Darren Aronofsky’s characters are psychopaths. Perfectionist who devote their body and soul to a single goal. They remain fixated, neglecting what their lust for achievement has to their loved ones or even to themselves. In Pi, we saw the lengths crazed mathematician Max Cohen went to unravelling the secrets behind a 216 digit number that may not have any worldly significance at all.
Requiem for a Dream, Aronofsky’s second film, explores the mindset of three addicts who all go extreme lengths to grasp that one thing in life that’ll make them happy, or at least fill that empty void. These characters, whether they wish to lose weight, become wealthy, or score some heroin, absolutely destroy their lives to do so.
An Aronofsky film is a very subjective experience and while he does not entirely intend for an empathetic connection to be made, he is very keen on lunging viewers into the minds of his unstable characters. In Requiem, he effectively positions us into the mental of the obsessed and fiend through editing.
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It seems like every month this summer was a milestone here on 4therace. June saw my 3000th visitor and July was a record setting month for visitors, views and likes on my blog as well. Today I am happy to say that I have been a blogger on WordPress for exactly 2 years now!
4therace has also changed drastically in these 2 years. I’ve changed my theme twice and expanded the content of my site to include entries on, music, anxiety, politics and even started to write a couple of short stories.
I thought it’d be really fun to share the first post I wrote The Pessimist’s Optimistic Way to Obtain World Peace and my latest post Life Question #1.
My favorite short story I wrote Why Can’t They Hear Me Screaming?
And the most important post I ever wrote The Greatest Person in the World Sat Next to You
Once again, I want to thank all my followers and visitors who took the time to read the content I work really hard to create on 4therace!
If white supremacists and neo-nazis march into my town do I counter-protest or completely ignore them entirely?
The former explicitly shows them that their ideologies are not supported if there is a mass counter-protest. Nonetheless their intentions are probably to elicit a response to bring more attention and hatred into our world. So is the latter the right answer…?
Against the Crowd is a blogathon hosted by Dell on Movies that entails participants follow these simple instructions:
1. Pick one movie that “everyone” loves (the more iconic, the better). That movie must have a score of 75% or more on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you hate it.
2. Pick one movie that “everyone” hates (the more notorious, the better). That movie must have a score of 35% or less on rottentomatoes.com. Tell us why you love it.
3. Include the tomato meter scores of both movies.
4. Use a banners from the announcement post, or feel free to create your own.
5. Let them know what two movies you intend on writing about in one of the following ways: 1) Comment on this Mettel Ray post 2) Comment on KG’s Movie Rants 3) Tweet @ @w_ott3 or 4) Tweet KG @KGsMovieRants1
6. Publish your post on any day from Monday August 14 through Sunday August 20, 2017.
So this is me going Against the Crowd…
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In America, pop culture is the stable of our society. Movies, television, books, music etcetera, form friendships, they build traditions, they unite families, and they, often, define who we are.
The Three Things That Shaped Me is a small series I came up with where I wish to share the impact that three of my favorite fictional universes have had on my life and learn if any series, in any form, has done the same for you.
Some of them taught me how important the imagination is, they strengthened and created bonds with people, and others, such as Naruto, I am forever indebted to for teaching me the greatest life lessons.
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Here’s what we know. Earlier this week, the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minneapolis was bombed during a morning prayer. Thankfully none of the center’s 20 attendees that day were harmed but one of the mosque’s offices were damaged in the blast.
Continue reading “On Aug. 5th a Mosque was Bombed in Minnesota. Trump Remains Silent”
Warning: Do not read ahead of you are not caught up with the latest episode of Game of Thrones
Continue reading “Euron > Khaleesi…Why Are People Rooting Against the Mother of Dragons?”
Pi, like any of Aronofsky’s works, requests viewers to depart from their reality and take a step inside the paranoid and overly analytical mind of its protagonist, Max Cowen. Max, a gifted Mathematician, spends most, if not all, of the day cooped up his small New York City apartment studying numerical patterns processed from his customized computer. With his mathematical prowess and computer, Max is able to fully predict the outcome of entire systems involving numbers such as the stock exchange.
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If you’ve been looking at my location tag on past posts perhaps you’ve noticed that I am currently writing from Uganda! A couple Sunday’s ago a got a chance to visit the Ugandan city of Entebbe’s beautiful Botanical Gardens! There I was luck enough to get a wonderful lesson from a U.N. photographer!
If you are fond of the following pictures be sure to follow my Instagram here to see the rest of the photo set!
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I am a huge Nolan fan so I am a little sad to say that I didn’t get to watch Dunkirk in IMAX or glorious 70mm. In fact I’ve never seen a Nolan film in anything but a standard 35mm movie theatre. The experience, of course, is not as great but at the end of the day I’m still a subject to his unique stories.
Dunkirk, Nolan’s first film based off a historical event, follows the evacuation of 300 000 British, French, Belgian and Dutch soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk during WWII. While it isn’t mind boggling or a sci-fi epic, Dunkirk has Nolan sprinkled all over it, from its non-linear storytelling all the way to the colour palette. So, does that mean it’s any good?
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