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…
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.
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…
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…
This was the last film in Darren Aronofsky’s filmography that I had not yet seen and I am happy to have saved it for last. ‘Requiem for a Dream’ will remain as my clear favourite, but ‘The Wrestler’ comes in a more than decent second place. Randy 'The Ram' Robinson - played by an excellent Mickey Rourke, which gained him a well-deserved Oscar nomination - is a professional wrestler that faces the end of his career after a near fatal heart attack. As his life outside of the ring is inadequate to provide him much fulfilment, he struggles to adapt to a new and quieter lifestyle. We see our hard rock loving protagonist trying to restart a relationship with his…
Well this seemed way better the second time so I'm glad I didn't wait longer for a re-watch. Obviously Mickey Rourke gave an amazing in-depth lead performance, this character study of an aging and Well Well this seemed way better the second time so I'm glad I didn't wait longer for a re-watch. Obviously Mickey Rourke gave an amazing in-depth lead performance, this character study of an aging and unhealthy longtime Wrestler is heartbreaking and extremely realistic. The thing is it's not just that anyone who goes to extreme lengths in sports could relate to it but anyone that works extremely hard at any job to reach perfection might see themselves here in some way, especially if there passion is…
Tan buena como la recordaba. La actuación de Rourke es para quitarse el sombrero.
''-Fuckin' 80's man, best shit ever!
+Bet your ass man, Guns N' Roses fucking Rules.
+Then that Cobain pussy had to come around & ruin it all.
-Like theres something wrong with just wanting to have a good time?''
Guns&Roses, Cinderella, Ratt, Scorpions, Firehouse... you're right Randy, they don't make them like they used to.
This is not a pretty movie and it's made to look as dirty as the world of independent wrestling is. Mickey Rourke is amazing and reminds you of how good he really could have been. I just couldn't bring myself to care about these characters.
I just re-watched one of the greatest films I have ever seen. It is fairly similar to Birdman in that the lead character is living in the shadow of past glory and have a strained relationship with their daughter. This movie was amazing and one of the first indie films I ever saw. It combined film and the world of pro-wrestling in the best way pro-wrestling has ever been treated on the silver screen.
I have never been a fan of pro-wrestling. I always saw it as some strange show that is put on as a false display of violence. Now that I have seen "The Wrestler", it's a little easier to sympathize with these people who are technically athletes. This story in particular follows Randy "The Ram" Robinson, in a career changing performance by Mickey Rourke, a wrestler who hit in big back in the late-80's but is running on fumes 20 years later as he tries to retire from his beloved sport. The plot gets more and more heartbreaking as it goes along showing Randy try to get a real job, reconnect with his daughter, Evan Rachel Wood, and pursue his love…
Felt a lot like a Lars von Trier film with all the quick cuts and handheld camera movement.
bello asciutto commovente con un protagonista d'eccezione e una canzone di Springsteen in coda. Certo che se Aronofsky fosse un po' meno angosciantemente triste gli sarei più affezionato.
I have a confession to make...I'm a wrestling fan.
Oh, it's true, it's damn true. I know that wrestling is silly, over the top, melodramatic, homo-erotic, and of course "fake", but so is theater. I'm a huge theater buff and I think that that's what draws me so close to the wrestling world. The smoke and mirrors found in the theater world isn't that far off from the overly elaborate entrances, grandiose drama, melodramatic twists, and the surprisingly emotional moments that occur during matches. It's all high art when you break it down. Like all of his films, Darren Aronofsky made a piece of art when he crafted The Wrestler and as far as giving viewers, wrasslin' fans or otherwise,…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!