Monday, February 25, 2013
John Elliott argues that the issues of mental health raised in Matthew Quick's novel and its silver-screen adaptation extend beyond the borders of South Jersey.
The Oscars last night were, well, different from years past. We can probably attribute that to the host; in the three-and-a-half-hour run time, there were plenty of surprises, albeit very few of those in who won what. I was thrilled to see Jennifer Lawrence win best actress for her odd, alluring, heartbreaking and three-dimensional performance in Silver Linings Playbook; I was disappointed, however, that it was the sole statuette that the movie took home. Part of that’s a love for this town, and part of that is something considerably more. Silver Linings Playbook certainly had a touch of the local, set and filmed in nearby Upper Darby, PA. Here's the thing, though: As many of you know, Oaklyn native Matthew Quick set the novel upon which …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The film adaptation of Matthew Quick's novel is nominated for eight Oscars. The former Collingswood man ruminates on literary success, competing with yourself and why the Philadelphia Eagles need new uniforms.
COLLINGSWOOD, NJ -- Matthew Quick had a tenured teaching gig at Haddonfield Memorial High School. His wife, Alicia Bessette, was a professor at Bryn Mawr. The job security was great, but long hours started to drive the pair apart. To save their relationship, they abandoned the stability of their traditional careers to travel and take a chance on writing. Today both are published authors. Quick’s debut novel, The Silver Linings Playbook, was sold as a movie property before it was ever published. The movie version quickly took the cinema world by fire, garnering eight Oscar nominations, including one for Jennifer Lawrence, widely considered a front runner in the best actress category. Quick lived in Collingswood for a time while beginning …
Monday, November 26, 2012
We asked borough residents for their impressions of the Collingswood-based adaptation of the debut from Oaklyn-born Matthew Quick. The film is now playing in theaters.
Thanksgiving weekend saw the wide release of The Silver Linings Playbook, a film based on the popular novel written by Oaklyn native Matthew Quick and set in Collingswood. The story is anchored by the neighborhoods of South Jersey and the rooting interests of its residents. In keeping with that community spirit, Collingswood Patch sought out some folks with close connections to the source material to see what they thought of seeing Silver Linings on the silver screen. Still rooting for them “When you read a book that you absolutely love, you just don’t want the movie to disappoint,” wrote Gina Horlacher, above whose shop, Cheese, Etc., Quick lived while writing the story. “The only thing that could have made that movie better was if they …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
From 'Political Animals' to the Collingswood-set 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Bill Brown is a character.
Hollywood can call at any hour. When it does, Bill Brown of Haddonfield has to be ready immediately to drop what he’s doing and get to the shoot looking the part, whatever it is. Brown is a film and TV extra, a suit-and-tie character; one of the nameless thousands who have made a career of waiting in the wings. At least he doesn't have to learn too many lines. Recently, he played a Russian head of state on the USA cable show Political Animals, which stars Sigourney Weaver. In Brown's big scene, he was directed to make a disgusted face as another diplomnat slyly reaches over and gives Weaver an inappropriate squeeze. But Brown’s frown could end up on the cutting room floor. An extra can have 17-hour days, so bring a book, bring some work, …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Collingswood-set story was written by the former CHS graduate, who once rented an apartment above Cheese, Etc.
Before it was even published, The Silver Linings Playbook, the debut novel of author and Collingswood High School alumnus, Matthew Quick, was sold as a movie deal. Due this fall, the movie dropped its first trailer today, starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert DeNiro. Have a look, and then check out our Q&A with Quick as well as a recap of his visit to Collingswood in March.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The 1992 graduate of Collingswood High School returned to his alma mater to talk about the literary life.
Philly fans love their Iggles, showing fierce loyalty to their hometown heroes. Matthew Quick fans apparently feel the same way about the local boy made good. About 300 people filled the lower level of the Collingswood High School auditorium Monday evening to welcome home Quick, a 1992 graduate of the school, who grew up in neighboring Oaklyn. Many of them were teenagers clutching copies of Quick's newest release, the young-adult novel Boy 21. (A video trailer for the book stars Collingswood senior Chris Michael. Click on the link to the right to view the trailer.) But, the question on a fair number of people's minds was: What's Bradley Cooper really like in person? Quick's first novel, The Siliver Linings Playbook, published in 2008, …
Friday, March 2, 2012
Eleven questions with author and Collingswood native Matthew Quick, whose debut novel, "The Silver Linings Playbook," is being released as a movie Nov. 21. The borough is hosting a book party for his new novel, BOY21, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday.
Matthew Quick had a tenured teaching gig at Haddonfield Memorial High School. His wife, Alicia Bessette, was a professor at Bryn Mawr. The job security was great, but long hours started to drive the pair apart. To save their relationship, they abandoned the stability of their traditional careers to travel and take a chance on writing. Today both are published authors. Quick’s debut novel, The Silver Linings Playbook, was sold as a movie property before it was ever published. (It stars Robert DeNiro, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and opens Thanksgiving weekend this year.) Quick, who lived in Collingswood for a time while beginning his writing career, will appear at the Collingswood High School Auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Matthew Quick grew up in Collingswood and taught at Haddonfield Memorial High School.