Adopt a Highway review

Actor Logan Marshall-Green’s directorial debut Adopt A Highway feels tailor-made for Austin’s South by Southwest Film Festival. It has nothing to do with horror, mind you, despite Blumhouse’s production banner. What could double as an acoustic country ballad whispers a nomad folk tale about one simple task: getting by. Indie bloodlines run through Marshall-Green’s jailhouse poetry without overly romanticized narratives, more appropriately about passing moments than revelations. It’s about muttered dialogue, directionless trajectories, and a most relatable assessment of life not going as expected.

In other words, humanity as we know it. Read More »

Good Lord Bird Series

Having recently delivered the best performance of his career in First Reformed, Ethan Hawke is going to give TV a try. The actor will star as 19th-century abolitionist John Brown in the Showtime limited series Good Lord Bird, adapted from the James McBride novel of the same name. Hawke will also co-write and executive produce the series, with Underground‘s Anthony Hemingway directing.

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stockholm trailer

As Ethan Hawke storms into a bank, gun blazing and bad wig flying, it’s easy to understand the origins of the term “Stockholm syndrome.” The phrase, which refers to captives developing an irrational sympathy for their captors, was first coined in 1973 after four hostages acted sympathetically with their captors during a bank robbery in Sweden. The upcoming dark comedy Stockholm is based on that story. Watch the first Stockholm trailer below.

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2019 Indie Spirit Awards Winners

The 2019 Independent Spirit Awards were last night, honoring the best in independent cinema before Hollywood gathers for the Academy Awards. Even though some movies that ended up nominated for Oscars took home trophies last night, the best thing to come out of the 2019 Indie Spirit Awards winners was the love shown to If Beale Street Could Talk. The film from Barry Jenkins movie that didn’t get anywhere near the amount of accolades it deserved from the Academy Awards, but last night it took home Best Feature and Best Director, not to mention further affirmation of Regina King‘s work as Best Supporting Actress.

Get the full list of 2019 Indie Spirit Awards winners below. Read More »

Billy the Kid has long been a source of fascination for Hollywood, getting the silver screen treatment most notably in Sam Peckinpah’s 1973 classic film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. Now, the famous Old West outlaw and gunfighter is getting another round on the big screen in actor-turned-director Vincent D’Onofrio‘s The Kid. Dane DeHaan stars as the titular teenage outlaw.
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Paul Schrader's next film

When last we spoke of Paul Schrader‘s next film, Nine Men from Now, Schrader was hoping that his First Reformed star Ethan Hawke would star alongside Willem Dafoe. Now, Schrader has an update. The film is still happening, but sadly, Hawke is out. But Schrader does have a fun new description of the film: a Western that plays out as if Terrence Malick and David Lynch came in and took a shit on the script. Who wouldn’t want to see that?

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Nine Men From Now

Paul Schrader has never gone away, but his career is encountering a sudden upswing thanks to his acclaimed 2018 film First Reformed. So what’s next for Schrader? According to the man himself, he wants to make a Western called Nine Men from Now, and he hopes Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe will star. Those details alone are enough to pique my interest.

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Gotham Awards 2018

The 28th annual Gotham Awards took place last night, offering our first glimpse at a major awards show as we barrel toward the next Academy Awards ceremony. The Gotham Awards focus on independent movies, but plenty of previous winners have gone on to take home Oscar gold (Get Out and Call Me By Your Name were big winners last year).

This year, Chloe Zhao’s western drama The Rider took home the Best Feature prize in a highly competitive category, and Toni Collette and Ethan Hawke won in the lead acting categories for their stunning work in Hereditary and First Reformed, respectively. Eighth Grade also won big, earning trophies for actress Elsie Fisher and director Bo Burnham. Read the full list of winners below. Read More »

Even without taking into account his 30-plus-year acting career—highlighted by performances in Dead Poets Society, Reality Bites, Training Day, and Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy—Ethan Hawke has had a hell of a 2018, which technically began a year ago at the Venice Film Festival), where writer-director Paul Schrader’s First Reformed premiered, featuring a career-best performance from Hawke. The film wasn’t officially released until May 2018, and just recently came out on home video.

Currently, Hawke has two more films making their way across the country in limited release, both of which debuted at the year’s Sundance Film Festival—one he stars in (Juliet, Naked) and one he directed (Blaze). (We could also throw in his extensive interview about Elvis Presley’s flawed acting career in director Eugene Jarecki’s documentary The King, which came out earlier this summer.) Produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Jesse Peretz, Juliet, Naked is the story of a British woman (Rose Byrne) whose boyfriend (Chris O’Dowd) is obsessed with a reclusive singer who had one of the great broken-heart records decades earlier. When Bryne’s character lashes out at a record label releasing demos for said record as being a lame cash grab, the long-silent musician (Hawke) writes her an email confirming her suspicions, and the two begin an online correspondence that has the potential for something more, if for no other reason than it drags him out of hiding. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, the film is charming, funny and gives Hawke the chance to use images of himself from younger days in very amusing ways.

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juliet, naked trailer

The summer of Ethan Hawke continues with Juliet, Naked.

Just three months after he played a morose preacher in First Reformed, Hawke is remind us of how much range he has by stepping back into his romantic-comedy leading man shoes. Hawke stars as an aging rock star who romances Rose Byrne, a woman who finds herself at a crossroads after spontaneously publishing a scathing music review. Read More »