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Silver Linings Playbook

“This is what I learned at the hospital. You have to do everything you can, you have to work your hardest, and if you do, if you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining.” 490 more words


Review - American Hustle

It seems somewhat fitting to me that a film like American Hustle is as inherently duplicitous as its title would suggest. This is not a Scorsese-esque crime thriller, nor is it really a black comedy built around the late-1970s Abscam scandal, although it masquerades (and director David O. 990 more words

Film Reviews

Perfect Movies: I ♥ Huckabees

“What am I doing? I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m doing the best that I can. I know that’s all I can ask of myself. 1,721 more words


Gallagher Says - A Life Less Ordinary

In my search for films by one of my favourite directors, Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, and 127 Hours), I came across A Life Less Ordinary. 554 more words

'Joy' is an underdog tale that had the potential to be more overcoming and have a more satisfying conclusion.

Joy is the story of a family across four generations and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. 228 more words


David O. Russell's "Joy" (2015)

In 2015, director David O. Russell was 57 years old and in the prime of his career. He had made a succession of three increasingly well-received features, and there seemed to be no end in sight to his hot streak.   2,368 more words


David O. Russell's "American Hustle" (2013)

A few years ago, I was working as an assistant to a talent and literary manager at a powerhouse firm on the Sunset Strip.  On any given day, I might have a brush with one of the world’s most famous faces, or listen in on a phone pitch for a project that would eventually come to dominate the cultural conversation.   1,727 more words