From Studio Binder
By Mike Bedard
Three movies by Rumble Films were placed on Studio Binder's top 20 movies of the decade, with "Drive" at number twenty, "Whiplash" at fifteen, and "Nightcrawler" at seven.
20. Drive (2011)
There’s a serene beauty to Drive. It’s an ideal action movie with brutal moments of violence. But it’s also a love story of unrequited love and a man who can never be with the woman he’s fallen for. It’s tragic but director Nicolas Winding Refn brings a stylistic, visual flair to make it one of the prettiest things put to film in the 2010s. Drive transcended expectations, something movies shouldn’t be afraid to do more often. It will draw you in with the promise of car chases and fight scenes, but it will stick in your memory long after with Ryan Gosling’s brilliant performance as a loner masking his emotions.
15. Whiplash (2014)
Whiplash may not be as much of a crowd pleaser as Damien Chazelle’s other movie about a jazz lover who goes to great lengths to make his film come true, but it’s the far better one. It’s the ultimate portrayal of needing to suffer for your art. The film is all the better due to is ambiguous ending. We’re left wondering whether all this pain and suffering will be worth it in the end. It’s a dark portrait about the codependent nature between teacher and student. There may not be monsters of hitmen, but it’s one of the tensest moviegoing experiences you can witness.
7. Nightcrawler (2014)
At its core, Nightcrawler is a sick joke. It lampoons both the media circuit as well as the television viewers who watch a bit closer any time something gory comes on. But the film is also an indictment on the current cutthroat landscape of landing a job and going to dark, perverse places to get ahead in a career. As a modern noir, Nightcrawler films modern Los Angeles with the same grimy appreciation it has toward its protagonist. It’s the kind of film that has you looking inward because there’s a good chance you’re more like Lou than you’d care to admit.
Published by: Scott Varnado in press