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I liked this film, it was good and solid and I like Hillary swank, but it wasn't really a great film, I would watch it again but it didn't really excite me. It did contain rather too many cliches, such as the "white trash"/working class person who beats the odds and succeeds through sheer grit and holding to a dream, the woman who wants to succeed in a mans world and the only person who can possibly help her do that is a cynical embittered taciturn old man, and the wise black man character.

the relationship between the two characters was kind of a cliche as well, being a substitute/surrogate father daughter relationship, but maybe it was more an archetype than a cliche and I personaly got quite a lot out of it.

It did make me think anyway. I don't really understand boxing, I don't understand why people want to do it, to deliberately hurt other people and lay themselves open to being hurt, and I'm not all "well women should be able to box too!" because I don't really think anyone should be boxing. My feminism is wrapped up with pacifism and for the same reason I don't think the feminist movement should be fighting for a woman's right to fight on the front line but should be fighting for a world where nobody has to be on the front line

anyway the end of the film really made me think a lot
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So yesterday we were supposed to be going to see a bollywood musical thing which I was quite looking forward to in a kind of "well I've never done this before, I wonder if I will like it kind of way," but it was canceled because the star was sick which we were quite disappointed about. But we went to see Elizabeth:the golden age instead and oh my god it was amazing in every way possible, cinematography, lighting, acting, scripts. I loved it. It was really talky which I guess a lot of people wouldn't like but I love that, Cate Blanchett is awesome and Clive Owen, Oh my god is he sexy beautiful as Walter Raleigh or what? (I thought he was sexy in Children of men but that film really irritated me and he reminded me scarily of a friend I used to have)

I really liked the subtlety of the relationships in the film (I'm not convinced it was at all historically accurate but the subtlety and the acting out of the complex relationships was excellent)

Something that did really piss me off yesterday was that my legs really hurt so I had to take my crutches and no one gave me their seat on the train I had to stand, which I thought was kind of selfish and rude. Staying ballanced on a train while using crutches is a pain in the arse, Paul stood behind me to steady me but he often wont be there, I guess i just need to get braver about asking people to give me a seat.

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