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Film, "Joe": Nicolas Cage, as You've Sort of Seen Him Before

"Joe": Nicolas Cage, as You've Sort of Seen Him Before

Nowadays Nicolas Cage only has to be pretty good to seem pretty great. Was this his plan all along? The title role in Joe is a subtle turn by recent Cage standards, and it gets up our hopes of some…
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Film, "Prince Avalanche": Two Guys Paint a Road, and Paul Rudd Has a Mustache

"Prince Avalanche": Two Guys Paint a Road, and Paul Rudd Has a Mustache

Prince Avalanche There are neither princes nor avalanches in David Gordon Green's Prince Avalanche, but there are miles and miles of burnt forest through which uptight, self-styled woodsman Alvin (Paul Rudd) and his girlfriend's boorish younger brother Lance (Emile Hirsch)…
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Film, "Your Highness": D&D Nerds Get Their Own Stoner Comedy

"Your Highness": D&D Nerds Get Their Own Stoner Comedy

Your Highness plays like a dirty-joke blooper reel made by the cast of a junky sword-and-sorcery epic, streaked with carelessly contemporary-sounding blue humor, blunt profanity replacing the naughty-naughty, tankard-sloshing, heaving-bosom ribaldry that goes with the period setting. The scene: a…
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Film, True Bromance

True Bromance

On the surface, Pineapple Express offers precisely what it advertises: a roll-'em-up, smoke-'em-up, blow-'em-up bromantic comedy from the freaks and geeks who have made Judd Apatow's brand of stunted-man yuks a global franchise. Once more, Seth Rogen's red-rimmed, half-shut eyes…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Snow Angels</i>

Snow Angels

An unusually blunt melodrama by David Gordon Green, melodious poet of such sentimental delicacies as George Washington and All the Real Girls, Snow Angels introduces a pair of gunshots and then follows with a flashback narrative to account for them,…
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Film, FilmCap

Snow Angels

An unusually blunt melodrama by David Gordon Green, melodious poet of such sentimental delicacies as George Washington and All the Real Girls, Snow Angels introduces a pair of gunshots and then follows with a flashback narrative to account for them,…
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Music, All Shook Down SFIndiefest Top Ten Flicks - Including Indiana Jones, Gus Van Sant, and Robbie Conal

SFIndiefest Top Ten Flicks - Including Indiana Jones, Gus Van Sant, and Robbie Conal

Running from February 7th to February 20th at the Castro (429 Castro), Roxie (3117 16th), and Victoria (2961 16th) cinemas, the affectionately-named SF Indiefest has grown considerably from its legendary roots, when founder Jeff Ross put on a four-day…
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Film, Green Achers

Green Achers

Those familiar with the films of David Gordon Green (George Washington, All the Real Girls) likely have one big question about his latest feature, Undertow: Is there more of a story this time? The answer is ... sort of. Green,…
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Film, Reel World

Long Night's Journey Into Day

November marks the 25th anniversary of Jonestown, and you can bet the loft that the media -- yet again -- will make wide-eyed sport of the mysterious deaths of 900 followers of Jim Jones in Guyana. "It's hard not to…
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Film, God's Mistakes

God's Mistakes

George Washington, the haunting feature film debut of writer/ director David Gordon Green, is narrated by 12-year-old Nasia (Candace Evanofski, who, like nearly every other actor in this extraordinary film, is a nonprofessional). "They tried to find clues to all…
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