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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:55 AM
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Have you seen The Wrestler?
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:55 AM
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1. Yes.
Any other questions?
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:56 AM
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2. About the first 20 minutes of it.
That was enough.
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Common Sense Party Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:58 AM
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5. What didn't you like about it?
I haven't seen it, but I want to.
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:03 PM
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10. I have a low boredom threshold.
And, seeing a bunch of jocks shouting at each other is, well, boring.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:21 PM
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19. You don't quite get the justification for what the director is doing until maybe the
last 10 minutes, when you see what he was building to. There's an empty door in Randy's last big match scene that is a key to what the movie is about.

I happened to be reading an Anarchist tract while watching The Wrestler; made the perfect complement to what the director, Aronofsky, is saying.
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knowbody0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:57 AM
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3. twice
loved it
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:57 AM
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4. Yes
I'm still trying to figure out why it was supposed to be good. :shrug:
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Common Sense Party Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:59 AM
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6. Why didn't you like it?
Specifically. I'm trying to see if I should invest the time.
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ButterflyBlood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:59 AM
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8. They might've found it too depressing
Watch it. Seriously.
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:04 PM
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12. I didn't find it depressing
Just not interesting.
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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:03 PM
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11. It wasn't the worst movie I have ever seen
It just sort of rolled along. I'm trying to think of some specifics, but I can't really remember any. I guess that says enough. You may like it, a lot of people do. I just know that while I was watching it, I was waiting for something to make it interesting to me and it never came.
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ButterflyBlood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:59 AM
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7. Yes, one of my favorite films of last year
Up there with The Dark Knight.
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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:02 PM
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9. No, but caught an interview w/Rorke who adamantly insisted he was ideologically opposed to ...
The character he plays in it ... and hated 80s "hair" bands lol
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:13 PM
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14. I KNOW guys like that and, apparently, so does he and well. nt
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:11 PM
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13. Micky Rourke and Marissa Tomei nailed the characters and right in synch with that
Edited on Sat May-02-09 12:11 PM by patrice
cinema verite style.

The duet between Rourke's basic guy and Tomei's believably nuanced every-woman-mom exotic dancer really worked for me.

The movie has a way of sneaking up on you. You think it's just kind of a soap-opera, but it gradually becomes something much more significant, without going into expository mode or preaching. It just simply shows something very important about Us.

Maybe it's just because I know a few guys and girls like that, but I loved it.

IMO, it's a keeper for any serious film collector.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:15 PM
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15. Not yet. Heard it was good, though.
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Cowpunk Donating Member (572 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:36 PM
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24. I liked it.
An amazing performance by Mickey Rourke. His character gives life to that expression "No matter where you go, there you are". It's really sad. He wants to be loved by his daughter and Marissa Tomei's character, but he is unable to change. His longing to recapture the glory of his career is so great, it destroys everything. It doesn't make a difference that he's broken down and is just pretending to be the great hero now, because he's always been pretending, and there will always be desparate souls who buy into his fantasy and treat him as the great hero. In the end there is some dignity in his perserverance under incredible hardship.
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Balbus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:15 PM
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16. Yes
it sucked
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L0oniX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:17 PM
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17. It was no better than Bar Fly.
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RagAss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:27 PM
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22. I liked Barfly...maybe I'll watch this one...nm
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prayin4rain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:18 PM
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18. Yep, it's good... INCREDIBLY sad and depressing to me, but good. n/t
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RevolutionStartsNow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:24 PM
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20. Yes, just the other day
I liked it well enough, but I wasn't crazy about it. I found it a bit cliched, especially Marisa Tomei's single mom/stripper with a heart of gold. Seen that too many times.

Mostly I found Rourke's body amazing. I don't remember reading about how he trained: did he bulk up on steroids?

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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:37 PM
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25. Pardon me, but apparentely you never looked at her face. She had just the right degree of complexity
nailed.
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RevolutionStartsNow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:38 PM
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27. She's a good actress
And she did nail the role. I just find that theme a little overdone.

I really was expecting to love this movie, I heard so many good things about it. And maybe it was just my mood when I was watching it. I find that movies watched at home, rather than in a big dark theater, often have much less of an impact, probably because I'm easily distracted by other things in the house.

Time to build that home theater... :)
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:26 PM
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21. if you love acting it's a good movie.
the script is good -- but it's not a super duper bang bang shoot 'em up movie.
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:29 PM
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23. I thought it was a wonderful little film. Perfect for what it was. Great acting, characters,
dialogue, and a real ending.
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My Good Babushka Donating Member (966 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:30 PM
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26. We just watched it last night
I enjoyed it. I thought the characters were stock characters, but so well played that I couldn't really give it demerits on that account. It was chock-full of bleak.
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