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Old 01-24-2014, 04:36 PM   #13791 (permalink)
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I think it was.....Movie 42.
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:35 PM   #13792 (permalink)
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:48 PM   #13793 (permalink)
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Old 01-29-2014, 01:46 PM   #13794 (permalink)
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The Wolf Of Wall Street was pretty awesome.
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:46 PM   #13795 (permalink)
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American Hustle

After weeks of procrastinating, I finally got out to see “American Hustle”. When I first saw the trailer I decided that it was going to be a film that I would have to wait for the right mood to see as I’m very conflicted on whether I like David O. Russell or not. Honestly, I think the ten Oscar nominations finally got me to get off my ass and see it. I still haven’t seen “The Fighter” and I waited until “Silver Linings Playbook” was released on blu ray to see it. I ended up liking SLP a lot but I still have a horrible taste in my mouth from my viewing of “I Heart Huckabees” which I considered pretentious crap. David O. Russell has always been a director who likes to throw the plot out of the window when he feels and while sometimes he makes the right decision, like last year, sometimes he makes a mistake, which I feel he did in small amounts during “American Hustle”. That being said, I actually enjoyed the film a lot, but that was due to the absolutely incredible cast and not so much the work of Mr. O. Russell. That sounds weird. Mr. Russell? Middle initials are weird.

This is listed as a comedy. I didn’t laugh much. There were a lot of instances where I said to myself, “this is where a laugh is supposed to be”, but it just didn’t happen. Christian Bale’s come over was where the comedy for me came from. I loved looking at it. It was a thing of beauty. I don’t know who the hairdresser was on set, but they must of had a great time putting that gorgeous thing together. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not as if I was sitting there sulking. I just didn’t laugh the way you’re supposed to in a supposed comedy, which is what this is supposed to be at heart. I could be wrong. Maybe this was supposed to be a semi serious crime drama, but if that is true then the marketing department owes me an apology because every promo spot I’ve seen screamed comedy in my face.

I read that most of the acting in the film was improvised to the point where the script had to be changed in order to make the improvisations work on film. It showed. The first two thirds of the film were all over the place. Characters came in and out and brought back later when you’ve forgotten who they were. Issues were brought up and then never solved or talked about again and motives of the main characters were unclear. It was just sloppy in parts and while it didn’t restrict me from enjoying the film, it certainly could have helped this film be one of the better this year. The thing that truly kept me in this film, was the acting.

The acting was fantastic. All four main stars, with all due respect to Jeremy Renner, deserved their Oscar nominations. I would even venture to say that Bradley Cooper deserved his in the Lead Acting category because he was just as important to the film as Christian Bale. To say he supported it is just wrong. When the nominations came out, I was surprised, along with man others, to see Cooper on the list. Everybody can eat it. Last year Cooper showed me that he can be a fantastic actor and he only solidified that with his performance in this. He was explosive. His “supporting” role partner Jennifer Lawrence stole every scene she was in. She played the logically challenged but secretly intelligent wife of Christian Bale perfectly. All the funny lines in the film were delivered by her. She’s the reason I’m going to start calling my microwave a science oven. Amy Adams was versatile as ever. She honestly can’t do anything wrong. Her British accent wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and she’s one of the few actors and actresses than can sell an audience merely by her eyes. She’s amazing at her craft. Finally, Christian Bale knocked it out of the park with his subtle portrayal as the Brooklyn con man who is too overweight and can’t see that he has a horrible haircut. He was quiet throughout most of the film but carried anybody who was in a scene with him by letting them overpower his character with theirs. He was like a great set up man in basketball, setting up the glory for everybody else but also being completely pivotal in the success around him.

The film really came together towards the end as there finally seemed to be a point to the script and it’s here that I finally accepted this film as a Best Picture nominee. It actually has a chance to win, although it shouldn’t, but it certainly belongs in the race. The acting was easily the best of the year if you factor in everybody involved. I didn’t even have time to mention Louis C.K. and Robert De Niro who were in the film only briefly but were great to see. It may not be a re watchable film for me, but it was a fun watch and I’m glad I finally went out to see it.

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Old 01-29-2014, 04:54 PM   #13796 (permalink)
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Pretty much agree with all of that.

Good film for sure, but it relied heavily on the acting and the script, even if it was improvised. The plot didn't hook me at all and I certainly don't see myself watching it again any time soon.
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:14 PM   #13797 (permalink)
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Just watched Lone Survivor starring Mark Wahlberg. It makes you think about the people of Afghanistan, which takes the main focus off of these guys trying to survive. A really good movie, Wahlberg did his homework on this one.
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Once again. I disagree with your review Exo. Well, I agree about the high caliber of acting performances. It was very much a comedy and had me in stitches. The exchanges between Louis CK and cooper were hilarious. My only gripe about this movie is that I went into it expecting a con movie. He decided to strip away all the mystique of a con movie and show you the inner workings. In the first ten mins. I realized that they weren't going to have any con twist endings.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:30 AM   #13799 (permalink)
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I thought American Hustle was watchable and entertaining but didn't really do anything remotely interesting or fresh. Good performances but not great performances or great direction. Wolf Of Wall Street balanced the comedy and drama in a better way and I think puts American Hustle to shame in a lot of ways. Doesn't deserve any Oscars in my book.
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:02 AM   #13800 (permalink)
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I have seen most of the current releases. 12 Years A Slave is truly magnificent - and will win many awards. But a little film to catch, if you can, is the heartwarming Saudi film "Wajdja" about a little girl and her longing for a bicycle. Funny and revealing.
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