Tag Archives: Warrior

Perri’s Top 10 Movies of 2011

I suffer through an annual end of the year meltdown. As we get closer and closer to the close of the year, I get more and more concerned that I won’t have enough films to fill out my top ten. Now how sad would that be? Fortunately, this is merely a bad habit I’ve gotten myself into and not only did I come up with a nice selection after running through everything I’ve seen in 2011, but I had a pretty tough time narrowing the list down to just ten.

Per usual, my goal as a critic is to find the happy medium between my growing film studies background and simply being able to sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Over the past year, being enrolled in Columbia University’s Film MFA program has undoubtedly affected my reviews, but focusing on a film’s entertainment value is still a top priority with filmmaking quality a close second and that’s as evident as ever in my list of the top ten films of 2011.

Click here to check out the list.

1 Comment

Filed under Features

One for the Little Guy! Our Favorite Underdog Sports Movies

According to Real Steel, in the year 2020 humans recruit robots to do their boxing for them. Hugh Jackman’s Charlie Kenton uses his steadfastness to train a sparring robot named Atom and turn him into a solid fighter. Should Atom follow the path of these iconic big-screen sports underdogs, boxing greatness could be well within his reach.

Hoosiers

There’s a reason Hoosiersappears on just about every underdog list; it’s one of the most rousing rise-to-success movies out there. Norman Dale starts his coaching venture dealing with problem after problem. Against all odds, Dale’s experience turns around courtesy of some much needed support from the team’s all-star player and, despite all odds, making it to the state championship becomes a possibility.

Click here to read more.

Leave a comment

Filed under Features

Review: Warrior

It’s tough for a sports movie to keep out of cliché territory. No matter what, if the main player pulls through and wins big, you can’t help but to mumble, “Yeah, right.” While Warrior isn’t devoid of that concept as it’s almost intrinsic to the genre, the piece achieves an exceptional degree of realism. Yes, The Fighter is the one that’s based on the true story, but between the two, Warrior not only feels more authentic, but it’s a slightly more enjoyable watch, too.

After 14 years, Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy) heads home to what’s left of his broken family. A former star wrestler, Tommy decides to enter Sparta, a tournament described as the Super Bowl of mixed martial arts fighting. Incapable of putting their tumultuous past behind them, Tommy asks his father, Paddy (Nick Nolte), proudly sober 1,000 days, to train him again, but only under the condition that Paddy keep the relationship business only and never touch on Tommy’s experience living with his now deceased mother or his time in the Marines.

Meanwhile, Tommy’s estranged brother, Brendan (Joel Edgerton), is a family man and high school teacher. While he loves his job and students, teaching physics just isn’t bringing in enough to support his wife (Jennifer Morrison) and two little girls, so Brendan resorts to an old skill to make some extra cash, MMA. When the school principal (Kevin Dunn) finds out about Brendan’s moonlighting, he deems the behavior unacceptable, reports Brendan to the superintendent who suspends him without pay. Now that fighting is his only way to keep his family afloat, Brendan turns to an old trainer buddy, Frank (Frank Grillo), who agrees to lend a hand and help get Brendan back in fighting form. However, when Frank’s #1 fighter suffers an injury, he needs to send a replacement to Sparta and, after a bit of pleading, decides to give Brendan a shot.

Click here to read more.

Leave a comment

Filed under Reviews

Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Less is More for ‘Melancholia’ and ‘Footloose’

I bet you thought this edition of Best/Worst Promos would be all Hunger Games. Well, as much as I enjoyed the teaser trailer, in terms of selling power, it’s merely selling to fans of the book, which is not the way to market a wide release movie. In other Hunger Games promotional news, the image on thecapitol.pn has come together to reveal the Capitol logo and provide access to a viral site that uses your Facebook or Twitter account to assign you a district.

In the good, but not great department, there are a few things worth checking out. For you Twilight fans, this brand new TV spot for Abduction is made for you, as it features Taylor Lautner smoldering and showing off his athleticism. For everyone else, it’s a scary world where Lautner gets top billing over Sigourney Weaver and Alfred Molina. Dream House offered up two decent TV spots. They cut out a certain element of the trailer that gives a big twist away and focus more on delivering that quick scare with the power to stay with you even after the commercial ends. As for not-so-hot TV spots, The Three Musketeers goes 3D crazy, using the latest promo to show off what director Paul W.S. Anderson plans to throw in our faces in the theater. Maybe this is more fun with one of those 3D TVs, but probably not.

Back to spoiling twists, The Double delivers a solid trailer with a moment that’ll make you go, “No way!” Problem is, that’s the kind of reaction that should come from a feature film, not its trailer. The Skin I Live In finally offers up a domestic trailer and while this one helps put the pieces together a bit more than the last, it’s still looking a bit too odd to earn my hard earned money. However, its new poster is disconcerting, but effective. There’s no way you can do any less than a double take if you catch this one on the street. Even better are the new character posters and banners for Drive. Forget selling power via telling designs; these images sell the movie based on aestheticism alone.

While I sit and count the seconds until the next big Hunger Games promotional push, check out the ones that managed to top my most anticipated film to snag spots in the promotions department and, of course, the ones that crashed and burned in demotions.

Click here to read more.

Leave a comment

Filed under Features

SDCC 2011: All Good Things Must Come To An End … With A Giveaway!

I can’t believe it, but this is officially it; my coverage of San Diego Comic Con 2011 has come to a close. For five incredibly long days, the experience went by in a flash. The action was non-stop from the moment I touched down in San Diego and while it was extremely exhausting and probably one of the most trying working experiences I’ve ever gone through, it was beyond worth it.

So, what’d you think? Did you like my coverage choices? Were the formats I chose to report in effective? Do let me know because I’m thrilled to say, it looks as though I’ll be returning to Comic Con next year!

I do know I learned quite a few things for myself while out west. First off, I need to pack more food than a box of granola bars, or at least make time to pick up some items at a local supermarket. Between running around collecting coverage and then writing it up, there’s little to no time to grab a bite. Second, if I want to cover a panel, I’ve either got to get on line at about 5am or hunt down a press pass. I arrived for The Walking Dead panel over three hours early and the line to get into Ballroom 20 was already about 10,000 people long!

Click here to read more.

Leave a comment

Filed under Features

SDCC 2011: Friday Wrap Up And Photos

That’s that for Friday at San Diego Comic Con and I’m back at home base, well, the hotel. Today was a particularly busy one as I got a taste of exactly how long those lines for Hall H and Ballroom 20 can get. I thought I was jumping the gun by showing up three hours early for the 11:15am panel for The Walking Dead, but apparently about 10,000 people had the exact same idea, as the line stretched from the convention hall all the way down to the bay. Lucky for me, I was able to work some press related magic and get a seat, but for those other 10,000 people, they supposedly didn’t have a shot of getting in for another three panels.

Anyway, not only did I catch all of The Walking Dead, but a bit of the Torchwood: Miracle Day panel, too. Sure, I don’t watch Torchwood and had little to no clue of what the cast was talking about, but everyone seemed to be having a blast, especially the show’s stars, John Barrowman and Eve Myles. After that one wrapped Frank Darabont and the gang took the stage on behalf of The Walking Dead. The panel was packed with interesting information, but the highlight was definitely getting to see the season two trailer not once, but two times.

Click here to read more.

Leave a comment

Filed under Features