Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:
Well, we are now heart-deep in the David O. Russell perspective, as we have our opportunity to view on of his best films, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012). It is based on a novel by Matthew Quick, & it was slated for Russell to direct from the inception of the project. Russell re-wrote the script over 20 times in the five years of pre-production. Russell has a son who has OCD, and is bipolar.
David O. Russell has said,”You know, I’m an ADD kind of guy, always talking, always writing, very driven.”
Jennifer Lawrence said, “David doesn’t have a filter–he is a maniac for sure, but somehow you end up loving him like family.”
David O. Russell said, in an interview, “You know, even after being tagged as difficult, regarding two incidents in the past (George Clooney & Lily Tomlin), these days I’m most proud of being in sync and feeling like a family with the crew–knowing everybody will be willing to walk through fire to serve the vision.”
Trivia: Russell has five identical J. Crew suits that he wears daily. When he was writing the script for the movie, he wanted Vince Vaughn & Zooey Deschanel for the leads. For a time Mark Wahlberg was going to be the lead in it, but he dropped out. He then wanted Anne Hathaway to play Tiffany, but she had scheduling conflicts. He considered Kirsten Dunst, Rooney Mara, Angelina Jolie, Rachel McAdams, & Olivia Wilde. At first he felt that Jennifer Lawrence was too young (21) to play opposite Bradley Cooper (37), but after she auditioned for him, he changed his mind. Neither Cooper or Lawrence are dancers, so they had to work with choreographer Mandy Moore for several weeks before shooting the dance sequences. Robert DeNiro improvised his tearful scene where he tells his son that he wishes he had been closer to him. Lawrence became good friends with Jackie Weaver, loving her in ANIMAL KINGDOM.
The musical score was done by the talented prolific composer Danny Elfman, who has scored 94 films since 1982, including PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE (1985), BEETLEJUICE (1988), DICK TRACY (1990), EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990), several of the early BATMAN films, all three of the MEN IN BLACK films, GOOD WILL HUNTING (1997), RED DRAGON (2002), MILK (2008), & AMERICAN HUSTLE (2013).
The Cinematography was done by Masanobu Takayanagi, who has lensed 27 films since 2000, including WARRIOR (2011), THE GREY (2011), & OUT OF THE FURNACE (2013).
The film was nominated for 8 Oscars, and it won 4 of them, Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, & Best Supporting Actor–& it won 2 Golden Globes.
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012)
Written & Directed by David O. Russell @ 122 minutes.
The film stars Bradley Cooper,. Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jackie Weaver, Chris Tucker, & Julia Stiles.
Synopsis: After a stint in a mental institution, a bipolar teacher is forced to move back in with his parents, and he is fixated on reconciling with his ex-wife–but things change drastically when he meets a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
Tagline: Watch for the signs.
Rotten Tomatoes rated the film at 92% Critic’s approval & 86% of Audience’s approval.
Bob Mondello (NPR.org) wrote: “Writer-Director Russell is just the guy to bring out ( & then to calm) the manic dysfunctions in these folks.”
Lisa Schwartzbaum (ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY) wrote: “This is a crazy beaut of a comedy that brims with generosity, and manages to circumvent predictability at every turn.”
Wesley Lowell (CINEMA SIGHT) wrote: “It finds the gentle balance between traditional romantic comedy & an artistic exploration of the laws of attraction.”
Elizabeth Weltzman (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) wrote: “This is an edgy romantic comedy that truly suits our anxious times.”
Tom Clift (MOVIEDEX) wrote: “A purely enjoyable film–a volatile mix of familial drama & madcap comedy, fused with infectious optimism & razor-wire wit.”
So mark your cinephile calendars for this Friday, February 14, 2013, and spent Valentine’s Eve with the Tacoma Film Club as we screen David O. Russell’s blockbuster SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK over at the Center for Spiritual Living, the church building we rent, located at 206 North J Street, on the corner of Division & J Streets, directly across from the Group Health Hospital. Arrive early, about 6:15 p.m., and join some of us downstairs in the remodeled kitchen for fellowship & conversation. It is permitted, & appreciated, to bring snacks & beverages, including wine, to share with others. Remember to clean up after yourselves, and do not bring any food or drink upstairs into the sanctuary while watching the movie. We have a donation box upstairs, to assist the Club with the rent of the space, the cost of a screening license, and other expenses that may arise. If you would like to be a member of the TFC, or renew an old membership, please see Diane Jensen, who has the beautiful membership cards, and will collect the $20.00 for annual dues. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK will screen at 7:15 p.m., runs 122 minutes long, so should be over by 9:30 p.m. See you at the movies!!