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In this monthly column we spotlight new Blu-ray/DVD releases by interviewing directors about the scenes that stood out most for them while making their movies. This month, we talk to David Gordon Green about his Nicolas Cage-starring dark drama Joe (out today on DVD/Blu-ray). The last few years have been filled with highs and lows for David Gordon Green. He directed episodes and was a consulting producer for the cult hit series Eastbound & Down but also felt the sting of back-to-back studio comedy flops, Your Highness and The Sitter. Thankfully the return to his indie-film roots with the oddball comedy Prince Avalanche and the dreamlike character study Joe showed Green still has it. Especially the latter, as Joe is Green at his best. A gritty drama adapted from the novel of the...
- Jason Guerrasio
Lots of great releases today, Blu-ray buffs. First up we've got a very different film from the usually funny David Gordon Green (Your Highness, The Sitter) called Joe. It stars Nicolas Cage as an ex-con who becomes and unlikely role model for a teenage boy played by Tye Sheridan who is getting a lot of buzz from his turns in [Continued ...] »
Samira Wiley Promoted To Regular
During Wiley’s run on Orange is the New Black, Poussey has appeared in nearly every episode. Like Danielle Brooks (Taystee) before her, she’s earned a promotion to series regular, reported Deadline. With both actresses on as regulars for season three, it wouldn’t be a surprise if their friendship received even more screen time going forward.
Prior to landing the role of Poussey on Orange, Wiley appeared in features The Sitter and Being Flynn. She also had guest-starring roles on Unforgettable and Person of Interest. Following her success on the Netflix prison comedy-drama, Wiley appeared in Rob the Mob as Agent Annie Bell.
Orange is the New Black premiered its entire second season on Netflix Friday, June 6. So far, »
I’m just going to get this out of the way from the off: I love Nicolas Cage. Always have. Always will. There is nothing anyone can do or say (and believe me, many have tried) to sway my opinion on an actor I’ve come to worship as a kind of bug-eyed demi-God. He’s a force of nature, a man capable of just about anything when given freedom to riff - with consequences ranging from the magnificent to the disastrous. A former icon whose recent career has left much to be desired, Joe is being touted as Cage’s return to form – and I’m delighted to say that he’s absolutely brilliant, although not in the way you might think.
This isn’t the kind of barn-storming, rage-Cage performance previously unleashed by the likes of Herzog and Woo. In fact, it’s a turn that could almost be considered grounded. »
- Dominic Mill
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 17, 2014
Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray $24.98
Based on the novel by Larry Brown, the independent film tells the story of ex-con Joe (Cage), who’s trying to lead a normal life and stay out of trouble. But when he meets a troubled homeless 15-year-old boy (Tye Sheridan, Mud) who’s trying to escape his violent father, Joe is faced with redemption or ruin.
The R-rated movie earned high acclaim from critics and moviegoers alike, garnering 82% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Joe had a limited release in theaters, so the DVD and Blu-ray takes it to the biggest audience.
Both the Blu-ray and DVD carry these special features:
Ari Graynor did not want to be a TV star. The lead in CBS's Bad Teacher said she simply had no desire to do television. So what happened? "I mean, for years I said I didn't want to do television. It was just a hard 'no.' I didn't want to read anything, it didn't matter what it was, it was just 'no,'" Graynor told E! News. "And then last year, for whatever reason, I decided to just be open to the idea. I wasn't going out looking for it, but I just said I'll see what's around." With early roles on The Sopranos, Fringe and other guest star work before heading to the big screen with roles in films such as For a Good Time, Call…, The Sitter and What's »
Nicolas Cage finally gets away from his shouty, cartoony madmen, but it’s hard to shake the sense that this was laboriously constructed around him as a showcase. I’m “biast” (pro): I like Nicolas Cage when he’s taking acting seriously
I’m “biast” (con): I’m hot and cold on David Gordon Green
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Booze and smokes and meanness. It’s what’s for breakfast. And lunch and dinner. This is what the men of Joe live on. And if a lad hangs around those men long enough, he will pick up some life lessons, like how to make hookers think you have money and how to abuse dogs while convincing yourself you love dogs and why the cops have it in for an ex-con and how to have “good” reasons to be violent, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Title: Joe Director: David Gordon Green Starring: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Gary Poulter For many directors, the independent film realm, and its more constrictive parameters of budget storytelling, are a thing to leave behind — to graduate from, as part of a move up into the “big leagues.” David Gordon Green, though, even as he has crafted Hollywood studio comedies like “Pineapple Express,” “Your Highness” and “The Sitter,” has kept one foot planted in the indie arena, and more plaintive portraiture. “Joe,” his latest effort, is a tender, lyrical slice of underclass drama, anchored by a magnetic performance from Nicolas Cage, that also exercises a certain kind [ Read More ]
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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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (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.) »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
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