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Ranking Aronofsky’s Films

Posted by Chuck, May 27, 2011 07:34am | Post a Comment
Darren Aronofsky

With Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky has now directed the requisite number of films (five) that he can be mentioned peripherally among the likes of his most major influences—David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski and (I could swear) the Beelzebub himself. Here is a look how I’d rank the Aronofsky canon, and why you might want to check out these darkly existential films.

Requiem for a Dream

1) Requiem For A Dream (2000) – Ellen Burstyn is phenomenal (she was nominated for an Oscar in this role as Sara Goldfarb) in this film that centers on addiction and spiraling delusion of four linked characters played by Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly and Marlon Wayans. I’ve said it before: though it’s labeled a drama it’s actually one of the better horror films released in the last decade, and I remember Aronofsky himself saying it was a roller coaster ride that crashes into a brick wall — like that was most moviegoers' idea of fun! Burstyn’s palsied declaration, “I’m going to be on television,” with the refrigerator coming after her is indelible stuff. Each character ends up in the fetal position.

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Chain Reaction

Posted by phil blankenship, April 3, 2007 11:12pm | Post a Comment

While the front of the dvd marks director Andrew Davis' key work as The Fugitive (1993), we here at Video Maniacs beg to differ. Even a cursory look at his IMDb profile finds a wealth of trash film treasure!

1972 cinematographer for the Paul Bartel cult classic for perverts, Private Parts

1976 cinematographer for Mansion Of The Doomed aka Eyes of Dr. Chaney / Eyes of the Living Dead / House of Blood / Massacre Mansion / etc.

1979 cinematographer for the coming of age masterpiece Over The Edge

1983 directed The Final Terror, a backwoods slasher notable for early film appearances of Rachel Ward, Daryl Hannah, Adrien Zmed & Joe Pantoliano

1984 cinematographer for the legendary Hollywood teenage prostitute Angel

1985 directed Code of Silence, one of Chuck Norris' 3 films from 1985 (with Invasion USA & Missing In Action 2)

1988 directed Above the Law, Steven Seagal's film debut !! thanks andrew !

1992 directed Under Siege, the definitive Steven Seagal pic. aka Die Hard on a boat.

1993 directed The Fugitive & made a lot of money.

As for Chain Reaction, it's a typical mid 90s actioner with the standard twists & turns. Basically a Fugitive redux, the plot hinges on the fact that Rachel Weisz & Keanu Reeves are brilliant physicists. She, maybe. Him, probably not. And before any of you smart alecs write in, I know Keanu's character is technically a grad student machinist.... but screw that, he figures out the key to generating a safe, easy & unlimited amount of energy from hydrogen.... therefore he's a scientist.

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