Posts Tagged ‘David O’Russell’

american-hustle

What a great fuckin’ movie. End of review.

Just kidding. I’ll babble more, but what the hell does anyone really want in a movie review anyway?

I don’t want spoilers. I just want assurances that I’m not wasting my time, my valuable life on something second rate. There’s a lot of second and third rate bullshit hyped to the max out there.

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Luckily for you American Hustle is the real deal. I can’t count the times I laughed my ass off. Same with Wolf of Wall Street. Scorsese and David O’ Russell are the top American masters working today. They have a drive to see more in a movie, and they shoot more, write more, twist those expectations and put it all on the line.

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I think I would have given the Oscar to DiCaprio out of the pack. Admittedly there are numerous films and particularly foreign offerings I didn’t catch. But of the nominees, DiCaprio for Wolf. Best picture 12 Years a Slave. Best screenplay American Hustle. Lots of good stuff in 2013; don’t believe the naysayers.

Up next… Gravity.

American Hustle: (fuck it) 5/5

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Crazy Genius?

Script here

Really great film, dramatic, funny, great acting.  I’ve got to let Jennifer Lawrence know I’m married because she keeps getting me to fall in love with her.

It’s Bradley Cooper with a performance to remember as a bipolar guy whose life has fallen apart.  Everyone in the film is crazy, including DeNiro and Chris Tucker.  Such an engaging domestic story about a wacky family and trying to deal with mental illness.  Jennifer Lawrence throws a monkey wrench into it, and it becomes a tense love story.

The movie is based on a book, and this has been effective at getting various mental conditions talked about.  The public has responded well to seeing realistic manic behavior and the struggles which are set off from stress.

Having witnessed much of this first hand, I appreciated the film and the performances.  The whole thing works, guided by David O’Russell, himself pretty out there.  So, we’ve got crazy guy, crazy girl, crazy father, crazy writer and crazy director – making movie magic.  We could use some more.

When I have more time I’ll analyze the script.

 

Bonus… from the crypt…

O’Russell on Stress (literally)