I once heard David O. Russell’s style described as “accessible free jazz.” I can’t think of a better way to explain the director’s rhythms; always close enough to touch but also wild enough to spin out of control. Honestly, I’m not all that excited about his newest, Silver Linings Playbook, but then again I’ve never been excited about Russell’s films. Yet, they tend to surprise me. The Fighter was an especially interesting approach to a tried story. Three Kings remains one of my favorite films to come out of the mini-artistic renaissance of late-90s Hollywood.
Here’s a few clips from Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Already an Oscar contender, set for limited release November 21: