Weekend movies…

22 10 2007

Little Children (film) 

Little Children is a 2006 Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-nominated film written and directed by Todd Field, based on the novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta. It stars Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Connelly, Noah Emmerich and Jackie Earle Haley.

Plot 

Sarah Pierce (Kate Winslet) is a former campus feminist and academic who is now a reluctant homemaker and mother in an upper-middle class suburb of Boston. Feeling stifled and aimless in her role as a mother, Sarah views her young daughter as a nuisance, and feels out of place around the tedious and judgmental Stepford-like mothers she encounters on a daily basis at the local playground. Her marriage has become loveless, and she even catches her husband masturbating to online pornography with a pair of panties over his face.

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Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby is an Academy Award winning 2004 dramatic film directed by Clint Eastwood.

The film stars Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, and Morgan Freeman. It is the story of an under-appreciated boxing trainer, his elusive past and his quest for atonement in helping an underdog amateur female boxer (the film’s title character) achieve her fragile dream of becoming a professional. The film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

The screenplay was written by Paul Haggis, based on short stories by F.X. Toole, the pen name of fight manager and “cutman” Jerry Boyd. Originally published under the title Rope Burns, the stories have since been republished under the movie’s title.

It was released on DVD on July 12, 2005. It was released on HD DVD on April 18, 2006 [1], one of the earliest releases on that media format.

Plot

Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank), a young female amateur who aspires to prove her worth by becoming a successful boxer, is taken in by Frank Dunn (Clint Eastwood), a down-and-out boxing trainer who has been cast aside by most of society, including his estranged daughter Katie. Dunn aids Maggie in realizing her goal while developing a stronger-than-blood bond. Initially, Dunn is dispassionate toward Maggie because she is a 32-year-old female. Maggie, however, perseveres in her attempts to gain Dunn’s favor by training each day in his gym, even when others discourage her. Frank’s friend and employee, ex-boxer Eddie “Scrap Iron” Dupris (Morgan Freeman), sympathizes with Maggie’s efforts and convinces Dunn to coach her short-term (Dupris is also the narrator of the film, who reveals the extent to which Maggie and Dunn’s relationship transforms both their lives).

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