Last Three Things I Watched: ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Enough Said,’ ‘Thanks For Sharing’

by Norm Gregory on January 1, 2014

in Last Three Things, Movies, What I Watched

American Hustle – Not put together as tightly as most David O. Russell films. I know it’s not a documentary and I should not care if the history was sloppy and fabricated . . . but I kind of do since I remember this big news story from the late ’70s. Entertaining cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner and Robert De Niro. All, except Mr. De Niro (in a small stereotypical mobster role), wearing ridiculous hair. So ridiculous that the flopping hair pieces threaten to take one out of the story. Grade: C [ RT ] [ PP ]

Enough Said – This is a wonderful movie. I was smiling the whole time. The cast: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener and Toni Collette. If you know them I shouldn’t have say much more. Louis-Dreyfus could turn out to be major indie film actor. The story of two divorced middle aged folks with daughters leaving the ‘nest’ is the back drop. The real story is the up and down relationship between the characters played by Louis-Dreyfus and Gandolfini . Enough Said will be in my top-ten of 2013. Grade: A [ RT ] [ PP ]

Thanks For Sharing – I always thought this sexual addiction thing wasn’t all that serious and should not be put in the same category as the ‘real’ addictions. Thanks For Sharing did little to change that theory. But Josh Gad is funny. Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins are solid and Gwyneth Paltrow is not. Pink has fairly major role but “Pink” is not mentioned in the credits. Her real name Alecia Moore was. Maybe she knew something her veteran cast mates didn’t. Grade: C [ RT ]

This is a list of the last three major video items I watched on my home 80 inch screen.

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gary burleigh January 2, 2014 at 1:12 pm

I loved American Hustle with a caveat. Sometimes I’m blown away by the craft. The acting makes up for the flaws in the narrative.

I agree 100%. Enough Said is terrific.


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