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Culture, The Exhibitionist Chatting With <i>Digging for Fire</i> Director Joe Swanberg

Chatting With Digging for Fire Director Joe Swanberg

The prolific and ever-burgeoning independent filmmaker Joe Swanberg makes warmly lived-in movies, increasingly involving commercially familiar actors. His newest, Digging for Fire, is a love story, and maybe also an oblique thriller, about house-sitting in Hollywood. Jake Johnson and…
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Film, "24 Exposures": Horror Goes Mumblecore

"24 Exposures": Horror Goes Mumblecore

24 Exposures How fun, after the production-budget quantum leap of Drinking Buddies, to find one-man indie-movie factory Joe Swanberg back in cheapo DIY mode. What's inspiring about this prolific shoestring operator is the fact that he'll probably have finished one…
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Film, "White Reindeer": Unexpected Tragedy Is the Gift of the Season

"White Reindeer": Unexpected Tragedy Is the Gift of the Season

White Reindeer Zach Clark's dark comedy lobs an indie rebuke at our annual obligation of trudging through prefab holiday cheer only to wind up waist-deep in shredded gift wrap and feeling the undertow. In that regard, White Reindeer goes on…
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Film, "Drinking Buddies": The Connection Between Alcohol and Sex Explored at Last

"Drinking Buddies": The Connection Between Alcohol and Sex Explored at Last

Which came first — the chronic alcoholism or the proximity to huge quantities of beer? This particular question is left unexplored in Joe Swanberg's otherwise thoughtfully funny Drinking Buddies, but the fact that Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson)…
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Film, Feature

Joe Swanberg: The Kid Stays in All the Pictures

She's giving feedback. "It's just another movie where you're complaining about directing movies," she's saying. "I guess that's my main problem with it." He listens. The baby is on his lap. The baby looks familiar. This must be the same…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings Feb. 20-26, 2013

Artists' Television Access. Stop & Go 3-D: Stop-Motion Animation Festival: A program of short and emerging work in stop-motion animation. Curated by Sarah Klein. Fri., Feb. 22, 8 p.m. $6. Small Poetry: Recent Highlights of the Chicago 8 Film…
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Film, "V/H/S": Poorly Acted Horror for the Video Generation

"V/H/S": Poorly Acted Horror for the Video Generation

In the faux-found-footage horror anthology V/H/S (containing material directed by Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Ti West, and others), a crew of droogs given to videotaping its acts of vandalism is hired to break into a house and steal a VHS…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cut Me Some Slack

Cut Me Some Slack

If you missed it while you were out thrift-store shopping, the semi-esteemed New Oxford American Dictionary picked mumblecore as one of its runners-up for the 2007 Word of the Year. According to the erudite yet trend-happy editors, mumblecore is "an…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish They Killed the Dog

They Killed the Dog

Year of the Dog (Paramount Vantage) It's just about the First Commandment of Hollywood: Don't kill the dog. So it's a testament to the clout of writer-director Mike White (School of Rock) that killing off the dog is the first…
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