Requiem for a Dream • 1st part of review • Plot • Call me a sadist, but I loved this movie. There was something deeply disturbing and repulsive about each character and their fate, but I really enjoyed seeing them individually suffer the consequences of their actions. Part of the reason I was okay with their pain was that I felt that their suffering was justified. You only need to see that the characters themselves come to terms with their suffering to realize this to be true: Sara lives in her dream TV world, Marion is content in giving her life to drugs. If the characters fell into misery for no good reason, the characters themselves would be a lot more saddened. Overall, I liked how this movie was structured. The different elements of the story felt like a cohesive unit because of how they progressed at a similar pace, but they diverge in the end to form a more complex network of stories. I liked the parallelisms in the different stories and how those similarities are also reflected in the cinematography. At several points in the story though, I was confused as to what was happening, not because of the hallucinations parsed throughout the movie, but because of how fast-paced the plot is. This movie could easily be over two hours, not that I'm complaining it isn't. Even the sadist in me couldn't take more than two hours of this mental harassment. "We have a winner" kept ringing in my head long after the closing credits. • 8.9 out of 10 • #requiemforadream#jaredleto#jenniferconnelly#ellenburstyn#marlonwayans#darrenaronofsky#experimentalmovie#movieframes#movieframe#moviescreen#drugmovie#drugmovies#sadfilm#moviereviews
1 12822 April, 2019
Requiem for a Dream • 2nd part of review • Cinematography and Score • I keep getting blown away by amazing cinematography and I love it. This time, it was Aronofsky. Last week, it was Iñarritu. The week before it was Kubrick. You get the idea; I'm a sucker for good cinema. I didn't think it was possible for a director to have such a unique style and still be as compelling as Aronofsky. As I highlight in the first part of my review, this movie is hard to watch. Part of that comes from the plot, but without a doubt the cinematography and score are what make this movie most challenging to watch. The sound is unbearable. It's loud and permeates the whole movie. As the characters fall victim to drugs, the audio only grows louder, the TV audience roars at every turn, the screaming from the prison cell is unrecognizably, the fridge sounds like a bulldozer. I genuinely felt unwell during a large portion of the film, but that's the point. The auditory experience elevates this film to another level of greatness. Aronofsky does the same with his cinematography. He uses the image very purposefully to demonstrate the characters state of mind, be that with a simple overhead shot or a more creative and intimate steady cam point of view. The latter is one of the most powerful moments in the film, that scene after Marion exits the building and vomits. It has an incredible intensity and does a great job at communicating her trauma in both a subjective and intimate manner. The editing is also impeccable. The hip-hop drug rush sequences are completely unique to this movie. There's something so mesmerizing about those three seconds and the close-up dilated pupil. The final twenty minutes also show great editing mastery, alternating between the storylines without skipping a beat. Those final minutes are an unbearable torment of delusion and despair and echo the rising sentiment of the film. The way all characters ends in the fetal position was the cherry on the cake for me, cementing my eternal respect for Aronofsky. •
8.9 out of 10 • #requiemforadream#jaredleto#jenniferconnelly#ellenburstyn#marlonwayans#darrenaronofsky#experimentalmovie#movieframes#moviescreen#drugmovie
9 18322 April, 2019
Requiem for a Dream • 3rd part of review • Acting • Among the pool of talent that this film cast, I give my vote to Ellen Burstyn as Sara Goldfarb. She gave her role the most emotion and raw energy. Though her performance was greatly enhanced by the cinematography, the innocence in her interpretation made her character's downfall painful to watch. Ironically, I most enjoyed watching her suffer at the end, especially when she was force fed food and given experimental medicines. That speaks to how visceral those scenes felt to me, as a rule of thumb, the more fucked up and real a scene felt, the more I enjoyed it. By highlighting Ellen's performance in no way do I mean to undermine Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly. Their acting was equally phenomenal. The most gut wrenching scene for me was the call between the two and the contrast between their expressions. They both echo each other's dialogue, but Harry is sobbing uncontrollably and Marion sheds a single tear. The disconnect between the two saddened me the most as it signified their demise. Also I don't know if this was done purposefully or by chance, but the characters always seemed to be dripping in sweat, a subtle, but not unnoticed touch. • 8.9 out of 10 • #requiemforadream#jaredleto#jenniferconnelly#ellenburstyn#marlonwayans#darrenaronofsky#experimentalmovie#movieframes#movieframe#moviescreen#drugmovie#drugmovies#sadfilm#moviereviews
6 12322 April, 2019
The first poster for the short film "No Whites Allowed" 🌟 Staring Myself and Shane Thompson (@shane2487) This project has been a long time coming and I have been proud to be able to be apart of this cast, production and message. I will keep you all updated.
Ek hi raasta, jis pe chup chap, sar ko jhukaye hue.
Band aankhein kiye, log chalte hain saare janam.
Jaante bhi nahi, sochte bhi nahi, puchte bhi nahi.
Unko ye raasta lekar kahin jayega?
Ya kahin bhi nahi?
Chalte chalte kahin ek mod aata hai.
Seedhe raaste se bilkul alag,
koi deewana hi hota hai jo udhar jata hai.
Warna baaki toh sab seedhe raaste pe hi, apne saare janam chalte hain.
Sar jhukaye hue, band aankhein kiye aur yeh dukh liye, mod jo dekha tha us pe mudd jaate hum.
Toh na jaane kahan tak pahunch paate hum.