilish fun and loads of thrills.