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Amazon’s new comedy Red Oaks is so likable, I wish I liked it more. Overseen by filmmaker David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), with episodes directed by Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Hal Hartley (Trust), and Gregory Jacobs (Magic Mike Xxl), it's about an incoming college sophomore named David (Craig Roberts of Submarine) who spends the summer of 1985 working as an assistant tennis pro at Red Oaks, a New Jersey country club with a mostly Jewish clientele. Like the main character of another current '80s comedy, ABC's The Goldbergs, David wants to be a filmmaker, an ambition that contradicts the wishes of his father, Sam (Richard Kind), who suffers a (thankfully not too severe) heart attack in the pilot's first scene and spends the rest of the series recovering. "There are a lot of wealthy people who are gonna remember you down the road when they pay »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Leave it to James Franco to wring a few bloody laughs out of the sex and violence of “Game of Thrones.” In the latest installment of his AOL series “Making a Scene,” the “Pineapple Express” star reinvents HBO’s dragons-and-swords drama as a sitcom, with Jon Snow taking a drastic career turn to become a wedding planner. Snow’s crowning assignment? The first gay wedding in Westeros, between Tyrion and Joffrey. Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Author George R.R. Martin Slays Movie Rumors: 'Don't Believe Everything You Read' “I just want to marry these two dudes, Ok?” a nervous Franco-as-Snow tells his staff. »
- Tim Kenneally
"The Eighties were good to me," says Jennifer Grey, and considering she's best known for having the time of her life with Patrick Swayze in 1987's Dirty Dancing, that would make sense. "You know those people who rock that hairdo from the moment they got laid the most in their life? The Eighties are a bit like that for me."
The Keeping Room sees Brit Marling as the matriarch of a household of three women whose lives come under threat when two Union soldiers invade their farm house. However, what sounds like a simple genre twist on the home invasion film is actually a thought provoking exercise in revisionist storytelling - particularly in terms of how Pov shapes the way we view film and history.
I'll admit that I was going to come at this review from the position of it being a feminist western, but James Franco changed my thinking on the matter. Yes, actor James Franco. The star of Pineapple Express recently published a column about the film where he called it a "revisionist w [Continued ...] »
To mark the release of Results on 28th September, we’ve been given 3 copies ot give away on DVD. Recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (Kevin Corrigan, Superbad, Pineapple Express) is bored and lonely. Determined to mix up his lifestyle rut, he joins a local gym meeting self-styled fitness guru Trevor (Guy Pearce,
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For those suffering from 80s nostalgia, get ready to be transported back in time with the first trailer for Amazon’s upcoming series Red Oaks. Watch it below…
After the pilot, which was directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), premiered to positive reviews from critics and audiences, Amazon decided to pick up Red Oaks to series. The first season of the show will be available for Amazon Prime members in the Us and UK on October 9, 2015 and is set to include a total of 10 episodes.
A young tennis player works at the prestigious and exclusive Red Oaks Country Club during the summer between his sophomore and junior years of college in the 1980s.
- Justin Cook
Television loves the '80s! Amazon's next show Red Oaks joins the '80s-heavy television shows Wet Hot American Summer, Halt and Catch Fire, The Americans, The Goldbergs, and Narcos. Directed by Pineapple Express's David Gordon Green and executive-produced by Steven Soderbergh, it's the coming-of-age tale of David Myers (Craig Roberts), an assistant tennis pro spending his summer at a country club in suburban New Jersey. There's a pushy dad (Richard Kind) and a beautiful girl named Skye (Alexandra Socha), who has an even pushier dad (Paul Reiser). The pilot for Red Oaks is available now, and the rest of the season will be available for streaming on October 9. »
- E. Alex Jung
“When politics is treated as a game, everybody loses.”
I think Warren Beatty said that. Or someone else. Or I just made it up. Either way, it seems like the type of false quote that would be appreciated by Jane Bodine, the central character of Our Brand is Crisis, played by Sandra Bullock. The film is a fictionalized story based on or inspired by the 2005 documentary of the same name, directed by Rachel Boynton.
The doc depicted the American political strategies employed in the 2002 Bolivian national election. In this new story, Bodine is the key political consultant hired by the campaign of former president Pedro Castillo to help him overcome his 28-point deficit in the presidential race — the scenario is the same, but fictional versions of the participants are inserted.
Every political movie tends to be treated as though it’s trying to make some sort of statement about the modern political process, »
- Darren Ruecker
Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Telluride Bible George Clooney was originally slated to play the scheming political strategist hired to salvage a Bolivian presidential candidate in "Our Brand is Crisis," but her role isn't the only transition on the screen. For over a decade, director David Gordon Green has shifted between melancholic character studies ("George Washington," "Joe") outrageous comedies ("Pineapple Express," "The Sitter"), and unclassifiable hybrids ("Prince Avalanche," last year's "Manglehorn"). With "Our Brand is Crisis," however, Green assembles the lively vision of ruthless political machinations with a sturdy hand and irony to spare, but mostly takes cues from his vibrant lead and the material itself. Billed as being "suggested by" the 2005 Rachel Boynton documentary of the same name, "Our Brand is Crisis" takes that movie's portrait of the marketing tactics behind »
- Eric Kohn
So, Hollywood, you say you want strong roles for women? How about an American campaign strategist who doesn’t hesitate to stand up to or stare down the candidate poised to become Bolivia’s next president? She’s not the next Erin Brockovich (it’s one thing to litigate carcinogens out of the local water supply and quite another to pump toxins into the system), but as played by Sandra Bullock, “Our Brand Is Crisis” political spin doctor Jane Bodine is easily one of the best female roles of the last 10 years — which makes it all the more satisfying to learn that it was originally written for “Gravity” co-star George Clooney. The movie itself is something more of a mess, though designedly so, fictionalizing the incursion of U.S. marketing tactics in the 2002 Bolivian election, first captured in Rachel Boynton’s documentary of the same name.
Ironically enough, the thing »
- Peter Debruge
The Oscar-winning actor is in with another shot at the big prize as a strategist plotting a Bolivian senator’s path to power, but is let down by a script that lacks bite and underused supporting cast
David Gordon Green’s career - from lo-fi indies like George Washington to stoner comedies like Pineapple Express to acts of crime against cinema like Your Highness - has been fascinatingly mixed. On paper, his latest film Our Brand is Crisis seems like the perfect combination for him to showcase his varied skills.
Related: Toronto film festival 2015: 15 key films to watch out for
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- Benjamin Lee
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Our Brand is Crisis" film, starring Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Zoe Kazan, Scoot McNairy and Ann Dowd. Check it out below. Plot: A feature film based on the documentary "Our Brand Is Crisis," which focuses on the use of American political campaign strategies in South America. The new movie is directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) and is set to hit theaters on October 30th. Trailer: »
It's directed by David Gordon Green (whose career has covered the likes of George Washington, Pineapple Express, Joe and Your Highness), and the movie opens in the Us at the end of October. It's not, as yet, listed on the UK release schedule, which suggests we may have to wait until next year to see it over here.
For now, we have a trailer, an official synopsis and a poster for the movie. So let's pop them together in one post.
The trailer first...
Then here's the synopsis...
A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, »
The upcoming David Gordon Green film Our Brand Is Crisis wants desperately to have the word “satire” associated with it, but the trailer doesn’t offer us up a satire (in fact or theory), and it hasn’t gone far to offer up something worth watching either.
While I’m no fan of Sandra Bullock, I suspect this is largely a result of a trailer that simply isn’t put together well, an odd note considering the subject of the film, because David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Prince Avalanche, Joe) can put together a film, and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Wolf Hall) can certainly write amazing screenplays.
The film’s synopsis describes it as “laced with satire,” which, quite frankly, is a turn of phrase that makes it hard to imagine exactly what you have in mind, and more broadly, the trailer seems to be shooting for a path of least resistance. »
- Marc Eastman
The latest movie from director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, George Washington, Joe, Your Highness), Our Brand is Crisis sees him trying his hand at political satire with Sandra Bullock as a notorious political strategist brought out of retirement to aid a Bolivian presidential candidate who is failing badly at the polls, only to find the opposition has hired her hated nemesis (Billy Bob Thornton). Feeling like the perfect match of Green’s more mainstream and indie sensibilities, Our Brand is Crisis promises some nice subtle comedy moments mixed with heavier, character driven drama, and the two leads look in top form, sparking off each other perfectly. Our Brand is Crisis is released in America on October 20th, and reaches our shores sometime in 2016. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Read More: Toronto International Film Festival Adds New Galas and Special Presentations, Including 'Mr. Right,' 'I Saw the Light,' 'Our Brand is Crisis' and 'Equals' The few times indie filmmaker David Gordon Green has gone to the mainstream, it's been for hard R-rated comedies like "Pineapple Express" and "The Sitter," though all of that's about to change thanks to the upcoming political comedy-drama "Our Brand is Crisis." Loosely adapted from the 2005 documentary of the same name and starring Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Zoe Kazan, Ann Dowd and Joaquim de Almeida, the film looks to be the director's most accessible title yet. "Our Brand is Crisis" centers on political consultant "Calamity" Jane Bodine (Bullock), who comes out of retirement to mount a campaign for a presidential hopeful in the upcoming Bolivian election. Complicating matters is her candidate's tough personality and the fact that her PR rival. »
- Zack Sharf
The career of David Gordon Green is so wide-ranging that it seems almost random. Green will helm a rash of studio comedies (“Pineapple Express,” “The Sitter”) and he’ll also just run and gun on small indies (“Prince Avalanche,” “Joe”). What’s clear is that no matter the size of movie, some big name stars are always willing to collaborate with this adventurous filmmaker. Nicolas Cage put in a terrific subdued performance in “Joe,” and most recently Al Pacino led “Manglehorn.” If the director is making a bucket list of great actors to work with, the next on his docket is Sandra Bullock. A political drama produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smoke House Pictures, “Our Brand Is Crisis” seems like it might be an odd fit for Green, but the filmmaker is so malleable that it’ll be interesting what side of his arsenal he brings out of the tool shed. »
- Edward Davis
It has been a few years since there has been any real apparent movement on the upcoming remake of Dario Argento's trippy 1970's horror classic "Suspiria". At that time filmmaker David Gordon Green ("Joe," "Pineapple Express") was attached to direct the project.
Then came word recently that filmmaker Luca Guadagnino is taking over the helm. Guadagnino popped up at the Venice Film Festival this past week to promote his current film "A Bigger Splash" and he spoke with Empire about what his take on "Suspiria" will be:
"The film by Dario Argento was a very indicative moment of growing up for me because I saw it when I was 14. I think it changed me forever. I was obsessed [with Argento] through all my adolescence. [My version] is going to be set in Berlin in 1977. It's going to be about the mother and the concept of motherhood and about the uncompromising force of motherhood. »
- Garth Franklin
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Promoting his new film A Bigger Splash at the Venice Film Festival, Guadagnino confirmed that the long-gestating horror remake will be his next project.
“I’m going to shoot the movie this winter,” he told Variety.
“I think my friends at Studiocanal will be part of it.”
A potential remake of Suspiria has been discussed since 2008, when David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) was attached to direct and Guadagnino was on board as a producer through Italian company First Sun.
- Tom Beasley
This stoner/secret agent mash-up of The Bourne Identity and Pineapple Express promises cross-generic thrills and doesn’t skimp on crunchy violence, but comedy is in far shorter supply. Jesse Eisenberg is the hapless convenience-store clerk who discovers he has super-combat skills; Kristen Stewart is his long-suffering girlfriend with hidden secrets of her own.
At its best, Max Landis’s script channels some of the anarchic energy of Into the Night (which his father, John, directed), but too often American Ultra looks like 17 different movies thrown into a body bag and left to duke it out. Topher Grace and Connie Britton have snippy fun as warring CIA drones each trying to manage an increasingly explosive situation, but Project X director Nima Nourizadeh seems too seduced by the action set pieces to keep his eyes on the characters. »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
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