After venturing into the studio comedy world with initial success thanks to the hilarious Pineapple Express, David Gordon Green‘s output soon delivered diminished returns with Your Highness and The Sitter. At this year’s Sundance Film Festival the director finally reduced his scope and returned to his roots with a new dramedy titled Prince Avalanche.
Featuring just Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch on a work-related adventure in a desolate area of Texas, this remake of the Icelandic film Either Way was a hit at the festival and even resulted in the director winning the Silver Bear for Best Director at Berlin International Film Festival. We were fans of the film as well, saying, “the relaxed, lively Prince Avalanche shines with a strong heart.” Check out the first teaser trailer and poster below ahead of its summer release.
An odd couple of sorts, meditative and stern Alvin (Rudd) and his girlfriend’s brother, Lance (Hirsch), dopey and insecure, leave the city behind to spend the summer in solitude repainting traffic lines down the center of a country highway ravaged by wildfire. As they sink into their job in the remarkable landscape, they learn more than they want to about each other and their own limitations. An unlikely friendship develops through humor and nasty exchanges, leading to surprising affection.
Prince Avalanche opens in August.
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not […]
In the case of evaluating David Cronenberg, — or at least forming the sort of career narrative seemingly essential to auteurist analysis — it’s inevitable to propose something of a rupture within his oeuvre: the very evident graduation from grindhouse to arthouse, and, with it, an ascension from body to mind. What dictated these labels […]
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. If we were provided screener copies, we’ll have our own write-up, but if that’s not the case, one can find official descriptions from the distributors. Check out […]
Writing about the films of Robert Bresson usually begins by informing reader that his films must be discussed through a trance of hushed tones and quiet veneration. There is no room for rushed judgement or quick-witted observations; Bresson makes Serious Art, as opposed to Hollywood directors who do not. There are the key phrases to […]
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