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Feb172014

Beauty Vs Beast: Oscar Hustle

JA from MNPP here with this week's edition of everybody's new favorite fun-time activity Beauty Vs. Beast, wherein we pit a movie's good and bad guys against each other in a death-match of public opinion. First things first let us congratulate the winner of last week's inaugural poll - Rebecca's diabolical Mrs. Danvers pretty much shoved The Second Mrs. de Winter right out the window at the starting line and never looked back. We do love our maleficently repressed domestics. Viva Team Danvers!

And so on to this week's face off. I don't know if you guys are aware of this, but the Academy Awards are coming up in less than two weeks. Did you know that? I know! It's nutso bonkers. So in the spirit of the season let's do some Oscar-themed showdowns til then. And what better place to start than with the cinematic ode to financial slash follicle excess which translated into similar nomination generosity - David O. Russell's American Hustle, which really when you come down to it is just a series of show-downs itself between actors being looney-tunes all up on each other. And with that spark of gladatorial excess let's make this week a two-fer, lads versus ladies style.

 

 

 

 

 

You've got one week to vote, and we'll be back with the winners and a brand new round next Monday! And please do make your cases  for these folks in the comments...

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Team Cleavage: Richie and Sydney all the way.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTB

TB -- i voted based on plunging necklines as well. Or maybe it was the disco dancing. Yeah, it was definitely the eroticized disco dancing

February 17, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I adore this series. Keep 'em coming!

My vote was for Irving. I'm just so tickled that Bale was Oscar-nominated for a cartoony DeNiro impression.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

The pink micro-curlers are not a con for me. Richie all the way, baby.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Pretentious Know it All

The only man my sister and I will "fight" over: Bradley Cooper. Le sigh!

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

The font for these face offs makes my eyes bleed.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHustler

Oh, and Sydney...obviously. Hot messes like Rosalyn are fun to watch from a distance, like on a trashy talk show. Not in my house. I have breakables.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Pretentious Know it All

Bradley Cooper/Richie all the way! Loved every "romantic" scene with him and Adams, but the scenes with him and Louis CK were just pure absurd gold. Just a damn near perfect comedic performance. As for the ladies, I went with Rosalyn. I'm not the biggest fan of the performance (the part's the thing there), but poor Sydney/Adams is the only one not having any fun. She does give excellent cleavage, and if there were ever an award for side-boob, she's win in a walk.

Oh what a trashy good time American Hustle was, much like the 70s themselves. My new dream in life is to walk through the smoke of an exploded spotlight.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVal

Hilarious!

I'm Team Richie basically because he's hot and Team Sydney because Rosalyn is completely bonkers. In my mind I do speak with a British accent so that also counts.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I'm really surprised Sydney is wining over Rosalyn.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermurtada

Richie & Rosalyn, 'nuff said.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterthefilmjunkie

Sydney. Because I'm 31 so I want the older woman to win so I may still have hope in the future and perhaps believe that I'm not some old great-grandmother

Regardless of age, I thought Adams looked a lot prettier than Lawrence in the movie.

Didnt Care for the movie itself though. The soundtrack -and its use of it-was the best thing about it.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Team sydney. Because she is way sexier than Rosalyn in my mind. Emotional wrecks are not sexy! Not in life not on screen. Red hair is a plus too. Actress i love is another plus. And I will pass on the boys. They both gave me a headache.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTony T

I'm glad I'm not the only one that admired Bradley Cooper's chest hair in that scene. I straight up subconsciously couldn't stop staring, haha, and I saw the movie with my mom! Whoops.

Anyway, I voted Richie and Rosalyn.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

And that's because I felt really bad for Richie at the end and I thought Bradley Cooper did an amazing job. And as annoying as Rosalyn was, JLaw was so entertaining.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

I'm hardcore team Rosyln. She's manipulative, mentally unstable and works trashy glam like no other. Sydney can go join the Face Accent University for all i care.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDerreck.

I'll take painful, 1998-style Geocities web design for $300, Alex. Plus the misspellings of "sheikh?" is it - argh - I hope this isn't your day job.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterYikes

Thanks for alerting me to the misspellings, Yikes, you oh so charming scamp - I went ahead and fixed those, so now I can go ahead and fling myself off of the Empire State Building for failing to live up to your exacting standards of perfection. I do hope I didn't ruin your day yesterday, it must be terribly, terribly difficult for you.

February 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJA

The thing about Richie versus Irving is...both bad guys. Richie works for the "good guys" but he's nuts, and violent, and out of control. Irving at least knows what he is.

Rosalyn was one of the most enjoyable performances I've seen in ages, but actually being around that much crazy would make me want to shove her face in a science oven. Team Sydney.

February 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Lipp

Team Sydney for perfect, real breasts, a gaze of steel and reminding everyone that women over 35 are worth fighting for. Heck yes.

Are we going to have to crown Amy Adams the "Woman of Steel" with magical, gravity defying boobs? Like is that going to be the sequel to Man of Steel? Bc I could go for way more Adams ( and her perfect boobs) in the sequel.

February 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKate

kate - agreed on amy's fabulousness (and love that Irving's true fantasies reside in the woman his own age. that's so rare and beautiful in movies.) but i can't get behind her in Man of Steel. UTTER WASTE OF HER GIFTS.

February 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNathanielR

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