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The Longest Week Review
As is often the case with new directors, Peter Glanz’ The Longest Week is built from one of his earlier short films, A Relationship in Four Days. It’s a film that is going to divide critics, many of whom will dislike it for all the things that make it great, and is a tricky sell to most audiences. There’s a fine line between a derivative work (or one that is just patently stolen) and an honorific, and watching The Longest Week reminded me of nothing so much as Down with Love. While Down with Love was more directly putting forward the films it nodded to, and was more focused in its subject, it had a difficult time winning fans, and I suspect for similar reasons, even one has far easier entry points than the other.
- Marc Eastman
The summer movie season is officially over, and this weekend we finally head into fall. Most of these impending new releases are vying for that elusive Oscar gold or any other semi-prestigious award being presented. We start this cinematic journey by looking at all the upcoming movies September has to offer. This first fall month is a little overcrowded, promising a fine mix of genre fare. We have a couple of Academy worthy dramas making their debut, an untested family franchise starter, a handful of comedies, yet another Ya novel adaptation, an action epic based on a cult classic TV show, the return of an iconic trio and one independent coming-of-age shocker that promises to push the boundaries of everything that has arrived before it. Hold onto your seats...
Here are this September's can't miss releases:
1The Longest Week
Tagline: She had him at 'I'm your best friend's girlfriend.' »
Looking at Jason Bateman‘s filmography over the past five years, there’s a mix of comedies, ranging in quality and style, but he plays an everyman in just about all of them. It seems as if he hit his stride with Arrested Development, and he’s been cast as the non-threatening, generally handsome but relatable, nice guy about to boil over ever since. It’s a role in which Bateman definitely excels, often bringing subtleties to each similar-feeling character. That isn’t the case in The Longest Week. Bateman stars in Peter Glanz‘s film as Conrad Valmont, an adult child whose affluent, loveless upbringing has turned him into a self-obsessed, womanizing pseudo-intellectual. When he’s kicked out of his family’s Manhattan Hotel, he’s forced to stay with his only friend, Dylan (Billy Crudup), who’s similarly full of himself but more addicted to monogamy. The two have competed through the entirety of their »
- Emily Estep
To mark the release of The Longest Week on 1st September, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
Millionaire playboy Conrad (Bateman), has been cut off from his parents’ fortune after a life of leisure spent living in a hotel. Now in his 30s, he suddenly finds himself penniless, homeless and jobless (not that he’s ever had a job) and has to move in with his best friend Dylan (Crudup).
A chance encounter on a subway leads him to meet the enigmatic and beautiful Beatrice Fairbanks (Wilde). She’s absolutely everything he’s ever dreamed of – but for one small problem… she’s already going out with his Dylan! Will Conrad get his girl or will he grow up? »
The Longest Week, 2014.
Written and Directed by Peter Glanz.
Affluent and aimless, Conrad Valmont lives a life of leisure in his parent’s prestigious Manhattan Hotel. In the span of one week, he finds himself evicted, disinherited, and… in love.
Jason Bateman is Conrad Valmont, a man who is very rich and very bored, living off of his parents’ wealth in an affluent part of New York. Conrad dresses exquisitely, as does everyone else in the film, and he speaks in that droll Jason Bateman way, as does everyone else in the film, and he has a quirky sense of humour, as does everyone else in the film, and he finds it hard to commit to love, as does… wait a moment, I see a pattern here.
Despite the best intentions from writer and director Peter Glanz, »
- Gary Collinson
Earlier this year, actor William H. Macy made his feature-length directorial debut with “Rudderless,” a music-based drama starring Billy Crudup, Selena Gomez and Anton Yelchin. About a man (Crudup) trying to forget a past full of tragedy, when he stumbles across a box of unpublished music from his former life, it spurns him on to form a small band. These experiences lead to local success and ultimately changes his life. Lakeshore Records will release the Rudderless – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on September 30th and on CD October 28, 2014. The album features songs performed by Crudup, Gomez, and the Rudderless band (featuring Crudup, Yelchin, and American indie rocker Ben Kweller). The original score was written by Eef Barzelay of the band Clem Snide, and the songs in the movie were written by Simon Steadman and Charlton Pettus, and indie musician Ben Limpic. “Rudderless” played to strong acclaim earlier this year (read »
- Edward Davis
Arrested Development: Glanz’s Debut an Affluent Vacuum
For the most part, it’s an ingenious trick to fabricate an aura of empathy around a pool of pretentious piranhas endlessly floundering about in the upper echelons of privilege and oblivion. To extend an invitation to witness purported romance amongst elitists garnished with nothing more than an immeasurable trust fund and the preened hue of an Ivy League education would seem nearly impossible to enjoy, and, thus, Peter Glanz’s directorial debut, The Longest Weekend is a generous case in point.
Despite a nicely chosen cast and a handful of flourishes borrowed from the works of cinematic masters, there’s little carbonation to this stale elixir that too often depends on cliché. Overreaching and stifled by its own unnegotiable parameters, this is a highly artificial portrait of all that it attempts to convey.
Now entering his fourth decade of life, »
- Nicholas Bell
The Longest Week really wants you to know how smart it is. From its opening frames (analyst’s office, stuttered Allen-esque musings on Freud) the whole affair practically oozes snoot. You tread a fine line with these kind of films, running the extreme risk of completely alienating your audience with every achingly spacious apartment and pompous musing on theatre. Frasier and The Royal Tenenbaums did it right, most recently Mutual Friends did it wrong.
The line between charm and bemusement is fine, yet The Longest Week manages to dance all over it, then traipse it out into the parking lot and back again. Its smorgasbord of influences never really goes anywhere, alternately charming and irritating on its meandering way to nowhere in particular.
- Dominic Mill
The Longest Week, from writer-director Peter Glanz, is a romantic dramedy that echoes its main characters: beautiful on the outside, bereft of purpose inside. Stylistically, Glanz channels Wes Anderson, from his symmetrical framing to his reliance on voice-over narration. The references are so excessive that the film hints at satire but ultimately fails to rise above mimicry.
Childish would-be novelist Conrad Valmont (Jason Bateman) is the wealthy heir to Valmont Hotels. When he is unexpectedly cut off from his family funds, Conrad moves in with his friend/rival Dylan Tate (Billy Crudup). Along the way, he falls in love with a model, Beatrice Fairbanks (Olivia Wilde), who he later discovers is Dylan's new girlfriend. It's a shame that the cast's considerable charms »
Plot: Conrad Valmont (Jason Bateman) . the affluent son of a prominent New York family . finds himself out on the street when his family decides to stop funding his opulent lifestyle. He moves in with his best friend Dylan (Billy Crudup) and promptly steals his girlfriend, Beatrice (Olivia Wilde). Review: Right from the get-go it.s pretty obvious that The Longest Week is going to be a bit of an endurance test. Starting off with a title card reading .prologue. as our neurotic hero pours »
- Chris Bumbray
Kraven the Hunter - Spider-Man Cosplayer: Nicole Marie Jean Photographers: Ernesto Javier Photography & Mineralblu Photography ........................................................................ The Comedian - Watchmen Cosplayer: Nicole Marie Jean Photographers: Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art & FirstPerson Shooter Someone's killing our super heroes. The year is 1985 and super heroes have banded together to respond to the murder of one of their own. They soon uncover a sinister plot that puts all of humanity in grave danger. The super heroes fight to stop the impending doom only to find themselves a target for annihilation. But, if our super heroes are gone, who will save us? Watchmen (2009) was directed by Zack Snyder ("Man Of Steel"), from a screenplay written by David Hayter and Alex Tse. It's an adaptation of the comic book of the same name created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The cast included: Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew »
• Jag star David James Elliott has been cast opposite Martin Freeman and Brian Cox in the indie thriller American Hangman. Elliot will play Detective James Steptoe in the kidnapping film from writer/director Wilson Coneybeare, who worked with Elliot on the movie A Ted Named Gooby. [THR]
• Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Timothée Chalamet (Homeland), Grant Bowler (Defiance), and Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) will star as a family with dark secrets in One & Two. Director Andrew Droz Palermo is directing the film about the family of four living in peaceful isolation in a mysterious farmhouse. Palermo, who made his feature debut co-directing the »
- Jake Perlman
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Woody Allen’s back catalogue casts a long shadow across contemporary romantic comedy. His tropes and trademarks are as ingrained into the collective sense memory as mother’s perfume. At the first tremble of a clarinet, mutter about mortality or meander across a Manhattan neighbourhood, we inhale the nostalgia like Bisto kids. And arguably we’d never have met Harry and Sally, walked the Sidewalks of New York or dined alongside Friends with Money without his influence.
The Longest Week is peppered with Woody base notes. Over the course of seven days, Conrad (Jason Bateman) has been stripped of the safety net of his wealth and the cushion of his ego, moved in with his cynical best friend (Billy Crudup) and accidentally fallen in love with his girl (Olivia Wilde). His eventual dilemma – to be or not to be a better man – is as timeless as Annie Hall.
Now, to coincide with its DVD release, »
- Emily Breen
Director Tom McCarthy has already rounded up an impressive ensemble cast for Spotlight, his drama that tells the story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe journalists who exposed the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of child molestation in Massachusetts. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci are all already on board the film, and now THR has word that Almost Famous star Billy Crudup (who just took a role in the Stanford Prison Experiment) is taking a role in the film as Eric MacLeish, a high-powered member of the Boston legal establishment. Read more below! The title of the film is in reference to the Spotlight Team of reporters at the Boston newspaper who discovered this terrifying citywide conspiracy that was covering sexual child abuse in the religious organization. The team included Boston Globe editor Marty Baron (Schreiber), Spotlight Team editor Walter “Robby” Robinson (Keaton) and special »
- Ethan Anderton
Matt Osterman directs the thriller from New Artists Alliance and North American distributor XLrator Media about astronauts who agree to take part in a simulated mission that may not be all that it seems. Dane Cook and Ben Feldman round out the key cast.
“Matt has penned a mind-bending screenplay that reminds us why we make movies to begin with,” said Naa’s Cowan. “Its complete sense of awe, mystery, and character grabbed us right away. And the crazy reality is that Nasa and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
• Tony winner Billy Crudup may be taking a step in the Spotlight. The Watchmen star is in talks to join the ensemble drama based on the Catholic Church cover-up of pedophiliac priests in Massachusetts and The Boston Globe investigation that followed. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci will all star in the film from director Tom McCarthy (Win Win) and written by Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate). Crudup would play the lead attorney for the victims, Eric MacLeish. [THR]
- Jake Perlman
After making her directing debut with In A World, Lake Bell will take her sophomore turn behind the camera with The Emperor’s Children for Imagine Entertainment. Noah Baumbach adapted the script from Claire Messud’s 2006 book about three friends in their early thirties living in NYC in the months leading up to September 11, 2001. Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing for Imagine. Bell wrote, directed, and starred in In A World, which nabbed her Sundance’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award along with an Indie Spirit Award nomination for Best First Screenplay. She stars in the upcoming The Coup for TWC and in Man Up opposite Simon Pegg.
Neophyte thesp Jack Kilmer will play one of a handful of infamous college research subjects in The Stanford Prison Experiment, now filming in L.A. The film directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez from Tim Talbott’s script chronicles the notorious 1971 experiment conducted at Stanford University, »
- Jen Yamato
We’re playing catch-up here on Nerdly – after a busy 2 weeks prepping for and then attending this years Frightfest there’s a number of weekly-release reviews to bring you up to speed on. So here they are, reviews of The Cabin, Blood Orgy of the She Devils and The Longest Week.
Another one of those straight to DVD films that make up 99% of the horror films on sale at supermarkets, with the same generic cover art and shiny slipcase, The Cabin is destined to get mixed up with all the other cabin/lodge/house movies on the market when, in fact, it doesn’t deserve to – this film has little to do with the titular abode and more to do with the main characters bloodline (the original title of the movie) and his relationship with his faith.
The film tells the story of seminary student Brett Ethos (Matt Thompson »
- Phil Wheat
“Boyhood” has grown up to impress Hollywood’s studio system.
After breaking out this summer as a critical and box office hit for IFC Films, Paramount Home Media Distribution has acquired U.S. home entertainment rights to Richard Linklater’s drama. Deal should give the film considerable exposure at retail when it makes its way onto homevideo platforms sometime this fall.
The studio has yet to disclose when it will release the film, but Paramount will handle all physical and Internet digital home entertainment distribution following the film’s theatrical run. IFC Films will handle VOD and Est sales to cable, satellite and telco providers, releasing it simultaneously with Paramount’s efforts on certain platforms.
Linklater, who also wrote “Boyhood,” lensed the film over the past 12 years with Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Lorelei Linklater, in order to document star Ellar Coltrane growing up on screen as the character of Mason. »
- Marc Graser
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