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David Gordon Green

#1 Post by DarkImbecile » Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:49 am

David Gordon Green (1975 - )

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"I'm not a director that's about precision and control and perfection, I'm about creating an atmosphere that's organic and interesting and then letting people loose..."

Filmography

Features
George Washington (2000)
All the Real Girls (2003)
Undertow (2004)
Snow Angels (2007)
Pineapple Express (2008)
Your Highness (2011)
The Sitter (2011)
Prince Avalanche (2013)
Joe (2013)
Manglehorn (2013)
Our Brand is Crisis (2015)
Stronger (2017)
Halloween (2018)
Newsflash (2019?)

Shorts
"Pleasant Grove" (1997)
"Physical Pinball" (1998)

Television
Eastbound and Down - S01E02 - "Chapter 2" (2009)
Eastbound and Down - S01E03 - "Chapter 3" (2009)
Eastbound and Down - S01E04 - "Chapter 4" (2009)
Eastbound and Down - S02E03 - "Chapter 9" (2010)
Eastbound and Down - S02E05 - "Chapter 11" (2010)
Eastbound and Down - S02E06 - "Chapter 12" (2010)
Eastbound and Down - S03E02 - "Chapter 15" (2012)
Eastbound and Down - S03E04 - "Chapter 17" (2012)
Eastbound and Down - S03E06 - "Chapter 19" (2012)
Eastbound and Down - S04E03 - "Chapter 24" (2013)
Eastbound and Down - S04E04 - "Chapter 25" (2013)
Eastbound and Down - S04E06 - "Chapter 27" (2013)
Red Oaks - S01E01 - "Pilot" (2014)
Red Oaks - S01E02 - "Doubles" (2015)
Red Oaks - S01E10 - "Labor Day Luau" (2015)
Red Oaks - S02E10 - "The Verdict" (2016)
Red Oaks - S03E01 - "Summer in the City" (2017)
Red Oaks - S03E06 - "Action!" (2017)
Vice Principals - S02E01 - "Tiger Town" (2017)
Vice Principals - S02E02 - "Slaughter" (2017)
Vice Principals - S02E03 - "The King" (2017)
Vice Principals - S02E04 - "Think Change" (2017)
Vice Principals - S02E05 - "A Compassionate Man" (2017)
Vice Principals - S02E06 - "The Most Popular Boy" (2017)
Vice Principals - S02E07 - "Spring Break" (2017)
Vice Principals - S02E09 - "The Union of the Wizard & the Warrior" (2017)
There's... Johnny! -S01E01 - "Andy Goes to Hollywood" (2017)
There's... Johnny! - S01E02- "Dog Day Afternoon" (2017)

Web Resources
2001 interview with Danny Leigh, The Guardian
2006 interview with George Ducker, The Believer
2013 interview with Simon Abrams, Esquire
2013 interview with Emma Brown, Interview Magazine
2016 interview with Kaleem Aftab, The Independent
2017 interview with Tiffany Pritchard, Filmmaker

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Re: Going in Style (Zach Braff, 2017)

#2 Post by hearthesilence » Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:27 pm

LukeM wrote:
mfunk9786 wrote:When I saw Garden State for the first time, I did not guess in a million years, say what you will about that (unfairly trampled upon) film, that this is the trajectory that Braff's career would take.
Similarly, I don't understand how David Gordon Green went from George Washington to Your Highness.
Ick. Well, Zach Braff reportedly remains wealthy from syndication royalties off his sitcom, but if you read Green's interviews for his pre-studio films, a frustration is definitely there - when you make film after film for peanuts and every single one still manages to lose money despite the good press, I can't blame Green for going a different route.

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David Gordon Green

#3 Post by mfunk9786 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:49 am

hearthesilence wrote:Ick. Well, Zach Braff reportedly remains wealthy from syndication royalties off his sitcom, but if you read Green's interviews for his pre-studio films, a frustration is definitely there - when you make film after film for peanuts and every single one still manages to lose money despite the good press, I can't blame Green for going a different route.
Also, Pineapple Express is legitimately one of the best studio comedies of the last several years, and it looks terrific from a visual perspective. It's not like his talent has disappeared.

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Re: Going in Style (Zach Braff, 2017)

#4 Post by swo17 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:57 am

You are stretching the meaning of the word "several." Pineapple Express came out eight years ago. George Bush was still President. You are old.

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Re: Going in Style (Zach Braff, 2017)

#5 Post by mfunk9786 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:01 pm

If you had a gun to my head I would've said it was like three years old. Jesus.

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Re: Going in Style (Zach Braff, 2017)

#6 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:04 pm

Hot Fuzz is my pick for the best comedy of the last 10 years

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Re: Going in Style (Zach Braff, 2017)

#7 Post by swo17 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:09 pm

Hot Fuzz is even older--just two months shy of 10 years old. We are all *this* close to starring in Zach Braff's next movie.

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Re: Going in Style (Zach Braff, 2017)

#8 Post by hearthesilence » Mon Dec 19, 2016 3:37 pm

Roger Ryan wrote:By the way, if folks want to see some recent good work being done by David Gordon Green, check out the two seasons of Amazon's 80s period comedy Red Oaks. The second season (just recently uploaded) also features five episodes directed by Hal Hartley and a couple each by Greg Araki and Amy Heckerling.
Hartley and Heckling also directed episodes in the first season (with Hartley doing one and Heckling doing two, including the very '80s body-switch episode which was pitched by executive producer Steven Soderbergh as a story they should do).

Green has actually been very prolific - he had two features released last year alone, neither of which I've seen but both with high profile stars.

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Re: Going in Style (Zach Braff, 2017)

#9 Post by domino harvey » Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:11 pm

Avoid Manglehorn twice as hard as you're already avoiding Going in Style

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Re: Going in Style (Zach Braff, 2017)

#10 Post by knives » Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:21 pm

Shouldn't that apply to about 70% of Green's theatrical work?

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Re: Going in Style (Zach Braff, 2017)

#11 Post by dda1996a » Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:37 pm

George Washington is great, Pineapple Express and Prince Avalanche are good, Joe is fine, The Sitter is shit. Haven't seen the rest, but the rest are three low budget indies, three badly received studio films.

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Re: David Gordon Green

#12 Post by hearthesilence » Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:03 pm

It should also be emphasized that Red Oaks really belongs to Greg Jacobs (Soderbergh's long-time right-hand man) and Joe Gangemi, they're the show runners. Remember what David Cronenberg said about TV - directors are mainly traffic cops. There are exceptions (The Knick, the new upcoming season of Twin Peaks, Scorsese's pilot for Vinyl), but for the most part, Cronenberg is right and with Red Oaks the director's role is no exception.

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Re: David Gordon Green

#13 Post by MoonlitKnight » Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:31 am

I quite liked "Manglehorn," actually. Certainly Pacino's best work in quite a while. But I'm not sure Green will ever again reach the heights of his introductory quartet of "George Washington," "All the Real Girls," "Undertow," and "Snow Angels."
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Re: David Gordon Green

#14 Post by Roger Ryan » Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:21 am

hearthesilence wrote:It should also be emphasized that Red Oaks really belongs to Greg Jacobs (Soderbergh's long-time right-hand man) and Joe Gangemi, they're the show runners. Remember what David Cronenberg said about TV - directors are mainly traffic cops...
Agreed. In retrospect, I should have said that Red Oaks is consistently good work and some notable directors are associated with that work.

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Re: Going in Style (Zach Braff, 2017)

#15 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:25 am

swo17 wrote:You are stretching the meaning of the word "several."
"More than two but not many". Never would have guessed that.

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Re: David Gordon Green

#16 Post by mfunk9786 » Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:05 am

MoonlitKnight wrote:I quite liked "Manglehorn," actually. Certainly Pacino's best work in quite a while. But I'm not sure Green will ever again reach the heights of his introductory quartet of "George Washington," "All the Real Girls," "Undertow," and "Snow Angels."
Adding Snow Angels to this post is maybe this forum's most tragic use of the Edit button I've ever seen

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Re: David Gordon Green

#17 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:43 am

The only thing I remember from that movie is the funny speech Tom Noonan gives as a high school band teacher. And I'm pretty sure the rest of it is straight drama, which makes it a little odd.

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Re: David Gordon Green

#18 Post by The Narrator Returns » Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:36 pm

Green's next movie will be a new entry in the Halloween series, cowritten by him and Danny McBride, with John Carpenter and Blumhouse producing.

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Re: David Gordon Green

#19 Post by domino harvey » Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:37 pm

Well, we all saw that coming. Typical predictable DGG

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Re: David Gordon Green

#20 Post by swo17 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:41 pm

Well, remember when he was trying to remake Suspiria?

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Re: David Gordon Green

#21 Post by Harry Caul » Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:29 pm

Big fan of David Gordon Green. I like his smaller indy films, as well as his much "bigger" Hollywood flicks.

George Washington, All the Real Girls, Undertow, and Snow Angels were all amazing.

I was amused by The Sitter - hilarious movie. Some may not realize this, but the film was a pseudo-remake of the 1987 comedy Adventures in Babysitting.

The Pineapple Express was also very funny - in parts.

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Re: David Gordon Green

#22 Post by carmilla mircalla » Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:37 am

I have been asking for years why Snow Angels was the one that split Green fans before his went full blown studio. I thought it was in line with his debut and everything leading up to it so why is it such a divisive film? the closest I ever came to an explanation was that it was pretty forced drama but I don't completely buy that.

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Re: David Gordon Green

#23 Post by domino harvey » Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:02 am

We have a thread for it here, perhaps it will provide more info

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