Michael Mann's The Big Sleep? Who needs plot, continuity or even basic coherence when you have images and montage this overwhelmingly affecting? Mann's relentless search for the instant rush and gratification of the cinematic is glaringly obvious here, and it's kind of incredible. I love the constant stares into the middle distance and the lack of eye contact. I love that there is a thunderstorm every ten minutes. I love that Justin Theroux and Domenick Lombardozzi do nothing but hold…
David O. Russell's previous two films have been modern operettas sung in Jersey slang. Moving his drama into domestic spaces of intimate yet explosive proportions Russell seems able to make mountains out of molehills, mostly due to the stellar performances he brings out and his command of capturing the chaos of his characters scenarios.
With American Hustle he branches out into a more exploratory and energetic camera style as he glides and manoeuvres in and out of rooms and up…
I wish I had seen this when it came out so I could have read the plethora of think pieces that I remember seeing and never actually giving a glance.
Rarely does a film with an intended mass audience in mind tackle such provocative and complex ideas. Addressed within are issues such as the governmental usage of ideology to exert control over its people, the influence of mass media, class issues (and divides), the nature of opposing political action and…