The attempts at balancing the serious tone with intermittent humor never really felt like it locked into a comfort zone for me, even with a typically solid performance from Queen Fey. Many of the supporting performances - from capable names like Martin Freeman, Margot Robbie, Josh Charles, Alfred Molina, and Billy Bob Thornton - seem like they are left a bit stranded within the film's semi-floundering screenplay.
No film this year took me by bigger surprise than Silver Linings Playbook, a dazzling romantic comedy featuring the type of dysfunctional people that reside in David O. Russell's wheelhouse as a filmmaker. Not since Three Kings and Flirting With Disaster has he been so in tune with his strengths, and it resulted in what might be his crowning achievement.
As much as both The Fighter and I Heart Huckabees are enormously appreciated by most people, I found each of…
I know I'm in the minority with my opinion that The Aviator is Martin Scorsese's absolute best movie in over twenty years, probably since Goodfellas. It's a jaw-dropping marvel to witness in all aspects of filmmaking.
There isn't a single performance that misses the mark (unless you really want to count Gwen Stefani), the score by Howard Shore is one of his absolute best, the visual effects are tasteful, the cinematography is gorgeous and graceful, and the subject Howard Hughes…