A Month of Movies: Is "The Fighter" an Oscar Contender?

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I gotta say, Frothy Girlz is quickly becoming one of my favorite movie review blogs. Shannon's take on the films she critiques is always refreshing and solidly backed up. In short? She's a smart cookie -- so when I started digging around on the Marky Mark/Christian Bale flick The Fighter I wasn't surprised to find a killer review on the Girlz' site. Here's what Miss Shannon had to say about the movie that got Marky Mark snubbed for Oscar gold.

Director David O. Russell managed to bring a magnificent cast to this story about a working class boxer who is making one last push for a title. Mark Wahlberg plays Mickey Ward, a welterweight whose career has been horribly mismanaged by his overbearing mother Alice (played by Melissa Leo).

Christian Bale Mark Wahlberg The Fighter
Image courtesy Paramount Pictures

To read the rest of Shannon's review, get yourself to frothygirlz.

Meanwhile, I also stumbled across this juicy tidbit on Bitten and Bound, where Missy pokes at the (sometimes skeevy) underbelly of the Hollywood Life --

Actor Mark Wahlberg spent more money on training for his upcoming role in the low-budget film The Fighter then he actually took home. Wahlberg accepted a serious pay cut to portray real life boxer "Irish" Mickey Ward in the biopic -- gambling that it will take off at the box office.

To see how Marky Mark managed that one, and to check out Wahlberg and co-star Bale on the cover of Sports Illustrated, click at Bitten and Bound.

Have you seen the fighter? What did you think of Wahlberg's performance and subsequent snub?


Morgan (The818) is a blogger and screenwriter living in Los Angeles. She overshares her personal life - complete with curse words - at The818.com, talks art and design over at Cargoh.com, and tweets: @the818.


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