9 items from 2008
- 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 »
As you probably know, Bruce Springsteen wrote a beautiful original song for The Wrestler, which plays during the film’s ending credits. The song, self titled “The Wrestler”, is now available for download for 99 cents on Apple iTunes. Thanks to Tim at FilmTalk for the tip. I’ve included an excerpt from my Toronto interview with director Darren Aronofsky below, where he talks about how they got Bruce to do the song:
Darren Aronofsky: Well, Bruce Springsteen did the film for one reason. And it had nothing do with me. In fact, to be honest, I met with Bruce, and he’s heard of me, which is very flattering, but he had never »
- Peter Sciretta
Hollywood, please. Leave The Fountain's soundtrack alone!
Somehow, in the course of my writing, I neglected to ever watch the Frost/Nixon trailer, something now rectified thanks to it being attached to Australia. I was into it right up until a familiar theme started playing ... and then I just felt an inexplicable disgust. I wondered what, exactly, Ron Howard (or whoever at Universal put together the trailer) was thinking. Why on earth would you use The Fountain for that movie? What about the music is appropriate for the mood and story you're trying to convey? (A similar problem plagues Mansell's Lux Aeterna piece from Requiem for a Dream -- for every trailer that uses it beautifully, like The Two Towers, there's one that just cheeses it up, like Babylon A.D.)
I confess, I have a weird, protective feeling towards this soundtrack. It's one of my favorite films and scores, »
- Elisabeth Rappe
Photo: Fox Searchlight Just got back from seeing The Wrestler and Mickey Rourke is definitely the front runner for Best Actor at this moment. His performance outweighs the film, which is good but I really don't see it as a Best Picture contender. I did, however, enjoy Clint Mansell's score once again and it may be the only thing that makes the film feel like a traditional Darren Aronofsky picture as this is much different than anything else Aronofsky has made. I will obviously do a much more thorough review closer to the film's December 17 release, but just wanted to toss that added nugget into the fray. I have also received official word Australia's running-time is 155 minutes. I am seeing that one tomorrow along with Frost/Nixon followed up by Defiance on Thursday. Speaking of Australia there were a »
- Brad Brevet
Anyone remember that sci-fi neo-noir thriller Franklyn that we wrote about late last year? Well, Fs.net reader "Lancealot" has alerted us that the first teaser trailer for the film has made its way online. In the film, Ryan Phillippe stars as Jonathan Preest, a masked vigilante detective living in a futuristic London where there is no separation between Church and State. Let's just say this looks like a fucked up neo-sci-fi cult classic in the same vein as Equilibrium or Darkman. Its even got ex-Bond girl Eva Green, British actor Bernard Hill, and some of Clint Mansell's songs from The Fountain. The trailer is very low quality and is quite hard to watch, but if you're at all interested (like me), you won't give a crap about that. We will be re-posting this trailer once we have a high quality version of it for your viewing pleasure, even »
- Alex Billington
Evan Rachel Wood and Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler It's strange we still haven't heard any word on a studio snatching up Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, a film getting high marks from all that have seen it including the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. This is a film that can appeal to the Oscar crowd based on its pedigree, the Wwe crowd since it centers on a professional wrestler and the fanboy crowd since it is directed by the man who helmed The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream and Pi. I mean, this film has "Sold" written all over it. In all the excitement I have just added two new images to the gallery for the picture including the one teased above and another of Marisa Tomei sporting a "The Devil Made Me Do It" patch. Where will this film land and what kind of Oscar attention will it get? »
- Brad Brevet
I was remiss in posting this when it popped up via Chud a few days ago -- but with The Wrestler winning the Golden Lion in Venice this week, it's as good a time as any. The buzz on this film is growing by the second, awards for Darren Aronofsky and Mickey Rourke probably wait in the wings, and all the critics who slammed poor Aronofsky as having lost his way with The Fountain are his number one fans again. (What do you bet that many people are going to change their tune on that film, claiming to have loved it all along? Whatever gets us a Criterion release.) Lacking an official trailer (though undoubtedly, we'll have one soon), here's a glimpse of the film from Venice, along with some commentary from Aronofsky and Rourke. I'm trying to figure out if Rourke is kidding or not ...
Expect more on The Wrestler »
- Elisabeth Rappe
Filed under: Drama, Awards, Universal, Trailers and Clips
Okay, so the Monsters vs. Aliens and My Life in Ruins trailers may have been leaked and subsequently pulled earlier this week, as was the case with certain awards contender Frost/Nixon, but now we can offer up the trailer straight-up, fully legit, by way of Yahoo! Movies.
The incongruous song selections aside (honestly, though: going from "Baba O'Riley" for the sake of nostalgia to Clint Mansell's wondrous score from The Fountain for the sake of drama in a matter of minutes just distracts me), I have little reason to think that this won't deliver on its considerable stage pedigree.
Frank Langella won a Tony Award for his portrayal of disgraced prez Richard Nixon, and as British talk show host David Frost, Michael Sheen looks to tap into that same sense of dignity under pressure that served him so well as Tony Blair in The Queen. »
- William Goss
This looks bad enough to excite even the most bored housewife into thinking what they are watching is actual entertainment. Featured below is the trailer for the made-for-tv-movie-prequel-mid-season-trailer for "24" called "24: Exile" and if you haven't seen Blood Diamond or the news ever, this may seem interesting. Also, what the hell is the deal with the 12-year-old reading the voice over? You gotta love the cheap attempt with Clint Mansell's Requiem for a Dream soundtrack music as it may be the only thing worthy of praise.
- Brad Brevet
9 items from 2008
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