Anyone who has seen a film by Darren Aronofsky is not likely to describe it as a completely pleasurable experience. My first experience with Aronofsky’s work was seeing Requiem for a Dream on the big screen. It was good – but I avoided it for the next two years because of its intensity.
For Aronofsky is it not enough to show us the hardships of a protagonist. He has to actually make us feel the experiences of our protagonists. In Black Swan Aronofsky continues to force us to suffer with our onscreen hero – and this time around you’ll be hard pressed to figure out why you should care. Continue reading
The Fountain and Sunshine are two films that tend to receive some of the most vitriolic commentary, eliciting praise or hate. What they also have in common is their mutual exploration of what it means to die: Sunshine, “We’re all stardust” and The Fountain, “Death is the road to awe.” Clint Eastwood isn’t having any of that shit though: in Hereafter, death leads to romantic comedy vapidity. Continue reading
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Tagged Afterlife, cliche, Clint Eastwood, Death, Drama, Faith, Hereafter, Matt Damon, Religion, romantic comedy, Sunshine, The Fountain
imdb.com has the release date set for December 1, 2010.
And here I thought the film might be a bit boring from the synopsis and the trailer is more f*cked up than I could have imagined. Guess Aronofsky won’t break into the comedy genre anytime soon considering this path of trauma that is his filmography.*
*Comments aside, love his work.
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Tagged Black Swan, Cinema, Darren Aronofsky, Drama, Film, Horror, Mila Kunis, Movie, Natalie Portman, Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Trailer, Vincent Cassel
We are a rather fortunate bunch. Our grandparents only had two chances to see a film: either when it came out in theatres or if it popped up on television, which is what made the annual television screenings of The Wizard of Oz such a big deal. It was not until VHS revolutionized the industry and films could be watched whenever we desired. Combine this with the communication powers of the internet and a film that never got past screenings in New York can suddenly make a ton of cash and notoriety.
With such fortunes, I find it our job as film enthusiasts to promote our favorite smaller films as a counter-weight to the advertising juggernauts that rumble across our cultural plains. Continue reading
Posted in Filmsmith Faves, Lists
Tagged A Scanner Darkly, Aliens, Brick, Children of Men, Christian Bale, Cinema, Film, Forest Whitaker, Ghost Dog, Hagakure, Half Nelson, Independent, Indie, Kevin Kostner, Leon, List, Movies, Mr Brooks, Ryan Gosling, Terry Gilliam, The Descent, The Fountain, The Machinist, The professional, Tideland, Wizard of Oz
Darren Aronofsky (<em>left</em>) and the Unknown Interview Lady (<em>right</em>).
As was the same with the Sam Mendes talk: I was able to get a last minute ticket for the Darren Aronofsky event that had been sold out. I secured a front seat and the following video footage below. I did not have enough memory on my camera to cover the entire talk, so the rest is dictated word for word from my old school tape recorder (I really need to buy a digital one…).
Worth highlighting are his thoughts on 3D, music from his films cropping up in shitty trailers and sports events, and why some people hate The Fountain towards the end of Part 6. Please leave your thoughts at the bottom.
Posted in Edinburgh International Film Festival, Filmmaking, Interviews
Tagged 3D, Batman, Cinema, Clint Mansell, Darren Aronofsky, Edinburgh International Film Festival, EIFF, Filmmaking, Frank Miller, Hubert Selby Jr., Mickey Rourke, Movies, Pi, Requiem for a Dream, Robocop, Steroids, The Fountain, The Wrestler