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Where do you stand on the directing talent of Darren Aronofsky?

Anytime he makes a movie, there’s a good chance it’ll be a masterpiece.
3 (12.5%)
He is usually great and certainly one of our Best Directors.
12 (50%)
Him and his films are okay.
3 (12.5%)
I admire his talent a lot more than his films.
3 (12.5%)
He's annoyingly pretentious.
3 (12.5%)

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The Top Directors Working Today: Darren Aronofsky
« on: May 28, 2008, 10:00:35 AM »
Like Terry Gilliam a generation ago, Aronofsky’s a visionary who’s had great difficulty fitting in with the Studio machinery.  Nobody questions his originality, but his level of success is certainly up for debate.  Some think he’s too pretentious to produce a masterpiece.  I think REQUIEM FOR A DREAM already is one, and producing another only requires a high amount of passion and a low amount of studio interference.
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Re: The Top Directors Working Today: Darren Aronofsky
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2008, 11:25:23 AM »
I must say, I think both Pi and Requiem are truly outstanding. The Fountain... After only one viewing I'm not sure whether it achieved what it set out to do. I do know that I didn't find it as compelling. It felt quite flat, all the way through. The complete opposite of the thrilling ups and downs of his other films. Not that I wanted The Fountain to be a manic experience, but I needed something more than I got. There are many positive things about The Fountain (the acting, the look) but it's not the complete package.

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Re: The Top Directors Working Today: Darren Aronofsky
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2008, 11:44:23 AM »
He should basically continue doing his own thing. He's given us some very intriguing and sometimes very high quality movies, such as Pi and Requiem for a Dream. He may not be Hollywood's favorite director, but he knows what he's doing and usually delivers us good material. What's more is that his movies are often challenging, either visually or morally or both. A winner in my book.
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Re: The Top Directors Working Today: Darren Aronofsky
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2008, 11:56:31 AM »
I haven't really made up my mind about him. He tends to make movies I don't want to revisit.
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Re: The Top Directors Working Today: Darren Aronofsky
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2008, 12:05:32 PM »
I don't like the choices.

I think his films are really good, but I don't think he is one of the best directors working.  I certainly think he is very talented, and I have yet to dislike any of his films.
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Re: The Top Directors Working Today: Darren Aronofsky
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2008, 12:11:38 PM »
I don't like the choices.

I think his films are really good, but I don't think he is one of the best directors working.  I certainly think he is very talented, and I have yet to dislike any of his films.

I had a little trouble with finding the correct language for this poll.  I don't want just a generic like/dislike poll.  I want to tailor it towards very general feelings about these directors...which of course leaves a lot of gray area in between the choices.  But I like that you simply said "I don't like the choices" kind of like answering "other".

Could you maybe say what you feel are Aronofsky's weaknesses?  I just wonder because you say he's talented and you like his films, but he still falls short of being a great director for you.  Is it that he's still new and hasn't matured into Great filmmaking?
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Re: The Top Directors Working Today: Darren Aronofsky
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2008, 01:25:33 PM »
I really like Pi and enjoyed The Fountain enough.  It's still too early to tell with him.
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Re: The Top Directors Working Today: Darren Aronofsky
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2008, 04:47:26 PM »
Hit and miss of the two I've seen.  Loved Requiem, hated The Fountain.

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Re: The Top Directors Working Today: Darren Aronofsky
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2008, 05:07:53 PM »
Seems like sdedalus may be right, with only 3 features, it's kind of difficult to judge his career.
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Re: The Top Directors Working Today: Darren Aronofsky
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2008, 05:09:29 PM »
Seems like sdedalus may be right

That happens a lot.  ;)
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