Posted on Friday, July 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
After finding success with low-key, naturalistic indies like Drinking Buddies and Happy Christmas, Joe Swanberg is back with what appears to be his biggest film yet. But because he’s Joe Swanberg, it’s still a pretty low-key, naturalistic indie. Digging for Fire stars Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt as an L.A. couple still getting used to parenthood.
While housesitting for a friend one weekend, the husband digs up a bone and a gun, sending him on a quest for answers. Meanwhile, the wife sets off on her own adventure involving a handsome stranger played by Orlando Bloom. Watch the Digging for Fire trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 by Angie Han
Over the past decade, Joe Swanberg has built himself a nice career in the indie realm. He rose to prominence as one of the leading figures of the mumblecore movement, then had two of his most high-profile hits yet in 2013’s Drinking Buddies and 2014’s Happy Christmas. But now he’s ready to mix things up.
Swanberg is set to direct Work Wife, his first-ever studio project, for New Line. Trophy Wife‘s Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins wrote the script. More on the Joe Swanberg Work Wife project after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
Holidays can be a trying time even for the happiest, most well-adjusted of families. When one of the family members is kind of a screw-up, they can be even tougher. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still find some joy in being together.
In the new Happy Christmas trailer, Anna Kendrick plays an irresponsible 20something named Jenny who moves in with her film director brother (Joe Swanberg, who also directed this film), his novelist wife (Melanie Lynskey), and their two-year-old son. Mark Webber stars as the couple’s babysitter/pot dealer, and Lena Dunham as Kendrick’s friend. Hit the jump to watch the first Happy Christmas trailer.
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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival hasn’t even officially began yet, but the first film is off the market. It’s Joe Swanberg‘s Happy Christmas, starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber and Lena Dunham. Magnolia Pictures and Paramount Pictures will co-distrubute with Magnolia handling U.S. theatrical and VOD wile Paramount will do home video and international. Read the full press release below. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we talk about boobs, get lurid with our Instamatic, give some northerners a taste of sunshine, and set out to explain the ways of Vermeer with Teller.
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The actors in Joe Swanberg‘s movies have, at times, been friends of his in filmmaking, just as he has acted in other directors’ films. For 24 Exposures, Swanberg has Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett in front of the lens — they’re the director/writer pair who are responsible for films such as You’re Next and A Horrible Way To Die, and parts of V/H/S and V/H/S/2. (Swanberg has acted for Wingard before, in You’re Next, and they’ve acted for him in his segment for V/H/S.)
The plot is right out of a Euro-sleaze as “A fetish photographer and a homicide detective are brought together when a young model turns up dead.” Check out a trailer below. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we’re still tryin’ to make it Hollywood, become too smart for our own good, see faith in humanity restored inside Pakistan, and consider the beliefs of those we collectively call “crazy”.
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Joe Swanberg‘s new film Drinking Buddies is his most traditionally polished effort, but it still has the raw emotional intensity of his best ultra low budget work. The film features a great quartet: Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston, and Olivia Wilde. The four actors play two committed couples, but lines between them are starting to blur as dissatisfaction with each is complicated by the friendship between Wilde and Johnson’s characters.
This first trailer seems like it gives away a lot, but this is really just a quick sketch of the plot. It hints at some of the most awkward moments between characters without getting into precisely what complications await as everyone tries to figure out what they really want. This is a movie that is frank about the difficulties of maintaining a relationship after the first blush of attraction fades, and while it isn’t always easy, there’s great stuff within, and Wilde’s performance should be appreciated as one of the best she’s given. Read More »
Almost two years ago, Toronto Film Festival and Fantastic Fest audiences made a lot of noise about the bloody home-invasion thriller You’re Next. Now everyone gets to see what those few people were talking about.
Director Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die, V/H/S) and screenwriter Simon Barrett (A Horrible Way to Die) have come up with a great spin on the hoary old home invasion movie, and populated it with a cast that is ready get dirty and bloody. Indie and genre faves (Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Barbara Crampton, Amy Seimetz) and filmmakers (Joe Swanberg, Ti West) play members of a large family who come together for a celebration dinner at a relatively remote home in the country. The clan quickly finds that it has been targeted by masked assailants who have staked out the house with very violent intent.
A great use of Lou Reed’s song ‘Perfect Day’ helps this trailer establish and then build tension. By the end you might be as impatient for the August release of You’re Next as the film’s creators must be. Read More »