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Trailer: American Hustle (via – oddly – Good Morning America)

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9 Responses to “Trailer: American Hustle (via – oddly – Good Morning America)”

  1. The Pope says:

    Is Russell the only person allowed to use Led Zeppelin? He’s beginning to own them cinematically the way Scorsese has done with the Stones for the last few decades.

  2. movieman says:

    Bale sure likes acting up a shit storm in Russell movies, doesn’t he?
    It’s like he’s making up for all those lost years of minimalist acting shackled behind the cowl of his Dark Knight costume.
    I do love the whole groovy ’70s/”Boogie Night” vibe, though, and that’s a terrific cast for sure.
    Count me in.

  3. leahnz says:

    i couldn’t figure it out at first with the changing angles/shots (and i honestly don’t think i’ve ever seen it before) but Bale’s hilarious hairdo features a dual comb-over going BOTH DIRECTIONS, like from two parts – one on each side of his head – going towards each other over the top…how the hell does that work? that may be the funniest thing i’ve ever seen.

  4. tbunny says:

    If this movie was directed by Andrew Stanton, the Led Zep would be a mannheim steamroller style bowdlerization.

    Heavy Goodfellas type feeling. Amy Adams is bringing it. She’s making Sally Lawrence look kinda slow and bovine.

    Syd Mead did design work in Elysium. You may remember his work from such movies as Blade Runner.

    You better get in line and bring a notebook.

  5. YancySkancy says:

    I’m sure this will be great, but the trailer doesn’t tell you much of anything, beyond…

    1. Amy Adams is hot.
    2. Jennifer Lawrence is hot.
    3. Hair is important.
    4. Adams and Bale go to a dry cleaners or something.
    5. There’s crime and money and booze and guns and warrants and a sting caught on camera.
    6. Led Zeppelin rocks.

    I’d hate to hear the average viewer respond to the question “What’s it about?” after seeing this though.

  6. YancySkancy says:

    tbunny: “Sally Lawrence”? Really? Jeez, how famous does an actor have to get? 🙂

  7. Chris says:

    It’s a teaser, Yancy, for a movie that doesn’t come out for more than four months. I’m sure the second and third trailers will sell the story beats.

  8. tbunny says:

    I apologize. For some reason I thought her name was Sarah Lawrence then I thought Sally and obviously wasn’t thinking very clearly.

  9. movielocke says:


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