Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Intro to Cinema: Don't Call It A Comeback...

-When this year's Oscar nominees were announced last week, there weren't many surprises. Heath has it locked up, and there isn't much Doubt in my mind that Meryl Streep will bag another one. A lot has been written about the parallels between Mickey Rourke and his character in The Wrestler, but I didn't think much of it until I watched the movie and was absolutely blown away by his performance. It's obvious that Rourke has taken quite a few shots throughout his career, which made him surviving the electric chair in Sin City (above) that much more baller. A.O. Scott of The New York Times is one of my favorite film critics, and his review of The Wrestler is an excellent meditation on Rourke's career and the line between real and fake, whether on the screen or in the ring. When the bell rings on February 22nd, we'll be rooting for him.

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