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JOY (2015)

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A film David O. Russell

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper,Isabella Rossellini

Joy Mangano freshly divorced with 2 kids plus a mother living with her including her ex-husband and her father who occupied the basement rose to become this fearless business woman who has build a multi Billion business empire.

Here is a woman who clearly did not think that she was to become this inventor / business woman who owned a business empire. Divorced with two kids has animated characters in her house like her ex-husband and dad living in the basement trying not to kill each other and her mother who is in her room 24/7 watching the soaps. First you are introduced to her life when she was a kid narrated by young Joy’s grandmother (Diane Ladd) about the talented child, is about her difficult home life. and you would think that she was going to crack under those circumstances but no she keeps all together. Yes she invent the so call Miracle Map I remember those on QVC she is charmed by Walker (Bradley Cooper) the head of the QVC network who gambles on Joy’s latest invention.  And yes you will see an appearance from Joan rivers in this film played flawlessly by her daughter Melissa. The performance from Lawrence is outstanding here she flourishing as the film progresses. She practically carries every scene not an easy thing to do. She must of talk to and did her research with joy and some how she trusted her with her instinct as well as her as a caring mother. Lawrence truly shines here. The one scene where she step outside after with a meeting with the girlfriend’s father played by Isabella Rossellini takes the shot gun off this man and began to shoot to receive the pressure and the anger that is building inside is pure joy to see. It is a lot and difficult for an actress to pull that off but Lawrence came out with blazing saddles in this film and it is a joy to see her at her best.

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SILVER LINING PLAY BOOK (2012)

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A film by David O. Russell

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro

After being in a mental institution Pat  Solitano (Bradley Cooper) who is a former teacher moves back with his parents and tries to reconcile with his wife. But one Pat meets this girl who has problems of her own. Oh boy!!!

Pat is up beat and wants to prove everyone he is better man not a bitter man or an angry one If you have not guess it yet he is bipolar. At the top of his priority list is rebuilding his marriage with his wife, after they split, he beat up her new boyfriend, but what’s past is past. Pat assures his parents, Pat Sr. and Dolores (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver), that all will be well. Yeah! well okay. Dolores is used to it her husband is compulsive and he is a fanatic of the Philadelphia Eagles and he is convinced that they will win if he fulfill all his superstitions.

Pat meets this young woman Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a young widow in the neighborhood. To pat surprise she can understand him because she is crazy herself. She is pissed because Pat want to reconciled with his wife but she sees that Pat could be the therapy that she needs as well as for him too. Here is a terrific actress only 22 who is going to make a name for herself. In this film you will not recognized her too much she totally transformed herself here. Danny (Chris Tucker) who plays Pat’s friend to my surprise does a great job at playing Danny. Og course my favorite actor DeNiro as always incarnates his character very well as a veteran actor it is after all second nature by now again a beautiful performance here. A crew comedy that speaks for itself. If you have not seen it yet Please do you will not be disappointed. It is a comedy on wheels and gears that is going full speed ahead.

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AMERICAN SNIPER (2014)

AMERICAN SNIPER (2014)

A film by Clint Eastwood

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner 

Sniper is based on a true story. The story goes that Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is a young boy who goes hunting with his father and kills a deer his father tells him is has a gift. We see some flash back from time to time. As we see that he grows up he becomes a redo star with his brother. But Kyle wanted more out of life. He applies for the seals due to an attack to the American embassy in 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. As he goes through training he meets his wife Taya (Sienna Miller). Later one 9/11 happens they soon marry and Kyle got called and his team got called in. Kyle was the best sniper in the navy with 160 kills. Some where women and kids well they were trying to kill Americans. He was so good that his fellow teammates felt like they were invincible. The thing is Clint Eastwood filmed the battle and the private life at home. This is the story of Kyle struggling with himself when he went back home. The thing is when a soldier goes back home after an all time high on the war field well they do not know how to interact with other people or their family they are still back there in their heads. It is called post traumatic stress. Kyle also believe that the war was going to happen and that he was doing something good for his country to protect it from terrorists.  Although when he found out that is brother got called in he was terrified because he could not be no longer be his brother’s keeper. The theme is as Clint put it is this was the war in Iraq was a good thing or was it.  He lets the viewer decided. Going back to Kyle when the first seals died Kyle wants to go back to avenge  his friend. He wanted to do more to kill more in order to save more.  Miller here shines big time playing the mother and wife who want her husband back. Cooper has done an outstanding job here he had to bulk up like a nine volt battery in order to fit the part. He so wanted to do a movie with Clint since 2006 I think that was the right one for him. Kyle became at peace with himself by helping other veteran to find peace. A great film her not to be missed.

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AMERICAN HUSTLE (2013)

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A film by David O. Russell

Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper

This film is based on the Abscam sting operation of the late 70’s early 80’s In which a con artist helped the FBI Catch members of congress taking bribes. 2 of the characters narrate the story. Irving Rosenfeld who is a con artist meet sydney Prosser a scrappy young woman from Albuquerque with dreams of reinvention herself in style. It is her idea to fake an english accent

and develop a character named Lady Edith, a Londoner with banking connections and in doing so she kick Rosenfeld’s con in high gear. You see Rosenfeld is the owner of a small chain of dry cleaners who makes his real money through fake art and fraudulent loans, in a way she is a perfect woman for him, so they become patners in crime and in love. But hold on Irving is married and has a son. His wife Rosalyn is a force oaf nature She knows just enough to be dangerous which could mess up the all operation you see Sydney and Irving got caught by an FBI agent Richie DiMaso is a hat head under cover in order not to go to jail they have to help The FBI to catch people like them. You see American Hustle is keeping the audience on who’s coning whom. Others character comes into play like Jeremy Renner.as the crooked Camden N.J. Mayor Polito. Also let’s not forget the small role of MY favorite actor Robert De Niro who plays what else a mob hit man Victor Telligio. It is a blast to see all those characters developing. Russell moves the story along just well and keeps us interested, he reveals the flaws of those characters. Overall a wild ride into the Late 70’s Early 80’s.

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THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES (2012)


A film by Derek Cianfrance.
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes.
A mysterious and mythical motorcycle racer, Luke, (Ryan Gosling) drives out of a traveling carnival globe of death and whizzes through the backstreets of Schenectady, New York, desperately trying to connect with a former lover, Romina, (Eva Mendes) who recently and secretly gave birth to the stunt rider’s son. In an attempt to provide for his new family, Luke quits the carnival life and commits a series of bank robberies aided by his superior riding ability. The stakes rise as Luke is put on a collision course with an ambitious police officer, Avery Cross, (Bradley Cooper) looking to quickly move up the ranks in a police department riddled with corruption. The sweeping drama unfolds over fifteen years as the sins of the past haunt the present days lives of two high school boys wrestling with the legacy they’ve inherited. The only refuge is found in the place beyond the pines.

Ryan Gosling, Who continues to plays those eccentric characters does a fine job in this one. He plays a tattoo-spangled man as he makes his way through a carnival crowd, arriving in a tent containing a few hundred cheering fans and a globe-shaped metal cage. This audacious, extended tracking shot will be familiar to fans of Martin Scorsese (and before that, Orson Welles), and tell us that we are in a hell of a ride and story as well. The man straps on his helmet and climbs on his motorcycle, and he and two other daredevils are soon zipping past and around each other inside that metal cage, racing around and around and upside down, defying gravity and all common sense. This is a self confident film by the talented Derek Cianfrance. this is an epic movie center around 5 characters in a span of 15 years. It takes great actors, writers and director witha talented crew to pull a movie like that.
Eva Mendes gives one of the best performances of her career as Romina, a waitress who is the mother of Luke’s infant son — the result of a fling the last time Luke was in town. Romina’s got a new man now, and she’s trying to make something of herself by going back to school, but she’s clearly drawn to Luke, even though she knows he’s the wrong man to help raise their child. Luke when finding out that he is the father tries to get get a job and meet this guy who has a shop but can’t paid him much. The man confesses him that he robbed banks and never got caught because he does it once or twice every so often. Like decided to rob bank and for a wile they both succeed and makes a pretty good team. On a mostly parallel track in the same town (Schenectady, N.Y.), is Bradley Cooper’s Avery, a cop and law school graduate who’s smart — but not as smart as he thinks he is.Avery’s also nakedly ambitious, as we see when he attempts to parlay a heroic act into a huge promotion.
After Avery crosses paths with Luke, “Pines” takes a hard right turn, and we’re immersed in a world of crooked police officers and life-changing moral dilemmas. we saw Liotta plays crooked cop before and he does it so well. The third act is about the sons of Luke and Avery, some 15 years down the road. I am not going to tell you the all story but you pretty well can guess what it is. It takes a few turn here and there. The music, the cinematography, the acting choices are so well done. It is worth the 2 hours and 20 minutes.

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THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN (2008)

A film by Ryûhei Kitamura
Cast: Vinnie Jones, Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb.
The photographer Leon lives with his girlfriend and waitress Maya waiting for a chance to get in the photo business. When Maya contacts their friend Jurgis, he schedules a meeting for Leon with the successful owner of arts gallery Susan Hoff; she analyzes Leon’s work and asks him to improve the quality of his photos. During the night, the upset Leon decides to wander on the streets taking pictures with his camera, and he follows three punks down to the subway station; when the gang attacks a young woman, Leon defends her and the guys move on. On the next morning, Leon discovers that the woman is missing. He goes to the police station, but Detective Lynn Hadley does not give much attention to him and discredits his statement. Leon becomes obsessed to find what happened with the stranger and he watches the subway station. When he sees the elegant butcher Mahogany in the train, Leon believes he might be a murderer and stalks him everywhere, in the beginning of his journey to the darkness.

A nice little horror film by long shot bloody as hell you might want to close your eyes.