A Dog Distracted By A Squirrel: American Hustle, Reviewed.

1. David O. Russell is a director who doesn't know what he's doing. I say this with legitimate, if cautious, admiration. Some of our most celebrated directors have been incorrigible perfectionist assholes: David Fincher makes actors do hundreds of takes; Kubrick sent crazy (but not wrong) letters to projectionists;… » 12/17/13 5:57pm 12/17/13 5:57pm

Killing Jennifer Lawrence: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Reviewed.

1. The first Hunger Games movie was entertaining enough, but still plodding, awkward, and weighed down with so much exposition that you found yourself wishing everyone would stop sketching out the rules of this universe and get down to mourning all the dead children falling from the skies. The movie had Jennifer… » 11/19/13 6:02pm 11/19/13 6:02pm

I ♥ David O. Russell: An Unpredictable Career Gets Back On Track

With all the great directors out there to choose from—Tarantino, Spielberg, Paul Thomas Anderson—it's hard to think of many aspiring filmmakers who would look at David O. Russell's career and say, "That's who I want to be." There are auteurs who follow the beat of their own drum, and then there's Russell, who just about… » 11/09/12 6:27pm 11/09/12 6:27pm