I didn't (still don't) care about Formula One Racing, but Senna proved to be a compelling and worthwhile watch after all. The movie is pretty superficial; it only covers a few short years of his life and is primarily composed of race clips and footage from just off the tracks. I can't say it would have been better and it certainly wouldn't have been more compelling if the focus was broader.
What I particularly liked, which I suppose all race…
The Lost Weekend depicts the life of never-was writer Don Birnam as he deals with his alcoholism. The film is loaded with helpful advice like this:
"Yes, I've heard the facts and they're not too pleasant. But they could be worse. After all, you're not an embezzler or a murderer. You drink too much, and that's not fatal."
The film is entirely too melodramatic to take seriously, and Don is such a whoa-is-me crybaby that I didn't care if he got over his alcoholism or not.
This isn't Billy Wilder's best offering, but I appreciate his attempt to bring alcoholism into the public discourse.
I knew I would like this movie as soon as it began. I didn't know that over the course of the next two hours I would grow to love it. Silver Linings Playbook has genuine charm, and the sort of rich, complex, faulted-but -likable characters that are rare in movies. The film is hilarious at times and devastatingly, subtly sad at others.
Bradley Cooper's matter-of-fact portrayal of a bi-polar person is easily one of my favorites of the year. He's got real acting chops. And this is the best role Robert Deniro has filled in at least a decade. The man's still got it.