(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)
As the saying goes, everyone loves a comeback. The 2010s saw a number of creative entities emerge from the wilderness to enjoy renewed artistic credibility onscreen. There were so many comeback stories, actually, that this mere list of ten is guaranteed to smack of exclusions. FX’s The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, for instance, revived interest in the trial of the century while serving as a soft comeback for several actors. Be honest: when’s the last time you’d heard David Schwimmer’s name around the watercolor? Despite its use of John Travolta, however, there was no one actor on that show who made a resurgence on the level of Travolta’s in Pulp Fiction. If anything, the show was more memorable for its Emmy-winning turn by Sarah Paulson and for facilitating the breakout of Sterling K. Brown.
Stranger Things built its brand on ‘80s nostalgia and thrust faces from that decade, like Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine, back in the spotlight…but there wasn’t room for it on this list, either, and that’s saying a lot. It should be noted, too, that a return to form, in and of itself, isn’t enough to qualify as a comeback. Christopher Nolan was back in top form with Dunkirk, yet while his previous two films may have revealed chinks in his critical armor, they were both still commercial successes. A slightly off-game Nolan is still better than your average blockbuster filmmaker.
Master of the “Nouveau Shamanic” acting style, Nicolas Cage, likewise marches to the beat of a different drum, where the notion of frail mortal comebacks is irrelevant. So alas, you won’t see Mandy on this list. But enough with the honorable mentions … let’s look back, in reverse chronological order, at ten of the decade’s best film and television comebacks.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
Winter is coming, both in the regular winter-related sense and also in the sense that Game of Thrones‘ Season 3 premiere is slowly but surely approaching. After the jump:
- Jesse Plemons heads to HBO’s Cold War series The Missionary
- Lauren Ash joins Rebel Wilson and Liza Lapira in Super Fun Night
- Mark Wahlberg creates a The Fighter-inspired reality show for A&E
- CBS cancels Partners; ABC nixes 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort
- See some dark early concept art from Bryan Fuller‘s Mockingbird Lane
- HBO reveals its first not very revealing teaser for Game of Thrones
- Enjoy a trailer for the Doctor Who Christmas special “The Snowmen”
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Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
What do Bridesmaids and The Devil Inside have in common? Not a lot, except that both performed even better than expected at the box office, and execs are now eager to get going on terrible-sounding sequels. After the jump:
- Melissa McCarthy refuses to do Bridesmaids 2 without Kristen Wiig
- Mark Wahlberg reports that The Fighter 2 is looking for a new director
- Joe Carnahan discusses the (non) possibility of an A-Team 2, and more interestingly, the possibility of a Narc 2
- The Devil Inside exec producer Steven Schneider says he’d “love” to do a sequel
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Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
Although Mark Wahlberg is the kind of A-list star that’s constantly in the public eye, he actually hasn’t appeared in a movie since 2010’s The Fighter. Next week’s Contraband marks the end of that streak, however, and it looks like Wahberg will be returning to his usual busy ways after that. The actor has already finished shooting this summer’s Ted, is currently filming Allen Hughes’ Broken City, and has Good Time Gang and 2 Guns on his upcoming slate as well.
And then on top of that, there’s also The Fighter sequel, the Entourage movie, and possibly Michael Bay‘s Pain and Gain — which, contrary to previous reports, Wahlberg says he has not declined. In a recent interview, the star gave some status updates on each of those projects. Basically, it sounds like each of them are waiting on a script. Read his comments after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, June 9th, 2011 by Angie Han
Mark Wahlberg hasn’t been shy about his desire to make a sequel to last year’s The Fighter, the Best Picture-nominated drama based on the life of boxer Micky Ward. The producer/star has happily discussed the potential for a Fighter 2 in the past, and director David O. Russell seems on board with the idea as well — he’s already expressed his interest in writing the script. Now it seems likelier than ever that The Fighter 2 may become a reality. At a recent awards show, Wahlberg said something that suggests that the film is on track to actually get made. Read his words after the jump.
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Last week the producer/star of The Fighter, Mark Wahlberg, said he was in the “early stages” of figuring out how to make a sequel to that film, continuing the story of “Irish” Micky Ward. While Wahlberg himself been training in anticipation of the film happening, and believed that everyone would come back to work on a sequel, he was sure to reiterate that nothing was set in stone.
Another prominent member of the Oscar-winning team behind The Fighter, director David O. Russell, has now commented on the possibility of a sequel and not only does he agree with Wahlberg’s sentiments, but Russell would be interested in writing the script himself. Read his quotes and more after the jump. Read More »
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Great care was paid to ensure that The Fighter be as authentic a true story as possible, which is also why its ending feels a tad misguided. Was it necessary to close the film on a note of uplifting triumph? That’s the expected conclusion, certainly, and it’s not as though there’s ever a moment where The Fighter seems like it might be veering down a path that hasn’t already been laid out for it in countless other sports films. But the humanity of the picture stems from its acrid family dynamics, and it’s in those moments that the film transcends the genre in which it’s forced to reside. In fact, so much time is dedicated to observing and developing the raw, complex relationships between the film’s central band of characters that when the pat, encouraging conclusion finally comes, it feels largely unearned. This is not a story with an easy resolution, and it’s a shame that The Fighter feels the need to provide it with one. The rest of the movie, thankfully, is good enough to overcome it. Christian Bale is mesmerizing as the jovial junkie who’s always the center of attention, and Mark Wahlberg is appropriately understated as the passive brother who’s continuously overshadowed by him. Their relationship is the driving force behind the film, and it’s also the narrative thread that satisfies most by the film’s end. While Bale steals the show early on, there comes a time when the character’s constant self-adulation grows (deliberately) tiresome, gracefully affording Wahlberg’s Micky the opportunity to step up and show his mettle—not merely in the ring, but amongst his controlling family. At that point, I was resolutely invested in the ensuing drama, and against better judgment, awaited a denouement that wouldn’t let an unwarranted “inspirational” finale undermine the complicated history of this combative lower class family. If only the film had the conviction to see all of its relationships through, rather than put the focus on the need to win a boxing match.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A commentary by director David O. Russell, and a Warriors Code: Filming The Fighter featurette. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as deleted scenes, a Keeping the Faith featurette, and a digital copy of the film.
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Most of the time, films based on true stories that are nominated for seven Oscars and win two don’t scream sequel. In the case of The Fighter, though, the story of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward was just getting started as the credits rolled. As we all found out once we saw the film, The Fighter really wasn’t about boxing. Ward didn’t become a household name until after the film’s climactic fight and producer/star Mark Wahlberg is well aware of this. He’s already stated that he’d like to make a sequel about Ward’s rise to fame and in an interview to help promote The Fighter‘s Blu-ray release, he revealed that he’s once again started training and has had some talks about making a sequel that would center on Ward’s boxing career. Read some new details after the jump. Read More »
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After a decade of development, The Fighter emerged into theaters last year as a powerful piece of entertainment. Now with financial success and two Oscars for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, star and motivating force Mark Wahlberg is talking about continuing the on-screen story of boxer Mickey Ward. Read More »
Our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series — 50 Movie Spoilers of 2010 in 3 Minutes, in one take. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes, 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes, 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes and 50 Comedy Spoilers in 3 Minutes. Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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