Building and recording my personal book and film canon. I love high minded art almost as much as pulp. Probable genres: SFF, crime, pretentious literary fiction, horror, history, poetry and biography.
Scale used in reviews: Canon (must have been read at least twice), Canon-Worthy, Highly Recommended, Recommended, Pass, Hard Pass. I'm more likely to finish and post about things I like than those I don't, so reviews will skew toward the high end of that scale.
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Girlfight (2000) directed by Karyn Kusama (Mini-Review)
As a rule, I don’t like boxing movies. There have been exceptions (most notably Raging Bull), but the genre doesn’t interest me. But I do like Karyn Kusama movies. I had seen all four of her later features. The live action Aeon Flux movie is better than it’s reputation. And Jennifer’s Body, The Invitation and Destroyer is a great three film run which places her among my favorite directors. So despite its genre I looped around and watched her debut feature, starring Michelle Rodriguez as a young boxer.
It’s a clever touch to name her boyfriend Adrian. The opponent in the final boxing match is an even cleverer trick. In some ways it’s the typical narrative of a boxer from a tough background who overcomes. But it really won me over by the end. The final act does a really good job of dealing with male ego. Do I like Kusama's later movies more?* Yes. But that's more a reflection of my attitude towards the boxing genre than the film's quality. Highly Recommended *With the exception of Aeon Flux, which is better than its reputation, but still my least favorite Kusama movie.