Noah (2014): Part Two of a Two-Part Commentary

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[This is Part 2 of Looking Closer's Noah review. Part One was posted yesterday.]Here's another story.Once upon a time, two total strangers — one a mother and a teacher with a background in business; the other a writer, editor, and film critic — became friends after she invited him to join an online discussion of his book about film. They were both Christians. And they met at an arts-and-faith gathering called Hutchmoot in Nashville. They both agreed that they wanted to work together on so … [Read more...]

Does the Noah Screenplay Sink or Float? Chattaway and Godawa Disagree.

Ray Winstone is Tubal-Cain in Aronofsky's "Noah."

"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" McWeeny. … [Read more...]

Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and the Pending Deluge of Bible-Based Movies

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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 we'll se … [Read more...]

Is It “Ark Week”?

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...]


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