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 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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