Russell Crowe still supports Darren Aronofsky’s Noah

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Several other Bible movies have come along in the two years since Noah came out, but for my money none of them can hold a candle to Darren Aronofsky’s film for sheer imagination, epic visuals and a passionate engagement with the biblical text.

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Watch: Gerard Butler confronts Geoffrey Rush miles above a flat Earth in the first clip from Gods of Egypt

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Alex Proyas sure likes his trippy cosmologies. The director’s last film, Knowing, got downright biblical in its vision of worlds destroyed and worlds renewed. His next film, Gods of Egypt, opens this Friday — and as you can see in a new clip, it features a vision of the cosmos that is part ancient mythology and part “sci-fi fantasy”.

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Darren Aronofsky’s next film will star Jennifer Lawrence

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We’re fans of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah here at FilmChat, and indeed we’ve been fans of Aronofsky going all the way back to his first feature film π. (Click here to read the phone interview I did with him in 1998. I interviewed him again in 2014.)

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Darren Aronofsky on Noah and the environment in Paris

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Darren Aronofsky is in Paris right now, taking part in a massive art project for the climate talks there, and the New York Times posted a short blurb yesterday in which he referred to the environmental themes of his most recent movie, Noah:
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Supercuts explore key visual motifs in Aronofsky’s films

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Back in October, I posted a series of screencaps demonstrating the visual and thematic links between Noah and Darren Aronofsky’s earlier films. One of these days, if I ever familiarize myself with video editing software, I might do something similar in video form. In the meantime, “supercuts” that chart the visual links between Aronofsky’s films — up to and including Noah — have begun to surface. You can check out two of them below the jump, and I will add more to this post if any come along.

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Sound editors give Aronofsky a special award + interview round-up with the sound editors and designers of Noah

NOAHSound plays a key role in Darren Aronofsky’s films, and Noah is no exception. From the sudden silences (one of which highlights Ila’s sobbing after Noah announces his plans for her child) to the unexpected sound effects (such as a giant breath shutting the door to the Ark after Noah stumbles inside), Noah relies on its sound design as much as it does on its strong visuals and its edgy, provocative script.

So it makes sense that the Motion Picture Sound Editors announced today that they will be giving Aronofsky a special award at the Golden Reel Awards on February 15.

This does not necessarily mean that Noah is a shoo-in for any of the more competitive awards, either at the Golden Reel Awards or at the Oscars. Recall how Exodus: Gods and Kings was left off the Academy’s shortlist for the visual-effects award even though the Visual Effects Society is giving director Ridley Scott a lifetime achievement award at its next awards ceremony on February 4. But it’s a nice nod just the same.

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