American Hustle opens with a long, silent scene showing Christian Bale, playing a medium-time conman named Irving Rosenfeld, gazing into a mirror as he carefully affixes his toupee to his weirdly bald head. The symbolism in the scene is obvious: Rosenfeld looks like an actor preparing to go on stage, and as we soon find out, he has in fact… read more!
Movies Directed by David O. Russell (in alphabetical order)
Hollywood's love affair with Massachusetts continues with what is at least the fifth 2010 drama set in the Bay State, joining other prestige pictures such as The Social Network, The Town, The Company Men, and Shutter Island. The energetic Fighter heads upstate from Boston and unfolds its story mostly in the town of Lowell, home of boxer Micky Ward (Mark… read more!
The fall of 2004 is notable for bringing the American public the fourth releases from three quirky writer-directors who all arrived on the independent scene at the same time: Wes Anderson (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and now The Life Aquatic), Alexander Payne (Citizen Ruth, Election, About Schmidt, and now Sideways), and David O. Russell, who last made the… read more!
Bradley Cooper plays Pat, an apparently nice guy whose everyman personality has been tainted by bipolar disorder. Finally released from a psychiatric hospital into the custody of his parents (Robert De Niro, whose superstitious Pat Sr. is almost as crazy as his son, and Jackie Weaver), Pat is completely manic, and obsessed with one thing only: reconciling with his wife,… read more!