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I saw The Fighter last week and didn't even deliver a "this is all the time I have" 7 word review. I have more than 7 words on this one though what follows is not a traditional review. The first thing I tweeted was...
It still applies. Yep, Christian Bale is doing his best work ever in the co-lead role of Dicky Eklund (Let's call it The Fighters) or at least his best since American Psycho (2000). Barring Geoffrey Rush's mutant power (awards magnetism) the "supporting" Oscar is most definitely Bale's to lose. And this is an important distinction: It'd be his to lose even without his baity penchant for putting his health at risk to dwindle down to anorexic nothingness for a role. This is his third time doing so. We hope it's the last.
A Tale of Two (Half) Brothers
But what's my favorite thing about The Fighters other than him? »
- NATHANIEL R
If you’ve only seen Dax Shepard in the likes of Without a Paddle, When In Rome and The Comebacks, then we’re truly, truly sorry for you. And you might not realise that the man appears to have some dramatic depth lurking under all that wacky mugging. But director/actor Katie Aselton clearly noticed, and cast him in indie drama The Freebie, which has just released its first trailer.The film follows a married couple (Aselton and Shepard) whose relationship is comfortable, loving and, even if they don’t really want to admit it to themselves, a little bit stale.So they hatch an idea that they’ll each get one no-strings one night stand to see if that re-ignites the passion that is seemingly lacking in their lives. Can you guess what happens next? Actually, the movie, which got plenty of praise at Sundance this year, seems to »
With Oscar season not far behind us and the 2009 Us release date of The Blind Side all but a distant memory, UK audiences can finally get up to speed and see what all the fuss has been about! Best Actress Oscar winner Sandra Bullock knocked out rivals Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan and Gabourey Sidibe to be crowned Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Without a doubt Bullock deserved this win and fans of feel-good Sports movies will not be disappointed with her portrayal of the charming, sassy, inspirational, bolshy and at times vulnerable white, upper-class middle-aged mum. Her performance and stunning transformation is nothing short of perfection. Some might say this is Bullock’s “Erin Brockovich” and you’ll soon see why. Far removed from her ‘Rom-Com’ days of “Speed” and “Miss Congeniality”, Bullock’s depiction of the real Leigh Anne Tuohy is hard-hitting, fiercely charming, savvy and most importantly very real. »
- Andy Petrou
3 items from 2010
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