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Anna Kendrick To Star In Joe Swanberg's 'Drinking Buddies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2012 10:28 PM
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So is Joe Swanberg selling out, or is Anna Kendrick slumming it? Perhaps it's somewhere in the middle for both these talents, but if you told us before today that these two would be working together on a movie, we would've laughed.

Review: Meta 'Art History' Is NOT Recommended For Joe Swanberg Newbies

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 27, 2011 6:45 AM
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  • 1 Comment
The very first shot of “Art History” features a close-up of a woman’s hand placing a condom on an erection. If you needed any further clues that prolific indie filmmaker Joe Swanberg has no intention of going mainstream any time soon, the director has a cock for you to look at. While his “mumble core” allies are moving on to more broad or genre interests (Mark Duplass and Greta Gerwig might as well star in a CBS sitcom at this point), Swanberg soldiers on, approaching the academic depths usually plumbed by late-career artists freed by their lower budgets.

Sundance '11 Review: 'Uncle Kent' Sees Joe Swanberg Entering New Territory But Doesn't Go Far Enough

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 23, 2011 2:22 AM
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It's hard to believe that this is the first year a Joe Swanberg joint found its way to Park City. Festival circuits tend to consume these micro-indies like they'll expire the next morning, so why hasn't one of the godfathers of the movement received an invitation until now? The same goes for fellow "leader" Andrew Bujalski and another very talented colleague Aaron Katz. If there's room for terrible lot like the pre-"Carey Mulligan" Carey Mulligan sap-drama "The Greatest" and barely mediocre "Holy Rollers," surely they could squeeze in one of these pint-sized features. They lack stars, but are a good representation of what's going on in underground American film.

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