Had a chance to catch a sneak preview of the true story "The Fighter" (imdb.com/title/tt0964517) last night, starring Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, and Amy Adams.
While I don't think it's Oscar-caliber, as I've been saying all along on my Facebook page (www,facebook.com/therealadm), I do, however, think the portrayals were capable and standout for the actors involved.
What was even more important, however, about last night's live event was how it was structured (aspiring PMDs take note!):
** a not-for-profit organization with extensive database offers up cut-rate sneak preview tickets at $10 to a Wednesday night screening. Yes, in the MIDDLE of the week.
** primary sponsor kicks in some additional money and muscle to help promote and evangelize the event.
** secondary sponsor gives a short speech about the depth and meaning of the film, in addition to some promotional bits about the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship -- http://bit.ly/cIGdm9) and how it's getting sanctioned in the province of Ontario (which the film was decidedly *not* about).
** audience receives flyers from the premier sponsor, and the sponsor(s) are on hand at the conclusion of the screening for chatting and business card exchange.
Now *that's* the way to conduct a live event!
I'll see if I can get some snaps for you soon and attach them here to the video page.
What did you think of the film?
UPDATE: I was way off about David O. Russell in this vid! He actually wrote THREE KINGS, while I'd attributed Frank Darabont's THE GREEN MILE to him. Sorry!
And it was Michael Clarke Duncan (imdb.com/name/nm0003817) -- d'oh!