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!!
Over the years I have come to the realization that the best sports movies are not those that focus more on the competition and on the sport, but those that use the sport more as a background and give room for the dramatic side of the story to breathe (and the characters play a much bigger role). Let's see, what are the best films about the dirty world of fighting and boxing? Aronofsky's The Wrestler and, of course, the holy grails of boxing in cinema, Rocky and Raging Bull. Now, none of these films was really about the sport (in this case not just boxing, but also wrestling), but about the characters and their struggle; in fact, it were not…
Every now and again an actor goes that extra yard to give the performance of his career. Many thought Christian Bale would probably never better his turn here in David O.Russell's The Fighter which deservedly won him an Oscar. The dramatic weight-loss, the demeanor of an addict perfectly captured, and that incredible Boston accent that for a Welshman was quite something, he immersed himself completely for his art. The film however is not about Bale's Dicky Eklund, but about his younger brother Micky, his family, his trials and tribulations, and his unexpected rise to the top of professional boxing.
The Fighter isn't Rocky. It could be, but it's not, this is real life and the harsh reality of what it…
Christian Bale as Dicky Eklund...wow. Between his performances in Out of the Furnace and The Fighter, if I knew nothing about the actor I would just assume he was from the rust belt of America. He is able to tap into more than just a caricature of the working class American from the northeast. It's beyond impressive, to where it's almost unbelievable.
Punch for punch, Melissa Leo was keeping up with Bale, the entire cast made this movie what it is.
Charlene (Adams) asks - "Who's everybody?" [wondering how many people/who was with him] to which Micky (Wahlberg) replies "My brother." An almost dismissive scene really resonated with me, because to Micky (who worshiped his brother, following in his footsteps),…
It may be called The Fighter, but its not really about boxing and it focuses on family drama. This film reminded me of The Wrestler at times and yet it lacks the emotional hook of my favorite Aronofsky film. Don't misunderstand my criticism of the film because it has some emotional moments. Acting was certainly memorable with Bale playing the junkie brother, who leaves more of an impression than Wahlberg. The matriarch of this family full of female freaks was a bit irritating at times. Maybe that's how her part was written. Amy Adams on the other hand was an impressive force during the entire film as a lynchpin for Wahlberg, who was rather soft for a boxer.
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 didn't like this nearly as well as most, and I'm absolutely dumbfounded Christian Bale got an Oscar for this performance. I thought it was hammy and way over the top as were the actors playing the mother and sisters. I actually think Wahlberg was up to the challenge but the rest of the movie just wasn't well written or well acted. Not sure which.
Film 22/30 of Scavenger Hunt 8!
Task 24. "A film about boxing!"
2010 Films Ranked: letterboxd.com/milo123/list/milo123s-2010-films-ranked/
The first of three films that I watched over the course of a day spent ill, The Fighter is a strong, confident film that is an excellent entry into the boxing genre of movies. It focuses on character drama over sports and that's what makes the best boxing movies the best boxing movies - there's a reason why the first Rocky is the best one.
The Fighter may also be Mark Walhberg's best performance since The Departed, as he's finally cast in a good movie and follows Micky Ward and his unlikely rise to fame with the guiding hand of his older brother,…
Owned this movie for 5 years. Finally got around to watching it. Fantastic.
"He did not just get off the fuckin' couch. If he did, I'm gonna buy a couch like that."
A passion project come true.
"The Fighter" proves that if anyone has passion or something and they do everything they can to pursue it that person will one day make that project come true and that is both true in the movie and the making of this movie if you know anything about Mark Wahlberg and trying to get this movie made. Wahlberg is great as Mickey Ward and brought a lot of heart and soul to the character as did Melissa Leo and Amy Adams. But the show stealer here is Christian Bale if "The Machinist" didn't prove to people what a dedicated actor this guy is than "The Fighter" sure did the lengths this man goes to get into his character shows why Bale is one of the best today.
David O. Russell might be the best modern director with the ability to get extremely strong performances from his actors and actresses. He makes them improvise and retake scenes so much that it forces even the most experienced actors outside of their comfort zone. He is a lot like Kubrick in that way. His movies are demanding for the actors, but are very helpful to the improvement of the actors involved.
One of those rare movies that makes you feel uneasy most of the time because you're so involved in it, and just when you think you can relax for a moment, there's another turnover. It makes you sigh loudly, it irritates you and all you want to do is to punch someone hard and change the future course of action. The story about complex family relationships no one is immune to.
Wish it had been released under its original title, "The Horrible C***s Of Lowell".
The best movie David O. Russell has made to date. Christian Bale's performance is outstanding
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