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Aug 20 2014

Yes,No,Maybe So: Rudderless & Revenge of the Green Dragons

Deborahhere,with a double-entry of Yes,No,Maybe So.First up,Rudderlessfrom actor turned director William H Macy.(He's up for anEmmyMonday night forShameless)


  • Directorial debut of William H.Macy.I'm a fan.
  • He's using his wife,the awesome Felicity Huffman.Also Billy Crudup.
  • There's a sweet naturalism to the trailer.
  • It looks likeBegin Again,except with more death and less money.I lovedBegin Again.


  • It looks likeBegin Again,except with more death and less money.How about anewmovie?

More after the jumpincluding the trailers themselves...

  • Bechdel fail: There appear to be two women: A grieving mother and a grieving girlfriend.Clearly there are no female musicians.In the world.
  • THANK GOD someone is filming the story of a middle-aged white guy.Thank.God.

Maybe So

  • The IMDb lists more women.Maybe the trailer is misleading.
  • Fishburne.He sways me.


I'm a "Maybe So"-- my Yeses and Nos are fighting each other.

Next up:Revenge of the Green Dragons.


  • OMG it's not a movie about middle-aged white guys.Or young white guys coming of age.
  • Chinese immigration in the 1980s: A really unique plot,which piques the interest.
  • The trailer is intriguing without giving away the store.


  • Obligatory first serious role by an actor known for comedy (Harry Shum,Jr.) might be a warning sign.

Maybe So

  • ...but he's following it up withthe sequel toCrouching Tiger Hidden Dragon,so who knows...
  • Produced by Martin Scorcese is no guarantee,but it issomething.
  • Co-Director Andrew Loo is an unknown quantity.
  • Potential Bechdel fail: I see a lot of women's faces flashing by in the trailer,but the focus seems to be on the men.I mean,sexist is not okay with me,but testosterone-fueled is,and I see plenty of Bechdel fails anyway (see:Guardians of the Galaxy).

TrailerforRevenge of the Green DragonsonTrailerAddict.

I'm a Yes on this one.

How about you?And which are you more likely to see?

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Reader Comments (5)

i'll take middle aged man dealing with his emotions over another gun ridden american dream cash grab

August 20,2014 | Unregistered Commenterpar

Anton yelchin as a manic hipster sidekick is an automatic disqualifier on the first one,but even without that it would be a no for me.

Revenge of the green dragon looks fun.I'm there with bells on.

August 20,2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoark

Roark: But Anton Yelchin as a manic hipster sidekick was a total asset to Only Lovers Left Alive!

August 20,2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

I'm all in for Revenge of the Green Dragons.I'm hoping that the Orange is the New Black principle holds true here,provided that the writing,direction and acting are up to par.

I like Felicity Huffman's flinty,Joan-Allen-esque presence,and with Desperate Housewives long gone,I hope she makes a return to movies in vital character parts.

August 20,2014 | Unregistered CommenterF

Mike - very true!but if I'm going to deal with Anton Yelchin in that mode,I feel way more comfortable doing so in a Jim Jarmusch movie!

August 20,2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoark

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