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First Look: Joe Swanberg's 'Drinking Buddies' Follow-Up 'All The Lights In The Sky'

All the Light in the Sky
Director Joe Swanberg graduated from the school of mumblecore to good ol’ indie filmmaker this year thanks to the very excellent “Drinking Buddies” (a movie we called one of the best movies of the year so far this past summer). What the hell does that mean? Well, it sort of means that Swanberg was just firing off film after film in his “mumble” days with varying degrees of quality, but perhaps working with accomplished actors instead of non-actors/newbs – Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston – “Drinking Buddies” proved that his same approach and style (improvy, run and gun) can be better served with exceptional thesps behind the wheel. Where will he go next? Read More »

Review: Joe Swanberg's 'Drinking Buddies' Starring Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde, Anne Kendrick & Ron Livingston

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 23, 2013 4:07 PM
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Drinking Buddies
With the rise of digital filmmaking in the last decade, a new wave of DIY "mumblecore" filmmakers have risen up through the ranks. While initially many of these films were loose and unpolished, they are now are becoming more refined with many of these directors and actors now having basically integrated themselves into the mainstream (or mainstream indie anyway). Of the directors who have come of age during this digital era, perhaps none is more notorious or divisive than Joe Swanberg, the writer/director/editor/actor responsible for 12 films over the last 8 years. With an output that prolific, you would think by now you should know whether Swanberg's brand of filmmaking is your cup of tea or not.

Cary Fukunaga Is A 'Noble Assassin' & Joe Swanberg Heads To Fox Searchlight With A New Project

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2013 8:51 PM
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Two indie filmmakers who have been hustling recent projects—Cary Fukunaga got a fist bump from Idris Elba who'll produce and star in his "Beasts Of No Nation," while Joe Swanberg's "Drinking Buddies" pushes him to his biggest audience yet—are now dipping their toes into studio waters.

Watch: Joe Swanberg Talks "Breakthrough" Feature 'Drinking Buddies' Starring Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick & Jake Johnson

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 20, 2013 12:00 PM
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Joe Swanberg, the indie director arguably responsible for the DIY aesthetic known as "mumblecore" (though don't fully blame him, he didn't coin the term) is the most prolific filmmaker alive. OK, maybe not quite, but since 2005, the filmmaker has made about 14 feature-length films. That's not quite an average of two films per year between 2005-2013, but it's close (and it doesn't even include the shorts he's made). His debut, "Kissing on the Mouth" kicked off this movement when it was heralded as a hit at SXSW and since then he's become known for micro-budgeted indies like "Hannah Takes The Stairs" (which helped launch Greta Gerwig's career), "Nights & Weekends" and "Alexander The Last."

Stream This: 'Mud,' Hugh Jackman In 'The Fountain,' Woody Allen's 'The Purple Rose Of Cairo' & More on VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • July 26, 2013 12:56 PM
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Stream This
Hello streamers, and welcome back to our weekly search for the best of what's available to watch on the World Wide Web. The home entertainment system reigns supreme for another day, as two late summer flicks appear on VOD before their big screen release and a well-received picture, fresh off its theatrical run, hits the streaming services in advance of its DVD debut. Of course, there's plenty going on at the cinema too—this is blockbuster season, after all. Observing the premier of "The Wolverine," we have a much better alternative: an early-ish Hugh Jackman film, you know, before all the singing and all the muscles. And with the newest Woody Allen movie in theaters, starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett, we have celebrations of both artists. It could be that two-for-one which put us over, but with so many good VOD choices, we decided to forgo a Criterion selection for this week. Hulu Plus remains, however, and that section will be back next time, we promise. Now, let's get to the picks.

Watch: New Trailer For Joe Swanberg's Dramedy 'Drinking Buddies' Starring Anna Kendrick, Olivia Wilde & Jake Johnson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2013 2:10 PM
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Drinking Buddies trailer
Marking a massive shift for mumblecore director Joe Swanberg, in that it looks like he has an actual budget and is working with people you've heard of, the real pleasant surprise around the upcoming "Drinking Buddies" is that it's actually just a plain, good movie. Catching it at SXSW, we said that "relationships are hard, our biology is essentially wired to be completely destructive to monogamy and without giving away exactly how things end up [the film] does a great job of exploring that friction." Intrigued?

Joe Swanberg Completes New Film 'Happy Christmas' With Anne Kendrick, Lena Dunham, Melanie Lynskey & Mark Webber

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 31, 2013 9:47 AM
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Joe Swanberg is having a moment. The prolific indie director hit SXSW this spring with his first Hollywood picture (sort of), “Drinking Buddies,” featuring a cast that includes Anna Kendrick, Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson. But of course, Swanberg has never been a one-movie-at-a-time kind of a guy, so surprise, he’s also got romantic comedy finished as well.

New Poster & Images From Joe Swanberg's 'Drinking Buddies' With Anna Kendrick & Olivia Wilde

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 17, 2013 2:10 PM
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Joe Swanberg may have directed over a dozen films in the past eight years, but none of them have ever really gotten as much mainstream attention as his latest. “Drinking Buddies” premiered at SXSW this spring and it showcased Swanberg’s ability to make a more mainstream film with a starrier cast that recalls the most recent works of his mumblecore contemporaries, such as Lynn Shelton and the Duplass Brothers. Magnolia Pictures picked the film up for distribution shortly afterward and now we have a couple of new images as well as the first official poster for the film.

Video: Joe Swanberg Talks His "Breakthrough" Feature 'Drinking Buddies' Starring Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick & Jake Johnson

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 14, 2013 6:27 PM
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Joe Swanberg, the indie director arguably responsible for the DIY aesthetic known as "mumblecore" (though don't fully blame him, he didn't coin the term) is the most prolific filmmaker alive. OK, maybe not quite, but since 2005, the filmmaker has made about 14 feature-length films. That's not quite an average of two films per year between 2005-2013, but it's close (and it doesn't even include the shorts he's made). His debut, "Kissing on the Mouth" kicked off this movement when it was heralded as a hit at SXSW and since then he's become known for micro-budgeted indies like "Hannah Takes The Stairs" (which helped launch Greta Gerwig's career), "Nights & Weekends" and "Alexander The Last."

SXSW Review: Olivia Wilde & Jake Johnson Have Crazy Chemistry In Joe Swanberg's 'Drinking Buddies'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 11, 2013 12:42 PM
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  • 0 Comments
With the rise of digital filmmaking in the last decade, a new wave of DIY "mumblecore" filmmakers have risen up through the ranks. While initially many of these films were loose and unpolished, they are now are becoming more refined with many of these directors and actors now having basically integrated themselves into the mainstream (or mainstream indie anyway). Of the directors who have come of age during this digital era, perhaps none is more notorious or divisive than Joe Swanberg, the writer/director/editor/actor responsible for 12 films over the last 8 years. With an output that prolific, you would think by now you should know whether Swanberg's brand of filmmaking is your cup of tea or not.

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