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November 22, 2012
“Let’s Talk: ‘Silver Linings’ Perfect Adult Counter Programming for the Holidays…and So Much More.”
— Posted by Kenny Miles
Rarely does Hollywood give adult audiences a family centric, dramatic comedy on Thanksgiving like David O. Russell’s “The Silver Linings Playbook.” Audiences better take advantage of the opportunity this weekend as a quality alternative to something like “Red Dawn.” Playing in 350 theaters this weekend, it might be hard to locate. However, go out of your way to find it.
The strongest element of ‘Silver Linings’ is Jennifer Lawrence. She made her debut with “Winters Bone” and exploded with “The Hunger Games” and is beginning to solidify her status as one of my generations talented actresses with the friendly girl next door attitude. Lawrence gives an incredible performance balancing quirky crazy and furious humor in what may be the best leading actress turn of 2012. The chemistry between her and Bradley Cooper were infectious and sincere as their witty, snappy dialogue delivered kinetic energy. You watch the sparks fly off the screen. Let me declare that I was wowed by Bradley Cooper’s dramatic turn. He’s a thoughtful actor in interviews and finally drops his “Hangover” facade to show us he is multi-dimensional character actor.
Transcendent, intimate, and eccentric, ‘Silver Linings’ is one of the best movies of 2012. There’s a reason why this won the same audience award at the same festival (Toronto) as “The Kings Speech” and “Slumdog Millionaire.” Harvey Weinstein gets behind quality movies and this is no exception as he rally behinds this little movie. You will be hearing about ‘Silver Linings’ in the coming weeks, during years end movie recaps and all through awards season. People: Don’t miss it! And let me know your thoughts and opinions regarding the movie.
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Whether something is overlooked by Hollywood or whatever business trend has captured the Entertainment Industry’s attention, Kenny Miles loves to talk about movies (especially the cultural impact of a film). He covers various aspects of movies including specialty genre films, limited release, independent, foreign language, documentary features, and THE much infamous "awards season." Also, he likes to offer his opinion on the business of film, marketing strategy, and branding. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado and is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society critics group. When he isn’t writing, Kenny channels his passion for interacting with moviegoers (something most movie pundits lack) as a pollster for the market research company CinemaScore and working as floor staff/special events coordinator in the film community. You can follow him on Twitter @kmiles723.
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