win it all review

Win It All is a nice movie.

That may seem like faint praise, but it’s hard to think of a more accurate or complimentary way to describe the latest collaboration between co-writer/director Joe Swanberg and co-writer/actor Jake Johnson. It is a pleasant, agreeable movie about people you like, where every single scene (and the movie itself) refuses to overstay its welcome. It is funny. It is moving. It is sweet. It is easy to watch. It is nice.

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Netflix sxsw trailers

Netflix has released trailers for three original films in advance of their premieres at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, which begins tomorrow in Austin Texas. Those films include: Joe Swanberg‘s new comedy Win It All starring Keegan-Michael Key, Jake Johnson and Joe Lo Truglio, Tommy O’Haver‘s true-crime biopic drama The Most Hated Woman in America starring Melissa Leo, Adam Scott and Juno Temple, and E.L. Katz‘s dramatic crime thriller Small Crimes.

Below, watch the Netflix SXSW trailers, learn more about these three films, and find out when you’ll be able to watch them at home on Netflix streaming service.
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Easy trailer

As if you don’t have enough fall TV to catch up on already, Netflix is throwing another new series our way next week. Easy is an eight-episode anthology series created by Joe Swanberg, following several adults as they try to navigate love and sex in modern-day Chicago. The characters include long-term couples trying to spice up their relationships, singles looking for a connection, and everything in between.

The extensive cast includes Malin Akerman, Jane Adams, Andrew Bachelor, Orlando Bloom, Hannibal Buress, Aya Cash, Michael Chernus, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Marc Maron, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Kate Micucci, Emily Ratajkowski, Elizabeth Reaser, and many many more. Watch the Easy trailer below.  Read More »

arq trailer

This morning Netflix released a batch of new trailers for new television shows and movies. We’ve already written about Christopher Guest’s Mascots, but after the jump, you can watch some trailers and clips for the following shows and movies:

  • Easy:  an original comedy anthology series written, directed and produced by filmmaker Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas)
  • Chef’s Table: France: A new installment of the critically acclaimed food documentary series, four new episodes dedicated to the world’s most renowned French chefs.
  • ARQ: A small budget sci-fi original movie written and is being directed by Tony Elliott (Orphan Black).
  • And a new clip from Narcos: Season 2.

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Lace Crater

If Harrison Atkins‘ directorial debut, Lace Crater, wasn’t on your radar before, it should be now. The offbeat horror movie, which is produced by Joe Swanberg (Digging for Fire), is something else, as you’ll likely learn from the trailer. Lace Crater is an often sad, funny, and unsettling post-breakup story that takes its ludicrous-sounding concept to some surprising places.

Below, watch the Lace Crater trailer.

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In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Beerfest is being developed as a digital series.
  • Director Joe Swanberg (Digging for Fire) is writing, directing, and executive producing Netflix’s Easy.
  • Neil Patrick Harris is finally confirmed to star in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
  • Harris will be joined by Patrick Warburton (The Tick) in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
  • Malachi Kirby will star in an episode of Black Mirror.
  • Sarah Wayne is returning to Prison Break.
  • Lionsgate is launching a Comic-Con channel.

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Digging for Fire trailer

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 »

Joe Swanberg Work Wife

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 »

Happy Christmas trailer

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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Happy Christmas

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 »