The Academy Awards are Sunday, so it's time for the annual predictions from the revered GonzoGeek panel: Bruce, Chris, John, Matt, Stephe and Matt’s copy of “Wrestlemania 2000” for the Nintendo 64.
Today: Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Odds (usually) provided by Bovada (formerly Bodog), but th...
Looking at some very cool #Avengers related swag!
The first in a series leading up to the #Avengers movie.
A new year. A (somewhat) new list.
I only watched two. You do the math.
The 2nd entry in our protracted series.
Where do they get all these wonderful toys?
1. It's not that Drive is such a crazy innovative movie that referencing details would ruin it. It's actually a pretty clear and straightforward story, if aggressively subtle. The spoilers would be micro rather than macro - I don't want to talk to much about those minute details because they are the fun part. You can pretty much tell the destination right away, but getting there is what makes Drive so enjoyable and memorable.
Behind the scenes of the upcoming sci-fi film.
It's not that I didn't WANT to like Warrior. It's that I didn't EXPECT to like it.
As far as I could tell, it was the latest attempt at a sports movie set in the world of mixed martial arts and would simply squeeze the genre's battle-tested tropes and plot twists into a pair of fingerless gloves. The trailer and commercials do little to dispel that notion, pretty much laying out the conceit of the movie ("the two men fighting for the championship tonight...ARE BROTHERS!") and playing up every moderately-clichéd beat from the film as if it's the spiritual successor to Never Back Down, Fighting or the direct-to-DVD Undisputed sequels. When I told a friend I had just come from a preview screening, he said, "You mean the one that's 'The Fighter' but with Nick Nolte?"
It's not The Fighter, but it does treat its subject matter with a level of seriousness that continued to impress and surprise me. Warrior isn't just the best MMA film to date, it just might be one of the best sports movies of the past decade.