David O. Russell’s Joy – The Year’s Biggest Disappointment

"The world doesn't owe you anything." David O. Russell had the best weekend of his career with $17.5 million for Joy, but the inspiring true story of Joy Mangano, a self-made millionaire who created her own business empire, left me bored and uninspired. With the exception of 2010’s commercially successful The Fighter, director David O. Russell's resume consists… Continue reading David O. Russell’s Joy – The Year’s Biggest Disappointment

What to Love About Hunger Games: Catching Fire

"Any last advice? Stay alive." The Hunger Games: Catching Fire proved not only to be a financial goliath raking in a record-breaking $110 million Thanksgiving haul, but raised a relevant question—when was the last time a sequel was this good? As a movie sequel, Catching Fire proves to have as much punch (if not more)… Continue reading What to Love About Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Toronto International Film Fest — Part 1

With the Venice, Telluride, Cannes and New York Film Festivals, the buzz has spread that Oscar season does not begin until the kickoff of the Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF has screened the past five Best Picture winners, and critics are already making their Oscar predictions. The 10-day festival concluded last week, but this is… Continue reading Toronto International Film Fest — Part 1