I've talked about The Wrestler here before but I wanted to expand on why I'm so passionate about this film. I've been a fan of Mickey Rourke's for over 20 years.
From Body Heat, Rumble Fish, Diner, The Pope of Greenwich Village, oh man, Angel Heart --what can I say, to Barfly, a Bukowski story. "To all my frennns", character Henry says in the film. My husband and I still imitate our favorite scenes from Barfly. Mickey's portrayal was phenomenal or he'd lived through that crazy life before.
So a few years of unforgettable work from Mickey finally leads him to Sin City. The buzz about him is good now but people are still skeptical. When you tell Hollywood to collectively kiss your ass then come back and ask them for work you'll have to prove yourself all over again. If you even get the chance.
Mickey was about to get that chance with The Wrestler. Five long years of raising money to get this independent, labor of love made. Friend Bruce Springsteen wrote and gave them the song that closes the movie. (Why was it not nominated?)
In The Wrestler, Mickey Rourke creates a galvanizing, honest and tender portrait that easily puts it among the great, iconic screen performances and he certainly deserves the Best Actor win.
It wasn't long after 9/11, September 11, 2001, that I began this website. I felt compelled to connect with other people around the globe. I had recently heard about "weblogs" or "blogs" and I dove right into Blogger.com.
I searched for others to connect with online and I found Ageless. It led to meeting many great friends to discuss events of the day. From then on it snowballed.
Most importantly we offered one another support and friendship across the globe; finding that we were just a few keystrokes away.