The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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!!
It is through The Fighter that David O. Russell began his hot streak of critically acclaimed features, one that reaches the ambitious heights of American Hustle, although I believe his latest film is his greatest film yet to come out of in his newly sparked career; and it was through this film that he began to tap into the domesticated drama that would define his later films, exploring the impact that they hold on his victimised protagonist, perceiving how they can be a source of burden or a source of support, conveyed either as a barrier from reaching their most realised selves or the catalyst that would propel them to their deserved extraordinary circumstances.
In The Fighter, we see both…
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…
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…
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),…
this? is a david o. russell movie. which is GROSS. but it's also christian bale, mark wahlberg and amy adams. so did i get stupidly emotional anyway? ofc i fucking did.
David O. Russell films have an uncanny ability to get me emotionally invested in unorthodox stories and characters. It worked a charm here.
What I Learned:
When you forget you're watching a movie, that's what you want
Christian Bale: ★★★★★
It should be known by now that I don't have the best track record with director David O'Russell.
I remember really enjoying his sophomore effort Flirting with Disaster, but it's all been down hill since then.
Three Kings got lost in it's somewhat clever satire of war, though it did have a fantastic supporting performance by Spike Jonze.
Silver Linings Playbook was eerily realistic to my life, but I didn't buy into the hype surrounding it.
His most recent failure Joy was his worst yet, a fuckin' misguided biopic on the mop cunt.
I just don't like his films, they're tonally all over the place without any hefty drama or hilarious comedy bits.
On top of most of his films…
Mark Wahlberg is such a joy to watch when he's on form. And I'm not just talking about his boxing.
In what has been dubbed as David O. Russell's return to form, "The Fighter" is a biographical film about Micky Ward and his fight (lol) to the top of the boxing tree.
Christian Bale overacts like hell, but it is some damn enjoyable overacting. I'm not convinced that he steals the show more than he distracts the show, but honestly, that's the point of his character. He's the spectre looming over Wahlberg, who is put under even more pressure to succeed because of it.
If there's anything which O. Russell deserves praise for, it is the fact that he can…
This film really moved me. It rare today to find a movie able to make me feel such strong emotions. I LOVE IT.
Alternative Title: How David Got His Groove Back.
This has been due a re-watch for a while, so I'm glad I'm doing it now. In light of O. Russell's recent achievements, we need not pretend this is anything more than an update on Rocky—only this time more rapid; more throat-grabbing (at least Rocky takes its time to hit the big notes); just as lean; and (here's where the distinctly O. Russellian touch comes in) less focus on the actual subject (boxing) in favor of a huge focus on family and familial bonds as the things that tie us together. He'd refine this family & "I'm-doing-this-but-actually-it's-about-this" approach in Silver Linings Playbook (doesn't care about the interesting parlay), American Hustle (doesn't care about…
All the way from 'The Land Before Time' to 'The Social Network'.
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Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…