Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

David O. Russell

Features

Sunday, January 27 2013

The Best Films of 2012

From popcorn perfection to animation experimentation, foreign finesse and good old Hollywood hokum, 2012 delivered the shiny cinematic goods and then some. Here are our choices for the titles that took on the challenge, and won.


Tuesday, January 8 2013

The Best Male Film Performances of 2012

From diabolical tech terrorism to brutal slave ownership, the actors that make up this year's best traversed a wide canvas of creative and cinematic choices.


Sunday, January 6 2013

The Best Female Film Performances of 2012

From a precocious young girl bravely battling the elements to much older women waging war with their own demons, 2012 was a standout year for actresses, with these being some of the very, very best.


Tuesday, January 11 2011

The Best Films of 2010

Among this year's winners include a fake documentary, a comedy about Jihad, a vampire story NOT dealing with tacky tween romance, a haunting hillbilly noir, and an elegant tale about clones. Not necessarily the usual cinematic suspects.


Tuesday, January 4 2011

The Best Male Film Performances of 2010

Heroes and villains, criminals and crazed creative types: the 20 best male performances of 2010 definitely run the dramatic/comedic character topography... with a few unusual turns tossed in for good measure.


Reviews

Thursday, April 3 2014

At It's Worst, 'American Hustle' Is a Rollicking Comedy

Scene for scene, American Hustle may be most David O. Russell's most aesthetically pleasing film.


Friday, December 13 2013

David O. Russell Tells a Great Story in 'American Hustle'

American Hustle is not only about the awkwardly intricate and emblematic fictions designated "Abscam", but also about the stories the scammers tell themselves,


Tuesday, April 30 2013

The Plays of Life: 'Silver Linings Playbook'

No matter how much live devolves into formula, we're all wackjobs underneath. That's what Silver Linings Playbook communicates resoundingly: for all of the blitzes and jukes we can concoct in a difficult game, we will always carry our flaws with us.


Thursday, November 15 2012

'Silver Linings Playbook': The Eagles As a Guide to Life

Pat's rhyming relationship with Pat Senior makes the son (played by Bradley Cooper) different from the many other movie manboys you've seen in the past couple of years.


Sunday, March 13 2011

Christian Bale Delivers a Knockout Performance in 'The Fighter'

The usually handsome Christian Bale—a master chameleon—physically transforms into a frighteningly thin, haggard, balding, twitchy, and wild-eyed addict who never stops moving his jittery limbs.


Blogs

Thursday, December 12 2013

Best Supporting Actress: Is It Too Early to Give J-Law Another Oscar?

Jennifer Lawrence walks off with American Hustle. If awards for Best Supporting Actress are made of something different, we don’t know what that is.


Friday, December 6 2013

The Power of Intention: 'American Hustle'

It's so satisfying. It's so suspect. It's so '70s. And it's so good.


Thursday, January 17 2013

'Silver Linings Playbook's' Historic Nominations

Few films have scored in all four Oscar acting categories... which other movies maybe should have?


Monday, January 31 2011

The Guild-ed Cages of Awards Season

After decades of decided handwringing, Hollywood finally has what it wants: a sense of specialness undeterred by surprise or a sense of wonder.


Friday, December 17 2010

'The Fighter', Quietly Brawling

Though there are times when David O. Russell seems to think he’s slumming, he still crafts a satisfyingly potent familial melodrama that transcends the boxing genre.


'The Fighter': All in the Family (Short Ends and Leader) [10.Dec.10]
Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.