David Itzkoff at The New York Times wrote a decent story last weekend on North Carolina filmmaker Jody Hill whose second movie, “Observe and Report,” came out Friday. I just got back from seeing it.
It’s fantastic, but there’s a lot to get into there, particularly considering so many people seem to hate it.
The Times story is much shorter than I’d like it to be. There’s a tremendous story to be written about this group of filmmakers, including Hill, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, Ben Best and Jeff Nichols, all of whom came out of the North Carolina School of the Arts about a decade ago and dragged each other to success in Hollywood. And they’ve all got really great, distinctive voices to boot.
The story’s got some interesting details, including Hill’s depression as he watched Green find immense and immediate critical stardom following the release of Green’s extra-low-budget “George Washington” in 2000. It’s a decent read with some OK quotes from McBride and Green.
But like I said, there’s a much larger story to be done about these guys. They’re pushing filmmaking and television into uncharted areas, particularly Green who has yet to make a movie with any precedent, “Pineapple Express” included.