This weekend (specifically November 10th) marked the year anniversary of Life Between Films. I can’t believe it’s been a year already. I just wanted it made know that I love being a blogger. I’ve always loved writing, even considered minoring in creative writing in college, so I’m so glad that I decided a year ago to make the leap and do something that I felt would nurture my creative side. Thanks to everyone who sent me well wishes, who have left a comment on a post (or thought about it), and especially everyone who follows/subscribes to this blog (all 275+ of you through various social networking sites!). Seriously, I never thought anyone would want to read what I had to say; thanks so much :)
LBF has evolved since the beginning with it now being more of a hybrid of a blog on how independent film influences different facets of my life. With this post I wanted showcase some of my favorite posts through this year, talk about some of the things I have accomplished, and some of my goals for the next year. Please read on…
Shame: The movie that is my favorite movie released since I’ve been a blogger, is reviewed and a special song from the soundtrack is remembered.
To anyone who will listen, I call him “the best actor of my generation”, and I think it’s fitting. He can be dangerous, he can sport the cool, he can be the heartbreaker, and he can even be that weird, unconventional guy that you can’t help but love. To me, he is the embodiment of the contemporary leading man. Yes, he is very easy on the eyes and oh so dreamy (trust me, I can go on and on all day), but he also a profound and introspective actor. To top that off, he seems like a very kind, intelligent, genuine person for his interviews (see the January 2011 issue of GQ). I have complied a list of my top five best Ryan Gosling films. To me, these films offer his very best and my favorite performances to date.
#5: Half Nelson (2006)
Ryan received his first of soon to be many Oscar nominations playing an inner-city middle school teacher who bonds with one of his female students. She discovers that he has a drug addiction which sparks a reciprocal friendship in which they both go to lengths to protect the other. He plays this role with a perfect mixture of authority, vulnerability, and blurred social boundaries that only he can.