Tuesday, January 26, 2010

‘The Company Men’ perspective buyer and more reviews….

Hannover House, the entertainment distribution division of Target Development Group, Inc has closed its first acquisition agreement at the Sundance Film Festival, and is moving towards closure on three additional titles, reports company C.E.O. Eric Parkinson…..Hannover is also pursuing several high-profile theatrical titles at the Sundance Festival. "The Company Men" starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper and Kevin Costner, directed by John Wells, is one of Hannover's top targets and negotiations have commenced with C.A.A., the agency representing the film, according to the article at the following link:
For information about Hannover House and Target Development Group, see the following links:

From Kevin Z. – Excerpt: By all accounts this has been one of the snooziest Sundance Festivals yet, at least for the non-documentary crowd. The Ben Affleck/Tommy Lee Jones/Kevin Costner drama about corporate layoffs, The Company Men, is still being touted as this year’s best chance for a breakthrough, although Sundance may have some tricks up its sleeve yet. See the article at the following link:

From Larry Carroll – Excerpt: ….These days, Affleck is promoting "The Company Men" — an intimate drama about men dealing with a round of corporate downsizing at their company. Co-starring Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones, the film premiered to mostly positive reviews over the weekend. See the article at the following link:

From David Germain – Excerpt: "The film invites us to ask ourselves for a moment how big a deal it is to go from a job that pays $160,000 a year to a job that pays $60,000 a year. How big a deal is it to give up your Porsche?" Jones said. "I don't think there's a single citizen in Haiti that wouldn't be happy to go to a job that pays $60,000 a year, or $6,000 a year. On the scale of things, this movie I think invites us to consider our materialism and the emotional and spiritual stakes that we put into it, and considers to some degree that that might be mistaken." See the review at the following link:

From Neil Miller – Excerpt: He shows Bobby to be a responsible, if conflicted family man, and has great rapport with his co-stars, especially a very Bostonian Kevin Costner, who plays his blue collar brother in law…..It’s an often-powerful film, driven by performance and Wells’ keen eye for the little visual nuances that surround these men…..Ten years down the line, this could serve as one of the better examinations of this situation. But right now, it is heartbreaking. See the review at the following link:

From Paul Fischer – Excerpt: "The Company Men" is a film that delves into these issues, yet writer/director Wells does not imbue his film with simplistic answers or hit his audience over the head. Superbly and elegantly crafted, this directorial debut is an impressive achievement as it combines intricate characterization with narrative depth and cohesion. See the review at the following link:

From Patrick Z. McGavin – Excerpt: The first narrative feature of the powerhouse television producer John Wells (“ER,” “Southland”), “The Company Men” is an absorbing and often painfully observant work about the interlocking fortunes of three corporate executives whose mounting unease and loss of identity is exacerbated by the profound economic downturn…. “The Company Men” is not perfect, but it’s alive to feeling and gets at mood, frustration, despair and anger that make it very a work of its time that is uneasy, sharp and unfortunately all too realistic. See the review at the following link:

Two reviews that weren’t favorable by David Fear, Katey Rich and Tim Grierson, at the following links:

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