Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Every dream deserves a fighting chance.
The Fighter, is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being KO'd by drugs and crime.
This has got to be my favorite Mark Wahlberg performance! Christian Bale was unconscious too! Amy Adams and Melissa Leo were something else too. Not only is The Fighter full of great performances, it's also a great movie!!
The metaphor comparing life with a boxing ring has always called my attention. The more I keep growing up, the more I realize that's true in many ways, even if the clashes are more often psychological and emotional rather than physical, despite that life has some serious punches prepared for you. The reality is, however, that both in life and in the ring, you decide to take the punches. In both situations you have to fight back, but there are some drawbacks that you can avoid.
This "docudrama" emphasizes just that. The Fighter is not a boxing film. It is a feature that explores the fears of an overprotective family that does not trust people that they haven't known. The…
I had a remarkably hard time finding an emotional anchor in this film. As a movie it has some great strengths, but as a story it didn't work very well for me. In his review, Roger Ebert claims that Marky Mark's character is the film's weakness. I think that points in the right direction, but while he's weaker than a lot of the supporting characters, for me he has enough of an arc to be believable (being pushed over in the beginning to gradually standing up for himself).
The problem in my eyes is that there isn't the right balance of conflict. There's the good on one side and the evil on the other, and the scales are weighted too…
The Fighter was released in 2010, and critics loved it. The film was very successful, and won 2 Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. The Fighter is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer on the verge of being KO'd by drugs and crime.
The Fighter features terrific performances by the entire cast, some great fighting sequences, and an intriguing storyline to go along with it. Mark Wahlberg plays Mickey Ward to perfection. Personally, I'm not a fan of the sport of boxing, but I do know that he delivered an Oscar worthy performance. Christian Bale steals the…
Film #5 of The June Challenge.
There is something special about the way David O. Russell directs his actors. He treats them not as separate performances, but as one ensemble where everyone gets a chance to interact. Not just little bits of chatter, but meaty scenes with real to life conversation. The Fighter is an actor's dream.
O. Russell also has a way of using clichés to his advantage. Yes, there is the been there, done that underdog boxing story, the reformed party girl, and a host of other staples of the type of story O. Russell sets out to tell. The difference is the characters. There are points (a prime example being the scene where Dicky confronts Charlene) where…
Boxing has never been a sport that interests me. I find it vain, without grace and swarming with absolute egomaniacs. So I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed The Fighter, but then in actual fact David O. Russell's sport drama is less about boxing itself, as it is the two pugilist brothers at the heart of this real-life story; of the family troubles, soul destroying addictions, and falls from grace that make up the journey they're on. With a whiff of Rocky-style second chances amongst its DNA, Russell's film becomes a tale less of winning, more of fighting to save the most important things in the world - driven by two excellent, dynamic performances.
The relationship between brothers…
A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.
I haven't watched this since it's release and I loved it even more second time around. This is how sports movies should be. Solid performances from the whole cast but it is Bale who steals the show here, he is superb. Great raw drama with some brilliant comedic moments hidden in there also. The soundtrack is pretty cheesy but it juts adds to the movie's charm.
A really well told story where every single cast member brings their A-game no matter how big or small the role.
i fucking love amy adams
'I'm the one fighting, okay? Not you, not you, and not you.'
Boxing films are always better when they aren't about boxing. That is why I can forgive the technical inadequacies of The Fighter when it comes to the details of the sport itself and its history. So much more important are the characters and their struggles beyond the ring, stirred up but not defined by the fights themselves, which are delivered effectively and emotionally by David O. Russell and his cast. The story is not, perhaps, the most important is boxing's history, nor is it quite as evocative as the likes of Rocky and Million Dollar Baby, but it certainly packs a punch. And though the director's energy has…
great performances all round but jfc christian bale is incredible
After watching most of the real fights of Micky Ward I was delighted to see the movie about this great fighter. And I am pleased to say that I love that the movie concentrated more on the social aspect of the family and neighbourhood and the interaction of each other... if the main story was about fighting it would not cut as deep in the emotions as it did to most of the viewers in the cinema.
Micky Ward, a junior welterweight boxer who won a title, was part boxer and part brawler, but everyone will agree that he was 100% heart! Mark Wahlberg was perfect choice for this role and he actually wanted to star in the film due…
With a perfect amount of family drama injected into the conventional underdog sports story, The Fighter is a crisp, well-made film. A strong cast is capped by a mesmerising, almost rhythmic performance by Christian Bale.
Russell's best, for me.
Boxing has proved to be a fertile field for great filmmaking, and Russell’s lovingly honest look at pugilist brothers Micky and Dicky is among the greats, and his own personal best. While Bale is the standout performance, all actors/actresses are up to the task. Eccentric and complex characters fill this funny, bittersweet tale about honor, legacy, sports tropes and Boston.
Despite some grade A ingredients, such as an interesting story and some solid performances, O. Russell's Oscar bait blender delivers no more than a zestless cocktail of pretentiousness.
I hate his Whitetrashploitaton even more. I prefer my hicks straight (Mud, Top of the Lake), overdone (Cletus, Hobo with a Shotgun) or stylized (The Big Lebowski, Napoleon Dynamite), not this covert highbrow point-and-laugh stuff. You mean to tell me Melissa Leo (mother Alice) got an Oscar for this?!
If it's clichéd overcome-all-odds boxing flicks your serving, I'll take Rocky IV over this anyday.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- The Broadway Melody
As we near the kickoff to Oscar season, I figured it would be appropriate for the site to have a…
- The Hunger
- Fright Night
- Near Dark
- The Lost Boys
If you owned your very own movie theater and got to program the films it exhibited as you desired, what…