Just a note on radio shows. Last night, we were on caesar’s ghost with Charlotte Kosa on blogtalk radio. And what fun that was. She’ll have the show archived at the link above. For some reason, we thought the show was going to be an hour, but it was two hours – and no breaks! Charlotte has a missing time experience that we hope she’ll write up and send us so we can post it.
We took a break from work the other day and went to see Silver Linings Playbook.
We knew the movie had been nominated for an Oscar, that our daughter loved it, and that Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) starred with Bradley Cooper, the guy from Limitless. Other than that, we didn’t know much – no story line or the context. During the credits we discovered it was based on a novel by Matthew Quick.
From the opening to ending scenes, I was captivated. Cooper plays a guy who is bipolar and his illness is the world into which you, the movie viewer, travel. It‘s a bumpy ride. Cooper is such a terrific actor that you really understand what it means to be bipolar, that it’s about the anxiety we may feel at some point in our lives but magnified five million times. He’s obsessed with his wife – Nikki – whom he hasn’t seen for eight months because he has been in a mental institution. He ended up there by court order after finding Nikki in the shower with a teacher with whom she worked and beating the teacher to a bloody pulp.
Robert DeNiro, now 70, plays the perfect father of a blue collar bipolar son. The woman who plays his wife, Jacki Weaver, is so realistic she looks and acts as though she was recruited from some blue-collar neighborhood in Philadelphia. Then there’s Jennifer Lawrence – Katniss from The Hunger Games – and wow, you can see where this incredible actress is headed. She’s been nominated as best actress in this movie (and Cooper for best actor) and was also nominated for her role in Winter’s Bone. She’s just 22. She’s the real deal.
Lawrence takes edgy, rebellious roles that illustrate the changing paradigm for women – and for society as a whole. Her characters are flawed because of circumstances, because of what they must do to stay alive, to flourish. In Silver Linings Playbook, she’s the 25-year-old widow of a cop, and she steals the show. Ultimately, the story centers around a dance contest, a gambling venture, and how love can transform us.
I hope this movie wins big time.
After all, as the title suggests, we all have silver linings in our lives. We just have to recognize them.