The Line

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Consider it a bit of a Goldilocks problem (too hot, too cold, too serious, too funny nothing just right). Filmmaker David Gordon Green first made waves with serious, sensitive fare – from George Washington and All the Real Girls to even the tensely wrought thriller Undertow – before veering off into studio comedy territory with Pineapple Express, Your Highness, and The Sitter. The returns on such properties were literally diminishing: while Pineapple Express made over $100m at the box office, Your Highness didn’t crack $25m and The Sitter just missed out on $35m. Yet money wasn’t the problem with Green’s funnier stuff, it was that it just didn’t seem nearly as good as his dramatic projects, laughs aside. Green married his apparently warring aesthetics with last year’s little-seen Prince Avalanche, a funny and clever film that’s also very much about fraught interpersonal relationships, but his interest in full-out comedy has seemingly dipped to an all-time low. Is David Gordon Green done with big studio comedies? And is that actually – gasp! – a mistake?

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Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves working for the local “retirement home” as head geezer catcher… basically he gets a call whenever one of the elderly residents escapes wanders off in a daze from the home. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs. This week… Up, The Merry Gentleman, Spread, and more!

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