Monday, July 21, 2008

Two More Ryan Gosling Films: Stay and The Believer

In an effort to watch as many Ryan Gosling films as I can, I rented Stay and The Believer. Stay is pretty much an unwatchable arty, way-over-stylized supposedly psychological thriller. It’s not even explainable. It stars Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, and of course Ryan Gosling. And even though he is very freaky in Stay, he is still hard not to watch. Ewan McGregor makes a splash because of his el strango wardrobe that includes too-too short pants. Was it supposed to be funny?

Elizabeth Reiser, perhaps best known for being in Sweetland and Grey’s Anatomy, is also in both of these films. In The Believer, she plays a Jewish attorney with Ryan Gosling as the even freakier NeoNazi who is also Jewish. This movie, which was originally banned from be distributed because of it’s exceptionally disturbing anti-Jewish content, was finally shown first on Showtime. It’s no joy ride watching this cringe producing movie, but Ryan Gosling’s performance is remarkable. All of the movies that Ryan Gosling has been in so far are listed below. (Half Nelson is still the best of the bunch, I think)

1. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
2. Fracture (2007)
3. Half Nelson (2006)
4. Stay (2005)
5. The Notebook (2004)
6. The United States of Leland (2003)
7. Murder by Numbers (2002) *
8. The Slaughter Rule (2002) *
9. The Believer (2001)
10. Remember the Titans (2000)

*Haven't seen these ones yet, maybe never


Jen said...

I have Stay here right now (from Netflix). It is one of the few Gosling films I have yet to watch. I'm partial to The Notebook, but I understand why he was praised so much for Half Nelson. I really didn't care for The Believer at all.

PS You should come by my place on August 5th. I'm having a Movie Madness Carnival. It is a fun way to talk about movies and connect with other movie lovers. I have a banner on my site telling about it.

Mary's List said...

Hey I checked out your blog and posted. Another movie lister such as myself. And another Ryan Gosling fan. Thanks for posting, Mary

Jen said...

I watched Stay last night and I thing I have an answer about Ewan's pants. It took me a while to figure it out but I think I did. It might be a spoiler so I don't want to post here. Email me if you want my take on it.

I didn't hate the movie, but it could have definitely been better. Ryan, of course, was FANTASTIC!!!