Blue Valentine: Being Blue Startles

Gosling, with no formal training as an actor, has quickly become one of the best

It’s not surprising how Derek Cianfrance, director of Blue Valentine, spent twelve years developing a project that would become the most powerful American film I’ve seen in three years. To immerse oneself in something for so long, to think it through and write it out and then erase everything and start over is a wondrous, admirable task. Rarely does one hear of someone spending twelve years on a project only for that piece of art to be a piece of shit.

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