4. Digging For Fire
With a cast that includes Jake Johnson, Brie Larson, Sam Elliott, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Chris Messina, I would think that most would people would expect a good or at the very least a somewhat watchable film, right? Wrong! Joe Swanberg clearly proved that even with a talented cast like this that he can still craft a pointless, uninteresting, and utterly boring film. While I was watching Digging for Fire, I just kept asking myself “what the hell am I watching?” The beginning of the film setups this story about Jake’s character finding a gun in the backyard of a house that he is staying at with his wife played by Rosemarie DeWitt. The other part of this story revolves around Rosemarie DeWitt spending time away from Jake because she needs a break from him. I wish I could say these stories went someplace but if you have seen any of Joe Swanberg’s previous films, you already know the answer. Jake Johnson said at the q&a after the premiere that the only thing that the cast had was a three page treatment to follow. This is clearly why this film sucked. I honestly felt like no one knew what they were doing. Sam Rockwell even joked at the Q&A and asked what the fuck was this film about? I am still wondering the same thing, Mr Rockwell.