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Apr192014

Lost River, I Anxiously Await Thee

Oooh, it's another new image from Ryan Gosling's Lost River (formerly titled: How To Catch a Monster) and I love this macabre club entrance that Christina Hendricks is standing in front of.

Does this image remind anyone else of the abandoned amusement park in Joe Wright's Hanna

Maybe all images of redheads with bobs and big animalistic mouthdoors would naturally be in dialogue with one another. Never mind.

If you haven't read the official synopsis it goes like so:

....weaves elements of fantasy noir, and suspense into a modern day fairytale. Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive. 

None of us have any idea if Gosling will be a good director or not but it'll be exciting to find out. The film will premiere at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section. One thing that's hugely puzzling, though, is that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Iain de Caesteker plays a character named "Bones" who I've been led to believe is Billy's teenage son, though the synopsis is a bit confusingly written in this regard. Caesteker is 26 and Hendricks is only 38... so he's too old to play a teenager and she's definitely too young to play his mother so I hope people are confused about who the son is. 

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Iain de Caestecker could convincingly play a teenager. Most of his Google search pics read young. And all actresses according to Hollywood or the medium of film itself are never too young to play someone's mother.

That plot synopsis is poorly written. It should read: Ryan Gosling for his directorial debut flirts with the surreal for the sake of standing out from the standard vanity vehicles of most actors turned director that are pretty pedestrian.

April 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

Don't be surprised if that reads right -- remember, Amy Poehler was around 6/7 years older than Rachel McAdams when she played her mom.

April 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBia

I kept hoping (delusionally) that this could be a stealth DCCU movie, because I WANT DC to try to build some sort of universe. However, that wouldn't debut at Cannes. (Sigh) That next movie is going to be awful.

April 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

I just hate this new title so much. How To Catch a Monster was great, Lost River is as generic as they come (Mystic River, Frozen River...). Between the change (which is irrationally pissing me off, maybe because I'm still not over Can A Song Save Your Life? becoming the boring generic Begin Again), and how annoying Ryan Gosling has been lately, I'm losing my interest in this movie completely.

April 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Wow I totally didn't think that that is Hendricks, without the cleavage it's kind of hard to acknowledge her
And I get a Cate Blanchett vibe too from that pic

April 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercraver

I'm excited for the film but I can't get past the comma error in the official synopsis. "fantasy,</strong, noir, and suspense." There are fantasy films with noir elements (and vice versa), but I highly doubt he's mixing fantasy noir with suspense.

April 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert G

Anna-I agree. Making titles generic has to be one of the most annoying trends out of Hollywood lately. Hugo usually stands out for me as well (and the whole Tangled/Frozen thing I am not remotely a fan of either).

April 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

May they play mother and son, but not on the same timeline??? Or she will be wearing age make-up at some point?

April 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

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