Requiem for A Dream – Drugs, Addiction and Obsession

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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Against the Crowd Blogathon

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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Pi : A Mathematical, yet, Spiritual Lens of Reality

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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A Guide to Darren Aronofsky: Introduction !

If I had to summarize what a Aronofsky film was as succinctly as possible I’d say: character driven, thematic and symbolic. Aronofsky’s stories force you into the minds of incredible damaged characters who are delusional, overly anxious, psychopathic, addicts, and heart-broken but extremely relatable nonetheless. Aronofsky’s films, while being completely unsettling at times, are beautiful, heart-tugging as well as heart breaking explorations of human condition. While being quite grounded in reality they also spiritual and mystifying journeys of the character.

Like Tarantino and Nolan, two of the most revered modern day directors, Aronofsky has injected incredibly original and unique movies into Hollywood. Critics and moviegoers alike scream for something refreshing in this era of reboots, remakes and sequels but often underlook the work of Aronofsky. So in preparation for the release of his latest film mother! (more on that here) I am gladly making somewhat of a guide/review/overview for each of his films in order of their release.

Please do stay tuned for my next entry in this series that will features an analysis of his directorial debut Pi !

Mother! Darren Aronofsky’s Film Starring Jennifer Lawrence first Poster 

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There is no trailer for mother! yet but the poster alone has already sold the film to me. With the unsettling visual of Lawrence literally holding her heart out for someone, mother! also features quite an amazing cast. Standing alongside the Hunger Games star is Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson and Kristen Wiig. The synopsis from IMdB follows:

Mother! Centers on a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. 

Aronofsky is amongst my favorite directors working today. In an era of reboots, remakes and sequels he has consistently injected original, character driven, heart-tugging projects throughout the last two decades. He is just one of those director’s whose films I’ll watch no matter what based on the quality of his filmography. Mother! is definitely  on my watchlist and is set to release September 15th.

I  have to make a ranked list of Aronofsky films now!

What Have I been Watching: Movies [March]

Because I had Spring Break in the middle of the month and school work semi-ended, I was able to revert back to my old ways and devoured several hours of movies! Some were Oscar nominated films that I missed in theaters, others were small indie films, one classic film, and a couple of films I watched were actually featured in my most anticipated March movies list.

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Rear Window (1954)- A Timeless Piece of Cinema

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 thriller piece Rear Window opens with an uncut 2 minute shot that displays a lively New York City courtyard.  The camera moves gracefully from window to window introducing a new character for a mere couple of moments before moving to the next frame. At the one minute mark in this beautiful continuous shot I had already realized that Rear Window was going to be a wonderful piece of cinema.

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Hugo [Cinema Was Made To Enchant]

At the surface Martin Scorsese’s Hugo is a story which follows a young boy’s struggle living as an orphan in a train station. Delve a little deeper, and Hugo is a masterful piece of art that explores the magic of the medium that is cinema.

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Short Term 12 and Realism

Recently, I watched the film Short Term 12 which absolutely blew my mind away. Within 90 minutes I became a Brie Larson fan, Joel P Wests score enchanted me and I had a new addition to my 100 favorite films list (coming soon). To put it simply, Short Term 12 is about the complex relationship between a couple who work at a treatment facility for kids with troubled pasts.  Usually I am great with expressing why I love a particular film, but for some reason Short Term 12 left me speechless. I have yet to think of a phrase, let alone some adjectives, to why I love this film so much. It was indeed a “hearttugger”, it made me tear up, the messages were positive, there were strong child actors, but better than all  I admired its realism.

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