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Warrior. 2011, PG-13. Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Morrison, Nick Nolte.

I went in with low expectations (I am not a sports or fighting fan) but I ended up loving this movie. It has a lot of emotions in it and tells its story well. Tom Hardy plays Tommy, a laconic former Marine who returns home to visit his alcoholic father in order to ask his dad to train him to get back in the ring. Meanwhile, his estranged brother, Brendan, needs money to save his house from foreclosure and decides to return to MMA fighting. This decision gets him suspended from his job as a high school teacher, and so he trains full time for a big upcoming fight. Naturally, the two brothers are going to end up at the same fight. Little bits of back story are revealed through out and the acting is good. It wasn't as violent as I expected, because it focuses on technique and emotions rather than brutality. It was just a solidly well-done movie and I loved it!!

North and South. British miniseries.

This adaptation had a "Jane Eyre" feel to me, except it's in a Mill Town rather than a manor. I liked how Margaret's ideas about places and people change. She has a complex relationship with an owner of one of the mills, who is a friend of her father. Margaret is an outspoken and compassionate person who seems fundamentally normal, and very relatable. Recommended.

Date: 2014-01-25 05:07 pm (UTC)
king_touchy: Arthur and Eames from Inception (arthur /  eames)
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I ended up loving this movie.

Me, too! Tom Hardy is one of my favorite actors, and he did a brilliant job. It's a film I can watch repeatedly, too. Have you seen Bronson? I can't watch that one more than once -- brutal and weird, but I'm glad I did see it. I like very much Stuart: A Life Backwards, where he acts rings around Benedict Cumberbatch, which is very amusing to see.

Date: 2014-01-25 09:47 pm (UTC)
king_touchy: Arthur and Eames from Inception (arthur /  eames)
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Joel Edgerton, I had never heard of, but it looks like he's been in lots of things!

I have got to chase down his work, too, because he really was fab in Warrior.

Date: 2014-01-27 12:28 am (UTC)
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Warrior sounds pretty cool, I'll check it out! It reminds me a little of The Wrestler, which I loved (but I watched WWF wrestling as a kid so I have a soft spot). The "focuses on technique and emotions rather than brutality" sounds just up my alley. Thanks!

I'm glad you enjoyed North and South! I think I first watched it shortly after the Capital Protests, so the union stuff felt very apt. And I have a thing for drawn-out romantic tension and unrequited love. And Richard Armitage. I also like that Margaret's ideas are challenged and she grows as a character.

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