This is the first edition in a new regular series where I attempt to answer your questions about the film industry. We’ll be taking a look at the box office, forgotten Hollywood landmarks, the marketing process and more. Sometimes I’ll attempt to answer the question myself, and other times I will contact experts in the particular field to give a more detailed answer. Please feel free to send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. I decided to start off this series with an easier question, and use it as a jumping-off point to delve into the more complex world of screen credits.
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You can now watch Go for free on Hulu. Before Doug Liman launched the Bourne Franchise, he directed two wonderful indie films — Swingers and Go. Swingers launched the career of Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, but Go went virtually under the radar, despite being a really cool film.
The film suffered from a marketing campaign focused around Katie Holmes, who was on Dawson’s Creek at the time, and being criticized for its use of fragmented time in a post Pulp Fiction world. Yes, it copied the structure, but who cares – unlike most of the Tarantino-inspired films, this one is good. It’s also the breakout film for screenwriter John August, who is probably best know for his work with Tim Burton — Big Fish, Corpse Bride.
In 2007, August premiered his feature directorial debut The Nines at Sundance, another great film which went virtually unseen. Go is also notable for its incredible techno-based soundtrack. Be warned, if you watch this film, plan on downloading the soundtrack afterwards. I highly recommend Go. Check it out for free on Hulu.
If you end up liking it, you might want to pick up the DVD special edition (only $7.99 on Amazon), which features a great indie film commentary by Liman and August.
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Eight years after his first feature screenplay Go played Sundance, John August returns with his directing debut The Nines.
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