Flicks That Need To Be Seen: The First Four Films of David Gordon Green

David Gordon Green was a Indie-Drama force to be reckoned with. Between the years 2000 to 2007 he released four Flicks That Deserve To Be Seen! He then took a comedic turn in 2008 with “Pineapple Express” and followed that up with “The Sitter” and “Your Highness.” His latest flick comes out later this year, “Prince Avalanche”, and hopefully it will be a return to form with his clear command of bleak and original Dramas.

George Washington (2000)

A very bleak but poetic look at a group of rural South Carolina kids who accidently cause a tragedy and try to cover it up. It is a fragmented story with mostly non actors who worked closely with David on their dialogue. It’s Cinematography creates a dreamlike atmosphere along with a strong homage to Terence Malick might put off some, but George Washington proves to be a very strong first film from David Gordon Green. Roger Ebert put this on his Top Ten of the Year list and you can read his 4 out of 4 Stars Review Here.

All The Real Girls (2003)

A small-town love story of a young man with a reputation for womanizing and his best friend’s sister. The longing, heartache and hurt that goes hand in hand with young love is excruciating and uncomfortably felt in David Gordon Greens second movie. Another critical success for David at the time, but performed rather miserably at the Box Office. Great performances by Paul Scheidner and Zoe Deshenal along with the supporting cast. Has a very realistic quality about it and should be seen by more people.

Undertow (2004)

His third film takes place in Georgia, and tells the story of two boys pursued by their murderous uncle. I felt that this was the weakest of the four and got a bit too overdramatic for my tastes, but do think it is essential viewing and is much better than his films after Snow Angels. Roger Ebert put this on his Top Ten List and you can read his Review Here.

Snow Angels (2007)

From IMDB: “A drama that interweaves the life of a teenager, with his old baby sitter, her estranged husband, and their daughter.” Short, concise and to the point. But there actually a hell of a lot more going on in yet another bleak and very depressing film from Indie-Drama Auteur David Gordon Green. This happens to be my Favorite of the Four and has another stunning Sam Rockwell will blow you away! Just See It Damn It! SEE IT!

I pretty much watched all of these back to back over the course of one week and it solidified my respect for this audacious young Director. Even with a pretty good Stoner/Buddy Flick (Pineapple Express) and back to back poorly received comedies (The Sitter and Your Highness) you can’t take away or deny that David Gordon Green is not a fluke. When he is ready to get down and make some serious Cinema again, you can count on me being there…

Check His Shit Out! So Says Dick Hollywood…

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