Tag Archives: Darren Aronofsky

Hollywood Wants a Challenge for Clinton

The clip above is Mark Ruffalo on his iPhone, sending a message from a movie set in London to a group of Hollywood figures urging Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for President in 2016. It is so easy to make fun of this group. Last month several members of what you might call this liberal … Continue reading Hollywood Wants a Challenge for Clinton

Noah

THE END OF THE WORLD… IS JUST THE BEGINNING. The story of how Noah (Russell Crowe) came to build the ark that saved two of all species from the wrath of God gets its Hollywood blockbuster treatment. Effects-laden, majestic and sometimes completely absurd, director Darren Aronofsky’s film is nevertheless packed with visual treats and a … Continue reading Noah

The Greatest Hits of 2014

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2014 for ya. JANUARY: * Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – This reboot of Tom Clancy’s CIA analyst cum action hero has Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh (who’s also directing), but the trailer disturbingly shows another variation on the Jason Bourne … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2014

The Black Swan Turns 30

Mila Kunis turns 30 years old today, so congratulations! At an early age, she moved from Ukraine to Los Angeles and was hired at the age of 15 (barely) for That ’70s Show, the sitcom that became her breakthrough. At 16, she was also hired to voice the ever unfortunate Meg on Family Guy. These two shows … Continue reading The Black Swan Turns 30

Black Swan: Diary of a Mad Woman

  The Wrestler (2008) portrayed an man who suffered for his art; as a professional wrestler he had to torture his body in order to give the audience what it craved. Director Darren Aronofsky considers Black Swan to be a companion piece. The film shares similar themes with The Wrestler, but its main focus doesn’t lie on the painful … Continue reading Black Swan: Diary of a Mad Woman

The Wrestler: Stuck in the ’80s

LOVE. PAIN. GLORY. Prior to this film, director Darren Aronofsky enjoyed recognition primarily from critics who loved his first film (Pi (1998)) or his second (Requiem for a Dream (2000)). This film, however, became a mainstream breakthrough for a filmmaker who rarely has chosen the easy path. He ended up picking washed-up actor Mickey Rourke for the lead, which … Continue reading The Wrestler: Stuck in the ’80s

The Fountain

DEATH FREES EVERY SOUL.  Director Darren Aronofsky’s movie is set in three different centuries and jumps back and forth between them, with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz as incarnations of two basic characters, Tomas and Isabel. The myth of the tree of life is what holds them together; in the 16th century a conquistador is … Continue reading The Fountain