Half Nelson.  Full Cup.  Ryan Gosling plays a good guy who does bad things as a history teacher teaching dialectics at a junior high.  The relationship he builds with his student, Drey, is terrific.  But this is not your typical teacher/student movie.  And because there is no happy ending, just an ending, could be disappointing for some viewers.  There are many great scenes but for me the movie builds to this confrontation between Gosling & Anthony Mackie…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGZzWyt-YG0

I am excited to see more from Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden (It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Sugar) as well as other Neo Neo Realist directors Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cutoff) & Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop).