"I don’t want to say too much about it here," says Filmchat film critic Peter Chattaway after reading an early screenplay for Darren Aronofsky's Noah, "because it seems we’ve all read an earlier draft than the one that was used to make the actual film." Nevertheless, in a post of more than 1,700 words, he considers the script's adaptation of the Biblical story and responds to the critiques delivered by screenwriter Brian Godawa (To End All Wars) and Hitfix film critic Drew "Moriarty" … [Read more...]
You've probably heard by now that Darren Aronofsky — director of Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, and Black Swan — is now making a movie about Noah's Ark. Perhaps the news has reached you that Russell Crowe will play Noah. And Jennifer Connelly, of course, will offer comfort to Noah's beautiful mind. You may have even heard that Anthony Hopkins is playing Methusaleh. But have you seen the first image of the ark under construction? I suspect this means that … [Read more...]
Black Swan is a dance production, a horror movie, and a psychological thriller, and a film that's almost certain to earn Natalie Portman a little golden statue. But is it worth seeing? … [Read more...]
[This review was originally published at Filmwell.] By now we know that the words "A Darren Aronofsky Film" promise us a fever dream, an intense psychological thriller, a discomforting but enthralling experience. We also know that we’re likely to see very good actors deliver performances so maniacal that veins will bulge and pulse across their temples and throats, as if they're androids plugged into more voltage than they can survive. And we'll be confounded by surreal visions — a … [Read more...]
1. Stephen Colbert and Conan O'Brien have a dance off! 2. At The Rabbit Room, Pete Peterson praises The Wrestler. Earlier: Michael Leary has a problem with The Wrestler. … [Read more...]
Browser, 9/6: Aronofsky’s Golden Lion!; Roger Ebert’s Favorite Movie; What Richard Linklater, Orson Welles, and Zac Efron Have in Common?
ARONOFSKY'S WRESTLING PIC IS A VENICE FILM FEST CHAMP Darren Aronosfky, director of The Fountain and Requiem for a Dream, has just been given¬†the Golden Lion award¬†at the Venice Film Festival for his new film The Wrestler, which stars¬†Mickey Rourke.¬† Hopefully we'll hear more from some of my pals who are at the Toronto fest. The movie will screen there on Monday.¬† I spoke with Aronofsky, who is married to actress Rachel Weisz, by telephone, and then again in person, … [Read more...]
Specials: Cairns and Overstreet Poetry! “Knocked Up.” “All About Adam.” “The Golden Compass.” “Spidey 3.” Helen Mirren. Aronofsky.
Here are a few links I've been saving up this week... Scott Cairns and Anne Overstreet both have poems in the new issue of Relief! Order your copy today! Ross Douthat on Knocked Up and its (surprising?) lack of talk about abortion. (Updated: Even more.) (Oh, and I just discovered his first post on the movie.) Peter Chattaway on Disney's upcoming Adam-and-Eve movie... All About Adam. Peter's also keeping an eye on The Golden Compass's movie hype, and how director Chris Weitz and … [Read more...]
What is going on? I just posted a story about a guy who built an ark, and now I'm reading that Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain) is building one too! Aronofsky and Noah go way back. When the writer-director was 13, he won a United Nations competition at his school in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn; it was for his first poem, a little effort about the end of the world as seen through Noah's eyes. "That story has interested me ever since," he says, squinting through his … [Read more...]
Earlier this month, I had a long conversation with director Darren Aronofsky, the man responsible for this year's most ambitious sci-fi film The Fountain, and who has also given us Requiem for a Dream and Pi. We talked by telephone about The Fountain, and about how it begs to be interpreted in so many different ways. We talked about the power of myth, the idea that the world's religions can be traced to common origins, and humankind's constant struggle to solve the problem of mortality … [Read more...]