Silver Linings Playbook is Full of Silver Linings…would be an awesome title for this post.

4 Jan

Posted by: Alex

Happy new year, everyone! My new year’s resolution for 2013 is to accept compliments better. So, before you even tell me how great this post is, and how pretty you think I look today, let me just graciously say “thank you.”

As my first post of the year, I want to make it a point to show that I actually saw a movie while it is in the theaters, and I saw one that will probably be nominated for at least three Academy Awards. And I am making my prediction now that Silver Linings Playbook, while very good, will not take home any awards (I’m making this public, friends who come over to watch the Oscars and fill out our Oscar ballot, because when I win, once again, you’ll know I’m not cheating, which I will undoubtedly be accused of).

I would like to eat in a diner with Bradley Cooper. I mean, if he asked nicely.

I would like to eat in a diner with Bradley Cooper. I mean, if he asked nicely.

One thing I’ve learned about myself over the last couple of years is that I have certain genres of television and movies that I like, and I make no time for the others. I like comedies, the darker the better, because I like to laugh and be jovial, but I prefer my comedy smart. Unless you’re the movie Old School, which is one of the best movies ever made. Vince Vaughn doesn’t even have to speak and I am rolling on the floor laughing (sorry, young people – ROTF). If a documentary is made about any topic, I will find it interesting. Add some dramatic music and narration, and you could be telling me about how to fold a box and I will be convinced it’s of critical importance. And I will typically watch dramas in only two forms – political (ideally, based on real-life events. I was as excited for Frost/Nixon as some people are for The Hobbit) or psychological. I guess I like movies about people more dysfunctional than myself because they make me feel normal. That’s where Silver Linings Playbook comes in.

I have chills!

I have chills!

I don’t think I’ll be giving much away in the following paragraphs, so feel free to read on if you’re planning on seeing this movie. Unless basic plot counts as a spoiler, then SPOILER ALERT!!! BASIC PLOT WILL BE DISCUSSED!!! I’m just trying to cover my bases. If you opt to stop here, I’ll take the fact that you’ve read this far as a compliment. Thank you.

Here’s a quick synopsis: the movie begins with Bradley Cooper (lookin hiz-ot, as usual) getting released from a brief stay at a mental hospital for reasons you’ll find out in the movie. He goes to live with his parents, played brilliantly by Robert DeNiro (four nominations – DeNiro will get a nomination just for not being in a movie co-starring Ben Stiller) and Jacki Weaver. Pat (Cooper) is determined to get re-acclimated into society and to win back the love of his wife. In the process, he meets an equally out-there girl, Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), and she agrees to help Pat reunite with his wife as long as he enters an amateur ballroom competition as her partner, in return. That part sounds a little random, but it makes more sense when you see the movie. Actually, it doesn’t, but it still provides some of the most entertaining scenes of the whole film. In fact, the competition scene  is worth sitting through the entire two hours.

The movie starts a little grim, but eventually gets lighter as time goes by. Bradley Cooper usually plays a douche, but he’s so vulnerable and smart in this role, that I endorse the nomination he has not yet received. And I like that Jennifer Lawrence! She doesn’t just know how to shoot arrows and make food out of twigs, she also plays a great lunatic. I really thought she was amazing. And I find any movie that questions the definition of crazy to be fascinating. Again, I think I’m looking for someone to say I’m not crazy? That’s what it’s sounding like to me. Even if you’re someone confident in your non-craziness, I still think you should see this movie. At one point, Katniss gets into some really sticky situations! Oh, wait… I’m thinking of something else.

Happy New Year to you all and may 2013 be filled with Bradley Cooper looking hot, reality television, and loads of crazy people! xoxo

Alex out!

5 Responses to “Silver Linings Playbook is Full of Silver Linings…would be an awesome title for this post.”

  1. Emily Collins January 4, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    You mean – ROTFL, not ROTF. Get it straight.

  2. athed January 4, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    Wait, for real? Jesus, I’m old. I should have confirmed my facts on the young people’s internet.

  3. mthep January 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    i only recently saw that hunger movie, so i’m late to the jennifer lawrence bandwagon, but she seems like a pretty great human; http://www.buzzfeed.com/kmallikarjuna/the-best-jennifer-lawrence-quotes-of-2012.

  4. annemarie January 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    Actually, the best Jennifer Lawrence movie so far, imho, was Winter’s Bone. Sort of a prequel to The Hunger Games. Sort of. She has no potential boyfriends in it.

    • athed January 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

      I’ve been meaning to see Winter’s Bone! Thank you for the reminder.

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