Based on a True Story – 127 Hours & The Fighter

127 Hours
Release Date: September 4th, 2010
Director: Danny Boyle

As of late, two movies have come out to critical acclaim and big box office numbers. Other than having those things in common, they’re both based on true stories. The first of those two;

127 Hours.

127 Hours, if you’ve been living under a rock [man, I should be paid to write jokes], is about one of the Top 10 burliest motherfuckers of all time, Aron Ralston. He was out hiking, decided to scale down a canyon that was no wider than maybe 4-5ft. He slipped, and on the way down a boulder came along with him. It pinned his arm, rendering him completely fucked.

He remained there for 5 days. Running out of food and water, he realized that he’s the ultimate fucking man and did what he needed to to. He broke his arm, and then cut it off using a dull, cheap, $10 pocket knife. HOLY FUCK. You don’t get any more burlier than that. I mean, right after that his body should have realized just who they were fucking with, and how little it was doing to support his manliness. So, his body should have just then exploded with extra muscle, a long, thick maine of awesome 80’s metal hair, and a perma-boner that’s at least 10 inches. In width. Also, women should allow him to touch their boobies whenever, where ever. Be it at their grandmother’s funeral, if Aron wants to reach over and flick a nipple, she better damn well allow it, and be super turned on too.

When I heard they were making a movie about this, I wondered just how on Earth they were going to make an interesting film about a guy standing in one spot for 5 days. Well, her involvement helps;

The ever gorgeous, Amber Tamblyn. Sure, her role isn’t very big in the movie, but never the less she’s there and that always helps.

Through flash backs, dreams, hallucinations and present day ‘whatthefuckamigonnado?’ they piece the movie together very well. It’s awesome to see his mind working as he lays out everything he has, weighing his options.

Another aspect of the movie that makes it fun, is while watching the film, you try to think about what you’d do in this situation. Would you wait it out? Would you try and cut your arm off long before he did, or would you be unable to face it and just die from dehydration? Would suicide enter your mind? Would urine enter your mouth once you’re out of water?

This is probably the greatest aspect of the film, the ability to pull you in and basically put that boulder on top of your arm. Constantlly asking you if you’d be doing the same thing, if you were in the same moment. It’s both interesting and funny to watch his mental status deteriorate as the days waste away just like his supplies. Of course, in most cases watching someone lose their mind isn’t funny, but when he starts filming his own morning talk show and interviewing himself, it makes dementia and entertaining condition.

Bottom line, a great movie. Is it worth all the hype it’s been getting? Probably not. The flash backs and hallucinations can actually tend to drag on and be a bit boring, but it’s nothing terrible, it just makes the movie a little dull at times. Plus, I was a little pissed that Amber wasn’t involved more. If I were the director, I would have cast Amber was Aron. And eventually, she’d have to realize that being shirtless would be the only way to survive. Oh, and I’d cast Jennifer Love Hewitt as the boulder. Man, that movie would rock. No pun intended.

* * * 3/4 out of 5.

The Fighter
Release Date: December 10th, 2010
Director: David O. Russell

When I saw the previews for this movie, I wondered just how many underdog boxer movies can they make? In the end, they always try to be like Rocky, and it really just makes you wish you were watching that.

I’m happy to say however, The Fighter makes you glad that you’re watching it, and not something else.

It’s the story of two brothers, the older one, played by Christian Bale, known as Dickey, use to be a semi-famous boxer who’s biggest claim to fame was that he knocked down Sugar Ray Leonard. His highest moments now are the moments when he gets high. He spends his days smoking crack, and training his younger brother, Micky, who’s following in his big brother’s footsteps by being a boxer. Sans the cocaine.

Micky’s got a steady career, as his brother actually knows what he’s doing, but at the same time is often stoned out of his mind, and bunkers down in a crackhouse. No one can ever find him, and he’s about as dependable as a crackhead can be. Also dragging Micky’s career along the broken glass is his mother, who’s also his manager. When a man he’s planning on fighting gets sick, they offer up what they believe is a suitable replacement. The man is 20lbs heavier than Mickey, who isn’t really excited about getting into the ring with the man. However, his mother and brother both tell him that if he doesn’t fight, no one gets paid.

Besides himself, two people who are actually looking out for his best interests is Micky’s father, and his girlfriend, Charlene, played by the extremely hot, and one time girlfriend to Jim Halpert, Amy Adams;


Other than being really hot, she’s a tough chick who kicks ass and speaks up for both herself and for Micky. It’s the kind of girl I’d like, yet I know, probably doesn’t exist. Regardless, she’s a real highlight of the film as she, and Micky’s other trainer take the reigns of his career once his brother goes to jail, and Mick fires  his mother as his manager.

While you may think it’s just a simple story about one man’s quest to prove himself, it’s really a story of redemption. A story of not just trying to prove yourself, but to prove the others around you to everyone else. A story about second chances and giving them to yourself, as much as others. It’s fucking great. Christian Bale won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and truly deserves it. Sure, Mark Wahlberg was great too, as usual, but his character wasn’t that much different than your average guy. Christian had a lot to put up on the screen, and was might fucking good at it. He’s truly the highlight of the film. That, and most of the tops that Amy Adam’s wears in the movie. If I was the director, I would have done a re-write where Micky’s trainer informs him that a great training exercise is to touch a pair of rockin’ tits once every 15 minutes. Man, Hollywood is dying without me.

Is this film worth all the hype? You’re gotdamn right.

* * * * 1/2 out of 5.

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~ by Caliber Winfield on March 19, 2011.

2 Responses to “Based on a True Story – 127 Hours & The Fighter”

  1. Hey Caliber, if you’re looking for a really good film based on a true story, check out Catch Me If You Can. It stars Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio and it has cameos from three actresses who were complete unknowns when this film first came out, Ellen Pompeo, Amy Adams and Elizabeth Banks.

  2. Oh hell yeah, man. I just watched that film about a month ago, and it was fucking fantastic, I loved it.

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