…Play The Part

American Hustle is a force to be reckoned with. Directed by David O. Russell, this comedic crime-drama is somewhat loosely based on the FBI’s Abscam operation of the late 70s and early 80s (names and some details were changed).  Now, this part is where I would usually put in a short synopsis of the film.  After many…

…ignite

Transforming a beloved book series into a film is never an easy task. There will be haters who quote the book to you, pointing out each and every derivation from the original plot and story. The truth is that a movie is inherently different from a book and changes must be made in the transformation….

…Change the Game

In an Oscar season full of dramas, tragedies and the occasional blood bath, director David O. Russell’s,”Silver Linings Playbook,” lives up to its name. Based on the novel of the same name by Matthew Quick, “Silver Linings Playbook,” is a romantic comedy with a bit of an edge. Pat Solitano Jr. (Bradley Cooper) has recently…

…Catch Fire

Any time a wildly popular book series is turned into a film, a huge risk is taken.  Care must be taken to keep the books’ basic truth intact, while still reshaping and adapting the story to the film medium. Stray too far from the book, and the readers will scorn you.  Stay too close, and the non-readers will…

…let the games begin

If you haven’t heard of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, don’t worry help is on the way, just let us know what rock you’re trapped under. This book series is about a war-torn North America, now called Panem.  After an uprising years ago, the current regime has cracked down hard on its 12…

…Go First Class

The summer of Marvel Comics on the silver screen continued last week with the opening of “X-Men: First Class,” and the Crusade was there to check it out for you.  In this latest, prequel installment of the X-Men series, director Matthew Vaughn creates a familiar but different mutant universe. While not a relaunch in the same vein…