Bradley Cooper

Serena Review

The Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper starring period drama Serena is the kind of trainwreck that only really talented people can make.

Interview: Dave Bautista

We talk to actor and former wrestler Dave Bautista about his role as Drax in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, joining up with director James Gunn, why he’s disappointed with his most recent stint in the WWE, his co-stars, Drax’s lengthy make-up process, and much more.

American Hustle Review

A solid, throwback long con period piece with an all star A-list cast, David O. Russell’s American Hustle assuredly isn’t one of the best films of the year like many year end critical organizations and best-of lists are positioning it to be, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie. It’s easy to recommend, well acted, and fun to watch, and I really don’t have many problems with it outside of maybe not fully being able to understand or buy into the hype surrounding it.

The Hangover Part III Review

Far more interesting than the dreadful second outing in the series, the still imperfect The Hangover Part III brings the inexplicable trilogy to a close with a surprisingly more serious tone and fewer cheap laughs.

Interview: Ken Jeong

We talk to the former doctor turned comedic character actor Ken Jeong about reprising his role as the wildman Chow for Todd Phillips' The Hangover Part III, why he's nothing like the characters he plays, why he's grateful to Judd Apatow, Michael Bay, and his time on Community, and his chemistry to his co-stars.

The Place Beyond the Pines Review

From moment to moment, The Place Beyond the Pines is a strong piece of work comprised of terse dialogue, pain-eyed performances, sudden bursts of violence, and heavy thematic resonance. Unfortunately, it never quite holds together to deliver anything as profound as the somberly existential tone seems to promise.

Interview: Derek Cianfrance

We sit down with The Place Beyond the Pines director Derek Cianfrance about how his own experiences honed the film’s takes on father/son relationships and the concept of heroism, his influences, his working relationship with Ryan Gosling, and the different set of challenges between this film and Blue Valentine. We also talk briefly to Dane DeHaan (as much as we can without spoiling the film) about his character and his approach to such an unconventional and sprawling story.

This Week in DVD: 1/8/13

As we dig out from piles of new releases from before and after the holiday season, we take looks at the home video releases for Looper, Frankenweenie, Cosmopolis, Dredd, Pitch Perfect, Compliance, The Words, Hit and Run, and season one of Anger Management

Silver Linings Playbook Review

While he continues to court the mainstream following the success of The Fighter, director David O. Russell and Bradley Cooper in the best performance of his career help make Silver Linings Playbook one of the best Hollywood portrayals of mental illness to date, even if the film's final third is a really standard sort of romantic comedy.

Interview: The Silver Linings Playbook Crew

Dork Shelf sits down with director David O. Russell, former sexiest man alive Bradley Cooper, and rising superstar Jennifer Lawrence about their work on Silver Linings Playbook and creating a film about mental illness that keeps it as real as humanly possible.