Oh I do love a good movie. Even though I'm a longtime member of Netflix, it is rare that I get to see a really good movie. About half the movies I order, I eject from my DVD player before they are finished. The reason being either they are too violent or just plain insulting to my intelligence. What I like in a good movie is what I call the human condition. Plus, I have to like the actors.
Last night I finally got around to watching "Silver Linings Playbook." I heard a lot about the movie, which actually is a drawback for me because usually the more hype a movie gets, the less I like it. Many of the pictures that win the Academy Award I find mediocre at best. Occasionally there is a really good movie but most of them suck. No apologies for the strong language, most of them really suck. "Ghandi?" Eh. That one about the silent picture show, whose name I even forget. Forget it.
What I go by is the actors, which actually doesn't always work but I have to like the actors. I've never seen Jennifer Lawrence before but I did last night and I have to tell you, she deserved the Academy Award she won for her role in "Silver Linings." Jennifer Hudson? Not so much but it was interesting to see an "American Idol" runner up an Academy Award. Of course she has no other career other than screeching her Weight Watchers' commercials now but I digress.
Of course anyone who knows me knows that I am in love with Bradley Cooper. Not only is he drop dead gorgeous, he has a self-effacing personality which is a killer for me. And, to top everything else off, he is one helluva actor. Just watch him in this diner scene with Jennifer Lawrence. These are two actors at the top of their game. To me a good actor is one that, even though I know of them as an actor, I believe them in their role. This is something I am unable to do with the likes of Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise.
To me, actors like Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, although very proficient as actors, have well established personalities as self-absorbed narcissists that I can never believe them in a role. With Tom Cruise I am constantly thinking of how short he is. With Brad Pitt, what hair style is he sporting now? And as for sex appeal, Brad Pitt ceased to have it after his role in "Thelma and Louise." Tom Cruise? I never saw his sex appeal. Never. Count me in the minority but I just don't get Tommy Boy.
Another one of my favorite actors both from an eye candy viewpoint and acting chops is Ryan Gosling but he is rapidly losing his appeal to me. Perhaps it is because he is losing his self effacing personality, if he ever had one to begin with.
But boy oh boy do I like a good move and "Silver Linings Playbook" was one of the best I've seen in years. I'm always partial to movies set in the Philadelphia area, where I lived and worked for over twenty-five years. I'm always impressed when these "Philadelphia" movies are accurate as to their references to the Philadelphia area like the movie "The Sixth Sense" was. "Silver Linings Playbook" was just such an accurate movie to its Philadelphia setting. If I had any criticism at all, it is of Robert DiNiro's performance. "Bobby" DiNiro is another actor I never "got." Sure, he can act but all his roles seem to be a variation on "Robert DiNiro." In "Silver Linings Playbook" I think he went over the top. I knew Philadelphia Eagles fanatics. My father was one. Believe me, Robert DiNiro's acting performance didn't come close to my father's obsession with the Philadelhia Eagles. My father lived and breathed the Philadelphia Eagles.
|Isaac W. Tipton, Sr. - 1991 - my dad and #1 Philadelphia Eagles fan|