So I finally watched Silver Linings Playbook this weekend. For some reason I thought it was going to be a lame romcom. I ended up enjoying the film so much that I ended up watching another David O Russell film this weekend. That got me thinking about mixing up the trailer feature this week to concentrate on one director. So for this week all the trailers will be from David O Russell Directed films.
Three Kings (1999) Starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube is an action adventure comedy. At the conclusion of the Persian Gulf War a group of soldiers set out to find a stash of gold hidden in Kuwait. I must confess that I have not watched this film since it was first released but I am ready for a re-watch.
I Heart Huckabees (2004) Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg, Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman star in this quirky film. This is a screwball comedy that encompasses existential and nihilistic philosophies, but is actually about Buddhism. At least I think so after watching it for the first time last night. This film reminded me an awful lot of a Wes Anderson film.
The Fighter (2010) Starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams is the story of Lowell’s “Irish” Micky Ward’s attempt to win the welterweight title in the 1980’s. This film had some great boxing scenes coupled with a lot of family drama. My favorite thing about this film was how much of the local style and atmosphere they managed to capture with this film. I read somewhere that they utilized a lot of locals for extras on this film and it looks like it.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro is a romcom dealing with love and mental illness. I procrastinated watching this film for a long time. Finally a romcom where you don’t have to leave your cojones at the door when you walk into the theater. Also a film where De Niro does not mail in his performance. Lastly, hooray for yoga pants.
Have you seen all of these films? What are your impressions of David O Russell as a director/writer.