Darren Aronofsky

Reviews

mother! (2017)
Noah (2014)
Black Swan (2010)
The Wrestler (2008)
The Fountain (2007)
Below (2002)
Pi (1998)

Blog Posts

Features

thumbnails 5/7/14

The science, ethics and rubber suit of Godzilla; Ralph Bakshi on animation's past and future; Ellen Burstyn on acting and direction; what videogames taught movies.

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Thumbnails 4/15/14

Moments in everyday life, captured; Hank Aaron's home runs turned into singles; Say Anything 25-years later; Examining Noah through a Jewish lens; A Silicon valley disaster.

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Thumbnails 10/25/2013

American education is uneven rather than simply mediocre; what NYC sounded like in the 1920s; X bassist John Doe speaks; director Jeff Tremaine on pranking people; lousy films with great soundtracks.

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Thumbnails 10/17/2013

Aranofsky, Paramount spar over "Noah"; parsing "Chungking Express"; why impassioned female leaders get a bad rap; Oliver Stone, Jamie Foxx to collaborate on MLK biopic; oh, and online we're all awful.

Far Flungers

Through a swan, darkly

Mirrors and reflections have always been an obsession for filmmakers from all over the world - something that came as a result of the wealth of symbolism that they inspire, of course, but also of the psychological development all of us go through in order to recognize ourselves as individuals. (That led, for instance, to Jean-Louis Baudry's brilliant analogy of the film spectator as someone regressing to the "Mirror Stage" described by Lacan). From Buñuel to Hitchcock and from Fritz Lang to Tarkovsky, directors from different eras and different styles have used doubles as a thematic basis of one or more of their works -- but perhaps it has seldom been used so intensely and organically as in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan."

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