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{weekend watch: 11.23-25.12} Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook

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Life of Pi
Directed by Ang Lee, adapted by David Magee, starring Suraj Sharma

Based on the absolutely riveting book by Yann Martel, Life of Pi is being eagerly anticipated by book clubs that are curious how its magical realism plot (a young man is shipwrecked and stranded with a Bengal tiger) will translate to screen. Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (Sense and Sensibility, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain) is known for his genre-hopping, poetic vision.

You should go if: You read the book, are reading the book, like to feed your eyes pretty things, or just adore tigers. In other words, this might be a good Thanksgiving weekend group outing.

Early reports: At the time of writing, Life of Pi had a strong 81% rating on Rotten TomatoesNew York Magazine critic David Edelstein concludes, “The film is transcendent.” See it in 3D to take full advantage of its reported beauty.

 Silver Linings Playbook
Adapted and directed by David O. Russell, starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver

This film has been racking up the Oscar buzz, and not just because its two able stars are working the media profiles like the professionals they are. Based on a book by Matthew Quick, the film follows just-de-institutionalized Pat and grieving Tiffany as they try to get a handle on their broken worlds. The word is that both Lawrence and Cooper go way beyond their Hunger Games and The Hangover work…though I’m not surprised, having loved her in Winter’s Bone and him on early seasons of Alias. Plus, there’s dancing. And De Niro. And the really scary mom from Animal Kingdom (Weaver). And David O. Russell (Three KingsI Heart Huckabees, The Fighter).

You should go if: You like idiosyncratic romantic comedies and beating everyone in Oscar polls.

Early reports: Silver Linings Playbook is killing it on Rotten Tomatoes with a 91% rating. Rolling Stone‘s Peter Travers writes, “Tinged with shadows and ignited by Lawrence and Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook raises the bar on romantic comedy. It’s crazy good.”

What are you seeing this weekend?

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Sarah Magill

Sarah Magill has a full-time movie habit made possible by a day-time greeting card writing gig. She blogs at Gimme Some Film and is learning to write scripts and direct. She tries to balance her screen obsession with trail running, jazz singing, book clubbing, and hanging out with The Best Golden Retriever Ever, Copa.

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3 comments on “{weekend watch: 11.23-25.12} Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook”

  1. I can’t wait to see Life of Pi! Our family is still trying to decide what to see this weekend. So many good options! :)

    • Yeah, it’s a really good film weekend…that I spending a long ways from big theatres…my dad and I watched Bringing Up Baby last night, though, so it’s all good! Let me know what you pick!

  2. I’ve actually been really intrigued by Silver Linings since I first saw the preview. Not sure if I’ll make it out to see it in theatres, but it definitely looks good. Still trying to figure out if I want to finish reading Life of Pi before seeing it… I’m 100 pages in right now. Guess I’ll see how my week plays out.