If you’ve seen any David O. Russell films, you know how good they can be. “Spanking the Monkey“, “Three Kings“, “Flirting With Disaster“, “The Fighter” – all good, sharp, compelling films made by a writer-director with a real point-of-view. He likes to keep it simple and visceral.
He also sees the value in less dialogue. And strong women.
To date, “Flirting With Disaster” is one of the funniest comedies I’ve ever seen. The great Richard Jenkins and Josh Brolin together? I was in heaven.
“You have to fish or cut bait at a certain point. You have to get to what you do best.”
With Elvis Mitchell, Russell discusses writing, acting and editing. And that every character has to have high stakes, whether it’s the rawness of “Spanking the Monkey” or the relationships in turmoil in “The Fighter“.
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