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Stars: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Adriene Mishler, Brian Mays, Aj Wilson McPhaul, Sue Rock, Heather Kafka, Brenda Isaacs Booth, Anna Niemtschk, Elbert Hill III | Written by Gary Hawkins | Directed by David Gordon Green
The pairing of director David Gordon Green and actor Nicholas Cage is an intriguing one. Green was once an indie darling winning critical praise for films like George Washington, All the Real Girls and Snow Angels. Once big Hollywood got a hold of him many argued he lost his touch as the quality of his films dropped. When films like The Sitter and Your Highness failed critically and financially most figured he was the latest example of wasted potential. Last year he went back to basics with Prince Avalanche and saw some of that praise return. That praise will no doubt continue with his latest film Joe.
Nicolas Cage’s demise has been well documented. »
- Dan Clark
Today I have another series for you all, basically a spinoff of the Spotlight on the Stars series. As a quick refresher, each week I’ll look at an actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like in many of the cases so far) or just because I feel they deserve to have a moment in the sun all their own, but each time it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. Here though, I’m going to look at more of an under the radar individual. For this week’s piece, I wanted to take a look at our first filmmaker getting this kind of treatment…David Gordon Green. Honestly, most don’t seem to know what to do with this »
- Joey Magidson
"I have a sense of humor. I'm not always this lyrical, slow-moving, Southern crybaby." If the hallmark of the film auteur is cultivating and identifying a unique style, former indie wunderkind David Gordon Green has been systematically tearing down his signature status for a few years now. Initially known for his Terrence Malick-like and atmospheric coming-of-age tales set in the South, Green quickly switched gears, moving to a succession of studio comedies (“Pineapple Express,” “Your Highness,” “The Sitter”). While the move toward broad (though absurdist) comedy baffled many, it made a lot of sense if you were paying attention to his early goals. Despite being known for films like "George Washington" and "All The Real Girls," Green had been talking up his eclectic taste and his burning desire to tackle disparate genres for years. Suffering from creative A.D.D. and thirsty for different experiences, the young filmmaker put »
- Rodrigo Perez
He’s not yet 40, but director David Gordon Green has successfully juggled an interesting collection of studio comedies like “Pineapple Express,” “The Sitter” and “Your Highness” with more esoteric and independent fare like “All the Real Girls” and “Prince Avalanche.” His 10th feature film, “Joe,” is an adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel of the same name, and stars 17-year-old Tye Sheridan as Gary Jones, an impressionable kid who, desperate for some adult guidance and attention, kinds an unlikely mentor in the form of Nicolas Cage’s ex-con title character. Brent Simon, for ShockYa, recently had a chance to speak to Green one-on-one, about the film, casting and working with non-professional actors, the keys to [ Read More ]
This story of a surly ex-con whose encounter with an almost-teenage version of himself is a return to more modest roots for men in front of and behind the camera in this new release. The star of Joe (in case you’re wondering, this is not a remake of the 1970 urban revenge thriller that starred Peter Boyle as the title character) is Nicolas Cage, who has often become an internet punchline (“Is he a vampire?” and endless “maniac, freak-out” montages) recently. After establishing himself as an off-beat character actor through the 1980′s , he won an Oscar as a boozing writer on a march toward death in Leaving Las Vegas. This lead to a series of big-budget action films with only an occasional foray into the unusual (Adaptation, Matchstick Men). He even entered the Marvel movie universe, starring in two Ghost Rider flicks. But with this new role, he’s squarely »
- Jim Batts
While he stated early on that the eclectic careers of Danny Boyle, Steven Soderbergh and Gus Van Sant were the ones he strove to emulate, the career of David Gordon Green has nevertheless puzzled those who expected him to follow a singular track. Perhaps because he was touted as the heir apparent to Terrence Malick in his early indie filmmaking days, a preconception was formed, and much has been made about Green's "about face" turn toward studio comedies (three in a row: "Pineapple Express," "Your Highness" and "The Sitter"). Perhaps settling into a pattern audiences and pundits alike are more comfortable with, Green has returned to his roots and quickly knocked out a succession of indie films. The latest is "Joe" a dark drama, but one that continues to defy genre and expectation. Starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan, "Joe" centers on a tormented soul (Cage) grappling with the demons »
- Rodrigo Perez
“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. So one could have been forgiven for approaching their team-up with a little caution. But “Joe,” an adaptation of the novel by Larry Brown, is by some distance the strongest work either have done in a while. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Editor’s note: Our review of Joe originally ran during last year’s Tiff, but we’re re-posting it now as the film opens theatrically. Our long national nightmare is finally over – director David Gordon Green has returned to making the types of films that put the indie filmmaker on the map in the early aughts with his Joe. Combined with this year’s earlier effort, the drily amusing Prince Avalanche, Green has successfully managed to put the memory of his broad comedy busts like The Sitter and Your Highness behind him, and fans of vintage Green should be quite satisfied with his latest Southern gothic. Starring Nicolas Cage as the eponymous Joe, an ex-con who makes his living by poisoning whole forests so that they can be deemed sick and subsequently be cleared for the replanting of heartier, more sellable trees. Joe employs a large crew of locals, all of whom seem to like him very »
- Kate Erbland
David Wingo and David Gordon Green roll pretty deep. The composer scored the director's first feature, "George Washington," and the pair have collaborated numerous times over the years on "All the Real Girls," "Snow Angels," "The Sitter" and last year's "Prince Avalanche." Their working relationship continues with the forthcoming "Joe," and before you see the movie this weekend, you can treat your ears to the music. The folks over at Paste have unveiled a full listen to the soundtrack, and you can click below to hear it for yourself. Starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan, the film follows an ex-con and troubled teen who form a bond in this Southern drama/thriller. Wingo composed the score with Jeff McILlwain, and they nicely set the tone for the story, one with punch, tension and dread all given fair weight across the fifteen tracks (plus songs by Explosions In The Sky and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Chicago – Before “Snow Angels”, “Prince Avalanche”, or even “The Sitter”, director David Gordon Green flexed his film school muscles in his unabashed inauguration, “George Washington”. Eying its body, the 2000 film shares qualities other first-timers huff when trying to be taken seriously by the arthouse crowd. Especially with the films that were assuredly motivated by Green’s work like 2012’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “George Washington” celebrates storytelling instruments like whimsical young voiceover, shots that are equally distinct & questionable, and the raw potential of non-actors.
With crime becoming a famous trend for first-time directors hungry for authorship, (Tarantino, Anderson, R. Johnson, Malle, and Godard among others), Green chose the other option, to make an obscure film where the story is background to a thickly atmospheric foreground. (Oddly enough, Malick did both).
But what makes “George Washington” more exceptional than its comparisons is its soul, which can be seen past »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
This week it finally happened, Lovefilm is no more, it has now been completely consumed by its Amazon overlords and is now known as Amazon Prime and something that operates totally through your Amazon account should you have one.
At first this was a baffling experience, there was rumours of a lot more new content being added and when you logged into the Ios app for Lovefilm/Amazon post switchover, suddenly you were faced with A Lot of new content, things like Aliens, Congo, Cujo, Invaders from Mars and lots of HBO shows including Eastbound and Down, Enlightened and the Sopranos as well as Community in the ‘Recently Added’ section.
Of course this was too good to be true and you could add these to your watchlist but then not actually watch them. So when things calmed down and you logged back in, these titles it turned out were part »
- Chris Holt
Nicolas Cage's career is a weird one. For every five over the top, bonkers performances he puts in, we get one very accomplished, restrained one. It looks like the time for a restrained Cage has come again with Joe, where the actor plays the title role, an ex-con whose efforts to redeem himself are threatened to be derailed when he takes an abused 15 year old boy (Tye Sheridan) under his wing. Coming from Pineapple Express and The Sitter director David Gordon Green, this is more in keeping with his earlier work like George Washington and All the Real Girls, and has already gained some good festival buzz, with a good chunk of the praise going to Cage. Check out the trailer below. Released: 11th April (U.S.)/ 25th July (Irl/U.K.) »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Joe is one Nicolas Cage movie that I actually wouldn't mind seeing. It seriously looks like it's going to be a great film, and this is coming from a guy who doesn't care for Cage. It looks like he actually give a solid performance though. The movie was directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Your Highness, The Sitter, Prince Avalanche), and it's based on the Larry Brown novel of the same name. Here's the synopsis,
In the dirty unruly world of small-town Texas, ex-convict Joe Ransom (Cage) has tried to put his dark past behind him and to live a simple life. He works for a lumber company by day, drinks by night. But when 15-year-old Gary (Tye Sheridan) - a kid trying to support his family - comes to town, desperate for work, Joe has found a way to atone for his sins - to finally be someone’s hero. »
- Joey Paur
It looks like Nicolas Cage is going all indie again, and perhaps trying to learn a trick or two from Matthew McConaghey as he makes a turn in the independent drama Joe, which arrives in cinemas later this year. The film, directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, The Sitter), is described as a film containing a gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption that erupts in the contemporary South in an adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel, ‘celebrated at once for its grit and its deeply moving core.’
Joe film brings Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage back to his indie roots in the title role as the hard-living, hot-tempered, ex-con Joe Ransom, who is just trying to dodge his instincts for trouble – until he meets a hard-luck kid, (Mud’s Tye Sheridan) who awakens in him a fierce and tender-hearted protector. With a screenplay by Gary Hawkins, Joe is »
- Paul Heath
Lionsgate have released the first trailer and poster for Joe, a movie which looks like it will contain a Nicolas Cage performance actually worthy of praise. It also stars Mud’s Tye Sheridan. While a release date of April 11th has already been set for the Us, it’s unknown when exactly it will reach the UK.
Director David Gordon Green is best known for helming the likes of Pineapple Express, The Sitter and Your Highness, but Joe promises to be more of a character driven piece, with the focus on two troubled individuals. Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary South in this adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel, celebrated at once for its grit and its deeply moving core. Directed by David Gordon Green, Joe film brings Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage back to his »
- Josh Wilding
Remember last year when through its Amazon overlords Lovefilm put several pilots online including the pretty good failed Zombieland pilot? Well, they are at it again with ten new pilots, none of which have committed to series yet but with which the lucky few will go to one of those full season exclusive type deals that Netflix do so well.
I don’t know about you but I kind of wish they would just commit to something right out the gate and take the risks, its paid off for Netflix so far and Amazon are attracting some major talent to their stable too.
The pilots include; Bosch a detective show based on a Michael Connelly book series and starring the great Titus Welliver, Kids shows Wishenproof, Hardboiled Eggheads, The JoB and Graff Show and Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street. We also have comedy from The Rebels; a kind of »
- Chris Holt
Director: David Gordon Green,
Running Time: 89 Minutes
With the DVD box art declaring “From the director of Pineapple Express and Your Highness”, it must also be kept in mind that before his trilogy of louder/broader comedies, which culminated in the atrocious The Sitter, David Gordon Green made much more powerful and much, much, quieter films. Among these were the classic All The Real Girls, the sublime George Washington, and the very moving Snow Angels. Prince Avalanche has more in common with these films than it does his more recent efforts, and anyone expecting the energy of Pineapple Express or the crudeness of Your Highness will be very disappointed.
Based on a small Icelandic film, Prince Avalanche takes its two protagonists and puts them in the middle of nowhere Texas. Alivin (Rudd) and Lance (Hirsch) travel along the roads far »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Now that the Berlin Film Festival is in full swing, we're getting a lot of first photos from upcoming films. Today, we have a look at Al Pacino in "Manglehorn." Check out the photo below. Plot: The story follows an eccentric man (Pacino) who tries to come to terms with a past crime that cost him the love of his life. "Manglehorn" is directed by David Gordon Green (The Sitter, Pineapple Express) and co-stars Holly Hunter, Chris Messina and Harmony Korine. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
David Gordon Green, who seems to have his career back on path with the wonderful Prince Avalanche and the upcoming Joe, has signed on to direct The Line, a gritty thriller for Im Global. The project is to be shopped to buyers at the Berlin Film Festival and has Chris Pine attached to star in the lead role. Written by The Walking Dead script writer and producer Sang Kyu Kim, the film will focus on a patrol agent who having lost his wife and child is left caring for a 10 year old boy whose family die in a shootout. However, Pine must go on the run as he and the boy are hunted by people on both sides of the law.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Consider it a bit of a Goldilocks problem (too hot, too cold, too serious, too funny nothing just right). Filmmaker David Gordon Green first made waves with serious, sensitive fare – from George Washington and All the Real Girls to even the tensely wrought thriller Undertow – before veering off into studio comedy territory with Pineapple Express, Your Highness, and The Sitter. The returns on such properties were literally diminishing: while Pineapple Express made over $100m at the box office, Your Highness didn’t crack $25m and The Sitter just missed out on $35m. Yet money wasn’t the problem with Green’s funnier stuff, it was that it just didn’t seem nearly as good as his dramatic projects, laughs aside. Green married his apparently warring aesthetics with last year’s little-seen Prince Avalanche, a funny and clever film that’s also very much about fraught interpersonal relationships, but his interest in full-out comedy has seemingly dipped to »
- Kate Erbland
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