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07.11.2012
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With such a huge roster of summer movies this year and a bunch of highly anticipated Christmas releases, I totally forgot about THE GANGSTER SQUAD. Even though the initial trailer was pretty cool, every time I think about crime movies my mind jumps right to LAWLESS.

A new trailer for THE GANGSTER SQUAD has been released. It definitely pushes the right elements of the movie: lots of gunfire and violence and a good amount of Ryan Gosling and red-headed Emma Stone. I like Ruben Fleischer's take on this material and it reminds me greatly of L.A. CONFIDENTIAL.

Plot: Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and--if he has his way--every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It's enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop...except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen's world apart. "The Gangster Squad" is a colorful retelling of events surrounding the LAPD's efforts to take back their nascent city from one of the most dangerous mafia bosses of all time.

With a phenomenal cast like this, I can overlook how bad the prosthetic nose on Sean Penn is. The tone looks just right and the action looks perfect. As long as this movie doesn't end up as a watered down PG-13, I think we are all good.

THE GANGSTER SQUAD opens September 7th.

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1:00PM on 07/12/2012
Looks great but still can't believe they are sticking with that title, it's so goofy sounding.

Oh and about the rating,has their ever been a PG-13 gangster movie? I mean seriously. Enough bitching about movie ratings already.
Looks great but still can't believe they are sticking with that title, it's so goofy sounding.

Oh and about the rating,has their ever been a PG-13 gangster movie? I mean seriously. Enough bitching about movie ratings already.
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8:27AM on 07/12/2012

Drive?

After watching the trailer, I thought the same character Ryan Gosling played in Drive went back in time or something...pretty much the same guy lol.
After watching the trailer, I thought the same character Ryan Gosling played in Drive went back in time or something...pretty much the same guy lol.
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5:22AM on 07/12/2012
Wow, Gosling does seem really out of place in this trailer. Maybe his voice and demeanour will make more sense in the context of the film.
Wow, Gosling does seem really out of place in this trailer. Maybe his voice and demeanour will make more sense in the context of the film.
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1:54AM on 07/12/2012
I like the juxtaposition of slick, polished camerawork with a grim and gritty setting. It's kinda like Boardwalk Empire on steroids, and I like the sound of that. I like how Josh Brolin looks in this too.
I like the juxtaposition of slick, polished camerawork with a grim and gritty setting. It's kinda like Boardwalk Empire on steroids, and I like the sound of that. I like how Josh Brolin looks in this too.
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10:20PM on 07/11/2012

Good!

It looks good so far, but I think Ryan Gosling might be out of place. I can't see him playing a rugged detective. It's the kind of role that I can only picture Humphrey Bogart doing (specifically in THE MALTESE FALCON). Josh Brolin has those same rugged physical attributes, but not Ryan Gosling. That's not to say he'll do a bad job, because he won't; he's good in everything I've seen him in. I just think he's been miscast. Frankly, Sean Penn is the actor that's really pulling me towards this
It looks good so far, but I think Ryan Gosling might be out of place. I can't see him playing a rugged detective. It's the kind of role that I can only picture Humphrey Bogart doing (specifically in THE MALTESE FALCON). Josh Brolin has those same rugged physical attributes, but not Ryan Gosling. That's not to say he'll do a bad job, because he won't; he's good in everything I've seen him in. I just think he's been miscast. Frankly, Sean Penn is the actor that's really pulling me towards this film.
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6:35PM on 07/11/2012
This looks really good. I don't have a problem with Sean Penn's nose, it looks good to me.
This looks really good. I don't have a problem with Sean Penn's nose, it looks good to me.
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6:33PM on 07/11/2012

Ryan Gosling Playing Tough

I think it is funny watching Ryan Gosling play tough characters. His voice is so soft and his eyes always seem so distant, like he is miles away. He was the same way in Drive, so detached and quiet. Nothing wrong with that since that seemed to be the type of person the Driver was, but his delivery in this trailer seems too soft to be threatening. Meanwhile, Josh Brolin sounds like he is still doing his Tommy Lee Jones impression, though it seems to fit the character well.

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I think it is funny watching Ryan Gosling play tough characters. His voice is so soft and his eyes always seem so distant, like he is miles away. He was the same way in Drive, so detached and quiet. Nothing wrong with that since that seemed to be the type of person the Driver was, but his delivery in this trailer seems too soft to be threatening. Meanwhile, Josh Brolin sounds like he is still doing his Tommy Lee Jones impression, though it seems to fit the character well.

As for the PG-13 comment, why would Ruben Fleischer, who has two R-Rated films on his resume, decide to make a gangster film into a PG-13? If he did, we should blame the studio, not the director.
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