For me, movie portrayals of mental health professionals are generally infuriating, insulting and depressing. Why would anyone reasonable invest the time and money going to see a shrink like the ones they see in films? These depictions of people in my field are embarrassing.
I wrestled with even doing an 'overrated' list this year. First of all, the very idea of such a list is to merely tell other critics and/or the masses that they are dead-wrong for liking something, which I'd argue is very different from telling someone they're wrong for disliking something.
What a difference a few days makes. On Dec. 12, Les Miserables had a cozy lead in Oscar's Best Picture race, according to a poll of experts conducted by Gold Derby. Just two days later, Lincoln has surged ahead.
I've come to decide that Aristotle was a pretty smart guy and that plot, in both content and structure, matters quite a bit. I've also come to decide that we live in an age where plots have been greatly degraded.
This weekend saw a half-hearted new release, Playing for Keeps, a Gerald Butler rom-com that once again proves that Butler is only a star when he has a bigger co-star beside him. Next weekend sees the heavily-anticipated debut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
With so many big, prestigious, Oscar-worthy movies crammed into the last few weeks of the year, it's challenging to find hidden gems now playing in theaters. But this gives me an opportunity to reach into my archival bag and pull out some lesser-known treats for the season.
The winner of audience awards in Toronto, the Hamptons, and other film festivals, David O. Russell's new movie, Silver Linings Playbook is not only a crowd pleaser, it has the gravitas to make it to the top awards.