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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.

Interview: David Gordon Green On The Free-Spirited 'Prince Avalanche,' Working With Nicolas Cage & 'Suspiria'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 9, 2013 1:30 PM
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Filmmaker David Gordon Green has had a deeply eclectic career of omnivorous tastes thus far. To perhaps best demonstrate the polar extremes, the 37-year-old director (who has already made nine features) has had films produced by Terrence Malick ("Undertow") and Judd Apatow ("Pineapple Express"). His body of work thus far has covered intimate indie dramas featuring children ("George Washington"), broad comedies ("The Sitter"), adult dramas ("Snow Angels"), and high concept absurdist swords and sorcerer pictures ("Your Highness"). His oeuvre has run the gamut of styles, tones and genres.

Review: David Gordon Green's 'Prince Avalanche' Starring Emile Hirsch & Paul Rudd

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 7, 2013 8:01 PM
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Prince Avalanche
It's the summer of 1988 and a violent wildfire has swept through Texas, destroying 43,000 acres and some 16,000 homes. In the wake of this horrific devastation -- a freak of nature that no experts can explain -- two highway road crew workers spend the season in isolation, painting and repairing the roads that lie alongside these ravaged forests. Disciplined to a fault, Alvin (Paul Rudd) is perhaps too tightly wound for his own good and has a myopic idea of what a man should be. The boss of this operation, he loves the solitude the job affords him, and being away from the nearby (unnamed) big city. His girlfriend however, isn't entirely sold on the idea. Lance (Emile Hirsch), his partner and polar opposite, is a hopeless, emotionally immature dumbass. He lives for the weekend, getting wasted and getting laid. In fact, the only reason he has this job is because he's the brother of Madison, Alvin's girlfriend.

David Gordon Green Teams With Laika, Interested In Making A Movie About Richard Pryor's Experience On 'Lost Highway'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 7, 2013 9:42 AM
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As initially chaotic the career choices of David Gordon Green appear, it should also be noted that the director maintains a consistent roster of collaborators. His latest film, “Prince Avalanche” starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, features much of the same crew from Green's “George Washington” days, and one of them — composer David Wingo — even scored his student short film. It's a loyal group of talent, and so it is with little surprise that Green will tackle a new curveball project with regulars, while hinting at a few intriguing others.

Watch: A Pair Of Hilarious New 'Prince Avalanche' Clips

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • August 1, 2013 3:25 PM
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Prince Avalanche
If you’ve read past write-ups on director David Gordon Green’s film, “Prince Avalanche,” then you know we at The Playlist love it. It made our Best Films of the Year…So Far list, and writer Rodrigo Perez gave it an “A-” in his Sundance review.

Watch: Kevin Durant Gets Drafted Again In Amusing Nike Ad Directed By David Gordon Green

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 3:36 PM
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Some directors don't want you to know they go off and make commercials to keep the lights on between gigs, while others are perfectly happy to spend some time between pictures knocking out some spots, keeping their cinematic muscles oiled and ready to go. And that seems to be the case with David Gordon Green, who probably has a resume of commercials rivaling that of his feature films. You can check out a couple previous efforts here, and you've probably seen his most famous one: the "Halftime In America" Super Bowl spot with Clint Eastwood. Well, here's another advert from Green, and it's a good one...

Poster & New Pics For David Gordon Green's 'Prince Avalanche' Starring Paul Rudd & Emile Hirsch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2013 4:58 PM
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Prince Avalanche
Summer is all about hitting the road, but if you can't make it out over the next couple of months, David Gordon Green has the next best thing, cinematically speaking. His low-key indie flick "Prince Avalanche" is on the way, and a new poster and some fresh pics have arrived.

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