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Venice Review: David Gordon Green's 'Manglehorn' Starring Al Pacino, Harmony Korine, Chris Messina And Holly Hunter

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • August 30, 2014 8:43 AM
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Manglehorn
A bee's nest beneath a mailbox. A boat bedecked in copies of a photograph. A cat who’s swallowed a key. A mime, a buffet, an earthquake, a multi-vehicle car accident inexplicably strewn with smashed watermelons. David Gordon Green’s slow, indulgent but fathomless “Manglehorn” contains all of these motifs and more, sometimes playing out in double exposure, sometimes woozy slow motion, often counterpointed by Al Pacino’s gravelly narration. It should all be a terrible mess, and certainly it’s less accessible than Green's genre-tinged “Joe” or the sweetly straightforward “Prince Avalanche.” But it’s also fascinating to those of us willing to let its meditative currents take us through a mosaic of moods, mysteries, magic and melancholy. This is all anchored by a quietly assured performance that not only may be among the most atypical of Pacino’s career, but may also be one of his best.

Watch: First Clip & Behind-The-Scenes Look At David Gordon Green's Amazon Pilot 'Red Oaks'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2014 9:17 AM
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Paul Reiser in "Red Oaks"
Wondering what to watch this Labor Day weekend? You might want to fire up your Amazon account and check out the five new pilots the online behemoth is rolling out. Unlike their competitors at other streaming services, the company is taking a unique approach to programming. Today they're launching the new shows, but the catch is that user comments and ratings will determine which ones get ordered to series...and which don't. Among the competing shows is "Red Oaks," from director David Gordon Green.

David Gordon Green To Direct Sandra Bullock In George Clooney-Produced 'Our Brand Is Crisis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2014 12:42 PM
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David Gordon Green, Sandra Bullock
While it might appear that Hollywood hasn't been paying attention to David Gordon Green, he's quietly been putting himself back on the right radar screens by knuckling down with a string of indie flicks. The out of nowhere "Prince Avalanche" was a pleasant surprise, "Joe" earned terrific reviews and notices for Nicolas Cage's performance were oddly passable even if audiences didn't care, and we can only imagine his forthcoming "Manglehorn" with Al Pacino is earning the right buzz in the right places. By which we mean… Green and George Clooney now roll hard together.

David Gordon Green To Direct College Football Project 'Score' Written By & Starring Don Johnson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 23, 2014 12:44 PM
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Joe, David Gordon Green
While David Gordon Green has a plethora of Lost, Unmade & Abandoned Projects, that's only because the filmmaker tends to have a handful of irons in the fire at any one time, hoping one will spark into his next project. He's certainly not one willing to sit idle for too long. With "Joe" dropping in theaters this spring, the director has already lined up the Steven Soderbergh-produced comedy series "Red Oaks" over at Amazon Studios. And it seems the streaming world holds another opportunity for Green, who apparently has another gig in the works.

The Lost, Unmade & Abandoned Projects Of Director David Gordon Green

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 14, 2014 1:43 PM
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Joe, David Gordon Green
"I have a sense of humor. I'm not always this lyrical, slow-moving, Southern crybaby." If the hallmark of the film auteur is cultivating and identifying a unique style, former indie wunderkind David Gordon Green has been systematically tearing down his signature status for a few years now.

Watch: David Gordon Green Breaks Down A Scene From 'Joe' Starring Nicolas Cage

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 11, 2014 10:24 AM
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Joe
After spending a few years in the studio system with comedies like "Pineapple Express" and "Your Highness," David Gordon Green is firmly back in the indie world with the one-two punch of last year's "Prince Avalanche" and the newly released Nicolas Cage-starring "Joe." As the new film opens in select theaters this weekend, a new video from The New York Times has arrived online that finds Green breaking down one of the film's scenes.

David Gordon Green Talks ‘Joe’ & Reveals How He Convinced Nicolas Cage To Star In His Dark, Tiny Indie Drama

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 10, 2014 5:55 PM
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Joe, Nicolas Cage
While he stated early on that the eclectic careers of Danny Boyle, Steven Soderbergh and Gus Van Sant were the ones he strove to emulate, the career of David Gordon Green has nevertheless puzzled those who expected him to follow a singular track. Perhaps because he was touted as the heir apparent to Terrence Malick in his early indie filmmaking days a preconception was formed, but regardless, much has been made about Green's "about face" turn toward studio comedies (three in a row: "Pineapple Express," "Your Highness" and "The Sitter"). Perhaps settling into a pattern audiences and pundits alike are more comfortable with, Green has returned to his roots and quickly knocked out a succession of indie films. The latest is "Joe" a dark drama, but one that continues to defy genre and expectation.

Review: David Gordon Green's Muscular & Textured 'Joe' Starring Nicolas Cage & Tye Sheridan

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 10, 2014 5:05 PM
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Joe, Nicolas Cage
“Joe” unites a pair of talents somewhat on the comeback trail. David Gordon Green’s once-lofty critical reputation—the filmmaker was once lauded as a successor to Terrence Malick—took something of a hit after a left-turn into poorly-received studio comedies like “Your Highness” and "The Sitter," but this year’s “Prince Avalanche” seemed to mark a return to the lo-fi indies he made his name with. Meanwhile, Nicolas Cage’s status as a major star and as one of his generation’s most acclaimed actors has been threatened in recent years by a series of low-rent pictures, seemingly taken for the paycheck alone, which have seen the actor increasingly descend into either self-parody, or deep boredom.

Interview: David Gordon Green & Nicolas Cage Talk Flawed Father Figures Of ‘Joe,’ Evading Southern Clichés & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 9, 2014 12:00 PM
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David Gordon Green Nicolas Cage Joe
The genre-defying film “Joe” presents an unexpected yet engaging blend in its two central collaborators, director David Gordon Green and actor Nicolas Cage. Achieving a stunning handle on tone and naturalism from Green, it also breaks from what Cage calls “Western Kabuki” acting towards a more rugged, internal performance. The approach uniquely fits its premise: based on the novel by Larry Brown, the film follows Joe Ransom, a Deep South ex-con who attempts to help a drifter boy Gary (Tye Sheridan) escape the abuse of his alcoholic father (a fantastic Gary Poulter).

Watch: 2 New Clips From David Gordon Green’s ‘Joe’ Starring Nicolas Cage, Plus New Photos

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 6, 2014 4:22 PM
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Joe, Nicolas Cage
“He could handle a venomous cottonmouth snake without protection. That showed me an actor that was fearless,” David Gordon Green said recently about his “Joe” star Nicolas Cage. “If it was appropriate for the role or his character, he would get in that mind-set and he could do anything — he would do anything. There’s a beauty to that.”

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