Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Fight for Family
An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan (Tom Hardy) returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father (Nick Nolte), a recovering alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path toward the title prize, his brother Brendan (Joel Edgerton), a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. But when Brendan's unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense winner-take-all battle of their lives.
This film has no right to be as good as it is. It is predictable, it is about guys beating each other up, it is a testosterone filled fight film with all the subtelty of a freight train and it is unbelievably melodramatic.
Yeah, whatever, this film (wait for it, there's an incredible pun coming) knocked me out cold.
Films like this don't need to be groundbreaking, they need to be engaging. If Rocky was someone you couldn't root for, that movie would have been awful. The strength of Warrior is drawn from a love/hate triangle that is acted to a standard not often seen in films like this.
Tom Hardy plays damaged goods really well. He is a force…
A powerhouse of intense emotions, rousing action & gut-wrenching drama, Warrior is an ingeniously crafted & expertly balanced sports drama that bears every genre-cliché in its plot, has a predictable storyline and yet it manages to leave most of its viewers emotionally drained & immensely satisfied in the end. The dark horse of its year that came out of nowhere to surprise & stun almost everyone, this underrated masterpiece is in my opinion one of the greatest sports films ever made.
The story concerns two estranged brothers who enter the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) tournament while the plot mainly covers their struggling relationship with each other as well as their father. Dealing with the themes of redemption, forgiveness & indomitable will of the human spirit…
I really wanted to see this on the cinema and missed it. I hate it when that happens. The one thing I didn't want this to be was a modern version of rocky. I love that movie, but there is a time and place for it, that was the eighties.
Tom hardy and nick nolte are both great. The former once again pulling off a flawless American accent and completely delving and enveloping himself in the role, both physically and mentally. However, the biggest standout was Joel edgerton who excelled. Especially in the second half of the film. At the end his performance "in he cage" isn't just one of physicality but you feel every emotion he is feeling. An…
On paper it sounded terrible and in truth the director didn’t instill a great deal of confidence either, but despite it hitting all the familiar story beats for this type of film I found it a moving and exhilarating experience. Warrior plays out exactly how you expect it to but this can be said about practically every fight film ever made. The inevitability and the triumph over insurmountable odds is one of the great cinematic treats the ‘genre’ has to offer and Warrior does this final showdown better than most.
Moving the action from the boxing ring to the MMA cage works wonders. Bar the indifferent Redbelt there really haven’t been too many cage based movies of note and Warrior…
Warrior is a film about MMA fighting. I couldn't give two shits about the sport, never watched it and even now I don't have the urge to. Warrior is as predictable as they come, a trait in a film I would normally complain about. Warrior constantly shows us the reactions of various friends and loved ones as they watch the fights on television, fists pumping and screams of encouragement, which can often times feel like cringe worthy emotional pandering. This all adds up to a run of the mill sports film mess, right? The exact opposite actually. Warrior is a film that moves me emotionally, inspires me, forcing me out of my seat to pump my fists and scream right…
What an absolute masterpiece. A tremendous good MMA movie. Great story and the characters are deep and believable.
A must see for everyone.
Warrior has no right to be as good as it is. Pure, Instinctual exhilaration.
(First) part epic disfunctional family saga, (second) part childish macho fantasy for/from guys who have seen too much UFC on TV.
I'll tell you what: you do that to someone on the street and they'd lock you up and throw away the key! Break out the yellow tape, Sam. Tommy's walking away from the cage like he's leaving a crime scene.
Prent good movie about MMA. Storyline has a few holes, but if you can get past them its a good watch. Rocky has a better storyline but worst fight scenes.
Not very believable fighting + not a very believable story = not a very good movie. The actors tried really hard. Nice to see Nolte on the screen again. It is, however, worth watching for his performance alone.
Warrior, with just the right amount of character & dramatic moments in just the right places, accomplishes a masterwork of raw adrenaline and emotion. Every time the ending comes around, tears are all over my face, because Warrior is that great. It earns those tears. All of the characters are written to their full potential, and Gavin O'Connor's direction wonderfully accentuates each one. Countless scenes leave me transfixed. This film is one of my favorites.
I've actually met both Joel Edgerton and Warrior's writer, Anthony Tambakis. Not just a meet and greet, we had a full conversation. It was cool, really cool. Apologies for the gloating.
There are those films, and they are very few, that you end up loving although you can't fail to see their shortcomings. "Warrior" is definitely one of them.
There are 2 ways to approach this flick. If you are going to go academic on "Warrior" ,then yes some cliches are there and the characters and their dynamics are a bit over top and it shows throughout the film..
Then you can approach it like the great American Sports drama that it is.And then , if you fail to witness its magnificence, you probably don't like sports dramas at all. But even in this case, if some of the scenes, like the final five minutes and most importantly the Nolte-Hardy hotel scene do not break you apart in a a thousand pieces, you don't have a heart, man
I liked this even better than the first time I watched it. The "stop the ship" scene may be one of the most powerful moments in any film so far this decade.
Raw, emotional, safe, interesting (?) ending.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- The Tree of Life
- It's Such a Beautiful Day
- Under the Skin
- The Interrupters
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Dancer in the Dark
- Life Is Beautiful
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)