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Friday, January 30, 2015

Am I the Only One Who Doesn't Care For Joe Swanberg's Films?

Quick question: Am I the only one who finds Joe Swanberg's films pointless and utterly boring? I've seen two of his films, Drinking Buddies and Happy Christmas, and they both left me wondering WHY? It's like he chooses the most vapid characters to carry an otherwise mildly interesting story, badly. I literally cannot even.

So you can just imagine my indifference when I received information today about his upcoming film, DIGGING FOR FIRE, which was just acquired by The Orchard after it made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this month. Though its premise is rather intriguing and the cast is really great, I've seen enough of Swanberg's work to not get excited about it. Here's a little more about the film:

The film follows the discovery of a bone and a gun which sends a husband and wife - each full of doubts about their future and anxiety about the present - on separate adventures over the course of a weekend. At the premiere's Q&A, Swanberg explained that the movie was about the realization that a marriage should be "two individuals agreeing to be in a relationship, rather than two people melting into one thing." The picture was filmed in LA on 35mm film, with a sprawling ensemble cast that also includes Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Sam Elliot, Judith Light, Ron Livingston, Melanie Lynskey, Jenny Slate, Tim Simons, and Jane Adams.

I can only be cautiously optimistic about this, at best. What say you?


Wendell Ottley said...

I'll probably give it a look. I rather enjoyed Drinking Buddies, so many might be a bit biased.

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