What started as an exploration of Marshall-Green’s own experience as a new father “without a handbook” then snowballed into a story about purpose. I am putting the final touches on my next script so I’m hoping to put back in front of some eyes. @east_coastbias, Chris Longo is the deputy editor and print edition editor for Den of Geek. Did you find it challenging in your directorial debut to fill the story with tension and suspense while trying to stay true to your original thesis and avoid those worn male archetype tropes? Just like there’s no premium on creativity. "Adopt a Highway" opens with a cacophony of voices, President Bill Clinton saying we must be "tough on crime," speechifying about the "three strikes law" and mandatory sentencing for drug-related crimes. She’s the act two love interest. How old are you when you no longer can seek purpose? With Ethan Hawke, Christopher Heyerdahl, Chris Sullivan, Elaine Hendrix. They bond on the road until their roads separate, but she invites him to look her up someday. Hawke, who appears in every scene (and almost every shot), says so little that when he does utter a word, it holds your attention. By subscribing you agree to receive our promotional marketing materials and agree to our. I want us to start to look at the male archetype without toxicity, without drugs, without drink, without rape, without explosions, without violence. Later, he’s hard to look away from. Logan Marshall-Green gave himself a writing exercise when he sat down to pen the screenplay for Adopt A Highway, his directorial debut that premiered at SXSW Film Festival in March. We don’t spend a lot of time with her, but you feel her presence when she’s not on screen. When Russell Millings (Ethan Hawke) emerges from prison, he is a cringing and almost totally institutionalized person, authority-identified to his bone marrow, fearful of doing or saying the wrong thing. Excellent; a "reel" achievement in filmmaking. Forgot your password? “Once we got Ethan, the rest is history.”. And for most, if not all, of the film, which stars Ethan Hawke as an ex-convict who is released from prison after two decades, vulnerability overshadows the male ego. Finding Ella is the turning point in this gentle story, and it's a pretty top-heavy plot maneuver, out of a very different kind of movie. That interests me, and a lot of it all became together. I came up in the ’80s with Predator, but I also came up in the ’80s with The Year of Living Dangerously. That is what you’re seeing. Like a spare short story, this little indie nurtures a few simple emotions, then hopes its audience will stick around to share in them. We’re just a bunch of unfinished thoughts and people, we’re never finished. The ex-convict is inadequately prepared to handle society’s advancements. Ethan Hawke excels in satisfying drama; some language. Russ takes a job at a fast-food restaurant and after work one night, he finds a baby who has been abandoned in a dumpster. The “Three Strikes and You’re Out” laws introduced in the 90’s ruined many lives. That’s intentional. Chris Longo is the deputy editor and print editor of Den of Geek. “Adopt a Highway” is a small film but mighty, thanks to Hawke’s reserved yet touching performance as a broken man learning to test his wings again, and Marshall-Green’s willingness to … In exchange for regular litter removal, an organization (such as Cub Scouts or Knights of Columbus) is allowed to have its name posted on a sign in the section of the highways they maintain. Directed by Logan Marshall-Green. For a weekend, Millings provides food, shelter, and comfort for Ella, and in that time, forms a genuine bond with her. I liked thinking about this movie some more. Can we still root for that male without ego? It can be even harder for someone like Russell who has no family to fall back on – but he ultimately finds a rock in Ella. CIFF 2020: Black Perspectives Program Highlights Diverse Voices, CIFF 2020: The Roger Ebert Award Returns to Champion New Voices, Immerse Yourself in Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project #3. Ethan Hawke has a proficiency to make small films feel needed, to feel important. Logan Marshall-Green instead chooses to leave all the irony on our complex system of laws. His work has appeared in USA Today, The Journal News, Metro New York and AM…, A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting Review: A So-So Supernatural Babysitters Club, The Trial of the Chicago 7 Review: The World is Still Watching 50 Years On, Adopt A Highway: How Logan Marshall-Green and Ethan Hawke Find Hope In a Dark Place, Ethan Hawke Thinks There Could Be “New Cycle” of Before Sunrise Films (Exclusive), Ethan Hawke and Paul Schrader Find Spiritualism Onscreen with First Reformed, Tesla Trailer Teases Subversive Biopic Starring Ethan Hawke, How Hunt A Killer Expands the Blair Witch Universe with New Horror Game, Topps' Fright Flicks Cards: Where Horror and Comedy Collide, Best Horror Movies on Netflix: Scariest Films to Stream, Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? “Adopt a Highway” is a warm, compassionate film in which Ethan Hawke spends much of his time talking honestly to a baby. He takes the child home, leading to some gently comedic moments — he can barely take care of himself, let alone a crying infant. Family would not a theme on my whiteboard if I’m being honest. Logan Marshall-Green, known mostly as an actor (he was a regular on "24," "The O.C.," "Damnation") has put together a good team. The Adopt-a-Highway program, and the very similar Sponsor-a-Highway, are promotional campaigns undertaken by U.S. states, provinces and territories of Canada, and some national governments outside North America to encourage volunteers to keep a section of a highway free from litter. Everything changes when Millings finds an infant girl abandoned in a dumpster behind his place of work, with only a note that says her name was Ella. I became a father overnight, and I was absolutely in love with my daughter but I was terrified because I just simply didn’t have a handbook. So in that, I knew that I was lost as a father. Light spoilers ahead! Not knowing what to do, he takes the baby girl back to the motel where he’s staying. His well-meaning gesture eventually captures the attention of authorities – taking abandoned babies without informing the police is considered kidnapping – and Millings is forced to hand over Ella to child services. "Adopt a Highway" is a warm, compassionate film in which Ethan Hawke spends much of his time talking honestly to a baby. That is something that he gives Ella when he finds her and she gives right back to him immediately. It’s one of those cases where I wrote my second script to go make my first. ... steers a potentially provocative idea in predictable directions, which tends to diminish the emotional impact. Something about that offers a few rays of hope for cinema. In fact he’s downright timid — afraid of the outside world, afraid of going back to prison and mystified by things like email. Actor-turned-first-time-writer and director Logan Marshall-Green gives his debut film an indie-inspired vibe that could transform into something special one day, but as it is now, Adopt a Highway is only a draft of a draft of an idea. These sequences are sensitive and observant. I didn’t know what to say. There are too many I can go through, but as I said before, one of the greatest things a director can do is hire Ethan Hawke. Dan Weingarten, MDOT … People are still in jail for basically being addicts, or even just adjacent to addicts. When you have an actor like Ethan who is already a father of five, one of the greatest performances is his ability to make it look like he doesn’t know what he’s doing; just letting the camera roll on Ethan as he so beautifully, in character and sometimes out of character, draws the baby back. Adopt a Highway is a 2019 American drama film written and directed by Logan Marshall-Green in his directorial debut. He volunteers to adopt the little girl, but he’s told of the improbability. Not only that, it interests me in the timing of the three strike rule back in the early ‘90s, because a lot of these gentlemen and women were going in for this 25 year mandate. and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango. Then I felt with all of these items, I didn’t want them to become the character, and certainly Ethan was going to bring his own pathos to it, and his own understanding and he will elevate it. Then, one windy night (the "pathetic fallacy" is strong), when taking the trash out, he discovers a screaming baby girl in the dumpster. It stars Ethan Hawke, Elaine Hendrix, Diane Gaeta, Betty Gabriel, Mo McRae, Chris Sullivan, Nate Mooney, Christopher Heyerdahl, Loni Love and Anne-Marie Johnson. Russell Millings (Hawke) is an unfortunate casualty of this law. It runs only 81 minutes and Hawke — aside from a nice interlude by Elaine Hendrix as a cheeky drifter — is pretty much a one-man show. Logan Marshall-Green gave himself a writing exercise when he sat down to pen the screenplay for Adopt A Highway, his directorial debut that premiered at SXSW Film Festival in March. There are elements of the picture to celebrate as it launches Marshall-Green's career behind the camera, where he clearly has the best interests of his actors at heart.

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