LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 2003 and 2004

Posted by · 9:34 pm · December 28th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. 2003 belonged to “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” as it won every single award it was up for, tying the all time record haul of 11 trophies. Few could argue that Peter Jackson had accomplished something unique with the execution of […]

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“Listen you f***ers you screwheads…”

Posted by · 9:42 am · March 21st, 2009

I was watching some special on “Eastbound & Down” recently where one of the producers (might have been Will Ferrell, or maybe it was David Green) was talking about how the show is a commentary on the state of the hero in pop culture.  Then I heard the talk out of SXSW about “Observe and […]

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David Gordon Green catches his stride in comedy

Posted by · 10:06 pm · March 8th, 2009

It has to be doubly sweet for my southern brethren to take in HBO’s “Eastbound & Down” every Sunday night, but even if this country detail or that passes below your radar, or heck, even if you don’t know a blatant Ric Flair gag when you see one, I can’t imagine anyone not laughing their […]

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Funny ha ha

Posted by · 6:23 am · December 12th, 2008

While James Franco was brooding and winning a Golden Globe for the TV telepic “James Dean” and fighting superheroes in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man franchise, the actor says he longed for the escape of a comedy. Soon enough, producer Judd Apatow approached Franco to star alongside Seth Rogen in David Gordon Green’s “Pineapple Express.” After years […]

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Rebecca Hall talks ‘Vicky’

Posted by · 10:45 am · August 7th, 2008

I guess “Lunch with David” has morphed into DP/30.  I’m never quite sure what’s going on over there, but in any case, this video interview with “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” star Rebecca Hall is totally worth a look.  She’s an intoxicating beauty and, as noted, she does a lot of the heavy lifting in the film […]

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Vulture on David Gordon Green’s action prowess

Posted by · 10:18 am · August 7th, 2008

In my review of “Pineapple Express” yesterday, I mad it a point of mentioning director David Gordon Green’s salute to the greatest (or worst) of 1980s action cinema.  At the time I wrote: Green’s obvious devotion to the action epics of the 1980s that his generation grew up on makes its way to the surface […]

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REVIEW: “Pineapple Express” (****)

Posted by · 11:02 am · August 6th, 2008

The dust will settle on a record-breaking summer movie season and much will be made of super heroes and unexpected, makeup-infested comedic portrayals. But an unassuming stoner comedy that breaks free of the mold and becomes something akin to sheer film-going bliss will be one of the few left standing. A truly side-splitting yarn that […]

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David Gordon Green hearts Steven Seagal

Posted by · 2:50 am · June 23rd, 2008

David Gordon Green took a strong dive into a typical post-film school career in 2000, and I’ve never been afraid to admit that his breed of cinema failed to speak to me on pretty much every level (despite us sharing an alma mater).  I found “George Washington” to be derivative, “All the Real Girls” to […]

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The independent film not to be missed

Posted by · 6:59 am · April 22nd, 2008

Every year the best of independent cinema convenes at a series of festivals and awards programs, most notably the Independent Spirit Awards. In February, Jeff Nichols, a first-time filmmaker, won an ISA for his first feature length film “Shotgun Stories.” The effort chronicles a deadly family feud between two sets of brothers that ensues upon […]

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