David O. Russell

The ‘Hollywood Reporter’ Director Roundtable Is Everything That’s Wrong With Awards Season (and Hollywood)

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The full, hour-plus video of The Hollywood Reporter’s annual director roundtable went up yesterday, a bit later than usual, but you’ve basically seen it before. It’s not just that the panel of “the year’s most notable directors” (their words, not ours) was so homogenous – entirely male, and almost entirely white – though we’ll get to that. It’s the sheer sense of déjà vu in the group, a monotonous return of the same damn voices saying the same damn things. But it’s appropriate, as a symbol of both Hollywood in general and awards season in particular.
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This Week at the Movies: ‘Joy,’ ‘The Hateful Eight,’ ‘The Revenant’

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Christmas Day is always a big target date for movie-going, with multiplexes and arthouses alike offering up copious options for post-Christmas dinner awkward family time and post-Chinese food bonding alike. And this year offers up even more of a bumper crop, since Christmas falls on the traditional new release day of Friday (though a certain space opera will certainly remain atop this week’s box office). Here’s what’s out there for the holidays, and what’s worth your time:
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Even Jennifer Lawrence’s Brilliant Performance Can’t Save David O. Russell’s ‘Joy’

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They used to call them “Women’s Pictures.” A staple of popular filmmaking in the mid-20th century, they told heart-wrenching stories of strong women and the storms they faced; they featured fierce actors like Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. Of course, they weren’t directed by women, because they didn’t really let women make movies then (hahaha, then), yet a subset of directors like Douglas Sirk, George Cukor, and Vincente Minnelli made a specialty of them. If the new comedy/drama Joy teaches us anything, it’s that it took a special kind of male filmmaker to tell these stories, and David O. Russell is not cut from that cloth.
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Watch the Trailer for David O. Russel’s ‘Joy,’ Starring Jennifer Lawrence

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It was hard to imagine exactly the angle David O. Russell would be going for with Joy, the film loosely based on Joy Mangano, the woman who invented the Miracle Mop, Huggable Hangers and Forever Fragrant: would it be a straightforward semi-inspirational biopic à la La Vie en Rose, but where the cathartic moment of swelling artistry came from the construction “of the original cotton self-wringing mop that’ll clean that mess again and again and again?” Likely not (I’ve been told, in fact, that it’s “not a biopic”).
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Flavorwire’s 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

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A new year is upon us, and a peek ahead at 2015’s cinematic offerings is… well, kinda depressing. As you peruse the many 2015 preview pieces on movie sites, there’s a noticeable sameness — namely because they’re chock full of sequels. And some of those sequels (The Avengers, Mad Max, The Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect, Magic Mike, Mission: Impossible, and, yes, Star Wars) might be great! But their domination of said lists speaks to the weakness of said lists; we’re banking anticipation almost exclusively on known quantities, from earlier films and filmmakers. And with Sundance and the rest of the spring festivals still on the horizon, we can’t yet guess at the smaller sleepers. BUT, nonetheless, we present this look at a few slightly off-the-grid and out-of-the-box movies that might be worth talking about this …Read More