Sunday, Lazy Sunday: A Belated Movie Review

Hello Darlings,

Apparently I am still recovering from my amazing mini vacation/New Year’s Eve because I am slacking like a middle school boy on these blog posts. Fear not dear readers, because I am back.

Like every other Tuesday, this week I went to the movies. Like I’ve said time and time again, I LOVE THE MOVIES. This particular time was bittersweet because my dear friend and constant movie companion Laurel was bidding her farewell. Naturally, we said our goodbyes over a movie. The movie we chose was the new eye candy/drama The Fighter.

Looks intense right? Well, it was.

Synopsis:

A fighter Mickey Ward tries to follow in his older brothers shoes and find success in the boxing ring. Set in Lowell, Massachusetts the Ward family represents the typical low-income bad ass irish family that makes amazing movies [The Departed, Gone Baby Gone, Good Will Hunting, The Town…]. Mickey is on his last leg of youth trying to make it big while being held down by his drug addict brother and his alcoholic awful mother. Mickey finds solace in his daughter, his awesome trashy Amy Adams girlfriend, and fighting. After one mismatched boxing match Mickey is injured and ready to throw his fighting career away.

The characters and the acting in this film were phenomenal, so much so that I am seeing an Oscar nod or two in its future. Remember that.

Mark Wahlberg shows that there is more to his existence than his Marky Mark days and seriously amazing abs. Seriously amazing. His character was interesting to watch and easy to relate to. He spent much of his brain power fighting over putting himself or his family first.

Amy Adams finally didn’t play an innocent slightly prissy role, in fact she played the opposite. As Mickey’s girlfriend she was a cursing bar tender with a small drinking problem. According to an interview she wasn’t allowed to work out during this movie because they wanted her a little fleshy to me more realistic. Shove it Amy, you looked great.

In my opinion, the most amazing acting was done by Christian Bale. In an earlier post I let you all know that Mr. Bale was my first childhood crush as Laurie in the movie  Little Women. Still cannot believe Jo let him go… whatever. Bale plays a drug addict ex-fighter and he knocks the part out of the park. He lost massive amounts of weight for the role and his gaunt face really does add shock value to his performance. Considering Bale’s last role was Batman in The Dark Knight the body transformation that had to happen was nothing short of extreme. Bale’s performance is infuriating and heartbreaking all at once, which is truly the magic of character building.

In short, go see this movie. It was worth the 2 hours I had to sit still and much more.

-A

Hopped up out the bed, turned my swag on.

I have no swag to turn on.

When I was younger I had no life.

You might be reading this remembering your so called non-existant life as well, but believe me I have you beat. I lived on glimpses of pop culture and stolen minutes of MTV. My mother was heinously strict throughout my childhood. I was not allowed to watch television or even listen to the radio (she’s nice and not crazy I swear). Despite her severely desperate attempts at sheltering me from the world, I was obsessed with all things pop culture (I still am).

I would save my allowance (I didn’t get one) up for the dirty rags (Seventeen, Teen Bob, Tiger Beat) and spend my days poring over them for hours. I cut out the pictures of the cute boys and famous (slutty) girls and put them in a folder (because I couldn’t let my mother know I had a crush on celebrities). Finding Justin Bieber adorable (I KNOW, I CAN’T HELP IT) reminded me of my childhood (still alive) crushes.

Top 10 (yes top 10. As in there were more)

#1. Devon Sawa

 

He used to be sooo cute...

 

 

Age Now: 32

Best Known For: Casper, Wild America, Now and Then

Why I loved him:

I wanted all up on his goodies. And seriously, who didn’t love him?! He was a GHOST before being dead was cool, and he was smokin’. Not only was he a friendly ghost but he was incredibly easy on the eyes. Christina Ricci got to make out with him not once, but TWICE. He was making all the girls swoon as the adorable and strangely mature for his age Scott in Now and Then. Basically, he was amazing. Now? Not so much.

#2. Christian Bale

Age Now: 36

Best Known For: Little Women, Batman, Terminator

Why I loved him:

Not a typical girlish crush, but have you seen Little Women?! Seriously, Laurie in Little Women was all that I wanted and more. I have seen Little Women more than I’d care to admit (I still watch it). He was amazing, wealthy, and hot as hell. When Jo denied him, I wanted to literally slap her in her pretention intellectual face. Then he moved on to Amy, which was kind of a gross move on his part, but still gorgeous. ..

He may even have a speech impediment.

#3. Taylor Hanson

 

he's kinda cute right? RIGHT??

 

 

Age Now: 27

Best Known For: um, duh

Why I loved him:

I know he looked like a girl, blah blah blah. I literally have no idea what it was, but I was head over heels in LOVE with this kid. I would listen to their stupid album, getting my angst on, for days on end. Hey, I’m not proud of it.

#4. Will Friedel

 

How could you not love that face?

 

 

Age Now: 34

Best Known For: Boy Meets World

Why I loved him:

He was HILARIOUS in BMW. So goofy, so charming, such a show stealer. I could care LESS about Cory and his whiney gf, I wanted Eric Matthews for my own. Also, all three people who saw My Date With the President’s Daughter love him also.

#5. Erik von Detten


Age Now: 28

Best Known For: Brink

Why I loved him:

He was adorable. That was the only reason. Also Brink was probably the best Disney Channel Original Movie. Besides Smart House.

#6. Brandon Fraser

 

So pretty. And sooo dumb.

 

 

Age Now: 41

Best Known For: All awful movies

Why I loved him:

Once again, not your typical childhood crush. However, I saw George of the Jungle and I was stricken. Yes, in that movie he wears no clothes. He was attractive, malleable, and dumb – perfection? I joke. But seriously, even with the Kenny G hair, he was a sight for sore eyes (yup, I’m 90).

#7. Jonathon Taylor Thomas

 

I don't even like milk.

 

 

Age Now: 29

Best Known For: Home Improvement, Wild America, Man of the House, Tom and Huck

Why I loved him:

EVERYONE LOVED HIM. You can lie to yourself, but don’t lie to me, JTT was a stud. He was in all the movies I was allowed to watch (G & PG) and his squeaky voice pierced my heart. He had that adorable mischievous smile and that same dumb haircut (or lack thereof) all the boys had. Swoon.

#8. Brad Renfro

 

so angsty, so badass, so 13

 

 

Age Now: deceased. sad.

Best Known For: Tom and Huck

Why I loved him:

Seriously, he was in 1 movie I ever saw, and I loved him. He was the bad boy, and so pretty to look at. Sadly he overdosed on heroin in the past year or two. RIP pretty boy.

#9. Rider Strong

 

Always the pouter

 

 

Age Now: 30

Best Known For: Boy Meets World

Why I loved him:

Once again, Cory in Boy Meets World was a snoozefest, while his supporting cast really stole the show. Angsty Shawn in BMW tugged at the heartstrings, and made me want to stalk down his fictional character and date him (even at 11 I was super creepy).

#10. Leonardo Dicaprio

 

So sensual.

 

 

Age Now: 35

Best Known For: Titanic, Shutter Island, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Blah blah blah

Why I loved him:

Before he was all pompous and dream stealing, Jack Dawson was my everything in Titanic. The Titanic is yet another movie that I still watch, ain’t no shame. He was so adorable in the Titanic, watching him for 3 hours was a breeze. AND HE WAS ARTISTIC. The perfect mate!? I think so (except he’s dead).

And there you have it folks. The sadness that was my childhood, revealed.

Side note: When did everyone get so old?!? I’m ageist. Any guy over 24 creeps me out. Hence my hidden affection for the Biebster.

-A