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Cult Movie Essentials: The Fighter (2010)

“This is yours, this is f**king yours”

The Oscars Special 2011

I want to start with explaining the intrepidation i felt walking into the cinema to watch this film. I have to say I was not looking forward to it. Also I feel the need to explain I was forced to do it; kicking and screaming. Now, in the red corner (did you like that?), you have one of the finest actors of our or any generation. Also, i think you will agree, a clear and deserved winner of the Best Supporting Actor statue. And in the blue corner you have er…. Mark Wahlberg. I read in a fine film magazine that Mr Wahlberg with his massive influence at HBO and his very lucrative production company, cheaply and easily acquired the use of the vast array of cameras and techniques at the studio’s disposal. The final product was fantastic but the sacrifice, yes the sacrifice in my opinion, was not at all justified.

Bale brought the familiar genius, method and preparation that i think he should be and is famous for. He researched his character with his usual vigour and detail as the real Dicky Ecklund stated after watching his performance in an early screening. Truly one of those acting master classes only a few actors are capable of. Marky Mark did not disappoint either. Except for a short two minute period half way through, it was the driest and most wooden performance you will see this year, or any year. Like I said Marky Mark did not disappoint either.

Unfortunately this has become his trademark and I am still left thinking the important words ‘Why the F..K is he in this film’. Roll on the next series of Entourage; keep him out of the movie business for a while longer.

As far as the Oscars are concerned this was one of their loved gems.

The battle of good versus evil, that underdog will prevail attitude that everyone, especially Hollywood, loves. As the whole world and I thought Best Supporting Actor, sorry, Actor in a supporting role, was Bale’s.

Best supporting Actress, while The Fighter had two very good bets, the girlfriend and mother, the supreme Miss Leo won through. The girlfriend, Amy Adams puts in a feisty, quite sexy and very capable performance. Watch out for this lady in the future, although Amy Adams has been around a while now this is by far the performance of her career.

Then there was the mother, Melissa Leo who is no stranger to these Oscar antics. Her Ma Parker, Bad Mama like contribution was a joy to behold. Melissa Leo won the prestigious award ahead of Hailie Steinfeld’s mesmerising display in True Grit.

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