Archive for March, 2011

The Fighter

The Fighter is an excellent movie, even though it is rife with bad language, which I tire of quickly.  However, the characters are dysfunctional enough that the language makes sense.  And the story is good–it’s based on a true story.

The main focus of The Fighteris Micky Ward and his older brother Dicky Eklund, both boxers.  Dicky’s heyday is past, although he tries to convince everyone he’s making a come-back.  What he really does, though is train Micky for his fights.  He doesn’t do a good job of it most of the time, since he has his own problems to deal with.  The brother’s mother is also part of the “team.”  She also brings them down a lot.  She’s mean and vile, and not unwilling to use her sons to get money and recognition.

Mark Walberg is wonderful as Micky Ward.  His performance is understated, solid, and yet magnificent.  Christian Bale nails the voice and essence of Dicky, who is crazy and volcanic.  Amy Adams probably forever broke the idea that she can only do innocent and sweet.  She is Charlene, Micky’s no-nonsense girlfriend.  And of course, there is Melissa Leo as Alice Ward, perhaps most famous recently for dropping the f-bomb during her Supporting Actress speech at the Oscars.  That behavior seems to be in character, if she were still playing Alice Ward.

The Fighter is an inspiring and well-shot movie for those who like sports movies, and for those who don’t.  It’s not really about the boxing.  It’s more about how a family (and friends) can work through issues and stay together, about how the human spirit cannot be held down.  It’s worth watching.

Christian Bale vs. Geoffrey Rush

Although Christian Bale won the Oscar for best Supporting Actor, Geoffrey Rush must have been close behind him.

The roles were different, but I think Rush’s might have been the more difficult.  I’m not saying Bale didn’t deserve the award, since his role in The Fighter is probably his best so far.  But there was something about Rush’s role in The King’s Speech.

Before anyone accuses me of Anglophilia in this matter, I should point out that Christian Bale is British while Geoffrey Rush is Australian.

They both deserved the nomination, and I’m not sad Bale won.  But Rush did a wonderful job, too.

The Lovely Bones

Since I read the book The Lovely Bones I was ready for much of the weirdness of the movie, and it is a strange one.  However, it is also interesting.  I think Peter Jackson may well have decided to make the movie because of all the interesting visuals he was able to cram in it.

The story is bizarre, and probably not for the faint of heart.  Yet it is interesting.  I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone.  If the viewer knows what they are getting into, it can be an enjoyable movie.

Rango

I was pleasantly surprised by Rango.  I found it to be much more inventive and entertaining that I had thought it would be.

The voices were excellent, too.  And I’m not just talking about Johnny Depp.  I’m also talking about Bill Nighy, in particular.

The story was humorous, and simultaneously a new type of old-style western.  There’s even a cameo by “Clint Eastwood.”

Quote Quiz 3.25.11 – ANSWERS

I was out of commission for a couple of days, fighting an epic battle against a cold virus.  I won.  And I’m back now.

1.  ”Double double, toil and trouble.” – The witches, Macbeth

2.  ”Look, I understand you have experienced a loss, but this relationship just can’t work. I mean, you’re a cat. I’m black. I’m not going to be hurt again.” – Del Spooner, I, Robot

3.  ”Unless I’m wrong, which, you know, I’m not.” – Adrian Monk, Monk

4.  ”Sure as I know anything, I know this – they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten? They’ll swing back to the belief that they can make people… better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin’. I aim to misbehave.” – Mal, Serenity

Brace yourselves, laddies!

We are in the middle of a lovely spring storm at the moment.  It’s a doozy, and it’s still snowing!

I’m thinking there will be some school and other cancellations tomorrow.  I’m sure everyone will be devastated.

We shall see, eh?

I finally got a copy of The Lovely Bones (the movie).  Most people I’ve talked to have said it’s strange, but then the book was rather strange, too.

I will review it once I’ve watched it, so stay tuned!

Tomahawks or blowguns?

I did not participate in any St. Patrick’s Day festivities over the weekend.  Instead, I watched some Top Shot.  Top Shot is a show on the History channel that features top marksmen competing to be “top shot.”

In the episode I watched yesterday, the teams had to compete with tomahawks, playing tic-tac-toe on a large target board.  It was more intense than one would think.

The two people nominated for elimination on the losing team then had to see who could puncture the most balloons with blowgun darts.  And it was windy.  So that was exciting.

I also love it when they bring in bows.  Most of the people are highly proficient with firearms, but that doesn’t mean they’ll do well with a bow and arrow.

Quote Quiz 3.18.11 – ANSWERS

1.  ”If they can dye the river green today, why can’t they dye it blue the other 364 days of the year?” – Marshal Biggs, The Fugitive

2.  ”Young-Soon… Uh, You haven’t written anything lately, have you? A p-p-p-p-paper maybe?” – Cleveland, Lady in the Water

3.  ”Now if you two don’t mind, I’m going to bed before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed – or worse, expelled.” – Hermione, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

4.  ”Enjoy. It’s dreadful, but quite short.” – Bernard Black, Black Books

5.  ”If you’re gonna ask if you can ask me a question, give me time to respond. Unless you’re asking rhetorically, in which case the answer is obvious – yes.” – Rusty, Ocean’s Twelve

Patty’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all ye Irish (and those that aren’t).

Here is a lovely song by my favorite Irish group, The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93oVQt82O-A