It almost seems bizarre to me that, in today’s less-than-literarily-keen age, in a society that has entire sections of major book retailers dedicated to Paranormal Teen Romances, when Lady Gaga is our most inspired entertainer and the Transformer film series has earned enough money to purchase a small African nation, any book-savvy person can declare […]Read More Franzen’s “Freedom” is a Towering Achievement
Darren Aronofsky’s erotic psychological thriller Black Swan channels Roman Polanksi’s classic gothic-horror masterpiece Repulsion in its depiction of a young girl battling Freudian demons. Her inability to deal with the tremendous pressure and mental strain that her new found success brings warps her perception of reality and begins to tear apart her life. As in […]Read More Does “Black Swan” Live Up to the Hype?
2010 was another mixed-bag for cinema. There were some great moments in cinema, but nothing that was really all that surprising. We had yet another powerful performance based on a real person—the kind the Academy loves (the recently always reliable Colin Firth in The King’s Speech), more ever-charming Pixar gold, and a Darren Aronofsky film […]Read More Pair of Indie Films Make a Push for Best Picture