Jake Gyllenhaal sold me on going to see this movie. Not the cliche redemption story, or the boxer’s story we’ve seen 3,256 times, or even the rise and fall and rise story, not even Eminem, who executive produced the soundtrack (although that was a close second) was able to sell me on seeing this film.
It was J-A-K-E.
But Jake Gyllenhaal wasn’t in this movie (more on that later).
Continue reading “Cut me Mick: Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw is 2015’s Turn at the Boxing Movie”
I have to admit, I went into The Tribe with anxiety and apprehension, not excitement. I knew very little of the film other than that it was out of the Ukraine, that there was no dialogue and that due to graphic violent and sexual content that it could be, would most likely be, “difficult to watch.” I fretted for days in advance because I’d committed to penning a reaction blog; I couldn’t back out. And I couldn’t just show up and eye-cover my way through it. Fact is I am extremely sensitive to violence, suffering or cruelty of any sort, physical or mental. During my school years if someone yelled ‘Fight!’ you could bet that I was running away from, not toward, the ‘action.’ I can’t stand to see or hear fists hitting flesh. (True story: I have yet to watch any more than 10 seconds of that Southpaw trailer.) And any hint of emotional cruelty or bullying, in real life or in fiction, often makes me cry. But I love movies, especially the complex, deep and emotionally gut-wrenching ones. So I’ve adapted.
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