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Okay, so as soon as I hear the name Darren Aronofsky, I begin to gush.

If you’re not familiar with him, he wrote and directed Pi and Requiem for a Dream (well, co-wrote, with one of the greatest authors ever), and The Fountain. Oh, also, he turned down the opportunity to direct Batman Begins, and he’s directing the American version of Lone Wolf and Cub. Oh, and also in addition to that, he’s dating Rachel Weisz, HOTTEST JEW EVER. But I digress. He’s an amazing director; Pi was a really good study on the perils of intellectual, financial, and religious greed; The Fountainis about love, death, and Uruguayan mythology, and Requiem for a Dream is 102 minutes of being punched in the stomach. Also, there’s some drug addicts in there.

His movies are dark, and lush, and beautiful.

A couple of days ago, my special lady and I went to see his new movie, The Wrestler. And holy crap, that might just be his best work so far. I don’t want to get too spoilery, but it’s at heart about what happens after you’ve reached your peak; as I told Erin, it’s sort of a wrestling version of Dune Messiah. It’s heartbreaking, and touching, and leaves you walking out of the theatre wanting to go back in and see it again.

Anyway, I’m gushing.

Go see it.
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queen_beeanna From: queen_beeanna Date: January 22nd, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok. You had me at DUNE.

have you seen Milk yet? I Saw it on Tuesday.
tadpolesrule From: tadpolesrule Date: January 22nd, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't see movies twice very often, especially so soon after the first viewing, but I saw this one twice in the past few weeks. Incredible.
maxwellgrant From: maxwellgrant Date: January 23rd, 2009 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)

They say Weisz will be Catwoman

Other thing about Rachel Weisz is I totally agree about her attractiveness but then there's some scenes where she appears really dumpy, I can't recall exactly (was that her in Constantine with Keanu?); I mean, she's incredible and all - her flashes back and forth from beauty to I-don't-know-what probably makes her more like a real woman to me - and not someone to put up on a pedestal of beauty forever.

It is nice to hear about Erin - I don't think you've mentioned her name before this - and I was really sold by your reference of Dune Messiah (though I haven't read it).

I have had a hard time with Aronovsky films, I really didn't make it through Requiem and have yet to see the others - I did get excited when he was up for Batman and I think he was also in the pipeline for one of the Alien films.

The big deal here is you may get me to go see THE WRESTLER when I am aimed at FROST NIXON. Even with Marisa Tomei's return as a target - there something about later Rourke that doesn't interest me. I've been there for him through this career non-resurgence (though it seemed successful), parts in DOMINO and SIN CITY - but I am so stuck onto the RUMBLEFISH version of him before he fell from grace and went into boxing or whatever.

I can reccommend DOUBT and GRAN TORINO to you in return, moreso the latter because the former is so much - a play.
Clint could kick tomorrow (God forbid) and Torino would be a great epitaph and message film.
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