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Foxcatcher: The Ugly Side of Wrestling

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Foxcatcher

 

Foxcatcher is a rare film that captures different human identities, and shows you how much people can change and grow apart with their objectives in life. Foxcatcher is the true story about Olympic wrestlers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Donald Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), joining Team Foxcatcher, sponsored by multimillionaire John E. Dupont (Steve Carell) to train for the 1988 Olympic games in Seoul.

 

The film starts off showing Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) getting a phone call to meet John E. du Pont (Steve Carell). After accepting Mr. du Pont’s request, Mark Schultz meets Mr. du Pont at his estate to talk about wrestling, his gold medal, and joining Team Foxcatcher. After meeting Mr. du Pont, Mark Schultz tries to convince his brother, Donald (Mark Ruffalo) to join him at Team Foxcatcher. Donald shoots down the idea of joining Foxcatcher, because of his wife and two kids that are comfortable where they are. After unsuccessfully convincing his brother to move, Mark Schultz moves in at the du Pont estate–to start training for the upcoming World Championships in wrestling. All goes well for a little while, but Mr. du Pont grows tired of Mark, and tells Mark that he needs Donald’s services, no matter what the cost may be.

Foxcatcher Soon after, Donald Schultz shows up on the du Pont estate with his family in tow. In the midst of training at Team Foxcatcher, James du Pont is having a conversation with his mother, Jean du Pont (Vanessa Redgrave) about wrestling and in this particular scene, you can see his mother’s disapproval with him and wrestling. In another scene, John du Pont’s mother shows up to wrestling practice at Team Foxcatcher, and John du Pont quickly gathers the wrestlers around him to impress his mother with his knowledge of wrestling. His mother quickly becomes bored, and leaves the gym, leaving John du Pont in an obvious state of embarrassment. As the film moves along, you can sense the jealously that Mark has towards his brother, Donald. Being the more knowledgeable and technical wrestler, Donald feels that his brother is slipping out of control, and comes to aid–in assuring him that he loves him and wants nothing but the best for him. Towards the end of the film, it gets pretty grim with different situations that are going on, and you can really feel the emotions that each character is going through at the moment. While this film is depressing at times, it shows you what commitment, desire, and greed will do to someone. This story does not have a happy ending, but it deserves the attention of people, and to be educated not only in the sport of wrestling, but in human emotion as well. Everyone in this film did a sensational job, and as award season is just around the corner, expect this cast and director to get recognized by the academy. Do yourself a favor, and put this film at the top of your movie going list.

 

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Foxcatcher

Release Date: January 16, 2015

Director: Bennett Miller

With: Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carell

Running Time: 134 min

MPAA rating: R

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Sony releases ‘The Interview’

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The Interview

 

Sony has decided to release The Interview today, according to various sources. You’ll be able to view The Interview at certain movie theaters, or in the comfort of your own home. If you’re still searching for something to do this Christmas Eve, you might want to kick back and watch this film with family and friends.

 

Here is where you can watch it:

Youtube

Google Play

Xbox

The Babadook: You Can’t Get Rid of Him

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The Babadook

 

 

It’s very rare these days to be wowed by a horror film, but The Babadook does just that (and more). This film manages to grab your attention immediately, and as the film progresses, you are constantly wondering what is going to happen next. A single mother (Essie Davis) is trying to get over her dead husband, and her son (Noah Wiseman) has a fear of a monster in their home. The Babadook starts off with Samuel (Noah Wiseman) wanting his mother (Essie Davis) to read him a bedtime story. His mom lets him pick a book for her to read to him. Samuel ends up picking the The Babadook book. Right away you know something is up. With its bold red color, The Babadook book stands out like a sore thumb. After reading a few pages, Samuel’s mom gets the sense that this book is not appropriate for children. In the book it describes that when you read aloud the saying of The Babadook, then you will summon him. Thinking it’s just a silly thing to do, Samuel’s mom proceeds to read along with Samuel the rest of the book. As they get closer to the end, it becomes increasingly scary and violent. At which point Samuel’s mom shuts the book, and orders Samuel to bed. As the film moves along, you begin to see that something is changing with Samuel. His behavior gets to be out of hand, and he even becomes violent at certain times. Feeling like she’s losing control, Samuel’s mom talks to his doctor, and gets him on medication. The medication doesn’t work fully, and Samuel’s mom begins to spiral out of control. Being ignored by her sister, Amelia has nobody else to turn to with her son’s problems, and comes up with the plan to keep him locked up in the house.

The Babadook

 

The Babadook You can sense that things are not right between Samuel and his mom. Things start to turn for the worse when The Babadook shows up (briefly), and cements the idea that something is very wrong. Amelia starts to literally lose her mind, as her son, Samuel, becomes more and more out of control. Director Jennifer Kent does a great job of making you think that The Babadook is the real problem, but in reality, it’s the relationship between Amelia and Samuel that is the main problem, while The Babadook is meant to keep you on your toes. Jennifer Kent employs the Alfred Hitchcock technique (less is more) beautifully in this film. And the score adds to the drama as well. If you’re looking for something fresh and unique, I highly recommend you take the time out to view this well-made film.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Babadook

Release Date: 28 November 2014

Director: Jennifer Kent

With: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman

Running Time: 93 min

MPAA Rating: NA

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