Alright there youngins, grab yourself a paddle.
Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine begins with a young girl alone in a field, calling for her dog. She is alone and unheard. A similar beginning greets the audience in The Place Beyond the Pines. It begins in darkness with deep inhales and exhales and the rhythmic click-shish of a switch blade. The tattooed, shirtless Luke (Ryan Gosling) [...]