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Mississippi Grind sees him co-starring with Ben Mendelsohn, in the story of a struggling poker player who meets Reynolds' Curtis. He's thus convinced to hit the road, on the way to a high stakes poker game in New Orleans, and a bond of sorts no doubt forms between the pair.
What makes Mississippi Grind particularly of interest though is who's behind it. Writer-director team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck previously brought the world the excellent Half Nelson, and It's Kind Of A Funny Story. As such, what they get up to next instantly holds our interest.
Here, then, is the first trailer for Mississippi Grind, which »
"Want to know why? I don't care about winning." A24 has debuted the first official trailer for Mississippi Grind, an indie drama from Sundance this year. Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, the filmmakers behind Sugar, It's Kind of a Funny Story and Half Nelson, Mississippi Grind stars Ben Mendelsohn as a down-on-his-luck poker player who teams up with a younger player, played by Ryan Reynolds, in hopes of changing his luck. The cast also includes Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton and Robin Weigert. As much as I admire these filmmakers, and love these two actors, this doesn't look like anything besides yet another gambling-is-bad, try-to-get-out-of-debt but it goes wrong movie. This may be all about the performances. Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck's Mississippi Grind, direct from A24: Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, »
- Alex Billington
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (It's Kind Of A Funny Story), Mississippi Grind tells the story of Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn), who's down on his luck and facing financial hardship. He teams up with a younger, more charismatic poker player, Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), in an attempt to change that. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what's been... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Co-directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden carved out a niche for themselves within the indie filmmaking community, releasing three features at regular two-year intervals from 2006 to 2010. Indeed, "Half Nelson," their debut after a clutch of short films, was the kind of first go-round that any aspirant director might dream of. It was critically lauded as a serious-minded, socially conscious character piece on the one hand, and a launchpad for Ryan Gosling into a new, high-profile, Oscar-nominated "oh he can actually act," phase on the other. Follow-ups "Sugar" and "It's Kind of a Funny Story" received mixed receptions, but there has always been a sense of the pair being most at home with character-led dramas in that groove of low-budget, independent films that give character actors a chance to flex their muscles. Their latest collaboration, "Mississippi Grind," which played at Sundance this year (our review) was different, as Fleck told »
- Jessica Kiang
"Mississippi Grind" marks Fleck and Boden's fourth feature together -- and it's not their first to premiere at Sundance (their previous collaborations, "Half Nelson," "Sugar," and "It's Kind of a Funny Story" all visited Sundance as well). The film stars Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelssohn as gamblers, and Alfre Woodard as an errant bookie. Now, really -- is that something you want to miss? What's your film about, in 140 characters or less?After a chance encounter in a Iowa casino, a down on his luck gambler (Ben Mendelsohn) teams up with a younger drifter (Ryan Reynolds) and they hit the road with dreams of winning big in a high stakes poker game in New Orleans.Now, what's it Really about?Friendship, Loyalty, Magic.Tell us briefly about yourself.We met 15 years ago in NYC and have been making films together for almost as long. What was the biggest challenge in completing this film? »
- Rosie Narasaki
Park City - It feel like Altman is in the air these days. There was, after all, a giant coffee table book about him that ended up under the trees of many a film nerd this Christmas, and little by little, his films are making their way onto Blu-ray, and Netflix just recently added a documentary that is a look back at his remarkable career. This fall also saw the release of "Inherent Vice," and while that is an adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel and very much a Paul Thomas Anderson film, there are more than a few echoes of Altman's "The Long Goodbye" in there. Now we've got the latest film from Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who have had an uneven career as filmmakers so far. They co-wrote "Half Nelson" together, and then started co-directing as well. I sort of like "Sugar," their first film as co-directors, »
- Drew McWeeny
6 items from 2015
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