Want to see WARRIOR with AICN at the Alamo Village tomorrow night?
Hey folks, Harry here... I'm pretty damn pumped for this... Got a screening of WARRIOR - that film with Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy playing brothers, whom have to whip each other's asses for the championship of the most brutal whup-ass fighting league the world has devised since the gladiatorial days of yesteryear. I am, of course, referring to MMA - Mixed Martial Arts, which has taken the fight world by storm. Nick Nolte plays their father - and that dynamic... Papa Nolte with Lil Hardy & Lil Joel rastling... well I can't wait - and I don't have to - because we're screening this tomorrow!
That's right! Tuesday, September 6th at 7pm at the Alamo Drafthouse Village (2700 W Anderson Lane) we'll be screening this very well spoken of film! Incredibly strong buzz surrounds this sucker - and I can't wait to see it with a bunch of you AICN locals - so - here's how you get in.
SCREENING IS FULL! WINNERS HAVE BEEN EMAILED!
Hurry - these will go first come first served - and I'll email you later today if you get in! Awesome, we have a great movie tomorrow!
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Sept. 5, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST
by Bob Loblaw Law Blog
Although it feels like I've been seeing the trailer for years now.
Sept. 5, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST
by dead youngling
would say more but like to keep everyone surprised. Could see some Oscar nods.
Sept. 5, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
This was shown in sneak previews all over the place last nite. <BR><BR> I thought it was pretty good - felt like THE WRESTLER and THE FIGHTER - another one of those movies. The trailer pretty much gives away that, at one point, the brothers fight each other (why did the trailer do that?). Overall, like TW and TF, it's another one of those movies about a blue collar dude on the east coast feeling the money crunch, so he steps in the ring (cage). And there always has to be that scene early where, after a fight, we see the dude walk into his house all beaten up...and IF there's a girlfriend or wife...she has to be like "omigosh what happened??"....yadda yadda yadda... <BR><BR> Yep, I think you get the picture. WARRIOR is a very very well made movie, so if you like these kinds of movies, check it out!
Sept. 5, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST
Really enjoyed it. I can see how it might have been improved--but by God it is a real movie, with fine performances, set in the world of martial arts, and for that reason if none other is just remarkable. Loved it.
Sept. 5, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST
For the audience to know the brothers fight. The "obligatory scene" implied thereby powers and informs every other scene leading up to it. We know that there is a physical confrontation coming, but we spend the rest of hte movie learning why it was inevitable, what it means, and trying to decide who to cheer for.
Sept. 5, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST
Did I just wake up in 2005?
Sept. 5, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST
...the two leads, as well as Nolte, are fucking top-notch actors so I'm at least intrigued. I've been a big Joel Edgerton fan since catching "The Square" and "Animal Kingdom," and I hope he cements his status in America with this film and "The Thing" prequel later this year. And, of course, I think everybody (or every geek, anyway) knows who Tom Hardy is by now. The dynamic between those 3 actors is the only reason I'd see this movie, but it might just be strong enough to coax me into buying a ticket. I'd much rather see it for free, but unfortunately I live half the country away from Austin.
Sept. 6, 2011, 12:54 a.m. CST
It's a fact. Every year something like 8 or 9 people, from high school to NFL, die from injuries related to football. MMA has had two deaths in the last five years at the regional level. Zero in the majors.
Sept. 6, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST
Warrior is an absolutely amazing film. If it's not getting dusty in your theatre by the final fight then its time to call the paramedics and check some pulses! Tom Hardy is continuing to prove his mettle as one of the best up and coming actors around. Man is a chameleon! Also, Nick Nolte is absolutely a master of his craft at being the grizzled old man when he wants to be. I am going to go ahead and DEMAND a Best Supporting nod for Nolte for this film! Maybe even a couple of nods for Hardy and Edgerton who proves here he is far, far more than just young Owen Lars. This movie is a deep character study of parental abuse and its long, long term effects and the complications of forgiveness and then dresses itself up as an MMA film. And don't be mistaken....while MMA is just a device for driving home the personal story, the action here is perfectly done and perfectly brutal and plenty of it....at least 25% of the run time is brutal MMA action. Gonna see this again for sure!!! You folks at this screening tonight are in for a TREAT!!!
Sept. 6, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST
GibsonUSA, I kinda am like you where I was thinking about and anticipating the final fight the whole time and if that had just been allowed to play out before our eyes instead of giving us foreknowledge it would have hit us like an emotional ton of bricks by the end of the movie when the moment came PLUS it really takes away some of the Rocky underdog element for some of the earlier fights since we know their outcome (even though it is kind of intriguing as well just trying to guess at how they will win this fight). HOWEVER, I kinda see what Hipshot is saying too...KNOWING that they will face each other makes EVERY scene between them hit like an emotional ton of bricks b/c we know the end that is coming. It is kinda like a biopic in that way b/c we know this is gonna end badly a la United 93 or Titanic BUT we dont know the final outcome and that makes it kind of still exhilarating.....EITHER way...GREAT flick....needs some Oscar nods badly.
Sept. 9, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST
i don't think i was the only guy in the theater who cried, because all of us were hauling ass out after the film ended and nobody was looking around at other people. maybe the story kind of a hit a nerve in me personally. but i can't imagine how anyone could watch this movie and not at least choke up at the end.
Sept. 9, 2011, 8:46 p.m. CST
Sept. 10, 2011, 1:33 a.m. CST
about two generations of PTSD survivors who need to know when it's time to accept some help? Sad what people have to go through to make ends meet in this screwed up world. Also, fuck friendly fire...
Sept. 10, 2011, 1:36 a.m. CST
That guy is intense. If you liked him in this check out Bronson. A little artsy in a Clockwork Orange kind of way. But man can Tom Hardy act.
Sept. 11, 2011, 12:31 a.m. CST
Because we really should be talking about this. And Friday estimates are bad. If it starts getting pulled before anyone sees it, I'm going to start crying again. Firstly, Nolte is going to get a nod for Best Supporting Actor. Which ticks me a little, since I'm all about Tom Hardy this year. (Hands off, peameal. :) ) And I was hoping Hardy could land in Supporting with a nomination for either this or Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which would actually be a nomination for both in the minds of the Academy and therefore he could walk away with the Oscar. That was my plan and I don't need Nolte ruining it. The movie was great. I'm not going to talk spoilers yet. But I hope we will somewhere. On twitter I said it was Ordinary People + Rocky. And I said it in that order, because it's much more the story of this F'ed up family than a sports movie. And everyone was great in it. If you don't already have the aforementioned crush on Hardy, you will by the end of this movie. He's the one that gets you. And I know they say you're not supposed to root for one of them, but sorry, I was totally rooting for his Tommy. I've read some comparisons to Brando, but you know, I kinda wish people wouldn't do that. I very much think he brings a grounded quality to this character that I never really got from Brando. I like Marlon Brando quite a bit, but he was always a little shinier than a real person. Tommy Riordan is a real guy. You know him, or you want to know him. He's super fuckin' pissed and as you watch the film you allow him that and you believe that he can't be any other way. That could have easily come out wrong had another actor done it. He could have come off as a brute, or a punk, but through Hardy's performance you see a man who on the surface is closed off but in a backwards way is actually blazingly honest and is wearing his heart on his sleeve. His heart has just been hardened by his life and it comes out in the exterior of this hard man. I think his performance is going to stay with people who see this movie for longer than awards season. Otherwise, what I was really struck by was the cinematography. Especially the way he shot their faces. It wasn't just close ups. You have very distinct faces in this cast and the way they were framed worked in spectacular fashion to make you deal with these people and it looked beautiful to boot. Having said that when the movie started and it was grainy, I audibly grumbled. I hate that almost as much as shaky cam. So I was ready to be disappointed. But it was okay. I believe it was a stylistic choice and not an inability to afford lightbulbs. But it wasn't used at all times. What other people are calling shaky cam in this film isn't imo. I could be wrong but I think the fight scenes were filmed in such a way that you purposely weren't allowed to focus on the fighting moves, because that's not what your focus should have been on. It was on these people. That's why I think the camera was outside the cage. I don't know, maybe I made that up. But for me everything was nearly perfect. I don't know if I'll see a better film this year. I saw MIDNIGHT IN PARIS right after WARRIOR and I thought it was a complete letdown, and totally overrated. So going into Oscar season I'm going to be rooting for this film. I just hope other people are going to see it and it doesn't get lost. And about that, I had to travel to see this. I thought until the night before that this film was going to be playing everywhere. It should have been. It's a normal person's movie. One that if your average Joe stumbled on it, he would totally love it. This isn't just for the movie buff crowd but it opened in half the theaters it should have. I'm not sure why. It's not the time of the year when you roll movies out. So if that's going to be it, then a huge error was made. It needs to be shown in the tiny crevices of the US. Those are the people who would actually put themselves in the position of these characters because of this verkakte economy. And why don't I see Tom Hardy listed for any talk shows? He's so personable and handsome. That's all your box office right there. Ugh. I'm going to be really pissed if this dies after this weekend. It does NOT deserve that.
Sept. 11, 2011, 3:13 a.m. CST
This weekend is kind of messed up because everyone is paying attention to what's going on in Toronto for TIFF (not just here, but the film world in general). I took my nephews, two of whom are not really into sports or UFC and they were blown away by it. I was worried they might lose interest during the family story bits but no, they loved the whole thing. The movie might have thrown one too many threads into the mix... it should have picked one or two of the handful and ratcheted them up a bit. On the other hand it is a movie that can be enjoyed on more than one level as you say. For instance, the PTSD thread is there, if you want to see it, but it's in bits and pieces as are the other threads (maybe I mean themes). But now that I think of it, there are so many problems plaguing people and families right now that casting a wider net was probably a good idea. The film started a bit grainy and stayed that way through many scenes. But after the line, "Yeah it's probably hard to find a woman who can take a hit these days" I didn't care. Setting aside the man crush, heh, I agree that Tom Hardy should be nominated for this role. I'll be surprised if he isn't. And for the record I'm no sport movie fanatic. In fact I studiously avoid them. Like you said though it's not really about the fighting...
Sept. 11, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST
Because for example Tommy's issues all stem from the past but the movie is firmly in the present. The way we find out about what happened is through the accusations he levels at his father and brother. And he said it exactly the way you would in that position. You wouldn't stand there and explain to your father exactly what happened to your mom for the benefit of an imaginary audience sitting in a movie theater. If it's real life, you both know what happened and there'd be no need to get into it. It's the same with the scene with Brendan. They both know what happened. Brendan just didn't know how much Tommy blamed him for it. So Tommy had to remind Brendan why he was angry without getting into an expositionfest or it wouldn't be realistic. Another director might have used flashbacks or something to show people the mother dying, and the girl sick, or scenes of drunken rages. But by not doing that, I think, they gave us enough credit to be able to figure it out on our own, because we're humans and have probably gone through similar experiences ourselves. That was refreshing, imo. p.s. I'm worried about Toronto taking over too. :( But I'm barely hearing anything away from AICN so maybe not. Hopefully some of those movies will be duds.
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