If there’s one thing that Darren Aronofsky is very good at, it’s showing people go slowly bonkers. On this occasion, the Black Swan director has Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly lose their grip on reality as various forms of addiction take hold.
Ellen Burstyn is an ageing widow who receives a phone call telling her she’ll be a contestant on her favourite quiz show. She frets that she can’t fit into her favourite dress, so starts taking diet pills. Meanwhile, her son (Leto) and his girlfriend (Connelly) are junkies who hang out with fellow heroin addict Marlon Wayans and dream of breaking out of the street dealing hell they live in. Over the course of six months, each character’s addiction spirals out of control, leading each to make increasingly dangerous decisions. Continue reading →
I know this is going to come as a shock to you, but albums aren’t made by little pixies waving magic wands. Whatever dreams are spun of, Phase 1: plan to be famous; Phase 3: profit, the reality is more mundane. It’s something we accept about the film industry, because it lets us in on its processes. We understand it’s a giant corporate behemoth mired in politics and dodgy dealings, but can appreciate that this can still result in magical works of art. Continue reading →