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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
They said it couldn’t be done. They called me mad at the university. They doubted my math skills and insisted on hiring an accounting team from Pricewaterhouse Coopers. They debated whether or not there should be a hyphen between “box” and “office.” But here we are, fourteen weeks later, and our inaugural Summer Box Office Challenge has come to a successful end. The last weekend of releases saw some heavyweight newcomers, and after the dust settled an action film led by Scarlett Johansson severely beat down one headlined by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Did I mention she did it on a 60% lower budget too? Luc Besson’s Lucy brought in just under $44 million for the weekend — a great number for Besson and his highest opening since The Fifth Element in ’97 — and the hope is that Hollywood takes the right notes from these results. Last week’s bonus question asking which film would end up in fifth »
- Rob Hunter
Detective Constable Morse will be visited by the Ghost of a Schoolgirl Passed when Endeavour returns this Sunday (PBS, 9/8c).
The show, now in it’s second season, is a prequel to the long-running Inspector Morse series and follows the young detective (played by Shaun Evans, The Last Weekend) as he begins his career with the Oxford City Police. Roger Allam (V for Vendetta) co-stars as his boss and partner in crime-solving, Detective Inspector Fred Thursday.
In this week’s episode, »
3 items from 2014
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