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We look ahead at the key cinematic treats that lie in store for 2009: The Wrestler (January) Digital Spy has had the pleasure of seeing Darren Aronofsky's bleak tale of a washed up wrestler and can tell you that it's pure brilliance. Mickey Rourke turns in a remarkable performance of fractured masculinity that's up there with Marlon Brando's performance in On The Waterfront. Slumdog Millionaire (January) The Oscar buzz is certainly deserved by Danny Boyle's brilliantly structured story of a young Indian man who goes on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire to reach the woman he loves. It really is a thrilling emotional rollercoaster that leaves you feeling exhilarated. Frost/Nixon (January) Outstanding performances by Michael Sheen and Frank Langella turn David Frost's legendary interview of disgraced President Richard Nixon into something akin to (more) »
- By Ben Rawson-Jones
Watch my interview with her and find out:
*** why she chose to appear in the film
*** working with director Darren Aronofsky
*** meeting Mickey Rourke for the first time
*** crying during their heartfelt "boardwalk scene"
I decided to make an outtake of the interview bits that didn't quite fit into my full package.
Call them my deleted scenes if you will.
So here, for your viewing pleasure:
Mickey Rourke tells me I get the Best Dressed Award!
Top 10 Movies of 2008 Trying to figure out my personal list of favorite, top ten, exceptional, "best" movies of 2008 was not an easy task. 2008 was an odd year for film. So many have gone on record saying it was a down year, but I don't entirely agree with that. While 2008 didn't have very many "great" films it had A Lot of good films. Of course, this is where making a top ten list gets difficult. So often you have one clear cut favorite and anywhere from 10-15 movies behind it that you simply need to figure out where they fall in the grand scheme of things. This year, my top five films are almost interchangeable and the bottom five and my Honorable Mentions could all compete for the final five spots, this just so happens to be where they all fell when I typed this list up. This year I saw »
- Brad Brevet
Mickey Rourke's had it hard for the last 10 years. Longer really, but for the sake of the review we'll imagine he's the Marv of the film world: people are afraid to touch him and he's got more than his share of metaphorical scars. When the opportunity to play a down-and-out character past his prime arises, it makes you wonder whether or not a man like Rourke would or should jump at the chance. If 2008 showed us anything this year - with Robert Downey Jr.'s near-perfect portrayal of Tony Stark - sometimes it takes a character so close to an actor's own reality to get them back in the limelight. Enter The Wrestler. Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Rourke) had a promising wrestling career once as a crowd pleasing fan-favorite who took his hits with the best of them. But the life of pugilism and hedonism comes with a cost. »
- Lex Walker
Note: I wanted to let you know you can also follow my predictions over at the Los Angeles Times in their Buzzmeter section as I join a large crew of Oscar prognosticators in predicting this year's Oscar nominees. Now, to the predictions... Well, I hope you all had a Happy Holidays and were able to get through the snow and into the theaters, at least here in the States I believe there was a point that 50% of the country was covered in snow, which I am sure made it tough for some to justify driving to the cinema. Either way, all of the major contenders have hit theaters at this point with the December 31 release of Defiance and Good marking the final installments for 2008, but neither of them are vying too hard for any of the top categories outside of what I hope will be a score nomination for James Newton Howard »
- Brad Brevet
The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky has admitted that he suffered "stage fright" in the presence of Bruce Springsteen. Aronofsky recalled meeting Springsteen after a concert at the Giants Stadium in New York and hearing him play the drama's closing song 'The Wrestler' for the first time. He told Ain't It Cool News: "Suddenly I'm in the Giants locker room alone with Bruce Springsteen after just seeing him rock out 80,000 people. And (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Darren Aronofsky has revealed that he and girlfriend Rachel Weisz are in no hurry to marry, reports Metro. The Wrestler director, who lives in Brooklyn with Weisz and their two-year-old son Henry, said that despite being engaged since 2005, they are happy to postpone tying the knot for a while. "We're waiting for something special to come along," he said. "One day it will happen, hopefully!" (more) »
- By Lara Martin
The Wrestler Directed by: Darren Aronofsky Cast: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins Rating: R Plot: Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) morphs into a fractured, middle-aged version of the world famous professional wrestler he was in the 80s. Desperately seeking to reinvigorate the high of his heyday, “The Ram” fumbles through a series of eye-opening experiences that may lead him off the beaten (literally) path for good. Who’s It For? This is from the director of both Pi, and Requiem for a Dream, and let me be the first to say this film may not fit into a category anywhere similar to these brilliant predecessors. This is a fresh perspective on how being washed up doesn’t necessarily mean you’re completely hung out to dry. Expectations: Rourke (a former boxer) »
Quickcard Review The Wrestler Directed by: Darren Aronofsky Cast: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins Rating: R Click Here to read Chris De Salvo's complete Scorecard Review Plot: Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a wrestling legend in the 80s, but now after 20 years, Randy is still holding on to the spotlight. He's stuck wrestling in school gyms and small venues, just scraping by in life. When he's hit with a heart problem, Randy looks around at his life and sees a stripper (Tomei) and a estranged daughter (Wood) and that's it. Who’s It For? This is a character study, with Rourke in almost every shot. It isn't completely necessary but it sure does help if you watched wrestling in your lifetime or at least banged your head to »
[The following review originally appeared as part of my Toronto International Film Festival coverage and reappears now with the film starting into it’s regular theatrical release.]
The plain, indisputable fact of the matter is that Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler goes only as far as Mickey Rourke is able to take it. No offence to either Marisa Tomei or Evan Rachel Wood, both of whom turn in solid work, but either of them could be replaced by any one of a number of other actresses without doing any sort of damage to the film whatsoever. Not so Rourke, who is present in vey nearly every frame of the picture and whose presence looms large over even those scenes that play out without him. Even Aronofsky seems to be aware of Rourke’s huge importance to his latest creation, tossing his entire book of visual tricks out the window for this one, instead adopting the simple policy of simply following his star wherever he may care to go. The entire weight of The Wrestler rests enitrely on »
- Todd Brown
By now we've reported quite a bit on Darren Aronofsky's latest, The Wrestler, and you've probably already read my glowing review of the film. But since The Wrestler finally steps outside of just New York and Los Angeles based theaters come Friday this week, I thought I'd share part of a conversation I had with the director recently, particularly on the topic of Mickey Rourke and how it was working with the 52 year old actor. It would have been fascinating to talk to Rourke personally (next time Fox Searchlight, please!) but Aronofsky offers a lot of great insight into making the film by way of Rourke's involvement. In early development on the film, Nicolas Cage was slotted to play The Ram (I think we can be thankful that didn't happen). How Rourke, who is perfect in the role, came to Aronofsky's mind is lost, partly because Rourke didn't initially »
- Kevin Powers
My interview with Darren Aronofsky for The Wrestler proved something of a benchmark because Aronofsky claims the honor of being the first director I’ve interviewed twice, indicating—I guess—that I have lasted long enough to achieve such a benchmark and that I might stick around for a while to keep conversing with the makers and shapers of my favorite films. The Wrestler was indeed one of my favorite films of 2008. It won the Golden Lion at the Venice International, and has been nominated for three Golden Globes: Mickey Rourke for Best Actor, Marisa Tomei for Best Supporting Actress, and Bruce Springsteen for Best Original Song. The San Francisco Film Critics Circle likewise awarded Rourke Best Actor (in a tie with Sean Penn for Milk). We met in Aronofsky’s suite at the Ritz Carlton to discuss the film that has almost singlehandedly resuscitated Mickey Rourke’s career. Limping »
- Michael Guillen
Chicago – In his excellent new film “The Wrestler,” director Darren Aronofsky brings back the heyday and underbelly of the 1980s professional wrestling world in the character of Randy “The Ram” Robinson.
Rating: 4.0/5.0 Portraying The Ram is another 1980s refugee, Mickey Rourke, who seems to showcase his own trials through the aging showman character, parallel to the ups and downs of his film career.
In an interview with HollywoodChicago.com, Aronofsky (“Requiem for a Dream,” “The Fountain” and “Pi”) spoke about the fascinating elements in the film’s subject matter and what he wants the audience to see, the gritty and intuitive performance of Mickey Rourke.
Photo credit: Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com “That became a big reason why I wanted to make the film, the forgotten talent of Mickey Rourke,” the director said. “No one had gotten to see him be sympathetic »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Last month, I had another chance to sit down and talk with Darren Aronofsky, the director of Pi, Requiem for a Dream, and The Fountain, about his new film The Wrestler. We’re going to call this part five because it continues the series of interviews regarding The Wrestler that began at the Toronto International Film Festival (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). You can read the fourth part, which was on the site yesterday, at this link. In the fifth and final part of our Wrestler series, I talk to Aronofsky about 3D, IMAX, High Definition filmmaking, The Fighter, Robocop, Watchmen, hopes for a 5.1 audio remix of Pi and more.
Q: The crumbling ballroom, when and how did you find that place?
- Peter Sciretta
- When I first heard Darren Aronofsky was making a film about professional wrestling I was concerned. Not only did I have a particular disdain for the “sport,” but thought it unlikely that any movie about sports figures could prove to be original in a market place super-saturated with sports films. Then came even more disturbing news: two of Aronofsky’s key collaborators, cinematographer Matthew Libatique and composer Clint Mansell, would not be on board. But Aronofsky managed to do something with The Wrestler that many great filmmakers never do: he experimented. He switched up his style; he explored a segment of society frequently looked down upon by sports fans and non-sports fans alike. The end result is one of the best films of the year. Mickey Rourke’s performance is outstanding, clearly channeling his own rise and fall. The camerawork is different, yet still as jarring as the hip-hop »
Since the Venice Film Festival, I’ve been hearing the insane buzz regarding director Darren Aronofsky’s new movie “The Wrestler”. People have been raving about not only the film, but Mickey Rourke’s performance as Randy “The Ram” Robinson. And now that I’ve seen it, I understand why. Simply put, “The Wrestler” is one of the best films I’ve seen this year and I cannot recommend it enough. Performances from the entire cast are amazing, and as you watch the movie, you feel like you’re watching a documentary rather than something scripted. Go see this movie. Anyway, I recently was able to participate in roundtable interviews with everyone who made the movie and the one below is with director Darren Aronofsky. During our conversation, Darren tells some great behind the scenes stories, the casting process, what will be on the DVD, and a lot »
Since the Venice Film Festival, I’ve been hearing the insane buzz regarding director Darren Aronofsky’s new movie “The Wrestler”. People have been raving about not only the film, but Mickey Rourke’s performance as Randy “The Ram” Robinson. And now that I’ve seen it, I understand why. Simply put, “The Wrestler” is one of the best films I’ve seen this year and I cannot recommend it enough. Performances from the entire cast are amazing, and as you watch the movie, you feel like you’re watching a documentary rather than something scripted. Go see this movie. Anyway, I recently was able to participate in roundtable interviews with the cast and the one below is with Mickey Rourke. During our conversation, Mickey talked about not only making “The Wrestler”, but his last few years and what happened in his life. It’s a great and honest »
Since the Venice Film Festival, I’ve been hearing the insane buzz regarding director Darren Aronofsky’s new movie “The Wrestler”. People have been raving about not only the film, but Mickey Rourke’s performance as Randy “The Ram” Robinson. And now that I’ve seen it, I understand why. Simply put, “The Wrestler” is one of the best films I’ve seen this year and I cannot recommend it enough. Performances from the entire cast are amazing, and as you watch the movie, you feel like you’re watching a documentary rather than something scripted. Go see this movie. Anyway, I recently was able to participate in roundtable interviews with the cast and the one below is with Rachel Evan Wood. In “The Wrestler”, Evan plays Mickey’s daughter and they don’t have a relationship. But due to something happening, they decide to try again. During our »
Cinematical has received this very cool exclusive video featuring Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle and The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky interviewing one another about their films, their process and a whole lot more. There are seven parts to this video -- two of which have popped up over at Slashfilm and First Showing -- and we have what I think is the best part: Part 7: Writing and Developing Projects (or as I like to call it, Part 7: The Final Awesome). Here, both Aronofsky and Boyle chat about how they develop projects. Boyle talks some about finding the right script, while Aronofsky tells us what it was like to work with another writer on The Wrestler -- one who used to edit The Onion. I won't spoil anymore, because this is one of those video interviews that don't come around too often -- it's best just to watch.
- Erik Davis
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