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okay but not outstanding - 20/1/2014 8:17:28 PM   


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I was hoping for, and expecting a little more. Some great acting, some great scenes and a fantastic soundtrack but it is the plot that kind of ends up being average. I was expecting a long con reveal only to find the ending a damp squib. Interesting journey but not an satisfying as it should have been,

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RE: American Hustle - 27/1/2014 12:38:43 AM   


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Really? I personally loved Bales performance the most. I think this movie really portrayed an outstanding character for him.

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RIVETING Drama!!!! - 6/2/2014 6:33:57 PM   


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Engaging and thoroughly gripping fact (almost) based drama from David O. Russel. Here we are introduced to con artists Irving Rosenfield a brilliant Christian Bale, complete with removable 70's hair piece and beer gut. And his partner in crime the sultry Amy Adams as Sydney Prosser complete with fake British accent as "Lady Edith Greensley". Things are going sweet for the pair until their antics are caught red handed by f.B.I agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) and they are forced to prepare a major sting involving corrupt politicians and dangerous mobsters...

This is a beautifully crafted movie, with absolutely stellar performances from all it's leads. What I really loved was the attention to the relationships evoked. The pressure on Irving planning a major sting using a fake Sheikh Paco (Michael Pena) who complains,.."I'm not an Arab...I'm Mexican?" where Irving replies,.."now that's racist" is dealt with expertly, as they Sydney and Richie have to con Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renna) into thinking he's getting funds to legalize gambling in Atlantic city. Taken along for the ride is Irving's wife, Rosalyn ( a brilliant Jennifer Lawrence) who nearly jeopardises the whole operation by revealing sensitive information at a gambling casino thus bring his marriage with Irving to breaking point,...while also destroying a microwave and causing many pointless arguments through her sheer hilarious stupidity.

There are many scenes of tour-de-force acting,..the scary encounter with mobster Victor Tellegio (Deniro) under the nervous eyes of Bales Irving, trying to hold his composure, to the sexual tension brewing between the luscious Sydney and Richie as the fall in love, out of love and uncover scam upon scam, trying to figure out who is "Fake" or not and most importantly,..."to Survive". These sequences bristle with wit and invention and should definitely earn the actors some well deserved Oscar nominations. the movie moves at a brisk pace and other performances should be noted too, Louis C.K. as Richie's boss Stoddard engage in great dialogue as he
tell's his story of "fishing trip" in the most awkward moments imaginable are great, pure, funny and riveting drama.

In other words,..GREAT Drama,

WATCH it!!!

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- 9/2/2014 8:55:55 PM   

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American Hustle
After having watched a number of his films it`s still a miracle to me where all the praise for David O. Russel is coming from. American Hustle doesn`t change that, I`m still not convinced although it is the best film I`ve seen of him so far. His newest work might be best described as Goodfellas 2.0, wich at the same time is way too much honour. It`s pretty clear where O. Russel got his (film technical) inspiration from: the flashbacks, the voice-overs and the way it`s been shot: everything reminds you of Scorsese`s masterpiece. This though, is nothing more than a so-so rip-off, a repeat of what we`ve seen before, of that.
Wich doesn`t mean that there is nothing to be loved here. Christian Bale is brilliant, Cooper and Lawrence are great as well. The story is a bit of a mess and sometimes just goes too fast to be able to keep up, making it all feel a bit rushed.
It`s, all in all, an entertaining film for the two hours it runs but a lot needs to change and improve before O. Russel will come anywhere near his (apparent) rolemodel Scorsese.


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Great story but difficult to follow - 27/2/2014 7:26:12 PM   
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storyline was complicated...... but the actors and actresses are superb!!!!!

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RE: Great story but difficult to follow - 5/3/2014 11:55:33 AM   


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I think O. Russel should has backed to a primal name of the movie "American bullshit". In such manner it wouldn't be so sad for me after the watching cause it is only "C". In a word it is a razzle-dazzle and a boring chinwag where the writer's theme is hidden (or even dug under) behind the gorgeous decorations and glaring make up.

Bale. He is the main reason I started to watch the subject (being a fan up to this time) and I didn't care about the movies' nominations (and it's fair it got nothing). As I heard from local forums the actor plays with its stomach whose performance is even better than in "El Maquinista". But talking about the film all he does is a scaring witless afraiding of all and whole, although he must be almost a tough guy (they should have tried Jim Carry on this). There is no any comedian talent (as I read somewhere). Disappointment.

Adams. Almost the same thing. Plus one can see the director with the camera man very like to sneak peak at Adam's. Actually it makes me a little sick about her sexuality this way. Also I think she's quite old for this role. Sorry Amy but I don't love you anymore.

Who on their saddles is Cooper with Renner although the Cooper's role is a little eccentric I think for this genre "chatty drama". Lawrence is the one who really overacts more than the others. Only her form-fitting white dress looks balanced on hers.

I don't understand (and I refuse to do it) how this picture may be compared with Scorsese's works (particularly with "Goodfellas") cause all I see here is an imitation of his style oriented to Oscar.

A décor blank estimated in 6/10

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Stereotypes - 22/3/2014 10:36:48 AM   


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Stereotypes, and more stereotypes....Doesn't Hollywood ever get tired of the same old tired stereotypes?

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