David O. Russell’s look at coping with mental health issues in a binary culture.
We are a little less than two weeks from the Oscars, and some of the biggest races are being run between two (maybe three) strong candidates. So, who you got for Best Actress? Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Lining’s Playbook Odds on: At twenty two, Lawrence has already garnered two Oscar nominations, with the first one coming for [...]
Directed and adapted by Gary Ross, The Hunger Games deviates from its literary counterpart penned by Suzanne Collins. The difference is not so much in the events of the story. Those stay, for the most part, the same. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) sacrifices herself to save her sister, Prue, whose name is unluckily called as the girl [...]
Spring has sprung, and most movies have given this weekend over to the opening of The Hunger Games, the next synergistic franchise based on meh-ly written books to become a franchise and remind of us its existence every two years or so with another installment more banal than the first. Lawrence has had some fine roles as [...]
The buzz around Martha Marcy May Marlene was initially kindled by the emergence of an Olsen sister who isn’t a twin; however, the first few moments of the film erase this potential novelty, entrapping the viewer in a film that is much less a cult film and more a film about a cult. To cut to the [...]
In an age of prequels, sequels, triads, and epic franchises, X-Men: First Class separates itself from the former list and has become less a prequel, for the most part, and more of a faithfully extended narrative, stemming from the first scene of Bryan Singer’s initial X-Men, where a concentration camp-trapped Erik Lehnsherr’s demonstrates his ability to manipulate [...]
Natalie Portman, Annette Bening, and Julianne Moore have already established themselves as Best Actress contenders, but we can now add Jennifer Lawrence to the race as well for her performance in Winter’s Bone, a glimpse at how poverty not only constrains people economically, but also socially in a rural area where everyone’s struggle for survival is individualistic [...]