David O. Russell
Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo
Aired Tuesday, December 1, 2015
The guys are back in the ring again as they take a look at David O. Russell's gritty 2010 film The Fighter, a story of boxing and brotherhood. The film follows brothers Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) as they struggle to keep afloat and make something of themselves at very different points in their lives. They discuss the ways the film does and doesn't eschew boxing clichés, the way that David O. Russell is able to tell such a compelling story with so little, and how Bale delivers quite possibly one of the greatest acting performances of all time. They also take a page out of Dicky's book (not the one with the word "crack" written all over it, though) and plan out the documentary that would be made about their own lives.