Welcome to Trailer Park Tuesday, a showcase of new book trailers and, in a few cases, previews of book-related movies.
Joe fills the screen with heavy drinking, domestic abuse and ornery men yelling, "The hell you lookin' at?" Nicolas Cage (who physically looks like Brown--perhaps intentionally?) plays the titular role of an alcoholic ex-con forester who hires a boy (Tye Sheridan, last seen with Matthew McConaughey in Mud) to work with him on his crew. When Joe discovers the 15-year-old boy is nothing but a punching bag for his alcoholic father, that ole ex-con rage starts to build inside him and you just know somebody's gonna get his ass whupped--or worse--before the end credits (a fact highlighted by a lawman coming across our anti-hero slumped against a wall and saying, "What have you done, Joe?"). All ingredients are in place for this to be a decent-to-good (possibly bordering on great) movie. I'm especially intrigued by the fact that David Gordon Green is the director. I'm a big fan of his films George Washington and Prince Avalanche and think his quiet, resonant style will serve Joe well. Now, will somebody please, please, please make a movie out of Larry Brown's final, posthumous novel, A Miracle of Catfish? I think it was one of his best.
A sad coda to this story: The actor cast as the abusive father did not live to see his work on screen. Two months after filming ended, Gary Poulter, a homeless man plucked from obscurity when Green cast him in the movie, was found dead....submerged in three feet of water after a night of heavy drinking near Austin’s Lady Bird Lake.