Hey girl. There are a number of things that get me through a long winter of shortened days and the seasonal affective disorder that settles in after the food-and-presents orgy of Christmas. Chief among them are mugs of hot cocoa, flannel bed sheets, and the late Oscar bait in theaters. See, those movies contain trailers for the spring releases, which helps to remind me that it won’t always be dark and there will be hot people to stare at on the big screen.
At the movies the other day, I saw the trailer for a new movie called The Place Beyond the Pines, which will be out in March.
Motorcycles and bank robberies and principles and Ryan Gosling appearing in what I think is supposed to be a serious moment as a dad but kind of looks to me like a humorous parenting follies moment.
Aside from the fact that this looks like a pretty decent movie, I just really appreciate the notion that a working class community could contain three people who look like Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes and not implode from that much sexiness being in one ZIP code.
It helps that both Cooper and Gosling have apparently taken a seminar at the Matthew McConaughey School of Acting, which teaches students that they should take their shirts off a lot. Cooper has treated us to his torso in a couple of Hangover movies and The A-Team.
It’s not clear from the trailer for The Place Beyond the Pines if Cooper doffs his shirt, but Gosling certainly does and thank goodness for that and the resulting .gif that someone so thoughtfully crafted for us.
I am pro-Shirtless Gosling since it doesn’t seem to affect him being a serious actor. This is a fine skill to cultivate, since no one was really taking Matthew McConaughey seriously until he got completely naked-ish in Magic Mike. Now that dude has Oscar buzz.
Also, Shirtless Gosling was I think the only reason anyone saw Crazy, Stupid, Love.
So keep those chests bare, guys, and keep acting the hell out of every role you have. It’s working. Or at the very least it’s working for me.