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Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

Confidence Games, Bribery and Love Triangles

 We meet Irving (Christian Bale) in a hotel room mirror, pasting a toupee over his thinning hair and topping it with hairspray to make things stick. Irving’s vanity is a deception tied to a yen for recreating himself as the raconteur he’d love to be. And to get to that place, he became a con artist
11.22.2012 | | Posted at 11:24 AM
By David Luhrssen
  Nowadays, soundtracks tend to be of little interest beyond the context of their films. Sure, the music from The Dark Knight Rises effectively maintains the story’s mood, but who wants it as the soundtrack for their lives? The Silver Linings Playbook CD from Sony Music is an exception. The music for the new comedy by director David O. Russell (Flirting with Disaster) begins with a...
06.16.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Are we formed by genetics or environment��that whole nature versus nurture thing��as the Alan Alda character in Flirting With Disaster might put it? The Miramax comedy, directed by David O. Russell (ThreeKings), was one of my Top 10 movies the year it was released, 1996. Watching it again on DVD for the first time since then, it has lost none of its eccentric spark. The disaster at the he...