Friday, February 08, 2013
silver linings playbook

I really loved this film! It has everything that a good film should have: A great story; wonderful actors; it makes you laugh and it makes you cry, and, it has a happy ending!
Hallelujah!
I love this picture because it is about flawed people---every person in it is flawed, just like 'real life'. They are all kind of crazy---to one degree or another----just like real life, and they are all lovable in their craziness and in their flawed-ness! And most importantly, this film is about love and the power of love.
"Silver Linings Playbook" has been nominated in 8 major categories: Best Picture, Best Director-David O. Russell & Best Adapted Screenplay-David O. Russell, Best Editing-Jay Cassiday and Crispin Struthers, AND, the four main actors--Bradley Cooper-Best Actor, Jennifer Lawrence-Best Actress, Robert DeNiro-Best Supporting Actor; Jacki Weaver-Best Supporting Actress, have all been nominated for an Oscar---this hasn't happened since....well, I'm not sure when....but it was a very long long time ago!
It is wonderful to see De Niro in a role that gives him the opportunity to show all his many extraordinary gifts as an actor. It reminds you of what a truly great great actor he is.....
And Jennifer Lawrence is such an incredibly talented actress---she has great power on the screen, and devastating vulnerability, as well, and she is a wonderful  comedian, too! Plus, she is so very Beautiful to look at!
Bradley Cooper is incredibly attractive and proves in this film that he is an actor of great depth as well as being such a fine comedic performer. His is a very touching performance, and it is funny and real, too. (I have loved him since "Alias'!)
Jacki Weaver's performance is a very subtle one---I watched this film a second time and was stunned by the un-showy quality and the right-on-ness of her performance---a performance that could have easily been dismissed or overlooked by the Academy voters, but it wasn't. (I LOVE Actors--I really really do!)
If you haven't seen "Silver Linings Playbook" yet, do yourself a favor....Go see it or rent it, when you can.  It is, in my view, a kind of perfect film. If you don't leave the theatre smiling with your heart, you are either a grouch or just too darn jaded!


 


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This is one I'm definitely planning to see. I have admired Bradley Cooper since he was on Inside the Actors Studio and it was clear what a good guy he is. He shed tears on stage about being back at The New School, where he learned his craft. He's a smart guy.

Jennifer Lawrence was so good in Winter's Bone. You are right - all the actors are good. I have to see this.

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 2:24:00 AM PST 

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It is on my saved list at Netflix. So glad to hear it has a happy ending. The trailer made it look very dark and I was doubtful. Thanks Naomi for the great review.

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 6:09:00 AM PST 

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I didn't think it was possible for me to adore Bobby D more than I did but I do
He gets better, and different, and more everything as he gets older

and thank goodness Bradley Cooper is more than pretty and more than good for Hangover movies because I like him

LOVED your comments below about Le Mis
what a shame they had to use "names" for it and missed the chance to be artful

hugs from me and Hope

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:54:00 AM PST 

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I definitely want to see that one, but I'll either have to go by myself or wait until it is out on DVD.

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 9:54:00 AM PST 

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Great review and now you have me curious about this film. I hadn't even heard of it but that's not uncommon. I'm always catching old films many months or years later. For goodness' sake, I haven't even seen "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane" or "Mommy Dearest!" I've got a lot of films to rent!

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 2:35:00 PM PST 

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anything you say is right on with me. I love your reviews...I probaby said it before but I think you could go pro with these reviews...so spot on...
Thank you for your visit and comment...I hope you are enjoying this trippy weather we are having today....whoo hoo! did you get thunder and lightning up in your hills we did down here in the LB..wonderous.. just got a twenty buck rush seat for Backbeat...can’t wait...love the Beatles in any form...

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 3:06:00 PM PST 

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This is yet another film I haven't heard about, but maybe I'll check it out. I don't tend to be drawn to films about conventional, straight relationships to be honest, but I'll reserve judgment for now until I see it!

Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 1:57:00 AM PST 

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I don't think I've heard of this one before. I'll have to check if it's been released here yet.

Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 8:46:00 AM PST 

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I LOVED this movie! It made me feel so good when it was over. It gave me a sense of hope. I'm not sure why, but it did. I can't remember the last time I left a movie theatre feeling so good. I hope they all win!

Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 3:44:00 PM PST 

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How good is Jennifer Lawrence? Seriously. I'd love to see her on stage. Her and Bradley Cooper should be forced to make movie after movie. What fantastic chemistry.

Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 5:03:00 PM PST 

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Top of my TO SEE list!!

Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 7:37:00 PM PST 

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I haven't got around to seeing this movie as I wanted to. Jackie Weaver is awesome - a fantastic actress, who at 65 has 'finally' broken it into America. She's been on Aussie telly since I have been a little girl so it was great to see her nominated (again).

Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 7:48:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

ohhh boy ! it sounds like the Oscars have their work cut out for them this year..many exceptional movies to vote for!! I love your reviews of the movies, they need to hire you :o)

Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 3:11:00 AM PST 

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I saw this film advertised yesterday, and thought it might be a good one to see. Yesterday I finally got around to watching The King's Speech. Yes, I know it's a couple of years ago but somehow I missed it then. Very good film, i really enjoyed it.

Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 6:55:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

It sounds like an interesting film. I saw Bradley Cooper in Limitless a while ago, which I thought was a very entertaining and quick-fire film about a wonder-drug. Interestingly, de Niro was in that too, as a kind of wheeler dealer.

I'm not sure that we have SLP here yet, but I'll look out for it.

I'm kind of reassured that there's so many good movies in the list you have been reviewing!

Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 9:07:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

My favorite of ALL of them! I hope it sweeps the Oscars. It's an unpretentious film --just good storytelling with a lot of heart, and embraced by the actors who told the story.

Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 4:12:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I really want to see this now! And I love how Bradley Cooper is working for mental health advocacy now. Sadly, there is real power in celebrity.

Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 8:57:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

This is the most brilliant year for film in a very long time.

Monday, February 11, 2013 at 10:11:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

It's on the top of my list! Weren't the Grammys fun Sunday night?!

I think you have to redo my blog on your google reader (or whatever it is you use). After it got highjacked my server had to move it so the old link doesn't work but it is still looseleafnotes.com. xo

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 9:49:00 AM PST 

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I have not heard about this movie but it sounds like a winner and I am going to make a note of it. De Niro is one of my favorite actors – he is so versatile. Thanks for the review.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 8:32:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Well, I havent seen it but if you recommend it I know it's wonderful

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 5:25:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I am looking forward to see this film very soon, Naomi! After your review, it will be on top of my "must to see list".
Too bad that there is not any movie near my house...
Many hugs.

Friday, February 15, 2013 at 9:33:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

If I could pick one Oscar film to go see tomorrow, I think this would be it. I've heard lots of good things about it, but most of all a really well written script/story. I hope it fares well.

Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 6:10:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I just logged on TCM to see that "On the Town" is playing. When Betty came on the screen I was reminded of you and had to stop over to say hi.

Happy day.

Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 7:53:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I love, love, love the book. I have yet to watch the movie but it is on my must see list. Everytime I was headed out to the theater to see it something happened. I love all the actors involved.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 4:33:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I saw this Naomi and loved it too. My sister has bipolar and so much of it hit home to me. Jackie Weaver is an Australian actress. She is 65 and just making it in Hollywood after a lifetime of treading the boards. I thought her performance was just right too. A great film that had me interested from start to finish and I love happy endings....

Friday, February 22, 2013 at 1:03:00 AM PST 

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I will definetely see this movie, I love both de Niro and Bradley :)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 3:38:00 AM PST 

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