Neighborhood Threat: 1984’s "Los Sures" Looks at a Williamsburg That Didn’t See Gentrification Coming

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Mubi is exclusively showing Diego Echeverria's Los Sures (1984) in a new restoration September 3 - October 2, 2016.Williamsburg Savings BankThomas Wolfe’s short story “Only The Dead Know Brooklyn” first appeared in the June 15 1935 issue of The New Yorker. The story attempts to render spoken dialect into prose: its opening sentence is “Dere’s no guy livin’ dat knows Brooklyn t’roo an’ t’roo, because it’d take a guy a lifetime just to find his way aroun’ duh goddam town.” Wolfe’s mode and the story’s appearance in The New Yorker (the 1930s New Yorker was a very different magazine than it is today) speak to a particular 20th-century perception of the New York City borough of Brooklyn, both within New York itself and as far as the rest of the United States, and the world, was concerned. Brooklyn’s myth was as New York’s cynosure of rough-hewn authenticity.
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Top 5: First Teaser Trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Noah, X-men: Days Of Future Past, Sabotage, CinemaCon Coverage

I've decided to use this weekend's release of Darren Aronofsky's Noah as an opportunity to reflect on the director's most soul crushing work to date: his adaptation of the Hubert Selby Jr. novel of the same name, Requiem for a Dream. While I'd list Black Swan as my favorite Aronofsky film, Requiem stands alone as a devastating look at the nature of addiction that, by its end credits, will assure you that nothing decent will ever happen to you again. The film netted the great Ellen Burstyn her sixth Academy Award nod while Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans provided equally powerful performances as heroin addicts whose trajectories only bend downwards. While its story and characters offer little to be optimistic about, Requiem all but cemented Aronofsky's place among the most skilled and uncompromising filmmakers of his generation. If you haven't already, check out the film on Amazon
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Watch: Darren Aronofsky's First Short Film 'Fortune Cookie,' from the Writer of 'Requiem for a Dream'

It’s easy to forget that even the most talented filmmakers have to start somewhere – including Darren Aronofsky. The man behind the forthcoming biblical epic Noah has been making movies for years, and this short – an adaptation of Hubert Selby Jr.’s Fortune Cookie shot while he was at the American Film Institute – has now turned up online. It’s interesting to see this early effort from Aronofsky for a number of reasons. It showcases a young talent starting to find his cinematic voice, for starters, but it also is our first inkling of Aronofsky’s fascination with Selby Jr.’s work. The director would return to adapt the writer’s Requiem for a Dream years later. Like all student films, Fortune Cookie is a bit rough around...

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Darren Aronofsky Originally Wanted A More Hip-Hop Score For 'Requiem For A Dream'

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While we patiently await Darren Aronofsky's epic "Noah," let's take a trip back in time to an era when the director was still an untested indie filmmaker. He had made waves with his low-budget, paranoid thriller "Pi," and raised the stakes for his sophomore effort, "Requiem For A Dream." The adaptation of the Hubert Selby Jr. novel was a grim look at addiction, earning an Nc-17 rating for its tough content and graphic sex scene. But that couldn't stop the support for the film, which drew critical raves for its performances (earning Ellen Burstyn an Oscar nomination), Aronofsky's direction and the score by Clint Mansell, who at the time, was just working on his second film (his first was 'Pi'). And as he tells it, Aronofsky originally had a different vision for the soundtrack. Speaking during a masterclass at BFI London Film Festival, Mansell shared what the
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Top 10 Films about Addiction

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The Panic in Needle Park

Written by Joan Dion and John Gregory Dunne; based on the book by James Mills

Directed by Jerry Schatzberg

USA, 1971

Al Pacino gives a riveting performance as Bobby, an energetic street hustler and heroin addict who forms a bizarre, yet accepting relationship with a homeless woman, Helen, played by Kitty Winn. The Panic in Needle Park is a gut-wrenching expose into the drug culture in New York City. American films of the late sixties, such as Easy Rider, Performance and The Trip, portrayed the edgy glamour and counter-culture boom of the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll revolution, but after the release of The Panic in Needle Park, filmmakers forecast the downward spiral of addiction. Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll transgressed into heroin, prostitution and jail. To this day, no other film has topped the realistic portrayal of the drug culture. Shot in a documentary-like fashion,
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32 Things We Learned From the ‘Requiem For a Dream’ Commentary

Before he taught Mickey Rourke how to wrestle or Natalie Portman how to Adagio, Darren Aronofsky was showing Jared Leto how to shoot up. Requiem For a Dream was the director’s second feature film – Pi came out in 1998 – and his position as an auteur began to grow from there. Some consider Requiem Aronofsky’s best film. Regardless if you find it engaging or grotesque, there’s no denying the man’s direction on the film is something to be appreciated. Even studied. So let’s take a few minutes and hear what Aronofsky had to say about Requiem For a Dream. There’s bound to be wonderful anecdotes about the director skipping with Marlon Wayans down the Coney Island boardwalk or buying ice cream in the Central Park with Jennifer Connelly. Surely this commentary can’t include anything too serious. The movie has a giant refrigerator that dances and sings. It
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Films To Watch Before You Die #19 - Requiem for a Dream (2000)

D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...

Requiem for a Dream, 2000.

Written and Directed Darren Aronofksy.

Starring Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn, Marlon Wayans and Jennifer Connelly.

Today’s film to see before you die is based upon the novel of the same name written by Hubert Selby Jr. Requiem for a Dream is a dark tale of drug addiction, delusion, desperation and destruction with some visceral images and an unnerving soundtrack.

The story follows Sara (Burstyn), her son Harry (Leto), his girlfriend Marion (Connelly) and their friend Tyrone (Wayans) over a period that sees each of them addicted to drugs and becoming desperately dependant upon them until their lives are destroyed.

Sara becomes addicted to weight-loss amphetamines after being accepted onto her favourite game show and wanting to fit into her favourite red dress. After upping her dosage, Sara suffers
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New Release: Last Exit to Brooklyn Blu-ray and DVD

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Release Date: Oct. 11, 2011

Price: DVD $26.99, Blu-ray $30.49

Studio: Summit Entertainment

Jennifer Jason Leigh takes on the borough's meanest streets in Last Exit to Brooklyn.

Based on the controversial 1964 novel by Hubert Selby Jr. about the underbelly of the working class in Brooklyn in the 1950s, the gritty 1989 drama Last Exit to Brooklyn makes its Blu-ray debut, along with being re-issued on DVD for the first time in more than a decade.

Directed by Uli Edel (Body of Evidence), the film follows a group of disillusioned characters as they play out their dead-end existences of drugs, crime and violence in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Set against a backdrop of union corruption, they must overcome or be defeated by their surroundings and, ultimately, themselves.

The movie features an ensemble cast that includes with Jennifer Jason Leigh (Greenberg), Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects), Stephen Lang (Avatar), Sam Rockwell (Moon), Jerry Orbach (Dirty Dancing
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Darren Aronofsky Head of Venice Internatonal Film Fest Jury

What’s a man to do after such a wonderfully intense year of having his film Black Swan be judged on numerous occasions/awards ceremonies and garnering just as many accolades? He is going to judge other films. Darren Aronofsky has been handpicked to be the president of the International Jury for the Competition at the 2011 Venice International Film Festival.

As many have cited, it is not Aronofsky’s first trip to the fest, it will be more of a journey come full circle as Black Swan premiered there last year as the opening film in competition. Another one of the director’s Oscar-winning films, The Wrestler, brought him to Venice in 2008 which led to it winning the fest’s coveted prize . Now on the other side of it, Aronofsky will be a working part of the festival that runs from August 31 to September 10, 2011. Skim the full press release from
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Twelve – Blu-ray

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Directed by: Joel Schumacher

Cast: Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Curtis Jackson, Rory Culkin, Kiefer Sutherland

Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins

Rating: R

Due Out: December 28, 2010

Plot: An intersecting tale mainly focused on drug dealer White Mike as he is torn between the mean streets of New York and the fabulous party lifestyle of the upper East side. Things start to change for White Mike with the introduction of a new drug, twelve.

Who’S It For? Fans of Gossip Girl are probably used to the crap that Chace Crawford puts out so they might not hate it, but this movie is mainly for fans of the cast more than anything else.


Twelve is an interesting kind of movie. It doesn’t seem to have much to say other than a Mr. Garrison’s “Drugs are bad, mmkay?” occasionally and even that is a bit of a stretch.
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Darren Aronofsky Retrospective Part 2: Requiem for a Dream

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Requiem for a Dream

Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Written by Hubert Selby Jr.

2000, USA

The apotheosis of Add. MTV-era filmmaking, Requiem for a Dream is designed to divide. Its mathematically precise editing and histrionic message-driving makes it perhaps the shrillest anti-drug movie of any age, yet its hyperbolic sense of terror and frenetic rhythms manage not to obscure its less obvious gifts. It announces its creator as a force to be reckoned with, even if some will rightly take issue with the film’s combustible content.

Presenting the addict’s progression as a seasonal process, Requiem is divided into “Spring,” “Summer,” “Fall,” and “Winter,” with each segment more perilous than the last. Our victims are young, handsome Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto); his jittery mother Sara (a devastating Ellen Burstyn); his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans in a rare dramatic role) and his loving girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly). Harry and Tyrone
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Sound On Sight Radio Rewind – Episode #83 – Director Darren Aronofsky Part 1

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Darren Aronofsky – he may look like an accountant, but you couldn’t call his career boring. First he unveils his debut picture, Pi, a sci-fi thriller made for sixty grand, and launches his career in auspicious style. He follows it up with one of 2000′s most hotly debated films, the Hubert Selby Jr. adaptation Requiem for a Dream, a hyper-stylized and brutally frank exploration of the power of addiction, which earns Ellen Burstyn a Best Actress nomination. Then things go slightly awry: he plans to get really ambitious with his tripartite sci-fi romance The Fountain, which was to star Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett as star-crossed lovers across three different planes of existence – until Pitt pulled out at the last minute to star in Troy instead, leaving frehsly built sets and a large crew in Australian dust. Undaunted, Aronofsky rewrote the film into a more modest
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Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan To Open 67th Venice Film Festival & In Theaters On December 1st

Fox Searchlight announced on Friday that Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel and Mila Kunis, will open in select theatres on December 1st and expand from there. It was previously announced that the film would open the 67th Venice International Film Festival.

Excerpts from the earlier press release:

Black Swan Directed By Darren Aronofsky

Starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel And Mila Kunis

Opening Film Of The 67Th Venice International Film Festival

.Black Swan, the highly anticipated new feature film by American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Golden Lion recipient in 2008 at the 65th Venice Film Festival for The Wrestler), will be the opening film . in competition – of the 67th Venice International Film Festival. A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the
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New Images from Black Swan Featuring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Darren Aronofsky; Will Open Venice International Film Festival

With Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) at the helm, and an excellent cast led by Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, we’ve been anticipating the psychological ballet thriller Black Swan for some time now. Fox Searchlight has Swan slated for release sometime later in the year, but it turns out we’re just over a month away from the official unveiling. The Venice International Film Festival has selected Black Swan to kick things off as the opening film on September 1st. Hit the jump for the official announcement, plus new photos from the film.

Here’s the official press release:

Black Swan Directed By Darren Aronofsky Starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel And Mila Kunis Opening Film Of The 67Th Venice International Film Festival

Black Swan, the highly anticipated new feature film by American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Golden Lion recipient in 2008 at the 65th Venice Film Festival for The Wrestler), will be
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Cinematical Movie Club: Requiem for a Dream

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Cinematical Movie Club: Requiem for a Dream
Back in the days of Y2K, Darren Aronofsky had two choices. He could jump from Pi to the big leagues with Batman, or he could adapt and film Hubert Selby Jr.'s Requiem for a Dream with the writer himself. Most would have chosen the former and skyrocketed to fame or infamous nipples. Aronofsky, on the other hand, chose the latter and crafted one of the most harrowing dramas to hit the screen, and certainly the most challenging and worthy film on addiction, even if it exists outside the realms of mainstream love.

At its simplest, the film is the story of four good people whose lives are destroyed by addiction. But rather than offer a catchy Trainspotting look at drug use, or make his characters so loathsome that we don't care what happens to them, Aronofsky makes us feel the experience on every level. He pulls us into
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Top 100 Tuesday: 100 Best Movies of the Decade

We are leaving Kubrick behind and fast approaching Hyams. If you get that reference, go grab yourself a cookie. It is time for us to reflect back on the decade that was. On January 1st, 2000, Disney released Fantasia 2000. On Wednesday, December 30th, 2009, The White Ribbon is set to bow. Between the release of these two films, thousands of films came and went, and some of them were far more memorable than others. It was a long trek getting this list together, but here are our collective top 100 films of the past decade.

Quick Year-to-Year by the Numbers:

2009 – 11

2008 – 11

2007 – 7

2006 – 14

2005 – 12

2004 – 8

2003 – 7

2002 – 12

2001 – 10

2000 – 8

100. Million Dollar Baby (2004) – Clint Eastwood

99. Juno (2007) – Jason Reitman

98. An Education (2009) – Lone Scherfig

97. Spider-man 2 (2004) – Sam Raimi

96. Munich (2005) – Steven Spielberg

95. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) – Wes Anderson

94. The King Of Kong (2007) – Seth Gordon

93. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’S Stone (2001) – Chris Columbus

92. Clerks 2 (2006) – Kevin Smith

91. Femme Fatale (2002) – Brian De Palma

90. Tasogare Seibei
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Blu-ray Review: Requiem for a Dream

In my opinion Requiem for a Dream is one of those films you like, but aren't going to return to on a consistent basis primarily because doing so would lead you on your own spiral of depression. As a result, trying to decide whether you should buy it or not is a tough call and seeing how I didn't own it before receiving the Blu-ray for review doesn't make my recommendation -- one way or the other -- any easier. What I can say is after what I believe to be my third time seeing the movie, it holds up just as well as it did the first time around and this Blu-ray only makes it better. Requiem serves as a brutal look at addiction. Whether its drugs, television, sugar, or whatever vice you can think of, this film has addiction nailed to the wall and brings it to life using music,
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Interview: Darren Aronofsky on "The Wrestler"

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By Aaron Hillis

Brooklyn-born auteur Darren Aronofsky turned mathematical patterns and theories into a brooding thriller (1998's "Pi"), injected us with a bravura adaptation of Hubert Selby Jr.'s reckless-addiction novel (2000's Oscar-nominated "Requiem for a Dream"), and raced against the clock of mortality in an ambitious love story spanning ten centuries (2006's unfairly maligned "The Fountain"). So what's a filmmaker's next move, having already zoomed a 26th century Hugh Jackman around the galaxy in an oversized soap bubble containing the Tree of Life?

Curiously, you resurrect Mickey Rourke's career. One of the most wildly anticipated films of 2008, Aronofsky's humanist drama "The Wrestler" will close this year's New York Film Festival. But even before it officially opens in December, the Oscar buzz for Rourke as past-his-prime wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson is already starting to be deafening (and rightly so). Shot with handheld verité techniques that put you right up in Rourke's fascinating mug,
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