Silver Linings Playbook: Who says crazy can’t be funny?

Silver Linings Playbook - 2012 Written and Directed by David O. Russell Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Julia Stiles, Anupam Kher, Shea Wigham, John Ortiz, Brea Bree Pat: How old are you? Tiffany: Old enough to have a marriage end and not wind up in a mental hospital. I can't be … Continue reading Silver Linings Playbook: Who says crazy can’t be funny?

Flight just begs “For Your Consideration”

Flight - 2012 Director Robert Zmeckis Starring  Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, Kelly Reilly, Bruce Greenwood Screenplay John Gatnis There is a pall hanging over every scene of Flight.  Two stories are told.  One is that of William "Whip" Whitaker, an Airline pilot who has copious amounts of booze, coke and sex (with one … Continue reading Flight just begs “For Your Consideration”

Moneyball is the Die Hard 2 of Baseball Movies

Moneyball - 2011 Directed by Bennett Miller Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Chris Pratt, Casey Bond, Kerris Dorsey Written by  Aaron Sorkin There is a point early on in Moneyball, where Billy Beane, as played by Brad Pitt, is listening disgustedly to the assortment of old men who are supposed to be … Continue reading Moneyball is the Die Hard 2 of Baseball Movies

Take Shelter is what Black Swan could have been

Take Shelter - 2011 Written & Directed by Jeff Nichols Starring Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Katy Mixon, Kathy Baker, Tova Stewart There is not a moment in the film, Take Shelter when we see Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) unaffected.  Given this slippery slope of a premise, we end up with a pretty clear vision of … Continue reading Take Shelter is what Black Swan could have been