The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
All the Real Girls
Love is a puzzle. These are the pieces.
In a small North Carolina town, Paul, a womanizer, meets Noel, a confused intellectual returning home for the first time in years since she left for boarding school. The film depicts the typical romance of a good girl and a bad boy, in an interesting way.
"If anybody smiles at me ever again, I'm going to freak out."
Where as George Washington is about being a child, All the Real Girls is about being in love. It is a simple film that deals with all the complexities that come with being in love. The performances by everyone are superb, with Zooey Deschanel giving the best performance she has ever given. Her role here is a far cry from what she is doing now, and I cannot imagine the (500) Days of Summer Deschanel every doing a role like this. It is too bad that she didn't continue on the course of being a serious actress, as I bet she would have a little golden man sitting on her mantel by now.
Anyway, I love hanging with the characters in this film, I love watching David Gordon Green's direction, and I just love spending time in this world.
So Zooey Deschanel can act. I mean, she's not mind blowing in this, but there wasn't a goddamned quirk in sight. I'm pleasantly surprised. It's weird to watch this now as three of its leads have all been significant parts of recent sitcoms, for better or worse, yet they are giving more or less decent dramatic performances here. (A fourth lead is featured in a major HBO drama that I don't watch and thus can't much comment on, but I think his character's dead at this point.)
Anyway. This sort of hit a couple too many stereotypical romance points on its way to a fine ending, but it executed most of them well enough. I worried for a bit that…
This is how you start off a new year. DGG is rocketing up my list of favorite directors. There's something about this movie.. it kind of floats around like a dream from scene to scene, at times without quite making sense how we got there, but at the same time it all feels so real. No iron lock could keep the truth in here contained. It seeps through cracks all over the place and you just know it's real.
Does anyone have the phone number for The Criterion Collection?
I'd only ever seen one of David Gordon Green's film, Your Highness, a film so full of knob jokes I could feel my IQ dropping as I watched it. This film from 2003 however had a good reputation despite the presence of self-styled "manic pixie dream-girl" Zooey Deschanel.
A refreshingly honest account of a young girl's first brush with love, this is a slow-burning film with plenty of intimate scenes that for once prove that Deschanel really can act. When her brother's best friend shows an interest in her after she returns to their North Carolina small town, there is more said with looks than with words. Her virginal good girl who falls for a small town womanizer starts well…
Easily my all-time favorite romantic drama about first love and breaking up that I've ever seen. It could be due to the fact that a couple of events that take place in this actually happened to me in real life, but this movie still destroys me every single time I see it. Easily in my top 20 favorite films of all time.
As much as I sympathize with the David Gordon Green characteristics, I can not find may way inside this lukewarm story. For just as undistinguished I find this human social study, equally fascinated I become of the soundtrack. DGG's musical taste is so outstanding.
David Gordon Green’s All the Real Girls, his second feaure film, is another poetic, lovely, thoughtful take on small-town North Carolina life to rival his terrific debut, George Washington (2000).
Paul Schneider (who co-conceived the story with Green) plays Paul, a lothario who sleeps with all the girls in town and then dumps them quickly and not particularly tactfully (“I think I hate you too”). He hangs out with his two best friends: the hard-working and hard-drinking Tip (Shea Whigham) and comic relief Bust-Ass (Danny McBride), and occasionally helps his mom (Patricia Clarkson) as a clown for hire at the local children’s hospital.
When Tip’s sister Noel (the lovely Zooey Deschanel) comes back to town from boarding school, Paul is…
Doesn't quite hold up with repeated viewings but still a really solid indie film.
Young love - Yearning to be a better man - Making stupid mistakes that you want to put behind you - A rocky friendship - Feeling lost - Feeling betrayed - Having your heart broken. I can relate to these things.
All the Real Girls is a snapshot of a time and a place. It's about life, love, friendship and young adulthood. I feel like the characters are real, like they were around before the events of the movie and that they continue with their lives long after the movie itself ends -- They're out there somewhere.
It's honest; That's the best thing I can say about the movie. I could tell you it's great and in a roundabout way I just have, but that's redundant...
All the Real Girls has a special place in my heart.
"Mostly, I don't want it to be like it was with other girls."
David Gordon Green's first movie, 2001's GEORGE WASHINGTON was a critically-acclaimed, independent powerhouse. Green's career as a filmmaker has since fluctuated from humbling, beautifully-shot indies to big-budget comedies like, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS. ALL THE REAL GIRLS is his second film and falls into that first category. It's a wonderful, tender film about young love and lessons we learn along the way: "Embrace it." "Don't blink." "Life's too short, enjoy it while you can."etc.
"I'll slaap you naked and hide your clothes!"
Probably not the best film to watch on the day before Valentine's day, but here we are...
Maybe it's just me being protective of a film I love, but I get the feeling that this is overlooked in the increasingly complicated (frustrating?) reassessment of David Gordon Green's career, which is a damn shame (You can find it online easy enough, but the DVD is out of print and there's not a blu ray release to speak of). His debut, George Washington was the film that launched his career (and scored a damn near unprecedented Criterion DVD from a at that point one-time feature filmmaker), but it's this film that I think not…
I was arguing with someone recently about "subtext", the idea that the theme of a movie or story shouldn't be merely alluded to in lame-ass metaphors but allowed to be approached, even if literally by the characters, so that the story can proceed to actually explore the theme. The threat there is that the story probably won't just be "about" one thing and might be less easy to label, but I'd rather a film be complicated and messy and explore something truthful than merely allude and be overall pat. There's a terrible film called Last Night where at one point a couple is arguing about the females' books being in the way of the leads' phone charger and that might…
Small town life. Real, depressing. Interesting and well constructed,
This film gave me major trust issues. I've never wanted to punch Zooey Deschanel in the face so much, and I've seen The Happening.
Complete list. :-(
The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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