American Hustle-A Movie Review

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May 312014
 
American Hustle (2013)
American Hustle poster Rating: 7.3/10 (376,725 votes)
Director: David O. Russell
Writer: Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
Stars: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner
Runtime: 138 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama
Released: 20 Dec 2013
Plot: A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

We both really wanted to like this movie, but we both hated it. I remember some of the news coverage of the events, and was really disappointed. It just never seem to grab my attention.

First of all David O. Russell is one of my favorite directors. I’ve enjoyed his films and absolutely loved “The Fighter” and “Flirting with Disaster”. This film also boasts an incredibly talented cast including Christian Vale, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams. The problem is with the story, the film’s pacing and length. Of course if I was enjoying the film the length would not be an issue. This movie is a classic case in amateurish, dialogue-heavy scenes. Constant, ceaseless dialogue really bogged down the film for me. This film didn’t have a single bone of subtlety in its entire body. Continue reading »

I Heart Huckabees

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Mar 012006
 

I Heart Huckabees (2004)A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.

Directed by
David O. Russell

Genres
Comedy

Cast
Jason Schwartzman, Isabelle Huppert, Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin, Jude Law, Mark Wahlberg, Naomi Watts, Angela Grillo, Ger Duany, Darlene Hunt, Kevin Dunn, Benny Hernandez, Richard Appel, Benjamin Nurick, Jake Muxworthy

It is a breath of fresh air to find a movie so original. Some may be turned off by the movie and possibly find it pretentious but it’s not. It pokes fun of existentialism a bit while at the same time making you think about it realistically. The movie didn’t make me laugh out loud as much as other comedies but I had a smile on my face the entire time watching it. If you don’t take it too seriously and get the humor you will really enjoy it. I had a smile on my face the entire time. The comedic timing by all of the principal cast is right on target. I definitely recommend it. Not only is it funny, but it does make you think a little while not being pretentious. Russell hit it dead on with this one.

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