Posts Tagged ‘Darren Aronofsky’

Die Wunder der Enthaltsamkeit

Freitag, Oktober 7th, 2011

Wer diesen Blog schon länger verfolgt, der weiß, dass ich, bevor ich mich nach Australien aufgemacht habe, einer großen Passion komplett verfallen war. Dass es etwas gab in meinem Leben, was ganz klar an erster Stelle stand (sorry, liebe Freunde und Verwandte) und einen Großteil meiner Zeit und Energie konsumierte. Und dass ich überzeugt davon war, dass diese Leidenschaft – ich möchte fast sagen, diese Liebe – ewig währen würde. Ich spreche natürlich vom Film. Von Filmen. Vom Kino. Von der Macht der in Bildern erzählten Geschichte.

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Trainspotting – Minute Movie Review

Sonntag, April 11th, 2010

Review:

Ewan McGregor and his friends in mid-90s Edinburgh are heroin addicts. Throughout the film, based on the novel, they struggle with the drugs and life. The film has rightfully become a cult classic for it’s unflinching portrayal of drug use, neither glorifying nor condemning it. It’s well-crafted and interesting, with many twists and turns that keep the story alive.

Random Observations:

Trainspotting at the IMDb

The film is often compared to Requiem for a Dream, not just for content, but also because the two directors Danny Boyle and Darren Aronofsky seem to be following a similar career trajectory. In comparison to that film, however, Trainspotting is light entertainment, not nearly as haunting. Both serve well as cautionary tales against drug abuse, but Requiem is much less hopeful.

The film made Ewan McGregor a star, despite the fact that his performance rarely stands out from the excellent cast.

The Fountain – Minute Movie Review

Sonntag, Oktober 25th, 2009

Review:

A cancer researcher fights to find a cure before his wife dies. A conquistador in the 16th century travels to Mayan lands to find a way to save Spain and his queen. And a bald man in a bubble tries to live forever. All three men are played by Hugh Jackman in this touching romantic science-fiction drama about eternal life, about sacrifice and about learning to live with death. The three stories are connected and as you slowly uncover how, you can’t help but be drawn into the world of the film. Strangely beautiful, the film is a visual and storytelling adventure that pushes the boundaries of science-fiction to the point where it might not even be that anymore. An extremely unusual film that is certainly not for everyone, but if you can get lost in it, you will appreciate it.

Random Observations:

The Fountain at the IMDb

Vaguest “review” ever? Quite possible. I guess you just have to watch the film to find out what is going on.

Due to budget restrictions, the special effects were mostly shot by photographing biological and chemical processes through a microscope. Or something like that. They are very odd, but also very nice.

The film has hands down one of the best scores ever composed. The music is the perfect companion to the pictures. And also very beautiful.

Minute Movie Review – The Wrestler

Dienstag, März 10th, 2009

Review:

Randy “The Ram” Robinson knows how to do just one thing: wrestle. But his glorydays are long over and he is barely scraping by, ruining his health and his chance at another life. “The Wrestler” examines the life of a man that has lost his place in the world and is desperately trying to find it again. Hauntingly realistic and often unexpected, lead actor Mickey Rourke embodies the story of a man lost in a different world.

Random Observations:

The Wrestler at imdb.com

Mickey Rourke was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar along with Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, Frank Langella and Sean Penn. Having seen all of the performances but Jenkins, I can now conclude that Penn shouldn’t have won for Milk, but rather Langella for Frost/Nixon.

As much as I enjoyed the movie, the biggest joy it brought me was offering Rourke a comeback. His acceptance speeches at award festivities and his interviews are frequently hilarious.

Evan Rachel Wood played the wrestler’s daughter. I wish I knew where I had seen her before.

I definitely need to check our more of director Darren Aronofsky’s work. I have only seen Requiem for a Dream so far.