FilmDistrict Re-Releasing 'Drive' with Albert Brooks Q&A at Arclight
by Alex Billington
January 3, 2012
"I think this is gone on long enough." Now it's FilmDistrict's turn to put their big Oscar potential in the spotlight. Although Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive is my favorite film of 2011, the one actor who has the best chance at getting an Oscar nom is Albert Brooks, who stars as mobster Bernie Rose. He was already nominated for a Golden Globe, but they want to go all the way. So FilmDistrict is "re-releasing" Drive back into the Arclight Hollywood theater for a brief one-week engagement, beginning this Friday, January 6th. Brooks himself will be in attendance for a Q&A on Friday night. Sounds great if you're in the LA area.
From the press release: The ArcLight is the perfect place to present Drive. The film is an electrifying piece of blazing neon color, elegant Los Angeles locations, and swooning electropop sounds. The ArcLight is devoted to presenting films as their makers intended, with the most spectacular sight and sound of any theater in the world. Few films deserve such a treatment more than Drive. This will be a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience that leaves Blu-Ray and online streaming in the dust! Drive has been listed on 68 critics' Top 10 lists. Albert Brooks has currently won 18 Best Supporting Actor awards from various critics and awards groups, including the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle. Nicolas Winding Refn has currently won seven Best Director awards, including the Cannes Film Festival. The film has currently accumulated 83 awards nominations, including the Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for Albert Brooks, eight Broadcast Film Critics nominations, and four Spirit Award nominations. Good - the more, the better!
Drive really is my favorite film of the last year, I absolutely love the film, even as the Arclight says, it's pure cinematic brilliance in every frame and I truly believe that. I think they're definitely given this a bit of extra pomp and circumstance in the name of Albert Brooks, but all for the better. The more Oscar love Drive can get, I'm all for it, maybe even Best Director for Nicolas Winding Refn or Ryan Gosling for Best Actor, as well. We can only hope! In the meantime, check your local listings, maybe it's re-releasing or still playing nearby you anyway, as it doesn't even hit Blu-Ray until January 31st. For more info or to get tickets, visit arclightcinemas.com. I might have to go! Who loves Drive enough to see it again in theaters?
I know this is just plain stupid, but if someone visiting this site that is planning on going to the Q&A screening on Friday could please yell out "Defending Your Life was totally wicked!"... and get it on video... and posts it... I would die a happy man. Or politely state it if you're lucky enough to get to actually ask a question.
Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012
I still think it would have been a real treat to have Albert Brooks as the host of the Oscars. Ahh but dream in one hand and spit in the other and see what fills up first right?:P
Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012
Although funny and a fantastic writer, I think he'd be a bit too dry for hosting. Need someone with a touch of flair/excitement to keep an awards show going... especially the Oscars.
Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012
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