"Lose Yourself" from "8 Mile" (2002): So damn catchy. Such vivid visuals. And so crucial to the story as an exploration of the main character's fears and ambitions. Who knows whether Eminem can actually act, but he did a great job of playing a version of himself here in Curtis Hanson's drama about an aspiring rapper battling his demons as he struggles to make it out of his working-class Detroit neighborhood. I love what an unconventional choice this was for the Academy (and I pondered "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from "Hustle & Flow" as one of my five selections this week for the same reason). And I think it's hilarious that forever more, we can describe Eminem as Academy Award winner Marshall Mathers.
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