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Love It / Hate It: Lost River


Love It / Hate It is a new segment I'm doing on every Wednesday in the month of May where Kristen Sales of Sales on Film and I discuss films we hate or love! 

Kristen from Sales on Film and I are back with a whole new segment of Love It / Hate It and this time, we dive into Ryan Gosling's first feature, Lost River. Lost River really divided critics and audiences alike like I haven't seen in a long time and surprisingly, I was on the opposite end which means I liked it (as usual)! Kristen on the other hand had many valid points to make (as usual) and it's always interesting to see how we consume the same material but end with vastly different perspectives! I can understand everything Kristen says but the film catered to my aesthetic taste in tones, cinematography, story, and music despite a few mishaps here and there. Maybe I am too forgiving but it's no denying that this would be a great midnight classic! Am I right or am I right?!


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Anonymous at: June 6, 2015 at 2:56 AM said...

It is always fun listening to Kristen and So passionately review a movie. On this particular film Kristen complained that the movie wasn’t completely resolved and the club portrayed in the movie did not make sense since everyone in the town was economically depressed and so who would be out spending? I would like to point out how the club seemed to portray German Cabaret that flourished in depressed Germany. The death acts mirrored the Eleven Executioners gallows humor from Germany. One explanation for these cabaret acts is that people in hopeless situations poke fun at death as a way of dealing with the inevitable. Prostitution was rampant in depressed Germany with mother/daughter teams being bought for a few cents. Brown shirt thugs ruled the streets eventually. Two scenes done with deft symbolism are the rat beheading to symbolize the rape of an impoverished minor and the cocoons representing the imprisonment, suffocation, and objectification of recent middle class women who are now prostitutes. Eva Mendes was described as a woman of letters, a college educated woman, reduced to gore acts and taking a commission on fees earned from the cocoons. I agree with Kristen that important themes explored were American downfall, depression, and escapism. I disagree that no resolve was offered. The film states that elements from the past must be brought to the surface for the curse to end. Germany rose up its history. The movie though clearly shows the dinosaur head from the park, which was the pride of the community in its former glory, being thrown at the thug leader and terminating the reign of tyranny. The symbol of pride is strapped onto the roof of a car, another symbol of the community’s past strength and pride, and the family travels safely together with a driver who is clearly a good man. I think the lesson was that times are rough but we have a recall of greatness and what it means to be good. We don’t have to sink into despair, denigration, and destruction. We have in our past greatness, love, and synergy. Movies that are all wrapped up with a tidy conclusion are often huge budget mainstream movies. Kristen and So are brilliant!! Does an art film have to be so cookie cutter?? I had some similar feelings surrounding another Detroit film, “It Follows.” Thanks for praising the merits of both these gems So!! You and Kristen are fun to watch!! Slightly less hate and a little more love is always good anyways.

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