Philly Film Fest: Silver Linings Playbook Review - David O. Russell Red Carpet Photos

Saturday, October 27, 2012

21st Philadelphia Film Festival Opening Red Carpet with David O. Russell, director of "Silver Linings Playbook" and Matthew Quick, author of the same entitled book.

All day Thursday, October 18, 2012, I was feeling out-of-sorts and low on energy, but all that seemed to disappear the moment I stepped up to the press bullpen to take red carpet photos at the Opening of the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival, featuring the opening film - Silver Linings Playbook.

Producer Bruce Cohen, Director David O. Russell, Author Matthew Quick

Director David O. Russell (The Fighter) was the prime red carpet target, along with the author of the book "Silver Linings Playbook" Matthew Quick.

The others pics are of local actors (Brea Bee, Vaughn Goland, Pete Postiglione, Ibrahim Sayid, Kathy Nowrey) who were featured in the film which is set in and filmed all around Philly. Pics also include GPFO Exe Dir Sharon Pinkenson, ABC new anchor Alicia Vitarelli and film's producers Donna Gigliotti and Bruce Cohen.


Silver Linings Playbook is a romantic comedy in which the real passion is centered around Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bradley Cooper plays Pat Solitano an Upper Darby native, which translated means he comes from a two parent, middle to low income, homey, neighborhood-y, friends and family oriented lifestyle.  Marriage and fidelity is important no matter your background; but it takes on significant importance growing up in this type of environment.  So when Pat finds his wife in the shower with a co-worker, gettin it on while their wedding song (Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour,") is playing - he loses it! So much so he's put in a mental hospital for 8 months where it's discovered Pat's been suffering with Bipolar mental illness for years.

Pat's mother (Jacki Weaver) without consent from Pat's father (Robert De Niro)gets Pat released from the Baltimore mental facility by vouching responsibility for his actions.

Once home Pat is hard to handle and obsessed with getting his wife Nikki (Brea Bee) back. In the midst of all this, he meets another lonely, looney - his best friend's sister-in-law, Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence). Tiffany suffered a mental and lustful breakdown after the unexpected death of her husband. Although again, she's also had her own share of emotional disorders to deal with even before the death of her beloved Tommy.

Adding to the lunacy is Pat's father (De Niro) who's completely immersed in superstitions and obsessive compulsive behavior over the Eagles football team. Which ironically, Pat finds crazy.

Although the movie deals with mental health disorders, it's not a dark comedy. It stays mainly upbeat and humorous. There are scenes when Pat's at the height of his mood swings, where close up shots are used and the angles show a frenetic energy, but that's not the tone of the film.  

I'm always impressed with Bradley Cooper's range as an actor and Jennifer Lawrence is one of my favorite ingenue actresses, but I couldn't picture them together as a couple - really thought Jennifer would play too young ; not the case.  From the moment she makes a beeline for Pat with demented tactical precision, the chemistry is set.

David O. Russell with Brea Bee at Annenberg Center Philadelphia


The impression I got of David O. Russell is a guy who likes to put everyone at ease by seeming to be low key and easily distracted. But I wonder if that's a facade?

A large section of the audience was made up of Philly natives who were either extras, lived in the Upper Darby neighborhood or were members of the Cappelletti family who owned the house used as the Solitano home in the movie.  Russell talked about how much he loved the experience of scouting locations and getting to know people. He said it was very similar to his experience filming The Fighter in the Boston neighborhood of Lowell. 

In fact, originally Mark Wahlberg was to play Cooper's role, but the timing didn't work out.  Also originally, Pat's favorite player on the Eagles was going to be Hank Baskett, but by filming time had to be changed to DeSean Jackson. Much to Baskett's disappointment.

The movie's cast includes people of Indian decent, so it was not only the opening night film for #PFF21, but also opened up the Mumbai, India Film Festival on the same night.

Author Matthew Quick, also a Philly native, said the idea for the book came to him while going for a run and seeing a beautiful silver lining behind a cloud. At the time, his writing was not taking off and he was looking for a sign to keep going. So he began writing about a character who believed in omens, and a silver lining philosophy.  And, the rest is history...

Silver Linings Playbook is expected to open in theaters Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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