By DELANEY DUBOIS Photography COURTESY OF KEVIN WINTER, GETTY IMAGES
The Academy Awards will take place on February 24th at 7:00pm (EST) on ABC!
By DELANEY DUBOIS
As a television aficionado, I highly suggest you go and check out all of these shows. Some are shows that you might’ve immediately written of as “chick” shows and others are some you may have heard of but never gave it a chance. Now is your time! It’s the dead of winter and it’s time to stay inside and go check out these enthralling shows!
By RYAN O'LEARY Photography COURTESY OF SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK PINTEREST
People are broken.
Sibling rivalry, mental illness, gambling addiction, sexual perversions—they can all come to define us, as well as the relationships we come to foster. That’s ultimately what Silver Linings Playbook is about. Written and directed by David O. Russell, the film is very similar to his previous work The Fighter. They both center on warped family dynamics in blue-collar sports towns. Where The Fighter was hampered by a bland lead actor, Silver Linings Playbook thrives off of the compelling performances provided by its two lead characters.
The film mainly focuses upon the relationship between Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) and Tiffany Maxwell (Jennifer Lawrence). Both afflicted with mental illness, they turn out to be similarly troubled, complicated personalities.
Cooper is strikingly convincing in the role of Pat, displaying an energetic range of emotion that always feels real. He says more with a look in his eyes than most actors can convey with an entire performance. Even in scenes where Pat has complete control of himself—or, as much control as possible—there is always a sense that he could snap at any moment. One stray comment, one misheard statement, and he could erupt.
By RYAN O'LEARY Photography COURTESY OF LES MISÉRABLES PINTEREST
Walking into the movie theater, it is difficult not to expect great things out of Les Miserables. The musical—which is based upon the Victor Hugo novel—is generally regarded as one of the greatest musicals of all time. The film is directed by Tom Hooper, who just two years ago won the Academy Award for the film The King’s Speech. Even the live recording of the vocal tracks managed to excite those of a more technical persuasion. Keeping all this in mind, and my general disinterest towards the genre of musicals, I tried to keep an open mind watching the film. What I saw was a deeply flawed film whose strengths are deeply intertwined with its flaws.
Set in early 19th-century France during the French Revolution, Les Miserables focuses on the plight of Jean Valjean, a burly French peasant. The performances are for the most part solid, if unremarkable. Jackman does a suitable job, as does Crowe. But it is Hathaway in the role of Fantaine that truly stands out. Though she is only in the film for the first hour, she manages to steal the entire film. Her performance of “I Dreamed a Dream," all done in one close-up take, is an exquisitely heartfelt moment in filmmaking that is heart wrenchingly emotional. That the rest of the film for the most part cannot live up to this moment is a shame.