Bryan Cranston Sulks in His Attic in First Trailer for Indie 'Wakefield'

April 18, 2017
Source: YouTube

Wakefield Trailer

"Suburban life. So much is the same, week after week. Who hasn't had the impulse to put their life on hold for a moment?" IFC Films has unveiled a trailer for an indie drama titled Wakefield, from writer/director Robin Swicord. This first premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals last fall, to fairly mediocre reviews unfortunately. Bryan Cranston stars as a New York City lawyer living in the suburbs who has a nervous breakdown and decides to leave his family and hide out in his attic. The full cast includes Jennifer Garner, Beverly D'Angelo, Jason O'Mara, Ian Anthony Dale, Pippa Bennett-Warner, and Ellery Sprayberry. I like this trailer. It plays like a short film, but I'm not sure how much else there is to this film.

Here's the first official trailer for Robin Swicord's Wakefield, direct from YouTube:

Wakefield Movie

Howard Wakefield, a New York City lawyer, hides out in the attic of his home for weeks, coming out in the daytime when his family is gone to shower and eat. His withdrawal leads him to examine his life, and he rationalizes that he has not abandoned his family because he is still in the house. When a former boyfriend re-enters his wife's life, he realizes that he may not be able to return to the life he has left. Wakefield is written and directed by American filmmaker/screenwriter Robin Swicord, who made her feature debut with the film The Jane Austen Book Club. This first premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals last fall. IFC Films will open Wakefield in select theaters starting May 19th this summer. Anyone curious?

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  • shiboleth
    It might be interesting, but honestly, the premise is a bit overstretched...
    Maybe Cranston should just work with A-List directors. I think he could really do some magic with Scorsese or Aronofsky.
  • Bo
    I generally pass on anything Cranston is in and will do so here as well. Not a fan of his, to say the least. Seems like a good chap though and has many others who don't feel as I do. Obviously as he works all the
    • "I generally pass on anything Cranston is in" Even on Breaking bad?
      • Bo
        Yea, I'm afraid so tarek. That was a show I just didn't care for and stopped watching it...same for The Wire. Didn't care for either of them for my own, no doubt, eccentric reasons, I I do remember that I just didn't believe a damn thing having to do with either of them...especially, I'm afraid, Mr. Cranston's work. Different stokes and all that....cheers.
        • @disqus_yyq0lnHEEt:disqus You sir, are a never ending enigma. I'm ever fascinated with your opinions and views, however, sometimes, I am just amazed at what you don't like! haha! Let me throw this at you. I just watched the extended version of Welles "Touch of Evil". What's your feeling on that? Also, Breaking Bad is a slow burn, and doesn't really take off until the second season as the first is mostly character development and backstory.
          • Bo
            Well thank you, Raw...I shall take your assessments of me and my opinions and views as a compliment. I'm used to the blowback as it really started when I hated the first Rocky movie as much as I did...and still that absolute hatred and anger I experienced in party discussions of that nailed the vapid nature of Stallone then and many of those that were so angry with me back then have come after the third stupid one...and told me I was right all along. Of course, I knew that all along and it didn't make me feel any different or better or whatever that they'd finally come around. I'm always me...and that's all that matters really. Righto Cheerio? It's also cool because I'm very, very comfortable with my perceptions of movies and what I think of them and need no one to agree with me and am amused at the anger generated by those that like movies I hate. I can't imagine getting upset that someone hates a movie I like. Still, I've always loved heated discussion about movies, especially with intelligent and respectful people who can keep a grip on their childish Having said that, you have brought up a film that I happen to like very much. I thank you for that! Yea, Touch of Evil. Great in so many aspects...the black and white expressionistic photography and the noir-esque camera angles and the great Welles playing such a bad, bad, he was great in this movie. As was Marlene Dietrich in the small amount of time she was on screen...she sure made good use of that time and Welles shot her and edited and presented her in such a great manner too, plus she had some great lines of dialogue...ah...the good old days...gone and lost forever...alas.... Which brings us to Breaking Bad...after discussing Welles and Touch of Evil....come on now, Raw. I can't even begin to bring myself to do just will not do getting my drift? for your reply and question and bringing up such an amazing piece of work by Welles which probably could be considered a masterpiece if one must do such a thing. Cheers.
        • While I agree with you on The Wire which I forced myself to watch, because of the high hype around it, and then gave up past episode 5, I have to stop you on Breaking bad. This tv seroes is not just good, it's amazingly great. There was a before and after Breaking bad in tv history. I rarely got addicted to a tv series, and breaking bad is on top of my tiny list. Even game of thrones, which I love, can't compete with it. Writing and acting were simply jaw dropping. Better call Saul is another great beast. Almost on par with Breaking bad in term of writing quality. Vince Gilligan is a genius. Period. There is a new series that I recommend you if you are fan of Lynch, Kubrick and Marvel ( yes, I did it. ;D). It's Legion. This series is a marvel litteraly.
          • Bo
            Hmmmm...interesting, tarek. However, I've got to severely part ways with you on just about everything you said above. Glad you like the Breaking Bad and Saul stuff, but it's simply worthless junk to me. One man's floor is another man's ceiling, righto? Seems to be the case here. Ditto on Legion. I tried to watch it and right away knew it wasn't for me. Comparing it to Kubrick is outright blasphemy in my opinion as Kubrick was God to, not really as no one is that to me, but he was the Man and a total genius in my opinion and no one, no film, no director, etc. is anywhere comparable to him in my eyes. Compare this Legion to Marvel if will, and that makes sense to me, because I am unable to watch any of the Marvel product also. It's fascinating to me that with your acute perceptions and aesthetic tastes that we have the disagreements we have. I enjoy having them with you though and hold you in no ill will for having the opinions you possess on these latest disagreements we're currently care. Cheers.
          • Hey Bo. That's what makes life great: we have different perceptions on the same thing. Because of our unique brain wiring pattern, because of our life experience, and because human being like nitpicking. ;D I suspect you didn't like breaking bad mainly because of Cranston. Am I wrong? Nothing is wrong with that. I react the same when I don't like an actor. ;D As for Legion, it's a series that should be watched as a fresco. That is, to watch it from a vantage point, to get the whole picture. If you stopped watching after two episodes, then I can understand your frustration. You have to watch it till the end, or it wouldn't make sense, because the story is really really convoluted. The director was probably influenced by Lynch. I loved how masterfully the symbolism and the oneirism were used to tell the story from a shattered perspective. The director was also influenced by Kubrick, because visuals were amazing and masterfully crafted. Every frame could be analysed to reveal a state of mind of the protagonist or a level of emotion. Did you notice how the dog figurine was used during David interview by the secret organization? Probably not. Lot of missable details spread in this series. Anyway. Always a pleasure to agree and disagree with you on our beloved hobby Bo. Take care!
          • Bo
            A pleasure for me as well, tarek.
          • petermccormack
            I have to stop you on The Wire and challenge you to go back to it. I nearly gave up 5 episodes in as I was bored. My brother insisted and by the end of series 1 i was interested enough to go to season 2 which is really good. Season 3 and 4 are incredible, just amazing. 5 was a let down. Go back, I will give money to charity if you do.
          • ;D You won me over. I'll do it. I promise.
          • petermccormack
            Good man, I'll await your feedback with anticipation.
  • This looks really interesting! I'd be lying if there wasn't a time where I was tempted to just hide from life and waste away....but too many people depend on me and I couldn't be that selfish...




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