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Film, "Black Swan": Natalie Portman goes batshit in a tutu

"Black Swan": Natalie Portman goes batshit in a tutu

A near-irresistible exercise in bravura absurdity, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan deserves to become a minor classic of heterosexual camp — at the very least, it's the most risible and riotous backstage movie since Showgirls. Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake has had a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sideshowmania

Sideshowmania

Many say that the tragic story of Jake “The Snake” Roberts was the inspiration for The Wrestler, a notable exception being director Darren Aronofsky. Nonetheless, when the film became a success, the Snake’s phone started to ring. People wanted to…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Wrestler

The Wrestler

The Wrestler may be plenty visceral, but it’s no more a sports movie than professional wrestling is a competitive sport. Chronic over-reacher Darren Aronofsky’s relatively unpretentious follow-up to the debacle that was The Fountain is all about showbiz. You want…
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News, Feature Five Greats preview: Our guide to the season’s must-see movies

Five Greats preview: Our guide to the season’s must-see movies

In the days and weeks ahead, several tremendous (dare we say Oscar-caliber?) films will be arriving in Bay Area theaters. They're poignant, affecting, and moving. But one thing they aren't is funny. Maybe that's because of the depressed mood of…
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Film, Lord of the Ring

Lord of the Ring

The Wrestler may be plenty visceral, but it's no more a sports movie than professional wrestling is a competitive sport. Chronic overreacher Darren Aronofsky's relatively unpretentious follow-up to the ridiculous debacle that was The Fountain is all about showbiz. It's…
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News, Feature Year of the Ram

Year of the Ram

I hated the '90s. The '90s fuckin' sucked," says professional wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson early on in The Wrestler — and he should know. Over the hill and past his prime — his steroidal body a palimpsest of battle…
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Film, Fountain of Shame

Fountain of Shame

Solemn, flashy, and flabbergasting, The Fountain — adapted by Darren Aronofsky from his own graphic novel — should really be called The Shpritz. The premise is lachrymose, the sets are clammy, and the metaphysics are all wet. The screen is…
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Second Time Around

The Sources of Pi Darren Aronofsky's clever film won immediate cult support when it opened earlier this year, and as Pi (or 3.14, to use its proper title) reaches repertory theaters and passes to video, no doubt its reputation will…
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