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Trailer Review:
[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

The new trailer for The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams isn’t bad, it’s just not very original. To be fair, it IS based on the true story of “Irish” Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his older half-brother/trainer Dickie Eklund (Christian Bale) so it has some credibility. Many of the scenes are filmed in the exact same places the events really happened. But you just can’t make a boxing movie about a nobody tough-guy with a thick accent becoming a big-time boxer, without it being compared to Rocky. You also can’t make the primary story line about the clash between a boxer and his brother/trainer without it being compared to Raging Bull. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you’re not allowed to make boxing movies anymore, but there should at least be something original about it. Million Dollar Baby for example, showed a female-boxer and highlighted touchy subjects relating to death. Ali was about the quintessential boxer and his fascinating life not only in boxing but his refusal to fight in the Vietnam War. In contrast, I’m not really sure what The Fighter brings to the table that we haven’t already seen. Of course we only have the trailer and not the entire film. The cast, in my opinion, is excellent. Amy Adams was a joy to watch in Sunshine Cleaning and I’m sure she’s an asset to the film. Whatever you think of Christian Bale personally, it’s hard to deny that he’s been in some good action movies. I’m curious to see how he does in a role that is probably more challenging than he’s used to. Mark Wahlberg will probably do an adequate job playing a boxer. He’s always been pretty good at playing the tough-asshole but not much else. The big negatives are the writers. IMDB credits 3 people, 1 of which hasn’t written anything previously, and the other 2 are the geniuses behind such classics as 8 Mile and Air Bud. Originally the film was supposed to be directed by Darren Aronofsky but now we have David O. Russell who made I Heart Huckabees and Three Kings (both of which starred Mark Wahlberg). That’s a pretty big downgrade but not horrible. At this point I expect a competent, if unoriginal, boxing movie that will adequately waste an afternoon at the movies. Maybe I’ll rent it.

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[Posted by: Danny Moltrasi]

Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, has won the Golden Lion for best film at the Venice Film Festival. The film starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning tells the story of a Hollywood bad-boy who gets a visit from his 11-year-old daughter. The film beat out films by Darren Aronofksy-Black Swan, Vincent Gallo-Promises on the Water, as well as entries from Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski-Essential Killing, and the Japanese film by Tran Anh Hung with Norwegian Wood. The Silver Lion went to The Last Circus, by Alex da la Inglesia, who also picked up best director. The jury, headed by Quentin Tarantino gave the best actress award to Arine Labed in Attenberg, as well as best actor to Vincent Gallo in Essential Killing.

Sofia Coppola, whose previous film, Marie Antoinette, was booed off at Cannes in 2006, thanked her dad, Francis Ford Coppola, in her acceptance speech. Quentin Tarantino said that Somewhere “enchanted us from its first screening,” as it was unanimously chosen for the top award. Somewhere had been expected to compete for the main award from the outset, however it was expected that if there was to be an American winner, it was more likely to come from Aronofsky and his thriller, Black Swan.

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Trailer Review:
[Reviewed by: Justin Wagner]

Switching over from wrestling to ballet dancing, Darren Aronofsky‘s latest film, Black Swan, is a thriller about two opposing dancers in an upcoming production of the play “Black Swan”. There are many Lynch-esque moments throughout this trailer. From the “woman-in-trouble” premise to the competitiveness between two leads in an ongoing production, Black Swan seems to play like Mulholland Dr. meets Showgirls, but with the obvious presence of Aronofsky behind the Director’s chair. Much of the same style and camera work presented in The Wrestler seems to be present here in Black Swan though the tone of the film seems to be vintage Aronofsky. If there is one thing to love about this trailer it’s that it still keeps the mystery of the film in tact without giving too much away like most recent movie trailers have been doing. Black Swan will premiere at the 67th Venice International Film Festival this September and will have a limited theatrical release Dec. 1, but for now we have this lovely trailer to watch over and over again in preparation for what looks to be one of the best films this year has to offer.