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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Cinebanter #119 - SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

The mp3 of this show is here.

In this episode, Michael and Tassoula are divided by the sentiment of SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. In the Last Five®, Michael confesses to dozing during one of the year's biggest hits, while Tassoula exercises bad judgment and sees a current horror flick alone. They also respond to a Listener Last Five and comment on the approaching awards season. The breakdown is as follows:

• 00:00 Intro
• 00:32 Discussion of SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
• Break
• 18:01 To Sum It Up
• Break
• 18:28 The Last Five®
• Break
• 46:27 Listener Last Five (Nathan in Lincoln) & Awards Commentary
• 1:02:24 Credits and Outtakes

Michael's Last Five in this episode were: LOOPER; ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST; WARRIOR; LINCOLN and LAKE OF FIRE. Tassoula's Last Five were: THE SESSIONS; THE COLLECTION; TWO FAMILY HOME; A CHRISTMAS CAROL and KILLING THEM SOFTLY.

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Special thanks to Brad Daane and Mark Cummins, and Vincent Do for providing the original music in this episode.

Tassoula has reviews, musings and movie-related product links at Tassoula's Movie Review Blog.

Reviews and/or notes of movies Michael sees can be found at his MichaelVox website.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Ellen said...

I enjoyed your discussion of Silver Linings Playbook. Opinion-wise I fall right in the middle between you two: I liked it more than Michael but it still often felt cold when I knew I should be feeling something for the characters and their predicaments. I actually thought Robert De Niro was great though! He has been the jokey winking dad for so long (a la "Meet the Parents") that it was nice to see him doing something different.

As for the mental illness quirkiness, I also saw some of that in the movie, but I blame Bradley Cooper's performance. I haven't liked him really in any movie since "Wet Hot American Summer" and I don't think he was up to the task of expressing the complexity of someone struggling to overcome bipolar disorder and put his life back together. During serious moments I felt like I could see on his face, "I'm going for an Oscar here -- see how hard I'm acting!"

Fun fact - the neighbor kid who kept coming to the door was played by David O. Russell's son.

6:21 AM  
Blogger MichaelVox said...

I agree on your De Niro thoughts. He took some sorta clunky and unbelievable dialogue, and made it seem plausible. I can't get that scene out of my mind when she proves to know about football and someone says "do you like her now?" and he says "I think I do, I think I do" or something. That bothered me, but I'll blame the writing. Cooper's previous roles may be the problem here. We don't expect him to do this without winking at the camera. My acting award order goes: Lawrence, De Niro, Cooper, Tucker.

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Nathan Johnson said...

Thanks for reading my e-mail. I couldn't help but detect a bit of Schadenfreude in Teresa's voice as she cackled at the account of my childhood terrors, but I was laughing along, too. :)

Aliens, man.

5:47 PM  

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