Silver Linings Playbook

Critic Speak Podcast: Episode 3

On this week’s episode of the Critic Speak Podcast, we discuss “The Big Wedding” and what’s happened to Robert De Niro in recent years, the new Michael Bay flick “Pain & Gain,” and Zach Braff’s recent Kickstarter campaign. Then, we interview my buddy and fellow movie lover Oscar Velasquez about his Letterboxd challenge “Great Movies …

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Our Oscar Picks and Predictions

Rest assured: this is the only Oscar predictions post you’ll see on Critic Speak all year. While the rest of the Internet film community becomes obsessed with statuettes come November, writing almost exclusively about precursors and frontrunners and “Oscar buzz” for the next four months, we pride ourselves on keeping the focus on real criticism. …

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Review: “Silver Linings Playbook”

David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” sets itself up for disappointment by initially adopting the appearance of a sophisticated movie that it’s not. The premise–two mentally ill people, he bipolar and she coping with the death of her husband, fall in love despite their difficulties with day-to-day life–suggests that the film is the rare romantic-comedy …

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