Film Review #2: Joy (★★½)

As someone who’s analyzed director David O. Russell’s use of women, I was incredibly skeptical about his latest film, Joy, being anywhere near amazing. Sorry, but I don’t blindly subscribe to the cult of Russell and Jennifer Lawrence collaborations, and haven’t found much enjoyment in the director’s work since The Fighter. Complications over his rewriting of Annie […]


Film Review: Joy (★★)

David O. Russell seems to have made a self-indulgent attempt to return to his quirky filmmaking style which garnered him a legion of lovers following “I Heart Huckabees” and “Flirting with Disaster.”  However, it seems he tried to mix his “acclaimed” straight-forward style that has made him a bonafide Oscar favorite with “The Fighter” and “American […]


Check Out the New Trailer for ‘Joy’ with Jennifer Lawrence and Robert DeNiro

20th Century Fox debuted a NEW trailer for their upcoming film, JOY. Jennifer Lawrence stars with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, and more in David O. Russell’s latest film, coming to theaters this Christmas! JOY Release: December 25, 2015 Director: David O. Russell Screenplay by David O. Russell; Story by: Annie Mumolo and David O. Russell Cast: […]


Awards Profile: Joy

Director: David O. Russell Writers: David O. Russell and Annie Mumolo Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Robert De Niro Synopsis: The life of a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs. Why It Might Succeed: The last time I was given a Jennifer Lawrence film for awards […]


2016 Oscars: A Year for Minority Directors on the Horizon?

The Oscar Predictions overhaul continues this month and next on the docket is Best Achievement in Directing.   With Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu snagging the trophy for “Birdman,” all eyes are on him this year on “The Revenant.”  When it comes to looking far out, you can easily make a career case for many overdue auteurs and […]


David O. Russell’s ‘Joy’ will hit on Christmas Day of 2015

I know not all of you have been too fond of David O. Russell‘s recent string of successes, but I certainly have been. As such, I’m excited to see him quickly turn around and continue the run he’s been on, which started with Silver Linings Playbook and continued last year with American Hustle. He’s officially […]

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Oscar Circuit: Best Original Screenplay

Our look at the individual Oscar categories continue.  If you missed a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2014.  You can also see the official Oscar Predictions page for Best Original Screenplay. And the Nominees are: American Hustle – David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer Blue Jasmine – Woody Allen Dallas Buyers […]


Oscar Circuit: Best Director

Our look at the individual Oscar categories continues.  If you missed a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2014.  You can also see the official Oscar Predictions page for Best Director. And the Nominees are… Alfonso Cuarón – Gravity Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave Alexander Payne – Nebraska David O. Russell – American […]


David O. Russell Teaming with Jennifer Lawrence Again

I don’t think anyone can blame Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell for wanting to collaborate again and again with each other. They’ve done some of their most honored work together, after all. Russell got Lawrence her first Oscar in Silver Linings Playbook and they’re both looking for wins this time around with American Hustle. […]


Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 82: DGA-Oscars Link, Sundance Winners, Academy Idol Top 6 Results

Welcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment. What a week it has been.  The race for the Oscars continues.  Lots of news to go over including the closing of the Sundance Film Festival where Terence attended and saw films like “Boyhood” […]