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David Gordon Green and the Serious Foundations of His Comedies

If, in the year 2007, a reader wanted content on the films of David Gordon Green, a comedy website would hardly have been their first stop. At that time Green and his North Carolina School of the Arts production team had produced four small, subdued, critically-acclaimed indies in George Washington, All the Real Girls, Undertow, and Snow Angels. It was considered a prolific output from a promising, Roger Ebert-approved, young American auteur primed to follow in the footsteps of indie pioneers like Soderberg and Linklater before him. This is all to say that when Green signed on to direct Pineapple Express, a broad stoner comedy from the Apatow factory, the [...]

Where Has the Conceptual Comedy Trailer Gone?

It has long been a known fact of the universe that movie trailers are their own breed and not necessarily indicative of the quality or Funniness Quotient (one popular made-up measurement which is determined using the formula [{Witticisms*Wordplay} + Situational Zaniness + Character Reality] – [Nut Shots + Animal Characters] = FQ) of the movie itself.

That doesn't mean they can't be appreciated as their own form. Take the Pineapple Express trailer, a notorious case of the trailer being way better than the movie.

Watch a Fake Trailer for 'Pineapple Express 2'

Seth Rogen and James Franco just released this fake trailer for Pineapple Express 2, which is really a trailer for This Is the End, an apocalypse comedy that stars them and Pineapple Express co-stars Danny McBride and Craig Robinson and non-Pineapple Express co-stars Jay Baruchel and Jonah Hill. Naturally, the sequel goes exactly where you'd expect it to: Rogen and Franco plotting to kill Woody Harrelson to take his weed. Don't trust any sequel movie trailers today; they're probably all April Fool's gags.

What Does 'Five-Year Engagement's' Box Office Disappointment Suggest About the State of Apatowian Comedies?

Five-Year Engagement earned $11.2 million this weekend, which is nearly half what was being predicted. It's also by far the lowest of the recent era of Apatowian films and it seems to be part of slow falling out of favor for his brand of comedies.