Episode #41: Stylin’ Daze

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Clockwise from top left: Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams in a scene from American Hustle; Holly Hunter as the enigmatic and prophetic GJ in Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake; Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman in Catching Fire; Oscar Isaac as the title character in Inside Llewyn Davis

FOI rings in the new year with a bunch of movies and one miniseries.

  • Cynara gives standard no-spoiler reviews for David O. Russell’s period heist romp American Hustle and the Coen Bros.’ period music drama Inside Llewyn Davis. Thrown in for good measure is our slagging of another heist flick, Now You See Me.
  • Jenny recommends Top of the Lake, Jane Campion’s New Zealand-set miniseries starring Elisabeth Moss. (It’s a qualified recommend, given the triggering subject matter.)
  • We dive into The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and all the feelings and frustrations attendant to it and the book it’s based on. (This part is spoilery, so do not listen unless you’ve seen the movie or don’t care about spoilers.)
  • Bonus effusive YA book recommendation from Cynara: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

One thought on “Episode #41: Stylin’ Daze

  1. When you were discussing American Hustle you spoke about not seeing real looking characters & I agree with you. That’s one of the things I liked about the movie Nebraska. The characters were so real looking.

    I also liked Inside Llewyn Davis & agree that his character is a dick except when performing & sometimes when dealing with the cat (only because he identifies with the cat). In my younger day I knew some musicians and non-musicians who moved about mooching like that, also acting as though they were somehow superior because they didn’t give in and take a crappy job (though they had no problem taking money from those who did). Eventually they lost all their friends. It rang true to me.

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