January 1, 2015

Trucks, dogs, booze, guns

Joe (David Gordon Green, 2013). The Southern Gothic doom and violence is laid on thick but there is an impressively grimy realism to this: only Nicolas Cage, as the titular Joe, and Tye Sheridan, teenage veteran of Terrence Malick and Jeff Nichols, look like movie actors. The homeless Gary Poulter was discovering by casting scouts in Austin, Texas and his performance is the most complex and heartbreaking in it (he died before the film was released). But Cage’s brooding charisma is something to behold too.