Skip to main content

The Place Beyond the Pines (2013): Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Ray Liotta


The Place Beyond the Pines plays out as if reading a historical novel that expands several generations.   It is a tale of the "sins of the father" and how life patterns and circumstances overshadows the film with echoes of Cane and Abel laced throughout the saga.  The opening scene showcases  a dark and gritty visual of Ryan Gosling, Luke, as a tattooed self absorbed showman riding a motorcycle flamboyantly at a fair. Eva Mendes, Romina, passionately entranced by the bad boy, Luke, has a renewed fling, which the previous year had brought forth a child unbeknownst to Luke.   Romina creates a well balanced life with a stable and loving man, Mahershala Ali, Kofi, whereas Luke is unable to connect within societies standards and instead embraces an empty and lonely existence evoking chaos and tragedy amongst the living. The consequences of self appointed exclusion denote demise, corruption and tragic consequences, while foreshadowing the next chapter in the saga.

Bradley Cooper, Avery, a well connected cop, ends the initial storyline, and stars in the second chapter.  Avery, a hero, after ending the tragic life of Luke, officially embroils Luke and Avery for the remaining portion of the tale. Ray Liotta, Delucca, is a corrupted and self serving officer with a hidden agenda.   Rose Bryne, Jennifer, Avery's wife, also has a small child similar to the age of Romina's  Luke's child.  The story aligns poignantly for the two small children to meet in the future.  The third chapter of the tale infuses the two boys as teenagers.   Avery's, son, Emery Cohen, AJ, is a drug pushing bully and Luke's son, Dane DeHaan, Jason, is seemingly good.

The movie is brilliant in questioning the existence of man, the choices of man and the results of isolation that is chosen by an individual.  Strong healthy role models abound, yet the desire or perhaps the ingrained pattern tugs provoking evil and illogical actions.  It is a curious expose how some rise and some never leave the pattern set forth by the "sins of the father".  The Place Beyond the Pines is a moving and thought provoking flick that will not be forgotten.  The acting is superb and the script formidable.  The film touches many nerves, exploring the ugly and diabolical side of humanity.  Yet the yearning too belong is so apparent.   If only an individual could reach for it or even see it. 

 

The Place Beyond the Pines - Trailer


















Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 - Take One - Hot Picks

Ready, Set & Click

"Happiness is not in money, but in shopping."  Marilyn Monroe


The annualNordstrom Anniversary Salebegins forNordstromcardholders next week on August 4th.  Depending on your level, you will be able to order prior to the actual start of the sale.   Your level is based on how much you spend atNordstromon a yearly basis.   Everyone NOW can view the online catalog atNordstrom.com.
For the first time, in my life, I will not be going in-store for the sale.  I am positive many like me will do the same. Ever since, I was in high school, the Nordstrom Anniversary Salehas been an exciting event for me.  Grab a coffee, meet a friend and purchase clothes. We usually see other friends and spread the word on what is hot.  No doubt, the year 2020 will be one for the history books.  
If someone had told me in 2019, that everything I love in life would be halted because of a pandemic in 2020, I would have thought not possible.  As we all know, when the virus appeared, every…

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 - Take Two - Lingerie

Pleasure for You


"A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles"
Each day is a gift and being grateful for your life, your home, your friends and family is enough.  I find writing everyday about what I am grateful for in 2020 provides contentment and peace.   The Five Minute Journal as mentioned in previous posts, is a must-have for all of us living through the year 2020.  It is a wonderful way to start and end your day.  Millions of successful people take the time to remind themselves of their blessings.  Of course, shopping for yourself, within a budget, can create brightness to any day.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020


My previous post, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Hot Picks - Take One, highlighted the hot items that will sell out quickly.  They are the cream of the crop of the sale.  This "Take Two" article will focus on silky pleasures that add to mornings and evenings at home.  My mother believed in buying beautiful under garments for yourself.  I must agree.   There …

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Take Three - Jeans & Tops

The Perfect Combination


Since we no longer are attending events that we enjoyed in 2019, our needs for formal wear is not a priority this year.  However, I do believe in dressing up daily with a flattering top or a bit of color for a lift of hope and cheer.  What I have found refreshing as of late, is the ability to visit restaurants and eat outdoors.  Everyone seems upbeat, happy and joyous to be participating in the simpler thrills of life.  The women have taken time to look lovely and are sporting pretty clothes.  After all, our beautiful pieces are just waiting to be worn.  
Additionally, the new norm for most is working from the home, which is a significant change for everyone. Thus, a great pair of jeans and a beautiful top will look and make you feel professional.  It is important to dress for success even if you are in your office or at the kitchen table.  Fix your hair, put on your makeup, and add accessories.  Why not look your best?  You are a powerful woman.  Anyone in busin…