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American Hustle - 16/12/2013 4:14:36 PM   
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Unbilled Screen Legend? - 16/12/2013 4:14:36 PM   
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Unbilled Screen Legend? - 16/12/2013 4:14:38 PM   
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great film - 16/12/2013 4:17:27 PM   
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Great film, enormously enjoyable. I suspect it will be even better second time around and planning to again soon.

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Unbilled Screen Legend - 16/12/2013 7:42:29 PM   
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It's Robert De Niro!!

on a separate note why do i have to rate the movie to leave a comment?

I haven't seen the film!!

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RE: Unbilled Screen Legend - 17/12/2013 9:39:01 AM   
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you complete dick. Why mention the spoiler you complete moron

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RE: Unbilled Screen Legend - 17/12/2013 10:10:46 AM   
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@DanTDavies, he's listed in the cast down the left.

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RE: Unbilled Screen Legend - 17/12/2013 10:10:48 AM   
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@DanTDavies, he's listed in the cast down the left.

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RE: Unbilled Screen Legend - 17/12/2013 11:11:42 AM   
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you complete dick. Why mention the spoiler you complete moron



Even were he not - you are in a review/discussion thread for a film you haven't seen. You are inevitably going to be spoiled.

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RE: Unbilled Screen Legend - 28/12/2013 10:19:20 AM   
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It's one of the year's cleverest films, and also one of the best
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American Hustle

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Good fun, enjoyable movie - 28/12/2013 10:30:06 AM   
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Really liked it. The pace threw me a bit and I wasn’t sure where it was going there’s a few talking head scenes with CB and AA, but the movies great. It’s not easy to pull off throw-back (SPOILER ALERT) gangster films, having DeNiro shoot someone makes it a gangster film.
Loved J-Law in this she’s proving me wrong and bringing some great performances. As too is Bradley Cooper, more than a pretty face (SPOILER ALERT) dance off with Rockwell and Cooper that man can move. The film really nailed it with how twisted things can get.
Amy Adams is pushing herself with a great performance in this movie, very raw and vulnerable in places.
(SPOILER ALERT) Micheal Pena is a dark horse (like Craig Robinson and Anthony Anderson) he does his comedic stuff then pow he’s holding his own with Bale and DeNiro.
Great casting and directing. Costumes, hair & make-up and sets are on point. I liked David O. Russell before AH (the Fighter and SLP two brilliant movies) but now I appreciate him. and the whole crew screenwriters, DoP, lighting.
I hope Renner gets some plaudits for his role which hold this ensemble film together (SPOILER ALERT) it’s the scene in the house at the end which was kind of heart breaking but then O. Russell does the reveal to the family on the staircase, and the black guy, the black guy ahhh how I laughed.
Thank you God for everyone that worked on the movie.

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Good fun, enjoyable movie - 28/12/2013 10:30:08 AM   
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Really liked it. The pace threw me a bit and I wasn’t sure where it was going there’s a few talking head scenes with CB and AA, but the movies great. It’s not easy to pull off throw-back (SPOILER ALERT) gangster films, having DeNiro shoot someone makes it a gangster film.
Loved J-Law in this she’s proving me wrong and bringing some great performances. As too is Bradley Cooper, more than a pretty face (SPOILER ALERT) dance off with Rockwell and Cooper that man can move. The film really nailed it with how twisted things can get.
Amy Adams is pushing herself with a great performance in this movie, very raw and vulnerable in places.
(SPOILER ALERT) Micheal Pena is a dark horse (like Craig Robinson and Anthony Anderson) he does his comedic stuff then pow he’s holding his own with Bale and DeNiro.
Great casting and directing. Costumes, hair & make-up and sets are on point. I liked David O. Russell before AH (the Fighter and SLP two brilliant movies) but now I appreciate him. and the whole crew screenwriters, DoP, lighting.
I hope Renner gets some plaudits for his role which hold this ensemble film together (SPOILER ALERT) it’s the scene in the house at the end which was kind of heart breaking but then O. Russell does the reveal to the family on the staircase, and the black guy, the black guy ahhh how I laughed.
Thank you God for everyone that worked on the movie.

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RE: Good fun, enjoyable movie - 1/1/2014 5:20:12 PM   
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With the awards season currently on the horizon, many contenders will by films that are based on a true story, but there’ll be a little dramatization. In David O. Russell’s latest American Hustle which will be a strong contender for this year’s Oscars, its opening screen states, "Some of this actually happened."

In 1978, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) are two con artists who are forced by FBI agent Richard "Richie" DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) to set up an elaborate sting operation on corrupt politicians, including Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) the mayor of Camden, New Jersey. Amidst the chaos involving the FBI and the mob, Rosenfeld’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) is thrown into the mix.

Following the intimate dramedy of Silver Lining Playbook which was about love and bipolar disorder, clearly David O. Russell wanted to expand his wings with a political drama about crime and corruption, in which the period setting is one of, if not THE star of the film. With the story taking place in the late 1970s and early 80s, the attention of detail is impressive in terms of the set design, the costumes, the make-up (everyone in the cast seem to be having a bad hair day) and even the soundtrack.

Given the subject matter, this does seem a perfect fit for Martin Scorsese, who looms large as an influence for Russell’s direction. However, unlike Scorsese who can create great cinema, Russell’s film somewhat suffers with a script (co-scripted by Eric Warren Singer) that can never get emotionally invested in the characters who are constantly conning one another, which at times you do get lost in the narrative, wondering who’s playing who. In 138 minutes, Russell keeps everything entertaining with the film’s sense of humour, although I wouldn’t classify it as a comedy despite being nominated in the Golden Globes’ category of Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

Despite the terrible hairstyles, the performances are great from Christian Bale going through another extraordinary physical transformation to Amy Adams who has never been sexier with the addition of doing an English accent. While there is a great supporting cast, some consisted of Russell’s previous collaborators such as Bradley Cooper who is playing an unlikable FBI agent, while Jeremy Renner’s Mayor Polito is the one character who deserves the most sympathy. Considering the youthfulness of Jennifer Lawrence, playing the role of a dysfunctional housewife may seem a stretch for her, and yet Lawrence captures the child-like brat personality which brings out a lot of laughs, especially when cleaning the house, singing Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die”.

Following Silver Lining Playbook which was a more subtle and triumphant work, David O. Russell’s latest manages to get over its flaws with an entertaining period-set drama about politics and con-artists with great performances from pretty much everyone.

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RE: American Hustle - 2/1/2014 12:45:55 AM   
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Not quite everything it could (or should) be, American Hustle is worth the price of admission just to see a great cast give some fine performances.
There's just the nagging feeling that it's all for nought; too exaggerated to be real, not enough fun to be fiction.

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RE: American Hustle - 2/1/2014 7:44:33 AM   
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Christian Bale and Amy Adams definitely deserves an Oscar Nomination for their leading roles. Chemistry! The whole film itself was great. Though, the big twist at the end felt kinda underwhelming. It could've been bigger.

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Awesome - 2/1/2014 9:56:01 AM   
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Fantastic movie, really enjoyable. Laugh out loud funny in places, with equally dramatic and dark moments. It doesnt quite come off as clever as you want it to, but thats just being ultra-critical. Cast is really excellent, O'Russell gets fine perfomances again... and Jennifer Lawrence is unplayable, she really is untouchable at the moment. Best supporting Actress for sure!

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You have got to be kidding me!? - 4/1/2014 10:50:42 PM   
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Same old story! Great acting, looks good, great soundtrack, terrible storyline! It was funny in places and the the last ten minutes was good but apart from that not even Jennifer Lawrences's great performance could save this from being dull as fuck! I appear to be in the minority but life would be pretty boring if we all liked the same shit :-)

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RE: American Hustle - 7/1/2014 4:46:24 PM   
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Really enjoyed this. Excellent performances all round.

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Stop it with the spoilers Empire! - 9/1/2014 12:03:29 AM   
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Great film. If there's an Oscar category for best comb-over Bale has it in the bag :-)
Great performances across the board, although a few scenes felt a bit "This is my Oscar clip" / "No....this is MY Oscar clip!!" and so on...
Can't remember the last time I watched a film in a packed cinema with an audience totally engrossed in the film - a great experience, highly recommended

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Average Hustle - 12/1/2014 9:08:01 PM   
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Apart from the performances, there isn't really anything astonishing about this flick. How it is nominated for any awards is beyond me. Even Bale's nominations are puzzling as he is much better in Out of the Furnace. The problem with Hustle (apart from it's ridiculously long running time) is that it tried to be too smart and over complicated the plot. You kind of expect the movie to be slick and smooth with a title that includes "Hustle", but it's just all over the place. Definitely one to watch at home, maybe in the background.

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Great acting performance but just ok movie - 13/1/2014 11:47:32 AM   
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Great direction and brilliant acting performances from a well cast ensemble group of actors and actresses but deep down its just an 'ok' movie. Normally the type of movie best watched at home on DVD or shown on TV. A good measurement of what makes a movie great for me is how often I would want to watch it....any great movie...you would be happy to watch again and again. For example... sometimes you catch the movie on TV and despite the fact you probably own a copy of the DVD, you cant change over right away because you are waiting for a particular scene to be shown. That's the hallmark of a great movie and I cant say that about 'American Hustle'. Maybe a but harsh from me as the first scene with the Bale hair glue and bald comb-over is priceless. And to a lesser extent, the cameo from the 'famous' mob guy who just happens to speak Arabic!

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RE: American Hustle - 13/1/2014 9:39:27 PM   
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I really wish I could find an atom of the wit this film thinks it's in possession of. It's like a 2 and a half hour cure for involuntary smirking.

For me the secret of American Hustle is that David O Russell once saw Casino...and some day he thought he might like to do that. I bet he also saw Pushing Tin, and liked the palpability and kookiness of the two female leads, and the tightly wound nature of the two males. The muscular and barbed scripting. The result of in some way trying to bring these two badly remembered things together is a needlessly self-complicating nothing. And I have to say "nothing" because he doesn't hit a single dramatic or humourous note in the whole run-time. The movie has the undeserved condescension of a great actor like Amy Adams and the admirable game nature of Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence, and it's a credit that these three can at least aid the illusion that this over-written shallow tripe has a degree of depth to it. The film also has Bradley Cooper. (By the way, this film thinks Bradley Cooper is brilliant in it. It really enjoys Bradley Cooper. The problem is... Bradley Cooper is a fucking car crash in it. And not a very good or snazzy car...he's a shit-car crash.)

When the whole thing flags (and it flags a lot) we get swathes of cool music to energise it. But the director is a self perpetuating butcher of his own pace and any supposed "peaks" in it are bought in by the music supervisor. Only the dunder-headed slumps, openly bad casting choices among the support and ill-judged side forays into slap-stick violence are O Russell originals.

I hate it because it thinks it's god's gift to date night. But instead it's the sort of thing I'd prefer to watch on the in-flight on my way over to Dignitas.


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RE: American Hustle - 17/1/2014 4:48:53 PM   
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I think the film looks and feels better than it actually is. When you think about it, it's pretty mediocre - one of those films that constantly threaten to turn brilliant but never really do. Quite underwhelming, actually.

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RE: American Hustle - 17/1/2014 7:42:29 PM   
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Great performances from all, but I thought it was kind of messy. A very entertaining film though, I just wonder if it would get any attention without the amazing cast.

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RE: American Hustle - 17/1/2014 8:13:03 PM   
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Great performances from all, but I thought it was kind of messy. A very entertaining film though, I just wonder if it would get any attention without the amazing cast.


I think that DOR is extremely, extremely lucky in the cast that he has accrued who obviously respect him from previous collaborations to make a decent fist of this. To my mind O Russell will always be the guy that George Clooney had by the fucking throat.

In Burn After Reading the Coens threw together a ramshackle cast who they wanted to work with and contrived a nonsense to let them do so. The wit and natural instinct for winning humour legitimises the Coens. David O Russell is the anti-Coens. The worst kind of human. The human who thinks he has a sense of humour...but clearly has none. Clearly has none.

I liked Helen O'Hara's recent tweet...along the lines that the first guy to write the script had done a straight-forward "procedural". I add my own words to this when I say that what comes behind is this self-complicating attempt at nuance accidentally blessed, though not excused by character actorly commitment.

Clooney had him by the fucking throat. When you think of David O Russell never forget that. He's like the Michael Bay of hipster good-intentions.

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RE: American Hustle - 19/1/2014 9:53:33 AM   
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Absolutely enjoyable. One of my fave flicks made in 2013. I wouldn't be surprised if this gets the Oscar for best picture.

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RE: American Hustle - 20/1/2014 11:02:16 AM   
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This film seems to have divided people. Plenty of people, who probably know a lot more than I do about film, have been quite vocal in their criticisms of this film. Others seem to have loved it, including many of the awards bodies.

Personally, I went along with reasonably high expectations based on the cast, the director, and the award nominations. I thoroughly enjoyed the film and left with a big grin on my face, and my expectations justified.

It may not be the best film ever made, indeed it may have plenty of scope for criticism, but it thoroughly entertained me and I will be watching it again.

The stand-out performance for me, among several great actors, was Jennifer Lawrence.

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RE: American Hustle - 20/1/2014 3:24:25 PM   
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This film is like Marmite to be honest you either love it or you hate it, that being said after watching it a couple of weeks ago I had to say that it is a great film with a average storyline propped up with quality acting.

The first half an hour was really boring to be generally had this been on TV or DVD not sure I would of watched the rest. Which would of been a shame as I would of missed the storyline pick up from there and become interesting and to say the least despite all the quality active Jennifer Lawrence stood out above the rest.

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RE: American Hustle - 20/1/2014 4:14:41 PM   
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An enjoyably amusing romp, although I have to say I'm a little taken aback by all the acting nods this seems to be getting, the cast are good don't get me wrong, Bale and Adams in particular, but I'm not sure their turns are award worthy.

3.5/5

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SCORSESE LIGHT..... - 20/1/2014 5:48:37 PM   
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This film is enjoyable – up to a point - but it’s definitely not the politically charged, cutting edge, laugh fest satire that some of the trailers and reviews would have you believe. A dialogue heavy script with lots of “showboating” by a talented cast which is all designed to catch the academy’s eye, a droll first person styled narrative which seems to have been nicked straight out of a Scorsese gangster flick, a surprisingly unbilled cameo by an actor from a Scorsese gangster flick and a convoluted plot which aims high but never really catches fire like it should. And none of it delivers any real punch – none of it carries the real dramatic and emotional weight that all the best con man movies do. The characters in American Hustle are all losers, doing what they have to do to survive. All are psychologically driven and damaged in their own particular way and in the end, all get their just deserts – but in the end – do we really care? Not really. GOODFELLAS, THE GRIFTERS, NINE QUEENS, THE STING, HOUSE OF GAMES, ACE IN THE HOLE - all are FAR more superior films. THREE STARS


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