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Kapten V (fr) wrote: Feeling the lack is the first step to greatness. If you're fine with status quo you may never achieve something bigger. I'm pretty sure I have read something like this somewhere. At least it's a fitting motto to Bleed for This", the sports movie about this real-life young boxing champ who broke his neck and still managed to get back in form and claim another world champion belt. More than that, Wikipedia says that he held it for over the next ten years. The guy's called Vinny Paz and he's 54 now, by the way.So yes, it's another sports movie aiming to the infinity and beyond"... but it doesn't go all Hollywood on our asses and actually manages to be a really good indie watch, having both heart and balls.Bleed for This" came out back in September and circled some festivals before reaching cinemas. The commercial success of the movie, sadly, hasn't been worthy of its tough-as-nails hero. It pretty much came and disappeared without a splash and hasn't gotten any award nominations either, big or small. Quite why the producers and distributors didn't believe in the project enough to support it some, for Globes and Academy Awards campaign, at least, is beyond my comprehension. It's a true underdog story, also a sports movie - who doesn't like those, eh? - and also good movie in general. (Probably the post-Trumpian USA needs more unpretentious happy tales like La La Land" which has just managed to pick 7 out of 7 Globes.)OK but what makes Bleed for This" so great, then? Isn't there enough underdog and sports movies, award-winning or otherwise? Well, I am glad you asked. In short, I like everything about it! The indie style, the atmosphere and feeling of the early 1990's working class USA, the great group of starring actors, the hardhitting boxing, the screenplay...The result is not perfect - what is, anyway? - and one could nitpick about many things if wanted to. For example, the movie runs near two hours which is not exactly a short amount of time... but one does not get a good sense of Vinny Paz's development as a champion sportsman, or even exactly how the recovery from the big accident went. Of course, it's all explained in passing, but it doesn't satisfy to the fullest.Maybe it's just me because I enjoyed visiting Vinny's world, family and environment so much that I left the cinema wanting more. Bleed for This" is one of those rather uncommon sports movies that is not afraid to let characters and story breathe and develop enough to lure us in, to make us want really be there for the characters, not just flashy action.This kind of intimate connection to the movie mostly happens when its makers have strong personal connection with the whole thing too. Seeing that Ben Younger is the director and the sole writer, we can assume it was a personal project and he makes the most out of everybody on screen.The big name actors here are Miles Teller as Vinny Paz, Ciarn Hinds as his father (somehow I always confuse the guy with Alfred Molina) and Aaron Eckhart as his boxing trainer. All the others have given good performances too, but these three are really worth every penny the producers had to spend on them. Which was probably not too much because the budget was about 6 million US dollars and shooting lasted for only 24 days.They play it rough and raw, turning the characters into believable working-class heroes. Mark Wahlberg would have probably loved to be part of this experience. There are no showoff scenes so there's not much to talk about it, only enjoy it. Feel it, live it, breathe it!I am especially happy about Aaron Eckhart choosing a worthwhile acting role again for a change. For most of the current decade, he has been doing boring commercial crap which is a world away from the works that made him known in the first place. Here he seems to channel a younger less fat version of James Gandolfini which is enough for me to wish him a Supporting Actor Oscar, or at least a nomination. And last but certainly not the least, Bleed for This" cements Miles Teller's position as one of the most promising young American movie actors of his generation. You almost remember him from big studio projects Divergent" + Insurgent" and 2015's Fantastic Four" but he has also starred in a row of cool indie-er movies such as The Spectacular Now" and Whiplash". The former quirky cool guy has transformed himself for the never-surrender-type boxer role but manages to turn what on paper seems like a cartoon character into living breathing human being. He should also get nominated for Oscar.Ben Younger has previously only written and directed two feature length movies, 2000's really good Boiler Room" and 2005's rather meh Prime". It's nice to see him back with another success!"Bleed for This" doesn't offer a biggest amount of boxing I have seen in a boxing movie. But I just read from IMDb that Teller was trained by Darrell Foster, who has trained fighters like Sugar Ray Leonard and helped Will Smith become Muhammad Ali for 2001's Ali.
Andrew D (gb) wrote: A realistic portrait of rebellious youngsters, We are the Best is one of the best music-driven films I've seen since Once. Funny, touching, and supremely well-acted, especially on behalf of the child-actresses that inhabit this film.
Lance L (it) wrote: Bad plot, everything bad except actor's acting
Chandrahasa R (es) wrote: Unconventional story of a man that literally falls in love with the woman of his dreams. The acting is ok and the story is impressive in parts. Very skipable.
Abhishek R (ca) wrote: Movie Sucks Bigtime.Watch only if you hate your hard earned money!!
Grant S (br) wrote: Great, reasonably balanced, biopic on a highly controversial figureA study on J Edgar Hoover, famed long-serving director of the FBI. Explores his drivers and motivations, and personal life. Told through flashbacks as he narrates his career for his biography, we see how he built the FBI from scratch, some of his higher-profile cases (eg the Lindbergh baby), his obsession with Communists and anyone else he deemed enemies of the US and his relationship with Clyde Tolson, Assistant Director of the FBI, closest confidant and more. A good study on a controversial, divisive, almost mystical, figure in US history. Not entirely complimentary, it gives a stark, and balanced, look at a very powerful, shaping force figure in US history.Great performance from Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. Good support from Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts.
Michael D (ca) wrote: One of my favourite stop motion these guys are the best! Great story and it is amazing they did stop motion for the whole thing. I don't know how they do it.
Andrew V (kr) wrote: Director Adam Rifkin's classic rock 'n roll comedy Detroit Rock City is probably one of the most memorable movies I have ever seen, due to the awesome cast, which includes Edward Furlong, Giuseppe Andrews, James DeBello, Sam Huntington (DeBello and Andrews worked together in Cabin Fever), and the universally known rock band KISS. It has a lot of funny moments, the plot is classic, and the soundtrack is spectacular.
Justin J (ag) wrote: I came across this movie while flipping through channels at four in the morning. Thank God for insomnia! It's a bit on the short side, but I'm afraid the gag might have gotten old if it had gone on much longer.
Eric On His Fantasy Quest V (au) wrote: Take a walk on the wild side. Men wanted to be just like him. Women wanted to love him. And outlaws everywhere wanted to be the ones to kill the legendary "Wild Bill" Hickok. As the former James Butler Hickok heads toward his final hand of poker in Deadwood, South Dakota, he flashes back to his younger days and the events that built his reputation, even as he copes with encroaching blindness caused by syphilis. By the end of his 39-year life a more burdening than blessing legend was born...Based on both the Deadwood novel by Pete Dexter and the Thomas Babe play Fathers And Sons, the Walter Hill-directed Wild Bill features good acting performances from the following cast:1.) Jeff Bridges (Wild Bill Hickok)2.) Ellen Barkin (Calamity Jane)3.) John Hurt (Charley Prince)4.) Diane Lane (Susannah Moore)5.) David Arquette (Jack McCall)6.) Christina Applegate (Lurlene)7.) Keith Carradine (Buffalo Bill)Although it was one of the better westerns ever to be released in the 1990s, audiences had overlooked this film. I, too, myself also overlooked it sometimes: Having seen Wild Bill twice I felt that the story here was too slow - at least until the ending scenes - and wished for better action, but I think it was done that way as to be faithful to the original tall tale and live up to the Wild West look to the big screen. If a series of black-and-white flashbacks seen by Wild Bill's point of view couldn't stop me from ever returning to where the real action is, I must say I do like this movie due to my search for good gunfights in town and a fine performance from the award-winning Jeff Bridges, whose facial appearance matched those of Hickok (and I mean Hickok as in the cowboy Wild Bill, not Hitchcock as in the movie director Alfred). It is a rather sad story, too, for both the sad beginnings and endings of it. The wild side is taken for a good movie about a Wild West legend, which is definitely worth a watch.
Richard K (es) wrote: Great B movie, comic book craziness with surprisingly good FX and a star turn by Meg Foster as a transexual mobster.
Scott W (jp) wrote: The music saves this from being a dud. As it is, the plot is overly dramatic in parts. And the long dream sequence doesn't even come close to the level of the ones in Singin' in the Rain and An American in Paris. Shirley Jones looks so young here pre-Music Man. I liked the scenes at the dance, and of course the title song. But it's not one of the better musicals of the era.
John P (ag) wrote: The islanders of Todday are no strangers to hardship and privation. But in the midst of the Second World War, they find themselves faced with a disaster unprecedented in the history of their island: no whiskey! So when the SS Cabinet Minister runs aground offshore with 50,000 cases of whiskey, every man's utmost thought is to save some of the precious cargo. Every man that is, except for Capt. Wiggins of the home guard, who is determined that law and order shall prevail. But can one uptight old outwit an entire island of boozehounds? Or is it the islanders who have underestimated his resolve? Admittedly, Whiskey Galore does get off to a rather slow start. It's not until nearly a third of the way through the runtime that the booze laden ship arrives, with the film up to that point being occupied with subplots and vignettes of everyday life. Some of these will have later payoff, but the fact remains that almost nothing humorous happens in these early scenes. At the twenty minute mark, I was beginning to fear that Whiskey Galore would be a failed comedy. Fortunately, this was not to be. The film begins to pick up nicely once the cargo of alcohol wrecks itself. The dry British wit for which Ealing Studios is famous starts to shine through, and earlier subplots begin to have payoff, especially the one involving the stern, teetotalling old Mrs. Campbell. And by the time the customs agents arrive, Whiskey Galore has become a frantic screwball comedy in the best tradition of the keystone cops. It goes without saying that there is of course a happy ending, and all the islanders are free to drink themselves Other the pervasive alcohol reference, there's no con tent that modern audiences would find objectionable, making Whiskey Galore appropriate entertainment for viewers off all ages. Despite a low budget and lack of recognizable actors, the filmmakers have created a hilarious, if somewhat uneven production. Fans of Ealing Studios and classic comedies in general should enjoy it. Just don't let the slow start discourage you.
John S (au) wrote: The script isn't air-tight and ends messily, but the musical numbers are a spectacle, and each member of the cast is fantastic, especially Fred Astaire, who can't help but be his awesome self. And Judy Garland is adorable.
Single Country Girl (mx) wrote: This is a good movie. I watched it while I was at a horse ranch!
Adam F (it) wrote: how is Guillermo del Toro in this???
Price P (jp) wrote: It's a fun movie. Good effects for the time. The cast is okay, it's just not the fantastic 4 I would have like to seen, its alright though. Truly shows how far we've come in the superhero genre.
Jack B (ru) wrote: Sarah seems out of place, otherwise a really good fim.