Two Sultry, Dusky Women: Trance & The Place Beyond the Pines

Saturday, April 13, 2013

I noticed three similarities between these two films:
  1. Both feature amateur thieves and the theft itself isn't really the main point of the plot.
  2. Each film has a sultry, dusky woman as the object of desire.
    Rosario Dawson and Eva Mendes
  3. There's a place in each movie where you just wanna say out loud – Where the f!*k is this going?

Trance is director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) latest offering. Here's his description of the film:

Trance is part heist movie, part Amnesia thriller, part femme fatale Noir. Binding together these disparate genres is a story of a charismatic hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) hired to dig into the fragile subconscious of a fine art auctioneer (James McAvoy) in an attempt to find a priceless painting: a Goya that he has stolen but stashed he knows not where following a violent assault at the hands of his criminal associate (Vincent Cassel) in the aftermath of the heist. A film that seems to be about a stolen painting but is in fact about stolen memories, Trance uses hypnosis to journey into the mind and explore ideas of identity, madness and perception.

It's an apt description. And the femme fatale Noir plot twist is passably clever, despite a few holes. Although, I think I would have preferred a more avaricious motive, but I can't really say more without spoiler alerts.

When seeing a movie that deals with the mind, you rather expect it to be trippy at times. Trance is no exception, you're often not sure if certain scenes have actually taken place or is it something one of the characters has been lead to think? This effect although at times confusing, helps to create the atmosphere of a hypnotic trance. In fact, I had very weird dreams the night I saw this movie. I kept waking up, but then wasn't sure if I was awake. The next morning I worried that maybe the film had a subliminal message hidden within the frames. Perhaps anyone who sees this movie and is highly suggestible, will all meet up in the middle of a field one night and wonder why we're there!

The Place Beyond the Pines is directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, a 2010 Film Fest Darling and one of Tinsel & Tines most read posts). Based on this, the fact that he'd be working again with Ryan Gosling, add in my hometown boy crush on Bradley Cooper and you should have a recipe for a great movie. Unfortunately, I think Cianfrance tried too hard to do something “Out of the Box” but wound up “Jumping the Shark”.

Great start to the film, Luke (Gosling) tatted up, black t-shirt, walking through a carnival; soon we find out he's a caged motorcycle stuntman, traveling with the carney. Then you see sexy Eva Mendes, no bra, waiting for him, asking if he remembers her name. He does, it's Romina. It seems they hooked up the last time the carnival was in town, which had to be a year and nine months ago as he discovers he has a son, Jason.

Despite the fact that Romina has come looking for Luke, she's moved on in her life, now living with a new guy (Mahershala Ali) who's taking good care of her, her mother and her son. This lets Luke off the hook; yet he decides he wants to put down roots, be her man and raise his son. Problem being a moody, desperate, determined “Ryan Gosling” always spells trouble!

If only this story, expanded to include Luke and Romina's first encounter, was the entire movie. But no, it's a movie in 3 Acts, which feels like a 10 hour mini-series. Where Luke's story ends, Avery's (Cooper) begins. Avery is a married cop with a 1 year-old son. He's from a wealthy family, passed the bar before joining the force. He's not down for the whole dirty cop thing going on around him, headed up by who else? Ray Liotta. Yet, Avery's not against taking them down for his own advancement.

Avery's story does intersect with Luke and Romina's plot, but it's completely it's own movie too. Then we have the third act which takes place 15 years later and involves both Luke and Avery's sons. This too could be it's own movie, two teenage boys connected through the sins of their fathers. But they'd have to recast the role of Avery's son, AJ (Emory Cohen). He's such a “Jersey Shore” douche bag with no redeeming qualities.

I wanna give Cianfrance credit for presenting a different framework for a movie. He and co-writer
Ben Coccio take the piece almost to a Shakespearean level. Or like a book read in its entirety without a screenplay, filming an entire saga. I say I wanna give him credit, but I can't, this storytelling device is just ponderous. There are however, some good scenes and themes along the way to The Place Beyond the Pines.
Food in Film Moment:  Luke - "What kinda F'ing house are you running with no Ice Cream?"

LAMB Score - Trance 2.5 out of 5  /  The Place Beyond the Pines 2.5 out of 5
Philly Film Blog

Philly Events Calendar

ADD YOUR EVENT for FREE! - which includes SOCIAL MEDIA BLASTS!  Click AGENDA VIEW to see complete list of happenings.

Featured Post


Tinsel & Tine Winners for Preview Screening Contest Guest on The LAMB Podcast Lambcast #470: CAPTAIN MARVEL w/ Rich Kirkh...

Food n Film: BURNT

Food n Film: BURNT
Bradley Cooper has more than charisma, he has an over abundance of Chi, which radiates out from him; so for me, this role as temperamental and damaged chef Adam Jones, who also inspires great love and admiration from those around him, works on the level of characterization. In fact, I think he's among a very short list of actors who would be able to pull off being so self-involved and yet likable. Doesn't hurt that he really speaks French too! READ POST

Food n Film: CHEF

Food n Film: CHEF
Much of the movie centers around the father/son relationship, and how much they learn from each other. But the real star of the film is all the food preparation, every other scene made me groan with want of everything up on that screen! Particularly the perfectly roasted and rubbed brisket, the crispy fat of the pork belly, sizzling bacon and the much ballyhooed Chocolate Lava Cake. READ POST


The key to deciphering both the city it beautifully depicts and the man who eats it best - City of Gold

By Tinsel & Tine Contributor Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef)

What Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times food critic/writer, has done for food writing journalism and for the restaurants that he loves, the movie, City of Gold has done for Jonathan Gold and Los Angeles and its surrounding environs – it has planted taco covered kisses on them... READ POST

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT
If you’re a foodie movie lover who saw Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred Foot Journey (see T&T post), this summer you may be wondering what delicious visual journey might be awaiting you in the theater next. Well, how about a look back at his film Chocolat (2000), which stars French actress Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. Hallström’s has a special talent for turning cooking into a dramatic movie journey...READ MORE


...young Hassan, a soulful-eyed boy with lush, thick eye lashes, places his face into the sea urchin basket, and breathes in the exotic briny scent. He sticks his fingers into the aquatic ooze, takes it to his mouth and is transfixed by the taste. The vendor, oblivious to the thrusting arms of frenzied women, notices the boy and realizes he is the only one worthy of this oceanic prize; he is the one who can “truly taste.” ... READ MORE

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA
Personally, I like the unevenness of it, because I fell in love with the post World War II, Parisian sights, sounds, food and romance between Julia and Paul. I always felt a bit jarred back into reality when the scenes returned to Julie's meltdowns and cramped kitchen.READ POST

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE
Six months into my 38th year of this life, I had my first panic attack. I didn't know that's what it was until months later. Symptom after symptom starting piling up on me until there were days I could no longer move my arms or neck. The doctors told me I was suffering from an auto-immune condition that they felt was most likely Lupus. And so began my much deeper journey and exploration into the world of spirit, alternative medicine, yoga, meditation and Eat, Pray, Love. READ POST


With a film like this, food plays a main character in the story and I was lucky enough to get an interview with the film's Food Stylist, Janine Kalesis.READ POST

Food n Film: WAITRESS

Food n Film: WAITRESS
In this 2007 film, Keri Russell stars as Jenna - a desolate diner waitress seeking solace in the art of pie-making. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she’s eager to escape her husband and her small-town hell and sets about to make a run for it by entering an out of town pie baking contest. READ POST


Those of us in attendance were not only given the opportunity to see Babette's Feast, the Oscar winning, Danish film, considered one of the all-time great "food films"; we also got to taste Babette's menu! READ POST


I participated in WalkMS Philly on 4/30/16
Thank you to the readers who donated to the cause - It's not too late to support! Click badge below

15 Top Food in Film Flicks

15 Top Food in Film Flicks
Cozy Quilt of Food Movies, we'll add more patches as T &T discovers more films where food plays the biggest "roll"

Tinsel & Tine on

Tinsel & Tine on
Really love this platform, you feature your stuff and other people's stuff you follow, and it all configures like the front page of a newspaper. Click to see what I mean

Visit Our YouTube Channel

Visit Our YouTube Channel
View Q & A's with visiting Filmmakers to Philly

Philly Food and Film

Videographer Oliver Gallini 5 min short featuring organic-chemist-turned-chef, Townsend Wentz, who got his start at The Four Seasons Philadelphia.


Cross Content Blogs


Large Association of Movie Blogs

Tinsel & Tine was nominated for a VBA



group of 10,000 women bloggers dedicated to supporting one another by leaving comments

Women Online

The Blogstress Network

The Blogstress Network
Female Bloggers Unite

Contributor from 2010 - 2012

About This Blog

is about discovering what I find pleasing in screening & eating - in case you missed it, the name is a play on Tinseltown using the Tines of a Fork.

Feel free to send me info on a film or new restaurant you'd like me to highlight.

Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

Camera Tips


  © Blogger template On The Road by 2009

Back to TOP