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…
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…
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…
Review In A Nutshell:
Warrior is a disappointing feature that is only saved by its final hour that actually showcases mixed martial arts. The first half of this film is driven by family drama cliché, spending almost the entire half building backstories for its characters which I was not able to connect with. Why do the writers of Warrior have to try so hard? There are many campy films like this that overall succeeds due to its simplistic nature. This film clearly is trying to be sophisticated, but it does so by taking on themes that by now have been recycled way too much. Drama in sports films, especially ones that covers about family and brotherhood, are not always a…
It shouldn't work, but it does perfectly. The plot has holes, it's incredibly fantastical, but none of that matters, the acting is top notch, the emotional drama fully resonant. It's really amazing how there's this John Green level weepy hiding in a film about MMA brothers.
I think part of the reason it works so well is that rather like the fighters it depicts, the film is very lean, there's no unnecessary exposition, no digressions, it gives you as much as it needs to & no more to get the story told.
Also, Tom Hardy is suspiciously massive for a middle-weight (especially his neck shoulder muscles) , although that would explain how he keeps knocking people out with just 1 punch.
Warrior con una rincorsa assurdati salta sopra mentre tu applaudi in piedi e con le guance rigate. E vorresti che fosse sempre così. #privé
TOM HARDY'S TRAPS THO
OH MY GOD
Had the potential of being good.
A film all about the strength of men that's really about their vulnerability. The biggest criticism of this film when it came out was that it was mostly a bunch of cliches. That may be true, but when they're presented this will, bring on the cliches.
I was supposed to write some meaningful review about how Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, and Nick Nolte knocked this one out of the park, or how Director Gavin O'Connor managed to revitalize the whole sports genre for me, or how the male sensitivity/cynicism is strong in this one. Maybe a few sentences about the symbolism of Moby Dick and how it can be interpreted every which way. Add in maybe a few points about how unnecessary the entire "man's gotta do what a man's gotta do" philosophy is in this day and age. And of course, a couple of lines on how all the subtlety makes you think and analyze the characters, without giving too much away.
Instead, I'm checking out all the nearest muay thai gyms Google says is near my area, and sweet Lord Lordy Lord, who knew all this stuff cost so much?!
I will not apologize for the love I have for Warrior starring Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, and Nick Nolte. This movie has a grip much like that of Edgerton's character Brendan Conlon, unrelenting, that is. This story grabs you from the beginning and doesn't give you an inch. An estranged family consisting of a father (Nolte) who has a complicated past full of alcoholism and physical abuse comes home to find his son (Hardy) waiting for him on the steps of his home. From there the story starts with a bang as we start to untangle the past damage done to Tommy Conlon by his father. Tommy has a brother who shares the same past but only to a point,…
Perfect across the board and extremely rewatchable.
- 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
- Blue Is the Warmest Color
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
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)