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The Top Five Facial Tattoos in Film

Darth Maul

Darth Maul

(Ray Park in Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace)

Kona Chief

Kona Chief

(Hugh Grant in Cloud Atlas)

Viper in Doomsday


(Lee-Anne Liebenberg in Doomsday)

Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines


(Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines)

Mads Mikkelsen in Pusher


(Mads Mikkelsen in Pusher)


Filmmakers On My Mind at the Moment…#2

Joel Edgerton in Animal Kingdom

Joel Edgerton

Animal Kingdom | The Thing (2011) | Zero Dark Thirty | The Great Gatsby

Ben Mendelsohn in The Place Beyond the Pines

Ben Mendelsohn

Animal Kingdom | Killing Them Softly | The Place Beyond the Pines

Review: The Place Beyond the Pines

The Place Beyond the Pines is a film of three parts, which, rather than revealing a conventional story arc, portrays lives within three generations – all scarred and shaped by small choices, large actions and the intertwined relationships of both those struggling to get by in life, and those with the chance of prominence and glory.

The Place Beyond the Pines Poster

Each of the main character’s different personalities is emphasised by Director Derek Cianfrance’s application of shifting styles and tones. For Ryan Gosling’s Luke, see loud, erratic cinematography and an electric pace. For Bradley Cooper’s Avery, see a more stable yet edgy tempo, set in a murky, paranoid-filled backdrop of politics and corruption.

For the final chapter, a mostly depressing contemporary modern America is accentuated by bleak scenery, tones of emptiness, and despairing youths fuelled by frustration. This concluding episode is filmed with the anxiety of an imminent horrific occurrence a la We Need to Talk About Kevin. The suggestion of tragic conclusions (which has no-doubt worked its way into the American population’s psyche, through unfathomable crimes committed in recent years by the generation of ‘lost’ teens) is somewhat inevitable when you see the emotional struggles these young characters are forced to battle with. Continue reading