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: The third movement in the unexpected suite of David O. Russell Is Back: after the conventional but lively The Fighter
and the unconventional then pretty conventional but also quite lively Silver Linings Playbook
, the volatile director has assembled a greatest-hits cast from those two movies (Bale! Cooper! Adams! Lawrence!), added in Jeremy Renner, and presumably said some sort of non-prayer affirmation to himself about finally getting his Oscar. Some early word indicates Hustle
may be too much of a chaotic romp—in other words, too much of a David O. Russell movie—to win him that statuette, but that sounds fine to me. Russell should just be stoked that he somehow turned out to be the most popular of the late-90s group he came up with, which includes fellow awards-season hopefuls Alexander Payne and Spike Jonze, along with Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Sofia Coppola—unless you count Christopher Nolan, but still, Nolan got to piggyback on the enduring popularity of Batman. I'm holding off until Sunday on finalizing my Ten Best list for The L
out of hope that American Hustle
might merit an inclusion in a very strong year—which kind of makes me feel like a chump, but it's a movie about con artists, so that's probably appropriate.