The best 70-80s noir Michael Mann never filmed, Drive is a Jim Thompson-esque crime movie set in LA. My love of the Miami Vice television show  and my recent evenings spent playing Ubisoft's new game Driver: San Francisco  served me well to set the mood for seeing this film. Like noir? See this.
Besides nearly everything Michael Mann did in the 80s, I saw or imagined nods to F/X, The Stunt Man, and the 1975 The Killer Elite. The director is quoted as saying Drive is a homage to Alejandro Jodorowsky, which I wouldn't have thought of but can see bits of El Topo in Drive. I liked the film score by Cliff Martinez as appropriate and evocative: for example I found the music over a stunt scene and grocery shopping sequence early on strongly reminiscent of Tangerine Dream's score from Risky Business. A masked implacable pursuit bit closer to the end kept reminding me of Travis Bickle of Taxi Driver.
Ryan Gosling is one of the most laconic and still characters I've ever seen on film, and gives an impressive performance. I saw Carey Mulligan in An Education when it came out and Never Let Me Go last week and enjoyed seeing her again. Nice to see Christina Hendricks working while Mad Men isn't happening again yet, Ron Perlman is solid, but other than Gosling I was most impressed by Albert Brooks, previously an actor who I had filed as "makes comedies I don't find remotely funny and if he's in it it's one less reason for me to see whatever it is." Remember when Steve Martin did Mamet's The Spanish Prisoner? Right. This is like that. Brooks is great here.
* Haywire - Looks a little like Salt. Soderbergh directs. January 2012.
* Red Tails - January. Lucasfilm finally figures out what to do with all those people who can do X-Wing fighter combat.
* Paranormal Activity 3 - The Bloody Mary mirror "say her name" thing, with videocameras involved.
* Dream House - Daniel Craig. Out now. New trailer, more spoilery than the first one was. New one puts me in mind of Ralph Fiennes' _Spider_.
* The Rum Diary - Johnny Depp. Hunter Thompson. Hilarity ensues. I'm expecting Depp's Hunterish journalist to ask why is the rum always gone.
 I generally describe Miami Vice as my second-favorite television series ever made (not -best, that's another list.) This surprises even friends. On the other hand, almost no one who knows me is surprised by my favorite television series ever. One unsuccessfully-pitched project of mine in the mid-90s was a book on Miami VIce. It'd be nice if someone did one some day.
 Which I'm having a lot of fun with. The Bentley is nice.
Incidentally, when did Brier Creek hit $10/ticket? Ouch.