Emile Hirsch probably should’ve been nominated for an Oscar when he led Into the Wild and, though I don’t know how much that snub affected his career, the going’s been a little rough in the years since that film hit. Although Speed Racer has its defenders (who are wrong, by the way), the best thing on his plate in the time since has been, what, practically a walk-on role in Milk? And then there was The Darkest Hour a few months back…
So this latest news gives me some hope. Buried in a THR (via ThePlaylist) article about Rooney Mara leading Brooklyn is the ever-so-slight mention that Hirsch will co-star in A Long Way Down, which managed to nab Toni Collette and Pierce Brosnan about a week ago. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby (An Education) and directed by Pascal Chaumeil, the story revolves around four people who find themselves all attempting to jump from the same high-rise location on New Year’s Eve, with Collette playing the mother of a disabled child and Brosnan taking a washed-up talk show host.
Knowing that, it’s speculated Hirsch will be seen as J.J., a once-promising rock star now delivering pizzas and unwanted by his former girlfriend. There’s some actual, dramatic meat there, with which one of this generation’s most talented actors can dig into. Needless to say, I’m definitely rooting for Long Way Down to impress when it hits sometime next year.
Is A Long Way Down the right kind of project for Hirsch to star in?
When discussing the “merit” of titles joining The Criterion Collection, it seems like a no brainer to see Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor’s Safety Last! as the latest masterpiece to get a spine number. The Harold Lloyd-starring comedy remains an endlessly delightful romp, as inventive as well as relatable as it must have felt in [...]
Today marks the launch of our new recurring column, which dives into the cream of the crop when it comes to this week’s home releases, including Blu-ray and DVD, as well recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best films one can take home. Note that [...]
Note: The following piece contains spoilers for both Shadow of a Doubt and Stoker. Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt is already available on Blu-ray, as a component of the sizeable Hitchcock box-set that was released last October. This month, however, sees its individual, standalone release on the format, and the timing couldn’t be more [...]
After a recent New York screening of František Vláčil‘s Marketa Lazarová, my friend and fellow critic, Vadim Rizov, tweeted the following response: “Sheep God war men snow church blood swords ‘old crone’ justice grass wtf WTF UNCLE.” He certainly wasn’t alone in such a confused response. Lazarová — now out on Blu-ray via Criterion — is [...]
Latest posts from Beats Per Minute