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American Hustle

American Hustle

American Hustle
2013
Written by Eric Singer and David O. Russell
Directed by David O. Russell

American Hustle
A swindling couple are forced by the FBI to assist in going after bigger game, but the operation to take down corrupt government officials spirals out of control as it becomes a mystery on who is conning who. American Hustle is filled with great performances that are among the most realistic and complicated characters of the year. It’s a shame they’re trapped in the plot of an hour long USA Channel original program! Heck, the characters even use the word “leverage” multiple times, and Leverage is among my favorite of those shows (it also features criminals who swindle criminals, though it aired on TNT!) Sure, sure, the film’s all loosely based on ABSCAM, but the real reason to watch American Hustle are the performances, not the crime story.
American Hustle
Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) is a street kid who learned at a young age that everyone was out to take everyone, and set out to get his own, even if it meant doing things outside the book. He graduated from smashing windows to drum up his dad’s glass business to loan scams, offering money to desperate people and pocketing the deposit as he disappears. Even his appearance is a huge cong, with one of the most complicated comb-overs in history. He falls in love with Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), a woman of the world who is one of the few that has the same cultured interests (such as jazz). She takes to his scams and soon the pair are running through the clients. Despite being careful, they don’t stay entirely off the radar, and are soon set up by FBI Agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso is trying to make a name of himself at the FBI, much to the chagrin of his supervisor Stoddard Thorsen (Louis C.K.), who advocates a more cautious and nonflamboyant approach to bringing down criminals. In exchange for leniency, Rosenfeld and Prosser must now help DiMaso go after bigger game, corrupt politicians and businessmen.

Jeremy Renner is literally unrecognizable as Mayor Carmine Polito, he’s as Jersey as you can be without having dated someone from Jersey Shore. Polito is a heartfelt good guy who is trying his darnedest to revitalize New Jersey and bring in casinos for jobs and money. Unfortunately he does so via methods that are extralegal at best, which makes him a target of DiMaso.
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Posted by Tars Tarkas - January 1, 2014 at 8:14 am

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Midnight Run 2

Midnight Run 2 is somehow greenlit and getting made, which is shocking because the original came out so long ago I had to look up how young I was. One thing is clear, the title sounds like it should have been a Direct-to-DVD entry around 2007 or so. But De Niro is back and producing, so at least we avoid the whole someone is the son of the character from the first film mess that happens a lot in these late sequels. David Elliot & Paul Lovett are rewriting the script, you might remember them from writing GI Joe (which was generic) and will soon remember them from Four Brothers 2. Yes, Four Brothers 2, which will be out soon as well. Also spoiler alert, Four Brothers 2 will need another fourth brother, or maybe it will just be called Three Brothers. Perhaps they can kill off a brother each film until no one is left alive.

Brett Ratner is in negotiations to direct Midnight Run 2 with his company co-producing. As this might be closer to his Rush Hour films than X-Men 3 or Tower Heist, maybe it is a good idea.

We do not know if Charles Grodin will be back, though the article says he is open to the idea. Grodin spends a lot of his time doing volunteer advocacy work now, which is awesome.

via Deadline
Midnight Run

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - March 23, 2012 at 4:09 pm

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