Staff Picks: Movies

Staff-recommended viewing from the KPL catalog.

In this corner...

I'll admit it. I watched the WWF growing up. Nothing beat staying up late with your friends to see Hulk Hogan battle Rowdy Roddy Piper. So when I sat down to watch Mickey Rourke in his Oscar-nominated role in The Wrestler, I was ready for some action. Was I disappointed that the amount of brawling was limited to about 20 minutes? No way, because what I witnessed was one of the best movies of 2008. Rourke was amazing playing Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a former great trying to put his life back together after suffering a heart attack. Marisa Tomei plays an aging dancer trying to put her life together and Evan Rachel Wood acts as "The Ram's" estranged daughter. This heart wrenching story of a broken down wrestler is a well-crafted story of redemption and the pain it causes all involved. 


The Wrestler
Kevin King


I am happy to see you liked this one, too. Mickey Rourke's performance was outstanding...all that heavy breathing and lumbering about. I was just telling a friend to check it out. Thanks for the post.