All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Love. Pain. Glory.
Aging wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson is long past his prime but still ready and rarin' to go on the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating, however, Randy hangs up his tights, pursues a serious relationship with a long-in-the-tooth stripper, and tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter. But he can't resist the lure of the ring and readies himself for a comeback.
Filmed like a documentary, elegantly blending art n entertainment & taken to a whole new level by Mickey Rourke's career-resurrecting performance, The Wrestler is a wonderful testament to the incredible sacrifices so many professional athletes continue to make on a daily basis just for the sake of entertaining us, and is one of the best films of its year as well as Aronofsky's career.
The story of The Wrestler concerns Randy 'The Ram' Robinson; a washed-up professional wrestler who continues to cling on to his career despite his failing health with the hope of reliving the glory of his prime days. But when his condition worsens, he tries to find an alternate career outside the ring only to struggle with it…
Aronofsky's Black Swan explored the world of the 'high arts' and as such it is a perfect companion piece to The Wrestler, a masterful depiction of dedication and self destruction in the realm of the 'low arts'.
Carried by a performance of a lifetime, this film is a heartbreaking slice of gritty realism. Aronofsky lays bare a world of cheap gladiatorial entertainment, where its fighters combat, not for the glory, but because they have to. They are compelled by their own addiction to the ring.
The Ram is no exception. He sacrificed just about anything in his life for the one thing he excels at. His body is a wreck as are just about all his relationships. When the inevitable…
Without a doubt Mickey Rourkes best performance ever. He brings such drama, humor, and muscle to the screen that without him it would be just another underdog movie. Marissa Tomei is always great and she really deserved the Oscar nomination. The plot is that of Rocky Balboa, but instead of it being a series, its a single amazing dramatic masterpiece that people will watch many times. Another thing I loved was the look of the film, it had a fuzzy screen the whole time and it gave it a sort of documentary feel to it like were witnessing him trying to win his life back. The wrestling scenes were amazingly realistic znd Darren Aronofsky obviously did his research on wrestling.…
A violent stab to the heart, 'The Wrestler' is a startling character study, a grungy and disquieting look at the wrestling world, a vessel for spellbinding performances and a film with such a shattering emotional core that it becomes difficult for the soul to stay transfixed on the screen for the entire running time. With the grizzle of 'Requiem for a Dream' and the heavy emotional core of 'The Fountain,' Darren Aronofsky has crafted a film that shares similarities with his previous work, but is also an original sector of cinema for him and his handheld camera to explore. This is one of the most moving and heartbreaking films of the 21st century.
It's a bit odd to call 'The…
This film moved me more than anything in recent memory. The scenes with Randy and his daughter were heartbreaking. It was absolutely painful to see a man, who was at one time very powerful, reduced to just a shell. Of course, all of us will face the reckoning that Randy did. And ours won't be so well documented. This story truly gives insight into what really matters. All fame, power, and health will be taken from each and every one of us.
It may be in an instant, or over a lifetime.
But it will be taken……
Now go and hug someone who is dear to you.
You may never get another chance.
Before The Wrestler, Darren Aronofsky's carrer has always been divided on realism - e.g. Requiem for a Dream - and surrealism - e.g. Pi. His fourth feature film is, for sure, one of the most realistic films of all time, and one of the most effective dramas of the past years. It follows a vanished wrestler, who reached his professional peak during the eighties, and who now has to retire due to health problems, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a discouraging struggle.
For those who like and follow this "sport" (which is not my case), The Wrestler will be a great film since it shows the efforts these athletes make throughout their careers, but…
Mooi portret waar de grens tussen Mickey Rourke de acteur en Mickey Rourke de persoon zeer vaag wordt.
Mickey Rourke is terrific in this. Old wrestler tries to re connect with important things. No cheap emotionalism; it's very, very genuine.
A simple film that certainly doesn't lack tragedy. Mickey Rourke is phenomenal.
Aronofsky tends to fill his movies with optical effects and gimmicks, but leaves the construction of characters and directing of actors aside.
Not in this one.
Mickey Rourke gives a amazing comeback performance and Marisa Tomei is amazing as the supporting female. The story is heartfelt and inspiring.
This excellent sports film is a touching, gut wrenching and a really entertaining film that everyone must watch. Mickey's haunting, scary and heartbreaking perfomance was really oscar worthy. Darren's direction too is wonderful making this film a really great one.
Don't call it a comeback. Or do. Either way. I'll be honest, I know very little about Mickey Rourke, especially 80s heartthrob Mickey Rourke, and kind of know him as that mangled-faced thug from movies like Domino and Spun. All of that aside, I was extremely pumped for this movie to come out, as Aronofsky is one of my favorite directors and it was getting press for its minimal style. It was tremendous. It nailed almost every note, and Rourke overnight became a legitimate acting sensation, having his bristly tough guy exterior stripped completely, and I couldn't have been happier. His Golden Globe acceptance speech was a thing of beauty--the sheer joy and relief coming from the guy filled the…
so i totally get what aronofsky is going for and he does it well but no thanks.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!