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Hitchcock (2012) - Call Me "Hitch", Drop the...
Originally planning to be released in 2013, but was then pushed back to November of 2012 for Oscar buzz, "Hitchcock" is a biographical drama about one of Hollywood's influential filmmakers, Alfred Hitchcock, and his experience in the making of his biggest success, "Psycho", while trying to fix his troubled marriage with Alma Reville, played by Helen Mirren. While the movie focuses on the "behind-the-scenes" of "Psycho" aspect, the film's main focus is actually a love story between two troubled people, whose marriage is falling apart due to the rags and riches of Hollywood. Although this quickly paced 98-minute feature is fun and entertaining, there is sadly not a lot that reaches the level at being perfect. But, to start on a positive note, director Sacha Gervasi delivers a lot of style to this material, and this making it a true story, makes the film a lot more fun and interesting. Although the makeup provided for Hopkins to transform into Hitchcock is great, but far from being accurate, the 75-year old actor disappears into the character, and is hardly recognizable. He got the right actions, motives, and looks provided to re-portray Hitchcock, although he still kept a broad tone throughout. But the performance that actually impressed me the most was Helen Mirren's take on Alma Reville. As always, she delivers all her professional acting traits to create this broken character, with tons of strong moments that make the film a lot more interesting. It's just a shame that Mirren wasn't recognized by the Academy for her underrated performance. The supporting cast features Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Jessica Biel, Michael Stuhlbarg, Ralph Macchio, and two-stand out performances from Scarlett Johansson and James D'Arcy who both respectively do a rather excellent job at recreating the two main stars of "Psycho", Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins. But besides a talented cast, and an interesting premise, this film's delivery in telling the story is somewhat weak. The film just meanders from one scene to the next with little motivation to move the plot along. It's definitely noticeable in some scenes, when most of them feel a little forced and carries less purpose to the story. We even start to wonder if those scenes were even necessary to add in. Although the supporting cast has intriguing performances, they are sadly given little to say or do for the entire movie, with little character development with no reason why we should care about them. But the film saves itself with it's fascinating plot, decent visual style, and great performances from a talented cast. But there's really nothing remarkable in store here. But this is still a fun film if you want to know more about the comeback of the Master of Suspense. "Hitchcock", in my review, "fascinatingly entertaining, but nothing incredible".
Django Unchained (2012)
Django Unchained (2012) - The "D" is Silent!
Written and directed by the one and only Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained" is a spaghetti western satire set in the South, during the time of slavery. But at it's scope, this is yet another gruesomely violent, expertly written, and incredibly entertaining masterpiece from the man that brought us "Pulp Fiction" and "Reservoir Dogs". Jamie Foxx stars as the title character, an African-American slave who is suddenly freed by a former dentist turned bounty-hunter, played by Christoph Waltz, whom turns Django in as a bounty-hunter, as they both team up to track down and kill some of the town's biggest menaces for a quick reward. During their progress, these two hunters then set out to help free Django's enslaved wife, played by Kerry Washington, from the clutches of a villainous plantation owner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and his trusted house slave, played by Samuel L. Jackson. Everything about this movie is what you already would have expected in a film by Tarantino. The witty and well-written dialogue, the certain choices of soundtrack, and the incredible directing are all nothing but masterful, as the accomplished director delivers yet another masterpiece in his long-life career as a filmmaker. Say whatever you want about his personal life, but this is one of Hollywood's most beloved filmmakers, delivering such a love for cinema in nearly every film he makes. Now, this movie might create controversy with some viewers, as it delivers more uses of the "N-word" in any film ever, and to make things even more disturbing, it's used in a film where the main topic involves the era of slavery. Tarantino was not trying to glorify any of the brutal attacks or language portrayed in the film, but instead uses it as a way to recreate the environment of that time in history, and how it affects people today. But, while you can still take the topic of slavery seriously, this is also one of the funniest movies of 2012. Just like in all of his films, the humor just gets better and better, making the movie a lot more entertaining all on it's own. Appearing in yet another Tarantino performance, after his Oscar-winning work in "Inglourious Basterds", Christoph Waltz delivers another convincing performance, still succeeds at delivering great Tarantino dialogue. His recent Oscar nomination for this film is rightfully deserving, but it's strange that he was put in the supporting category, when he has more screen-time than anyone else in the film. Jamie Foxx is just as remarkable as the former slave turned bounty-hunter, delivering some of the film's most memorable moments. Leonardo DiCaprio delivers one of the most menacing performances of his career, and he's easily the most interesting character. It's a real shame that he was snubbed by the Academy for his vicious but charismatic performance as Calvin Candie, a ruthless plantation owner. Tarantino favorite Samuel L. Jackson also delivers a hilarious performance as Calvin's only trusted house slave, as he suddenly suspects what business those these two people need in their plantation. At a pace of 165 minutes, I would argue that the movie does run a little bit long, but the movie takes it's time very well, and it always keeps your attention. This is an incredibly well-made, and definitely entertaining feast that only true film lovers will enjoy. From the first shot, to the final bloody climax, "Django Unchained" is one of 2012's best films. "Django Unchained", in my review, "wickedly entertaining, good old-fashioned Tarantino".
Taken 2 (2012)
Taken 2 (2012) - Liam Neeson, Why?
Talk about "taking" away your money! Right from the get-go, a sequel to "Taken", a high-paced entertaining action flick that made Liam Neeson a household name, didn't seem like the best idea ever. No one was asking for this, but sadly, this movie got made, and I wish that the filmmakers backed out of this project from the start because "Taken 2" was one of the very worst movies of 2012. Liam Neeson reprises his role as retired CIA operative Bryan Mills, who invites his ex-wife and daughter to join him for a holiday in Istanbul, where Bryan and his ex-wife are suddenly taken hostage by relatives, friends, and close family members of the men that Bryan had killed, trying to rescue his kidnapped daughter in the original "Taken". Now, he's less treated like a hero, and now leaves it to his daughter to get him free...really? Everything that went right in the original "Taken", went incredibly wrong here. This sequel lost the fun, excitement, care, respect, and realism that the first film had. Everything feels way too staged, and even though this is one of those movies where you have to suspend your disbelief, I couldn't help but keep track of the many times I wanted to scream out "bullcrap", finding myself unintentionally laughing at the many unrealistic scenarios portrayed here. But all my main problems with this movie, the top reasons why this mess failed from the start, are all story-based! *SPOILER ALERT* The main villain is probably the weakest antagonist in any movie in 2012. This guy just walks around aimlessly, making tons of death threats, and yet he's quite too lazy to get his hands dirty and do it himself, but asks his henchman to do the nasty work for him. Also, if you're going to kidnap someone, no henchman has ever decided to leave their victim in a small room, with nobody either watching or guarding the captive, while the other group of henchmen are in the room next door watching soccer on TV. But, to make things even worse, while Bryan tells his daughter what to do over the phone, he tells her to do the most mindless thing that a human being would never do, by throwing grenades off a roof. Those idiots are probably going to kill someone walking down the street. WTF! Directed by Olivier Megaton, this is one of the most poorly filmed action movies I've ever seen. He clearly has no idea how to film a decent action scene. The shaky cam gives the film a hideous look, and the audience is left wondering what the heck is happening. The writing is horrendous, the editing is annoying, there's barely any sound quality, even the actors are really trying. Long story short, I just don't want to talk about this movie anymore. "Taken 2" is one of the worst movies of this or any other year. It should be found, and then killed. "Taken 2", in my review, "pointless, unnecessary, insulting, and godly indulgent".
This Is 40 (2012)
This is 40 (2012) - What a Loud Family!
"This is 40" sets as a "sort-of" sequel to the hit comedy "Knocked Up", only the depressed couple, portrayed respectively by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, from "Knocked Up", now have a movie of their own. The movie talks about their rocky marriage, living with their two daughters, and both of them are reaching the age of 40. They will realize that they are going to age, so they come up with resolutions to save their fallen marriage. Leslie Mann prefers to pretend that she's still at age 38, with great looks soon becoming to age, while Paul Rudd is a music executive just trying to have peace from his loud and crazy wife. Writer-director Judd Apatow tries to re-create way too much of his actual marriage life in this movie, with his actual wife Leslie Mann playing the mom, their actual daughters playing the girls, and Paul Rudd taking place as Judd Apatow, in some sort of way. Sadly, right when Mann and Rudd have their first argument with each other, I knew at that moment, that the movie has arrived with a giant and disappointing "thump"! The movie, in it's entirety, can be really funny, and incredibly honest. A few one-liners, and a couple of fun moments still keep interesting long enough. But, the problem is this movie is overall a painful and uncomfortable experience that gets way too annoying and repetitive. I'm a fan of these two actors, but it gets way too unpleasant when the whole movie is just Rudd and Mann screaming at each other. The scenes when the family screams at each other seems incredibly over-the-top, and it is repeated way too much to a certain minimum. But, in the scenes when screaming is not required, these two actors share quite a cute chemistry, for the most part. We also get a mother-load of pointless cameos from tons of talented people. Jason Segel, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, and tons of other famous people, although were fine in their limited roles, it's the characters themselves that I felt had no reason to be in the film, but become cameos just for the sake of making a cameo. Megan Fox is both funny and sexy...but mostly sexy...as Mann's co-worker, Albert Brooks is a talented actor, but he overacts it a little playing Rudd's father, while John Lithgow is way too strange playing Mann's long-lost father. The running time for this movie is 134 minutes, and it definitely shows. This film is probably slower than the entire middle act of "The Five-Year Engagement". All we got filling in this running time are some scenes that feel very drawn out and didn't need to be discussed in the story, so nothing really fits together. If the movie would have been cut at least than 40 minutes, and if it wasn't slow or uncomfortable to watch, maybe we would have a great comedy. But, that's gonna have to wait! "This is 40", in my review, "a painfully unpleasant and unsatisfying train-wreck".
Savages (2012) - Why is Oliver Stone Always So Political?
Oliver Stone directs this 131-minute crime thriller, based on the highly-acclaimed novel of the same name by Don Winslow. Young actors Taylor Kitsch (the idiot from "Battleship") and Aaron Johnson, play Chon and Ben, two young men who grow the best marijuana in California, and they both seem to have a noticing, two-timing relationship with a very gorgeous Blake Lively, at the same time. At one point, a Mexican cartel led by Salma Hayek, wants to end up working with these two. After they reject the offer, everything goes haywire after the cartel has decided to kidnap Blake Lively hostage, until they take the deal, but that won't stop these two from trying to rescue her. Sadly, a talented cast isn't enough to make anything terrific from this empty and formulaic thriller. Although decently directed by Oliver Stone, and has a bunch of impressive performances, "Savages" is not one of those insanely dark thrillers that I was expecting from the trailer, when instead is a bloated and routine story that kind of bored me for the most part. But there are plenty of positive aspects that make the film worth watching for the most part. The first two acts are somewhat decent, but Oliver Stone delivers his noticeable trademark of dark and graphic violence, gritty sex, and insanely disturbing torture scenes. But the one silver- lining of this movie is provided by three performances, from three professional actors in the supporting cast. First, Salma Hayek delivers an electrifying performance as the cartel leader, mixing her native Spanish language, with the already written English dialouge, making the best out of this material. Second, John Travolta sends off a wickedly funny role as the corrupt DEA agent, with no idea which side to choose. But, of course, Benicio del Toro brings a crazy and psychopathic performance, playing one of the scariest sick-heads to ever roam the planet. Watching these three actors perform on screen is always fun to watch. But as for the main ensemble, filled with the young actors, is nothing engaging. Although I will admit that Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson deliver decent-enough performances, I wasn't impressed with Blake Lively. Although she looked attractive, I bet that that was her only soul purpose. An uninteresting character aside, her delivery in narrating the film seems a bit too distracting, and mostly uncomfortable to listen. Some cheesy writing was involved, and Lively just went way too overboard with the material. Most moments in the plot felt a bit drawn out and unfinished, and there are times when it feels too routine, that you can actually spot the next plot point coming miles away. But what angered most audiences, especially myself, was not only the jumbled third act, but the film's conclusion left a major "let-down" to people who were expecting a bloody and intense conclusion, when we end up getting a bland one. Although there are great performances to be had, and some entertaining moments, I expected much more, but I was sadly disappointed! But, overall, for it's many flaws including a cluttered script, uninteresting main characters, and a bland finale, this film works when it succeeds, but fails when it doesn't. "Savages", in my review, "sadly unsatisfying, with forgettable thrills".
End of Watch (2012)
End of Watch (2012) - Let's Take This Time to Respect Our Police Officers!
David Ayer, writer of the film "Training Day", writes and directs this 109-minute police drama discussing the dangerous profession of being a LAPD officer in the middle of an underworld of shootings, homicides, drugs, and kidnapping. Told through a similar style of found footage photography, "End of Watch" stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as two young LA officers who are on the run, trying to take down the members of a drug cartel, after discovering small caches of money and firearms during a traffic stop. Preparing for their roles, Gyllenhaal and Pena actually spent five months training as LA officers, by under- going a variety of 12-hour ride-alongs. The practice definitely paid off, since these two professional actors shared electrifying chemistry with one another, giving the audience full belief that these are real officers working in LA, than just actors reading lines. Each of these actors delivering one memorable performance after the next: Gyllenhaal as a young officer recently starting a relationship with Anna Kendrick, and Pena as a married man with a new baby about to arrive. Watching these two actors deliver fantastically driven performances are the stuff of Oscar nominations. The fantastically well-written dialouge shared between Gyllenhaal and Pena during their patrol ride-alongs feel clever and realistic, while the already-tired concept of found-footage footage, surprisingly does a unique job at capturing the rough and dangerous world of LA and it's police officers. However, "End of Watch" doesn't deliver a main focus as it was promised from the trailer, as it seemed that these two might be on the verge of losing their jobs after a crazy discovery. But as it turns out, it's only focus is Pena and Gyllenhaal breaking through doors and arresting suspects. But these graphic and haunting scenes still, not for the faint of heart, work really well in the film, capturing an incredibly dark world where not everyone follows the law. *SPOILER ALERT* - Although the found-footage art-form worked really well in the scenes were Gyllenhaal and Pena are on the field, it did, however, strike me odd that the main villains leading the drug cartel are carrying cameras around as well. I didn't really believe it was the smartest move, and we were just better off driving that police car. But, this is one of the most memorable movies of the year that audiences will hopefully walk out with a shining respect for our boys on the field. From two Oscar-worthy performances, great writing, and a heartbreaking final act, nobody should miss this movie! "End of Watch", in my review, "an entertaining cop drama, with pain-staking realism".
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) - Welcome Back to Middle Earth! (+48fps Discussion)
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is the first installment in the highly-anticipated "The Hobbit" trilogy, setting as a prequel to the original Lord of the Rings films, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's series of novels. Directer Peter Jackson has once again taken us back to this magical world that he has helped to create back then, and delivered yet again, another entertaining ride. "An Unexpected Journey" starts off the trilogy of prequels, where Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, a little Hobbit in the land of the Shire, has been asked upon by Gandalf the Grey, bringing back Ian McKellen to the most memorable performance of his whole career, and a group of thirteen dwarfs, to set out on a very long journey to win back the dwarfs' treasure from a fiery dragon. In this first part, Peter Jackson has decided to film this movie in 48 frames per second, higher than the usual quality of an ordinary movie with 24fps. Although I didn't see "The Hobbit" in the 48fps format, I've heard plenty of mixed thoughts, that it made the film look distracting at times, making the fast action scenes look a little rough, while at times, it looks like the audience is actually stepping into Middle Earth. But, I just saw it in the regular format, but if I did see it in 48fps, I would have said the same thing. Starting off with the positive aspects, almost everything I adored from the original LOTR film trilogy, from the gorgeous effects, the beautiful music, the breathtaking detail in art direction and costumes, and the incredible directing style of Peter Jackson. As for the performances, Martin Freeman is definitely the one who steals the show playing Bilbo Baggins, delivering some perfectly-timed humor, some great moments of depth and heart, while having such great likability. Of course, Ian McKellen does a perfect job, reprising his role as Gandalf the Grey, and it's really fun to see this character back on screen. A few characters from the original trilogy reprise their roles in here, most of them should be unspoiled, but it felt very nice to see them back on screen. But sadly, this film does have a bunch of problems, not making them stand out like the original trilogy, while most of these problems are story-based. Peter Jackson tries way too hard to add many information from J.R.R. Tolkien's 300-page book and put into one trilogy. But for this first part, although staying true to the material so far, sadly adds a few unnecessary plot points, drawn-out exposition, and a few uninteresting characters to fill up the entire 166-minute movie. Although the leader of the dwarfs, Thorin, is the most interesting character with a great amount of back-story, depth, and bad-assedry to his character, most of the other dwarfs carry less of a personality, and it's hard to feel sympathy for most of these people, when they don't have a lot of character development to share. The first and third acts feel more like the entertaining aspects, while most of the second act drags on for the most part, making the pacing the lowest aspect of the movie. But, the film definitely makes up for that flaw with what is arguably the most entertaining scene in the whole movie: the confrontation between Bilbo and Gollum in the caves, sharing a game of riddles. I could have watched this terrific scene for 3 hours, and still be entertained. Through some of the best motion capture work ever put to film, Andy Serkis once again delivers a terrific performance, reprising his most memorable character in the LOTR trilogy, and it was such a fun time to see the character one last time. But for it's batch of flaws, "The Hobbit" is still an entertaining ride, with great action, performances, and visual splendor, even for it's few story-based issues. Whether in 24fps or 48fps, "The Hobbit" is an experience that still needs to be seen in the theaters, and as I much as I still believe that "The Hobbit" would have been better off as one full-length movie, instead of a trilogy, I'm still anticipating for Part 2. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", in my review, "marvelous visuals and remarkable entertainment, but flawed".
Alex Cross (2012)
Alex Cross (2012) - Madea is the New Morgan Freeman? Seriously?
From director Rob Cohen, a guy whom has been known for making a string of mediocre action movies, "Alex Cross" is the third film appearance of, you guessed it, Alex Cross, who is known as the main character in James Patterson's series of crime novels. At a pace of 101-minutes, Tyler Perry stars as the title character, a psychological police detective who can tell what happened in a crime, when did it happen, why did it happen, or how did it happen. Now, he must try to take down a psychopathic assassin, played by Matthew Fox, sadly following the tired and formulaic cop story. Not only unoriginal and predictable, but also painful and uncomfortable to sit through, "Alex Cross" is one of the very worst movies of the whole year. Although Tyler Perry is really trying his best to make something good out of this tired material, he sadly fails to bring a lot of charm to a character that was once portrayed by Morgan Freeman, and he sadly felt miscast-ed. Nothing god-awful or anything, I just can't take Tyler Perry seriously in a dramatic role, since all he does in his career is be in drag the whole time as Madea. But, hey, at least he tried! But, don't even get me started on Matthew Fox. Although he's a very talented actor and also tries hard in this film, he tries way too hard, going way over-the-top, in one of the most unintentionally laughable performances of the whole year. Edward Burns, Rachel Wilson, Cicely Tyson, Jean Reno, and Giancarlo Esposito, all star in the supporting cast, given literally nothing to say or do than just read lines from such a horrendous script. Luckily most of these actors have higher talent than these writers, and they are really trying their best. Sappy and melodramatic moments, childish writing, over-the-top performances, and unoriginal story might have been enough, but the main problem of the whole movie involves all the action scenes, provided by director Rob Cohen and the cinematographer. Horribly directed and filmed, the action scenes left me uninterested, but most of all, it gave my brain a major meltdown. Delivered with some of the worst use of shaky-cam, it feels more like the camera-man is literally shaking the camera back and forth, which I bet actually happened. The scenes are all over the place, totally inconsistent, and Rob Cohen should stop making action movies! Generic, bland, inconsistent, sappy, over-the-top, and annoying are the perfect verbs, nouns, or adjectives to describe my hate for this film. But, if I had to correct anything to make this a good movie, I would have casted Idris Elba as Alex Cross, have very talented writers known for making very good cop movies, and a director who takes these films very seriously. Sadly, this movie doesn't give us any of that. "Alex Cross", in my review, "waste of potential, formulaic and indulgent".
Pitch Perfect (2012)
Pitch Perfect (2012) - Get Pitch Slapped!
"Pitch Perfect" is that rare movie where by seeing the trailer, you can probably already tell that it's going to be one of those "Step Up"-type movies, following the predictable and formulaic storyline of competitive groups of a certain activity. Only this time, it involves professional singing. The movie stars Anna Kendrick stars as a young freshman at her new university who enjoys remixing music on her laptop, creating new and original fresh beats. She ends up joining this all-female acapella group that always sings the same boring songs over and over in almost every competition. In order to defeat a group of all-male acapella singers, Anna Kendrick is here to make everything more hip and edgy, giving more newer and fresher songs to the beat. Now, we have our movie filled with impressive acapella singing. I'm not really the demographic for these movies, so I had plenty of doubts before watching. But, as it turns out, I surprisingly had a real fun time with this movie. There are tons of great songs that made me tap my feet and sing along to. It's an entertaining film that knows it's general audience really well. Anna Kendrick is a great actress, and is always super likable in every film she's in. She's also really likable in this film, and she shines in nearly every scene, with her great singing talent to go along with it. Although this movie still does follow the formulaic romance plot, Kendrick delivers decent chemistry with Skylar Astin, a.k.a. "the Dane Cook look-a-like", who is very likable as a guy who dreams of being a movie composer, and falls for Kendrick after showing her the final scene in "The Breakfast Club". Those references to the film alone made me smile a lot. The film can either go any direction in the comedy department, at times it can be very funny, while some jokes fall flat. But the movie does have some entertaining musical numbers to help back up the film's quick 112-minute pace. Now, "Pitch Perfect" does suffer from a few gags involving projectile vomiting that wasn't really funny, a few annoying "d-bag" characters, and sometimes it gets really obnoxious when characters would often add the word "aca-" (prefix of "acapella") to almost every sentence. Although sharing a few funny lines, Rebel Wilson, who plays a character that decides to call herself "Fat Amy", so others won't say it behind her back, is sadly given little to say or do for the majority of the film. She sadly felt wasted in the film, and I expected more screen time from her. I also still stand by my opinion that the movie still has the formulaic plot told a thousand times before, knowing each certain plot point coming a mile away. However, "Pitch Perfect" is still a very enjoyable movie with fun musical numbers, great song, a likable performance from Anna Kendrick, and a few funny moments from here and there. I still wished that some problems could have been fixed, but overall, "Pitch Perfect" was a huge surprise, and it really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. "Pitch Perfect", in my review, "undeniably fun, but nothing remarkable".
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) - Set a Goal! Find Your Silver Lining!
Released to worldwide critical acclaim, and tons of supposed Oscar buzz, "Silver Linings Playbook" is the film adaptation of the highly successful novel of the same name. Director David O. Russell from "The Fighter" has taken the liberty of becoming the man in charge of taking this one story and treating it with plenty of care. But, thanks to a beautiful script and a super-talented cast, "Silver Linings Playbook" is the most memorable movie-going experience I've had all year. Bradley Cooper delivers probably the best performance of his entire career playing Pat, a young man with a huge case of bipolar disorder, who has just been released from a mental institution after suffering a major breakdown when noticing his ex-wife in the shower with another man. That's not really a spoiler, because it was seen in the trailer, but for now, better safe than sorry! Now, that he has returned home, he now wants to make changes in his life. He's now moved back in with his parents, played respectively by Robert de Niro and Jacki Weaver, and tries to fit in within his neighborhood. He has decided to set out and make new goals, especially one in particular, trying to reconcile with his ex-wife. But he then runs into Tiffany, played by Jennifer Lawrence, a young woman whom also is having serious troubles of her own, after the recent death of her husband, and similar to Pat, is also a little crazy. While trying to spend time with his family, and helping Tiffany rehearse for a ballroom dance competition, Pat shares this unlikely bond with this girl, and maybe a certain and strange romance will soon occur. "Silver Linings Playbook" is one of the best movies of the year, if not, the best. This is a beautifully realistic and heartfelt film that will relate to anyone, unlike anything I have seen in such a long time. David O. Russell both wrote and directed this film, and you can obviously tell that this man cares more about the people in his films, and less about the subject matter. He knows how to make the characters so believable, and gives the audience a chance to feel so much sympathy for these people. Also, the script delivers some of the most well-written realistic dialogue ever put on the silver screen. This is one of the best directed films of the year, and David O. Russell will probably score both a Best Director and Best Screenplay nomination respectively. Bradley Cooper absolutely delivers an Oscar-worthy performance, and if he ends up getting a Best Actor nomination, it would be great if he actually won, which will probably not happen, but it should. This actor has proved that besides comedies, he can also do dramatic roles very well. Cooper can actually act, and do these dramatic movies really well. It's that broken-down character, hoping to make things better for himself, that Cooper does a great job at portraying. Another Oscar-worthy performance in this movie comes from the one and only Robert de Niro, playing Pat's father, a man with dreams of opening a new restaurant, and has a huge obsession for the Philadelphia Eagles football team. It's so great to see one of the greatest actors of all time back on the screen in a good movie, and delivers the role with such perfection, definitely worthy of a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Although Jacki Weaver, as Pat's mother, and Chris Tucker, as Pat's best friend, each deliver terrific supporting performances respectively, it's all about Jennifer Lawrence as the female lead. After her work in "Winter's Bone" and "The Hunger Games", Lawrence has become one of the most promising actresses of our century, delivering a powerful scene-stealing performance, worthy of a Best Actress nomination. Lawrence and Cooper, respectively, share electrifying chemistry between each other, and I was able to believe in the bond that these two people shared. It was so great to watch these two actors together. The movie delivers every single human emotion you can think of. There's a really funny side to the film that will make you laugh, a dramatic side that will make you think, and overall, it just warms your heart in some way. If a movie is able to affect me so much, yet make me feel good at the same time, it's a great movie to me! Beautifully directed, fantastically written, incredibly acted, heartwarming, realistic, and intriguing, "Silver Linings Playbook" is my new favorite movie of the year, and I won't be surprised if the film is able to score a Best Picture nomination. "Silver Linings Playbook", in my review, "a funny, realistic, emotional, and heartwarming motion picture".