The Wrestler

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When Awards season rolls around, Robert Fure always wins “Most Rage Filled Rant.” What is both obvious and sad is that he created the award and is the only one who votes on the winner.

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The Wrestler spends so much of its time intimately relating the audience to The Ram’s tolling profession as a wrestler, and to his dejected life as a solitary man, that the film ultimately hinges upon the supposition that The Ram’s career and personal life are sufficiently interesting to warrant such an extremely introspective look (fortunately, they are.)

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As is customary this time of year, it is my duty (and honor) to present you my list of the Ten Best Films of 2008. And in the past year we’ve seen an interesting range of films, have we not?

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We Rejects love our action and we sure as hell like watching men, women, monsters, and superheroes whip the crap out of each other on the big screen. Here are our favorite fights of 2008.

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The Wrestler

You’ve already heard that Mickey Rourke and The Wrestler are phenomenal. Here are a few more reasons why you should see it for yourself.

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FSR

Kevin Carr looks at Yes Man, Seven Pounds, The Tale of Despereaux and The Wrestler, in theaters this week with the FSR Report Card.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

Kevin and Neil wind down through a massive month of movies, commenting on everything from characters’ heart conditions to tattoed strippers past their prime (but still fun to watch).

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Aronofsky Talks to us about The Wrestler

“Ultimately, the film is about a guy who wants to be loved.”

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It’s been a year of comebacks, so we decided to take a look at a few stars who’ve made it all the way back from the void and a few that haven’t.

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Marisa Tomei Shines in The Wrestler

Cole Abaius suppresses his longstanding crush just enough to be professional while speaking to the co-star of praise-magnet, The Wrestler

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No one likes a sell out. But selling out goes both ways. This time of year, directors sell out in a different way. I’m talking about all the major mainstream Hollywood directors who “sell out” to do the award film released at the end of the year.

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The American Film Institute (AFI) responsible for those “100 Years, 100 _____” lists that get people riled up every year have come out with their list of 2008′s top films.

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Are you an awards season junkie? Do you love to be able to sit there and look smart in front of your friends and family, most of whom only make it out to the movies once a year to see the latest Jim Carrey comedy, by being able to talk endlessly about all of the “important” movies of the year? If so, consider this your awards season to-do list.Fr

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I currently have 28 different DVDs of award films that various studios have sent me. That’s about 50 or 60 hours of movies to get through in the next two weeks before the nomination window opens… in addition to the other seven mainstream movies I have to see in the next week.

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This afternoon the nominations for the 2009 awards were announced, with films such as Courtney Hunt’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning Frozen River, Jonathan Demme’s critically acclaimed Rachel Getting Married and Darren Aronofsky’s Toronto gem The Wrestler leading the way.

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The Wrestler

New photos from The Wrestler show the resurgence of Mickey Rourke, the legs of Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood looking very, very pale. Check out the Oscar buzzworthy stills inside.

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The Wrestler

The Oscar buzz is building, and soon you’ll get a chance to see it for yourself. Until then, Fox Searchlight is whetting our appetite with a new trailer for a movie that’s pinned us to the ground for the three-count.

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Apologizing is overrated. And you’re celebrities, after all. Aren’t you supposed to say stupid things?

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The Wrestler

People who drink lattes and know things about “film” have been all abuzz about Mickey Rourke’s performance in Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler ever since it made its debut last month in Toronto. And we are contractually obligated to agree.

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The Ten Remaining Must See Movies of 2008

Just because the Oscar train is getting ready to leave the station, that doesn’t mean that every upcoming release is going to be a 3-hour long heavy-handed drama. There are still plenty of must see movies — plenty of action, plenty of comedy and plenty of popcorn butter-flavored goodness.

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