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Watch: First Trailer For David Gordon Green's Gritty 'Joe' Starring Nicolas Cage & Tye Sheridan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2014 10:06 AM
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One of 21 Best Films Of 2014 We've Already Seen, things have been pretty quiet around "Joe" even after a good festival run last year. But that's about to change; the film is rolling out overseas and the first trailer is here, and it's unlike anything we've seen from either director David Gordon Green or star Nicolas Cage in a long, long time.

'Hot Wheels' Gets A Director, David Gordon Green Producing New Movie From 'Cold Weather' Helmer Aaron Katz & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • October 18, 2013 11:19 AM
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Martha Stephens ("Pilgrim Song") and Aaron Katz ("Cold Weather"), both graduates from the North Carolina School of Arts, have each cultivated promising film careers for themselves over the past few years (ie. the aforementioned films). Now, they will be co-directing a film they wrote together, a buddy comedy called “Land Ho!” with David Gordon Green (another NCSA alum) hopping on board as an executive producer. The film will star Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson as ex-brothers-in-law who go on a road trip in Iceland in order to reclaim their youth.

Watch: Partially Animated TV Commercials From David Gordon Green And Roman Coppola

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 16, 2013 11:40 AM
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David Gordon Green
The world of independent cinema isn't an incredibly lucrative one, and it's fairly common for bigger name independent filmmakers to spend time between movies making commercials or music videos to pay the rent and/or their costly drug habit. When we spoke to Mark Romanek, the music video auteur who had continually come up against roadblocks while trying to get big studio projects like "The Wolf Man" and "Cinderella" off the ground, said that the commercial world was a comfortable space for him as an artist. Now we have some news spots from David Gordon Green and Roman Coppola, both of which are partially animated, that show that you can have a whole lot of fun in a short amount of time.

Interview: 'A Single Shot' Star Sam Rockwell Talks His Favorite Genre Films, Marvel Movies, Duncan Jones' 'Mute' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 19, 2013 5:20 PM
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Sam Rockwell is one of those actors whose mere presence in a movie can elicit excitement for a project that could have otherwise easily been written off. No matter what he's in – if it's big budget nonsense like "Charlie's Angels" or something like Duncan Jones' moody, micro-budget "Moon" – Rockwell is sure to turn in a performance that's downright electric (or electrified, maybe). His newest film is "A Single Shot," which opens this weekend (read our review). A twisty, turny film noir about a down-on-his-luck hunter who makes a fatally wrong shot, killing a young woman in the woods, Rockwell is as intense as he usually is goofy, his manic energy turned inward, for a kind of bottled fury. It's quite a performance, especially considering the fine actors he's surrounded by (William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright and Jason Isaacs are among his costars).

Podcast: The Playlist Discusses The Festival Films Of Venice, Telluride & Toronto 2013

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • September 17, 2013 2:07 PM
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Podcast: Post Fall Film Festival
...and the podcast is back. On this latest episode, host (yours truly) and contributor Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth and breaking his podcast duck, our British correspondent and writer Oliver Lyttelton, to talk festivals, specifically the Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride and Venice. We covered a large swath of films at both fests this year but on the show we focus specifically on "12 Years a Slave," (review here, interview here), "Under the Skin" (review here, interview here), "Gravity" (review here), "Joe" (review here), Denis Villeneuve's double dose of "Prisoners" and "Enemy," "Night Moves" "Rush" and "Dallas Buyers Club." Let us know in the comments what titles you're excited for and if you attended, what films you dug.

Director Harmony Korine, Holly Hunter & Chris Messina Join Al Pacino in David Gordon Green's ‘Manglehorn’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 6, 2013 5:35 PM
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"Manglehorn" is probably some kind of variation on the nickname some critics may have given to filmmaker David Gordon Green's career. Green started out an adored indie darling in the vein of Terrence Malick (who would produce Green's third feature "Undertow" based on Malick's story), but three absurdist studio comedies in a row ("Pineapple Express," "Your Highness," and "Sitter") made him harder to pin down and it confused many pundits expecting a linear, not chaotic progression.

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

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2013 4:39 PM
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“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.

Gritty, Bloody New Images From David Gordon Green's 'Joe' Starring Nicolas Cage & Tye Sheridan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2013 11:24 AM
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As always, David Gordon Green is zigging instead of zagging, side-stepping any expectations of the career choices he "should" be making and following his passions wherever it takes him. With "Prince Avalanche" now in theaters, and the upcoming "Manglehorn" starring Al Pacino gearing up to shoot this fall, Green will take a pit stop between those two efforts in Venice and Toronto to present his latest, "Joe." And both director and star Nicolas Cage, are very excited about this one turned out.

David Gordon Green Considering Directing A Horror Movie Written By 'Compliance' Helmer Craig Zobel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 12, 2013 6:15 PM
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David Gordon Green
We feel like if you don't like at least one David Gordon Green film there has to be something wrong. The one-time-wunderkind''s had a diverse and prolific career, ranging from gentle indie debut "George Washington" to lyrical love story "All The Real Girls" to thrillerish melodrama with "Snow Angels" and "Undertow" to dark comedy with "Eastbound & Down" to blockbuster comedy with "Pineapple Express" to bonkers stoner fantasy comedy with "Your Highness" to low-key dramedy with the currently-in-theaters "Prince Avalanche." But despite a few promises, we've barely seen the director's dark side (though that may be about to change, with the Venice-bound "Joe").

Stream This: 'Lovelace,' 'Prince Avalanche,' 'Breaking Bad' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 9, 2013 4:05 PM
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Stream This: Prince Avalanche, To The Wonder, Magic Magic,
Hey there fellow streamers. The 2013 summer blockbuster season is (mercifully) winding down, and the Oscar rollouts haven't yet begun, leaving us in the typically unpredictable middle ground of autumn. But with video on demand continuing to gain ground as a distribution platform, the streaming services don't seem to have noticed, and keep on delivering cinematic nuggets for us to consume. It's a fairly modern slate this weekend, with two simultaneous theatrical-VOD releases on the American indie side, and a Chilean movie skipping the cinema altogether. Then, we have two relatively recent picks: one from a divisive yet enduring filmmaker and another that focuses on a divisive and enduring issue in US politics. And as another seminal television program moves into its last season, we urge you to (re)watch the follow up episodes to gear up for what is sure to be a spectacular final push. So let's get right to it: the best of streaming for the week.

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