Published 2/10/14 by: Kaitlin
It’s the Monday before Valentine’s Day, so I thought I’d make you all privy to my list of the dreamiest American gentlemen. Honestly, this list hasn’t evolved much since 1999. Call me traditional. Ha! Who’s on your list?
Clockwise from the top left:
Miles Teller – The guy to watch in 2014! He was fantastic in The Spectacular Now, and his jazz-drummer film Whiplash won the top honor at Sundance this past month. He’s going to be in Divergent in March, and just signed on for a Scorsese boxing biopic.
Ryan Gosling – When does The Notebook 2 come out? Kidding. If you still think he’s just a pretty guy, please get your paws on a copy of Half Nelson.
Bradley Cooper – If you can manage to play a convincing newspaper reporter on Alias, and also be the token jerk in The Hangover then you may be on to something. Oh and he speaks French. Swoon-worthy.
Matt Damon – Cambridge MA native, who’s a few credits short of having a Harvard degree. That mega-watt smile, plus a screenwriting Oscar equals total dreamboat.
Ben Affleck – Double Oscar winner and Bostonian. He writes, acts and directs. He managed to marry the loveliest lady in the land: Jennifer Garner. Total catch.
Tom Brady – Yes he modeled for men’s Uggs that one time. All is forgiven. He’s the King of New England. He will go down as one of the top five quarterbacks of all time. And how about that chin dimple?
Kyle Chandler – I put him in the middle because he deserves it. Whether it’s Early Edition, Wolf of Wall Street or Friday Night Lights, he commands my attention more than any other actor on the screen right now. Also, he’s convinced me to bring winking back.
Published 12/25/13 by: Kaitlin
Plunging necklines, gold chains, a soundtrack boasting Elton John, and hairspray by the ton. This is the footprint of “American Hustle”; It’s what you see on the surface. As you dig in to this movie, you soon realize that it’s not your average heist flick. Most films of this genre revolve around one major heist – usually “the last big hit” before all the savvy criminals bail out and attempt to retire on a tropical island far away from their seedy pasts. Some of that rings true in “American Hustle”, but for the most part, it’s people trying to dig themselves out of the hustles gone awry.
When we meet Christian Bale’s character Irvin Rosenfeld, he’s at the peak of his hustling. He calls himself a con artist, and he meets his match in Sydney Prosser, played impeccably by Amy Adams. They are drawn to each other, and start hustling people through a loan business they set up. They’re in love, and they flaunt it in fur coats and tinted shades. The movie doesn’t really heat up until the two are caught, and forced to help the FBI sting four people in fraudulent business. This is when the hustles start layering one on top of the other. The more aggressive the FBI (specifically Bradley Cooper’s Richie DiMaso) is, and the more convoluted their operations become, Irving’s agitation arises, which leads to his romantic and professional relationship with Sydney being at risk.
Throughout the movie you’re left wondering who can trust each other, what people’s true feelings are, and what’s intentional or unintentional. The cast is very character driven, as they all have their quirks and punchlines. Jeremy Renner was superbly cast as a blue collar New Jersey mayor trying to rebuild Atlantic City, and Louis CK is a deadpan FBI supervisor (a glorified paper pusher) whose mundaneness is noteworthy. While Bale’s performance was transcendent – I mean, I actually forgot I wasn’t in 1978, where microwaves were aptly referred to as “science ovens”, it’s Jennifer Lawrence who steals the show. Lawrence plays Bale’s neglected, house-bound, sarcastic wife. She’s hilarious, terrifying, delusional, and beautiful simultaneously. I wouldn’t be shocked if she pulled off another Golden Globe this awards season.
For those of you looking for a typical heist movie, this isn’t it. If you like good one-liners, a nice perm, and quirky characters who may con you out of a free breakfast, then this is for you.
Kaitlin’s Grade: Bby