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Copenhagen Cowboy | Sneak peek

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  1. [6]
    cfabbro
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    Nicolas Winding Refn has fast become one of my favorite writer-directors in recent years, but I had no idea he was working on another show. Thanks for making me aware of this! p.s. If anyone is...

    Nicolas Winding Refn has fast become one of my favorite writer-directors in recent years, but I had no idea he was working on another show. Thanks for making me aware of this!

    p.s. If anyone is unfamiliar with him, I would highly recommend checking out some of his previous work, so long as you're not one to complain about movies/shows being "boring" just for being slow and understated. Since, other than Bronson, the rest of his stuff tends to be very slow-burn, very subdued, somewhat pretentious, but also visually stunning, noire-esque, psychological dramas or crime dramas. Drive is probably the most accessible of his movies though, since at least it has a bit more standard Hollywood action in it, so if you're unsure if you would enjoy any of his other stuff then that's probably the safest place to start.

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    1. [5]
      elcuello
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      You gotta include Pusher (and maybe II and III if you like the first one). I could be biased but that film really set the stage for him locally at least. It's some years since I last saw it but I...

      You gotta include Pusher (and maybe II and III if you like the first one). I could be biased but that film really set the stage for him locally at least. It's some years since I last saw it but I would guess it holds up pretty well.

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        Bearskin
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        I thought Drive was okay, and re-watched Bronson a few dozen times over the years. Pusher, for some reason, never entered my radar until today. I'm guaranteed to have a great time based on the...

        I thought Drive was okay, and re-watched Bronson a few dozen times over the years. Pusher, for some reason, never entered my radar until today. I'm guaranteed to have a great time based on the trailer, and anxious to see what Mads Mikkelsen could do in 1996.

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        1. elcuello
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          I would say it's more easily accessible than his later work. Pusher is raw and gritty compared to his newer vaporwavy style and came out around the time the realistic handheld experience was...

          I would say it's more easily accessible than his later work. Pusher is raw and gritty compared to his newer vaporwavy style and came out around the time the realistic handheld experience was taking off after Dogme. Also Kim Bodnia is amazing in Pusher while Mads Mikkelsen (also) shines in Pusher II and III

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      2. [2]
        cfabbro
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        Y'know, I've never actually seen Pusher II or III. And TBH, even when I originally saw Pusher I don't think I actually realized at the time that it was Nicolas Winding Refn directing it. IIRC, I...

        Y'know, I've never actually seen Pusher II or III. And TBH, even when I originally saw Pusher I don't think I actually realized at the time that it was Nicolas Winding Refn directing it. IIRC, I watched it while going on a Mads Mikkelsen binge somewhere along his run in Hannibal. I remember it being good, and Mads Mikkelsen being amazing in it (as he always is), but not much more about it other than those vague impressions. So this is probably a good time for me to give it a rewatch, and finally check out the sequels too. Thanks for reminding me of their existence. :)

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        1. elcuello
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          No prob! You should and let me know how they hold up. Like I said I'm locally biased so a different view would be interesting. Pusher is mostly known for Kim Bodnia who was the bigger star around...

          No prob! You should and let me know how they hold up. Like I said I'm locally biased so a different view would be interesting. Pusher is mostly known for Kim Bodnia who was the bigger star around that time (and I LOVE him in that role) while in II and III Mads Mikkelsen takes over.

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  2. [6]
    Loire
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    Yup. That's a Nicholas Winding Refn film alright.

    Yup.

    That's a Nicholas Winding Refn film alright.

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    1. [5]
      cfabbro
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      Not a film. This was posted in ~tv for good reason. ;)

      Not a film. This was posted in ~tv for good reason. ;)

      1 vote
      1. [4]
        Loire
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        Are you arguing this production does not look cinematic 😁. It's good to see his Refn'isms translate well to television. I haven't seen Too Old to Die Young yet so I don't know how much of his...

        Are you arguing this production does not look cinematic 😁.

        It's good to see his Refn'isms translate well to television. I haven't seen Too Old to Die Young yet so I don't know how much of his shtick he ported over to that mini series.

        I will say say, as much as I love it, it sort of feels like Refn has fallen into an aesthetic rut since Only God Forgives. I'm not necessarily against it because I love this aesthetic style, but it seems like for a director that used to innovate with every production (think the shift from Bronson to Valhalla Rising to Drive to Only God Forgives), now Only God Forgives, Neon Demon and Copenhagen Cowboy all seem essentially aesthetically identical.

        It may or may not be a problem that five seconds I to this Sneak Peak I knew immediately it was a NWR product.

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        1. tomf
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          you should definitely watch Too Old to Die Young. The pace of the dialog is weird at first, but stick with it.

          you should definitely watch Too Old to Die Young. The pace of the dialog is weird at first, but stick with it.

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        2. [2]
          cfabbro
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          There is no denying that he's obsessed with dark scenes and vibrant neon lighting, but I wouldn't call it an aesthetic rut. IMO it's not quite to Wes Anderson's absurd levels, at least not yet....

          There is no denying that he's obsessed with dark scenes and vibrant neon lighting, but I wouldn't call it an aesthetic rut. IMO it's not quite to Wes Anderson's absurd levels, at least not yet. And he uses that aesthetic sparingly in TOtDY, which had far more bright daylight scenes, and muted colours overall. I suspect this new series is going to take that neon aesthetic to the extreme though, but I'm personally still very excited for it.

          1. Loire
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            Don't get me wrong I am going to watch the hell out of this series. The guy can do no wrong in my eyes, no matter how esoteric his productions become.

            Don't get me wrong I am going to watch the hell out of this series. The guy can do no wrong in my eyes, no matter how esoteric his productions become.

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