Sunday, April 10, 2011

Director Themes - Aronofsky Edition

So, James Cameron's theme is man's technological hubris, Lynch's is the poet as imitator and illusionist, and Steven Spielberg's is Aliens Ex Machina.

Well, FLG finally saw Black Swan last night. FLG has now seen five Aronofsky films, Pi,Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, The Fighter, and Black Swan. It's pretty clear that the theme running through all Aronofsky movies is a focus on the extremes obsession/addiction, which FLG would argue are largely one and the same for Aronofsky, people. For Aronofsky, it's often to the point of insanity.

Anyway, viewed in this context, Black Swan is probably his best work. Also, it also explains to FLG why he always thought Aronofsky would've made a great Batman: Year One.

UPDATE; Just wanted to clarify that Aronofsky did NOT direct The Fighter, but was, in fact, an executive producer.

1 comment:

The Ancient said...

We stopped watching when the actress formerly known as Winona Ryder plunged a nail-file into her face. (Life is too short for that kind of "entertainment.")

So I'm now establishing an Official Must Miss List.

First entry:

http://vimeo.com/22072654

(That's a NSFW trailer for Lars von Trier's Melancholia.)

 
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