Tag Archives: David O. Russell

Adaptation: The Truth About Charlie

FROM THE CREATOR OF BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, COMES THE STORY ABOUT THE CREATOR OF BEING JOHN MALKOVICH.  In 1994, Jonathan Demme bought the rights to journalist Susan Orlean’s book ”The Orchid Thief”, where she investigated the arrest of John Laroche who was dealing illegally in rare plants. Neither she nor Demme could have predicted what … Continue reading Adaptation: The Truth About Charlie

Three Kings

IN A WAR WITHOUT HEROES THEY ARE KINGS. After the Gulf War, a group of Army officers get their hands on a document showing the location of bunkers that might contain gold bullion that Iraqi soldiers stole from Kuwait… Director David O. Russell’s first major critical breakthrough may look like Kelly’s Heroes (1970) on paper, … Continue reading Three Kings

Joy

After the wacky American Hustle (2013), director David O. Russell reverted to a more solid kind of storytelling along the lines of his The Fighter (2011). This is the real-life story of Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence), the hard-luck, single mom who invented the Miracle Mop and struggled to get her business off the ground. The … Continue reading Joy

The Greatest Hits of 2015

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2015 for ya. JANUARY: * Blackhat – Michael Mann’s first directorial outing since Public Enemies (2009) is a cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth. Its January release makes it hard to really get excited about it.  * Escobar: Paradise Lost – Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar reaches … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2015

American Hustle

EVERYONE HUSTLES TO SURVIVE.  In 1978, FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) enlists two con artists (Christian Bale, Amy Adams), who are also lovers, in an operation targeting political corruption. Loosely based on the real-life ABSCAM sting, this movie lacks focus and rambles a bit, which is a shame since the scandal deserved a more … Continue reading American Hustle

Silver Linings Playbook

WATCH FOR THE SIGNS. After eight months in a mental hospital, Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), who has bipolar disorder, is released into the care of his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver) and stubbornly plots a reunion with his wife. Another portrayal of a motley working-class family from David O. Russell who last made The … Continue reading Silver Linings Playbook

The Fighter

It certainly has a ring of truth, this home-grown drama about the troubled relationship between two Massachusetts prizefighters who are also brothers, Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund. The project was nursed by Mark Wahlberg (also born and raised in that state), shot on location, features a few real-life appearances (such as Mickey O’Keefe, Ward’s mentor) … Continue reading The Fighter

i ♥ huckabees

AN EXISTENTIAL COMEDY. Environmentalist Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman) hires two “existential detectives” (Lily Tomlin, Dustin Hoffman) to follow him around; the purpose is to learn what life is all about. Director David O. Russell got a little crazy with this comedy that is living its own life without much regard for the audience. The “story” … Continue reading i ♥ huckabees