The Longest Week (2014)… How am I supposed to care about a group of over-privileged, affluent types who go gallivanting around without any sort of a moral compass?

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My rating: 8

IMDB rating: 5.4

IMDB link: The Longest Week

Dearest reader,

My one friend texted me after watching this movie saying that she is seriously developing a Jason Bateman crush… And I totally agree! He understand something about comedy that, to me, not a lot of people do and that is that there lies a certain amount of disconnection in the comedic.

First of all, this movie is director Peter Glanz’s first film, that had a limited release in 2012, followed by a more official release in 2014. As soon as you start the film, it becomes clear that Glanz is influenced by the “droll narration” (as the rogerebert.com review puts it) of Wes Anderson and the spectacular love for New York á la Woody Allen. Does this sound pretentious to you? Well, it is! And that is one of the films biggest charms…

Make no mistake, this film is extremely pretentious- but it never tries to be anything other than that. In fact, the film comments and reminds the viewer again and again that it is, well… pompous!

What saves the film, though, is the fact that it never, at any stage, takes itself seriously. The characters are overblown and their actions tend to be absurd, but to me the message in the film was still crystal clear…

Don’t take this film seriously, don’t take yourself seriously!

Of course, not all critics were as favorable to this showy way of film making. The aforementioned rogerebert.com review gave the film one star out of five saying: “Not even the able actors that Glanz somehow managed to rope into his project can do much with the draggy story and the vapid characters that they have been given to play.”

The A.V Club on the other hand describes the film as “clearly the work not of a lazy thief, but of a raw talent who’s still struggling to find his own voice. In the meantime, his impressions are pretty darn impressive.”

Therefore, I feel it is important to let this film talk to you as a comedy and not necessarily a comedy-drama, as it is often described.

Want to read more on The Longest Week? Try these…

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This is Where I Leave You (2014)… “It’s hard to see people from your past when your present is so cataclysmically screwed up”

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My rating: 7

IMDB rating: 6.7

IMDB link: This is Where I Leave You

Dearest reader, 

First of all, literally everyone in this cast is extremely beautiful. And like one of my friends recently texted me; I am seriously developing a Jason Bateman crush…

That being said, I can definitely understand some of the negative comments that this film had received. The film definitely had this whiff of August: Osage County, but instead of just being a tragedy, this film quite effectively plays into the tragicomedy genre.

What I especially like is the ending; I certainly did not read it as a happy ending. Yes, Judd and Penny make up, but it is not a reconciliation. They promise to try it in the future, probably because they both know that Judd’s state of mind would ruin the relationship immediately.

The movie contains almost all the relationship and family archetypes; I see my brother in Paul, myself in Wendy, my varsity fling in Phillip… etc. And having recently also gone through a death in the family, I feel that the different manners of grieving is portrayed extremely thoroughly in this film. More than that, the frustration one feels when members of your family does not grieve the same way as yourself, was done quite well.

Jason Bateman is amazing in this film, I am fast becoming a big fan of his awkward kind of acting and uniquely realistic take especially on Judd.

Was it funny? Yes. Did it make you want to call home? Yes. Is it too touchy-feely? Not at all. I would definitely recommend this film.

Want to read more on This is Where I Leave You? Try these…

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This is Where I Leave You.

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Disconnect (2012)…check

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My rating: 8

IMDB rating: 7.6

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1433811/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Dearest reader,

When I started my first job this year, I was very blessed to be working with people that truly inspire me. One of these people recommended Disconnect to me as a true example of postmodernism. After watching this I could not agree more… and texted her that (ironically!).

Before even starting this movie, I saw Alexander Skarsgard’s name in the credits and I was rejoicing! I am absolutely in love with the three Skarsgard brothers and their work and this movie is no exception. Skarsgard steps away from his highly sexed television gig and portrays, in this movie, a side of him he rarely gets the chance to show. Playing an ex-marine, disconnected from his mundane job and his wife, is really the type of roles I would like to see him play more regularly.

Other stand-out performances in this movie include; the underrated Jason Bateman, Andrea Riseborough, Colin Ford and Max Thieriot as ‘Kyle’. Haley Ramm and Hope Davis really did not impress this time around, while I am still divided on Paula Patton.

What makes this movie so amazing is that, unlike other multiple perspective films, you identify with each and every ‘scenario’ in this film. Also, this film did not have the we-are-all-actually-tied part that some mainstream multiple perspective films like to follow, which also adds to this intense sense of disconnectedness.

The theme in this movie is carried throughout and supported by motifs like technology, identity and death, it makes this film the postmodernistic phenomena which it set out to be. Sex, and especially the sex industry that Kyle represent, is another motif that carries the theme throughout.

A truly excellent film with amazing performances, bravo!