When Patrick (Bradley Cooper) comes home after spending eight months in a mental hospital it is hard for him and his parents to get back to normal life. All he can think about is rekindling his marriage to Nikki. At a dinner at his friends’ Ronnie (John Oritz) and Veronica (Julia Stiles) he meets Veronica’s sister Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) things take a funny and weird turn for the better.
Silver Linings Playbook explores the intimacy of human behavior and will have you tearing up and laughing out loud. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are refreshing in this film getting away from their pretty images and bring out more to their characters. It was also great to see Robert De Niro in a great role. Chris Tucker also comes in as the best friend to Patrick, a surprising and well down role for him. The film even in all its seriousness made you laugh, a dark comedy with true heart strings I recommend this film to everyone.
MN Shorts: The Darker Side
On Time, Directed by Jonathan Vinson, is about a guy talking to a girl he loves about the difficulty she has in showing up on time and how that has led them to where they are now. A seemingly light film with a twist at the end. A short simple film the is well shot. The director, Vinson, got the idea from his own personal life from when his grandfather died a few years back.
Blindspot, Directed by Judd Einan, coming into the life of being homeless and trying to make it fit by imitating the other homeless people around him. The cinematography was great for this film although it was a little slow at times and the story didn’t seem like it was fully realized on screen. I did like how there was very little dialogue which allowed the visuals to tell the story.
Bathesheba’s Window, Directed by Jesse Dvorak, is a 1950′s like noir film shot in black and white and the look of film grain, the only color in the film being the red worn by the woman of interest. It is about a trumpet player who gets more than he bargained for when he watches a woman in her apartment from his window. It is a silent film. The director, Dvorak, used this piece for his MCTC film school project.
Mistreated, Directed by Tony Cane-Honeysett, is about a woman who finds a card in her husband’s coat which seems to be for dominatrix. Although the film was shot well the story line didn’t seem as set as it should be and more was sought out of the main actors. I did love the character of the best friend, but I didn’t understand the reference to the fall leaves that were shown again and again. The director, Cane-Honeysett, previously has made a documentary and written a book about Dominatrix culture which inspired this film.
Bloodshed Love, Directed by Mason Makram, is a 1920′s period film about a handyman who falls for woman but when he gets tangled up in her job as a call girl for a mafia like character things start taking a downward turn. The film goes back and forth in time as it flows giving it a puzzle like structure. It was a little slow at points but they did have a cool smoking shot, which can be seen in the picture above. The director, Makram, had written and shot the film for his capstone project at MCTC.
The Retirement of Joe Corduroy, Directed by Mike Nelson, was my favorite of the bunch. Joe is retiring quietly, but when his nephew gets into trouble he finds a new purpose in life and for his love of a good gun. It has a 1960′s feel to it. It was shot very well and had a great cast of actors in it. The director, Nelson, was inspired to make this film by Charles Bronson’s work.