Chris didn’t see Dirty Grandpa, but Dylan sat through Robert De Niro’s latest comedy flop, and gives the lowdown on just how bad it is. They also discuss Oscar diversity. Dylan talks about Son of Saul and a Quay brothers retrospective, while Chris talks about the pilot episode of Billions and The Last Witch Hunter. Next week, we were going to review Jane Got a Gun, but it seems like we will be tackling Michael Bay’s latest, 13 Hours.
Dylan bears with Chris as he ditched the last 30 minutes of The Intern, which they review this week much to both of their dismay. So you get to hear Dylan explain what happens in the last half hour of the film, but more importantly, we discuss why this movie exists in 2015 and whether this type of film can continue to be financially successful. We then break down the list of new releases from this week. Dylan watched the first season of You’re The Worst, and Chris saw the entirety of a movie this week: Sicario. Dylan’s at VIFF and I’m busy with some other commitments so apologies for the day late podcast, but next week we will be back on Tuesdays with The Martian.
(2:25) The Intern Review
(21:46) The Intern Spoilers
(32:59) New Releases: Spy (Read Dylan’s review and listen to our podcast on it) Entourage (Hey, we talked about this on our Spy podcast, too) Cop Car Zipper The Duke of Burgundy
The Honeymoon Killers A Room with a View
(45:37) You’re The Worst Season One
(57:17) Closing Comments
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Title: Silver Linings Playbook Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, Romance Director(s): David O. Russell Release Year: 2012 IMDB: 8.2/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 91%
‘Almost’ is the key word here. While watching Silver Linings Playbook, I felt like I was watching one of the best romantic comedies I had ever seen. Everything about it felt sincere, and each moment was ready to assault my emotions both brutally and pleasantly. Every performance was filled with the right amount of energy and every line was delivered as authentically as possible. Unfortunately, where this movie fell short was its entire third act, which had about as many cliches as possible thrown in there. There’s some moments that really work, but generally, I was cringing once the final act was set up. Besides that though, David O. Russell has made another really great film which tugs hard at your emotions (like he’s bound to do in all his films) and displays just how great of a filmmaker he is when it comes to displaying family dynamics and building a relationship between the unlikeliest of people.
The big pull factor of this film is going to be Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, who both lead Silver Linings Playbook and give some of their best performances to date. Cooper plays Pat, who is coming home after being checked into a mental hospital after brutally assaulting a man he catches with his wife in the shower. It’s then revealed that he had an undiagnosed bipolar disorder. So naturally, Cooper is forced into giving a somewhat off-kilter performance, one that ends up feeling entirely realistic and propels Cooper into more than just a pretty face. This is his finest performance yet, but he is also acting alongside a slew of other stellar performances. Lawrence plays Tiffany who is afflicted with severe depression and sex addiction after the death of her husband. Naturally, these two characters have some witty and complex conversations as they try to help each other out, each for their own personal advantages. I also can’t avoid mentioning Robert De Niro who is great as the father who just wants to mend his relationship with his son, while dealing with his gambling addiction and OCD nature.