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Film Of The Day: The Wrestler

I realize I’ve been silent on these “Film of the Day” things the last couple of days, but I’ll try to do these daily the best I can. I’ll do this now, to get it out of the way.

I think “The Wrestler”, starring Mickey Rourke and directed by Darren Aronofsky, was the best film released in 2008. This is really one of my favorite dramas of all time.

It tells the story of Randy “The Ram” Robinson, who is a professional wrestler who works for small independent wrestling companies such as VFW. He also works a part time job at a grocery store and he has a girlfriend who is a stripper. While Randy, struggles to make money and live his life, things around him start to crumble. He becomes addicted to steroids, he loses his stripper girlfriend, he tries to reconcile with his daughter, and many other things. While he tries to get his life back together, there is one thing that he still loves to do, and that is wrestling.

You see, you don’t have to be a fan of professional wrestling yourself, to watch a movie like this. This movie wasn’t made strictly for wrestling fans. It was made to give people insight on what a professional wrestler’s life is like outside of the ring. This film wants to take a realistic approach on things. It’s not just a movie about professional wrestling either. This movie is about what life could be like when a man is aging. While this movie is about a professional wrestler, there isn’t a lot of wrestling scenes in this movie for a reason ’cause this film wants to let people know that wrestlers can be real, and they can be human like us. A lot of professional wrestlers look after this movie ’cause this movie reminded so much of their own life.

Most importantly of all, it’s the acting of the cast, is what made this movie worked, especially Mickey’s performance, and Marisa Tomei was good too. This is a beautiful film, and sad. This movie will bring tears to your eyes for sure. I believe this film should have won, “Best Picture”, that year. Posting about the movie, makes me want to watch this movie again, maybe I will sometime this week.


Report: Sarah Lane vs. “Black Swan” film makers feud isn’t over…

Just a while back Darren Aronofsky responded to Sarah Lane’s slanderous comments that she claims Natalie Portman did less dances than her, for the movie, “Black Swan”. He said he went through the editor to count every dance move with both women. Turns out Natalie had the most.

Sarah Lane herself, appears on “20/20” for an interview to talk about this controversy, and Sarah claims the film makers of “Black Swan” are lying.

Read more on the story, here.

If Sarah can somehow prove that she did the most dance moves, then maybe I’ll be on her side. At this time, I’m still siding with Natalie and the rest of the film makers. Sarah needs to prove that they are lying.

On a side note, looking at Sarah in this article, man, she looks almost exactly like Natalie Portman. Are they twin sisters? No wonder she was hired. Darren could be counting the wrong woman during the counts of the edit scenes because they both look exactly the same. Never know.


Report: Darren Aronofsky responds to Sarah Lane’s slanderous comments about Natalie Portman’s dancing for “Black Swan”…

Well, Darren Aronofsky, the director of “Black Swan” himself, finally responds to the Sarah Lane vs. Natalie Portman feud that started this week. To prove that Sarah is a liar, Darren actually ordered his editor for the film to count all the dances that both Sarah and Natalie did. The editor actually went through the entire film and counted every dance, to make sure everything was exactly right. There is a total of a 139 dances, but how much did Sarah and Natalie get? Score: Natalie – 111 Sarah – 28.

Read Darren’s full statement, here.

Yep, I repeat, Sarah is just mad because Natalie got more recognition for her work than her. Jealousy, nothing more. Look like Sarah won’t be working with Darren Aronofsky ever again, that’s for sure. Don’t be surprised if Sarah has a big lawsuit coming from, Fox Searchlight, because she did step over the legal line here. Slandering the studios, the film makers, and Natalie Portman herself. Gotta love how karma works.



Report: “Black Swan” producers says Natalie Portman DID most of the dancing for the film…

Sarah Lane, who is Natalie Portman’s stunt double for the film “Black Swan”, accused Natalie of doing  only 5% of the dancing for the film. Fox Searchlight, was quick to respond back. They said Natalie DID most of her dancing for the “Black Swan” film, and Sarah only did the complicated dances that Natalie couldn’t do.

More on it, here.

Sounds like Sarah is nothing but jealous. She’s jealous of Natalie’s Oscar win, so she came out and attacked her out of jealousy rage. I’m siding with FOX and Natalie on this one.

I thought “Black Swan” was a great film. The film should be coming out on DVD/Blu Ray this Spring, and I’ll be getting it for sure.


BREAKING NEWS: Darren Aronofsky drops out of directing, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” sequel!!!

First Darren Aronofsky drops out of the “Robocop” reboot, next he drops out of the “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” sequel. Him and Hugh Jackman seemed very excited and pumped for the project, but Darren no longer wants to do it. Why? Because he thinks filming the movie would keep him out of the USA for too long. He doesn’t want to be away from his family for a long time.

For your information, “Wolverine 2” will be filming in Japan, where the movie will be taken place.

See the full story at, the Hollywood Reporter.

That really is too bad. I was really looking forward to Darren’s take on Wolverine too. The film will suck who ever takes over now. Darren would have made it a great movie too. Sad. 😦


Film Review: Black Swan

Today I just saw the movie, “Black Swan”. It stars Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, and Winona Ryder. The film is directed by, Darren Aronofsky who also directed, “The Wrestler”.

Plot/Synopsis: The story is about a young ballet dancer, named Nina Sayers (played by Natalie Portman), who is trying to audition for a part in “Swan Lake” which is a ballet musical. Thomas Leroy, who is the director of the play thinks that she is perfect for the White Swan role, but he thinks she doesn’t fit for the Black Swan role because she lacks passion and wants her to stop being perfect for the role that she wants. As she tries to practice her ballet skills, she begins to see strong hallucinations and strange things. She has a rash on the back of her shoulder which have been bothering her. She tries to make her ballet dreams come true as she struggles with her problems. She meets a new dancer named, Lily, who she has a feud with and then becomes friends with her later in the film.

Enough with the plot ’cause I don’t want to reveal any shocking spoilers, because there are some big twists and turns in this film. I really loved the story to, “Black Swan”. Natalie Portman’s acting wasn’t the greatest, but I was most impressed with the storytelling. It kept me at the edge of my seat.

The film was pretty unpredictable, and it was actually kind of scary and creepy in a way too. This film is not better, than “The Wrestler” which Aronofsky also directed, but I really liked, “Black Swan” a lot. I thought Mila Kunis and Winona Ryder did better acting jobs than Natalie Portman. I can think of a better actress to play Nina Sayers instead of Natalie. That’s my only complaint in the film is casting Natalie Portman, but other than that, the rest of the film is fine.

I was never really into ballet dancing. I used to think it was boring…but Darren Aronofsky made ballet dancing interesting and intriguing. It makes me want to see an actual ballet show sometime. The storytelling in “Black Swan”, is kind of strange, it’ll make you think and say to yourself, “wtf is going on here”. The ending is a bit of a shocker, don’t want to reveal it, you have to see it for yourself.

Black Swan was fantastic! Is it Oscar worthy? It’ll probably get some nominations, but I don’t think Natalie’s performance is Oscar worthy. This film might win for Best Screenplay, but I don’t see it winning Best Picture.

Score for “Black Swan” = **** (4 stars as in “excellent”)


Report: Hugh Jackman ordered to gain 25 lbs of muscle for “Wolverine” sequel…

Director, Darren Aronofsky ordered Huck Jackman, that he needs to add 25 lbs of muscle, for the next, “Wolverine” film, before they start filming in the Spring. Jackman admits that is going to be very difficult for him to do. He couldn’t figure out how he would do it. So what does he do to find out how? He calls up Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to get fitness advice from. Dwayne gained 25 lbs. of muscle quickly for his role of his new movie, “Faster”. The secret is build muscle for six pound a week, 6,000 calories a day. That means a lot of eating and a lot of hard work in the gym.

Read the full story, here.

I know some people are going to say that this is impossible to do. No one could add 25 lbs of muscle in that quick period of time, but believe it or not, it can be done successfully. How can it be done? Well, I think Hugh Jackman is gonna do a lot of work. Do a lot of brutal training. That means, lots of heavy lifting. Doing lots of cardio. Eating a lot of protein and calories. Maybe supplements too if he plans on doing that. I’m sure Hugh Jackman will hire personal trainers to help him reach that goal.

Jackman is a very built guy, but looks like Aronofsky, wants him to be even more jacked for this role. Sounds like this is going to be a violent action movie. More violent than the last Wolverine movie.

It is possible to gain lbs. of muscle in a quick period of time…because I did it myself. Maybe not 25lbs in one whole year, but I know I gained a 8-10 lbs of muscle quickly. When I first got into bodybuilding, I weighed about 140 lbs. Now I’m 150 lbs, exact. I’m not fat ’cause I eat good and do a lot of cardio, so I know I’m gaining muscle big time. People assume it takes years to build a good physique but if you do it right, you can get some good muscle in a year.

I’m sure Jackman would do this with no problem at all!


Report: Why Zack Snyder was hired to do “Superman” and plot possibly revealed?

Ok, here is the real reason why Zack Snyder was chosen to do the next, “Superman” movie. The reason is, David Goyer’s script was rushed and it was still a huge mess. They needed a director who can get things done quickly and not take their time. Zack Snyder is known to do everything quickly, so that’s why he was hired so he can help David and Chris complete the story quickly. They need to get things done quickly because remember, the lawsuit thing by the original Superman heirs, they must get a new Superman movie in production by 2011, or they could get a nasty lawsuit.

The plot has been leaked. The plot to the new “Superman” movie is rumored to be similar to “Batman: Begins”. Clark Kent is a journalist at the Daily Planet in Metropolis and he is just trying to decide whether or not to become, Superman.

More on the story, here.

If that’s what the plot is for the next movie, that’s pretty cool. I honestly, really like it. The plot is getting a lot of flak online, but Clark Kent trying to decide whether to be Superman or not, has NOT been done before in a film or a TV show. So that’s an original idea. I’m sure there is more to that story ’cause Zack Snyder himself hinted at what the plot could be about, “Why Superman?”.  Doesn’t sound like a remake of the TV show, “Smallville” or “Superman: The Movie” to me. Keep in mind that this a rumored plot so it’s not official. I’m not believing anything until either Zack or Chris starts talking about the story to the media.

If most of the movie is going to be taken place at the Daily Planet, where Clark Kent works, he’ll get harassed and bossed around by Perry White most of the time, would be an entertaining movie. Sounds like the story is just going to have Clark Kent throughout most of the movie, and Superman won’t actually show up toward the end. I hope Superman won’t show up toward the end, we need Superman throughout most of the movie.

I’m sure Zack or Chris will soon confirm if this plot is true or not once this news hits the internet heavy enough. Maybe they’ll reveal the real plot after?

In other casting ideas, I’d love to see Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard of Star Trek: TNG) get the role of Jor-El. Patrick could easily give it a Marlon Brando feel.


Report: Darren Aronofsky added to the list of directors for Chris Nolan’s “Superman”…

“The Wrestler” and “Black Swan” director, Darren Aronofsky, has been added to the list of candidates to direct the next “Superman” movie. Collider, reports. I like this pick too. Why did Chris Nolan pick Aronofsky along with the other directors listed? While Aronofsky never did a superhero comic book movie before, I think Chris got interested in him because of his dramatic feel with, “The Wrestler”. That movie “The Wrestler”, did have a classic Christopher Reeve “Superman” feel, if you know what I mean. Darren mostly wrote and directed his own movies. He must be on board for this opportunity if he accepted to be on the list of candidates, so Darren must be a Superman fan. I remember Darren had plans to do a Robocop remake but those plans has been canceled.

I’m sure Chris will add a few more candidates of directors to the list. Who would I like to see get added?

Richard Donner, Robert Zemeckis, Jon Favreau, Gavin Hood (X: Men Origins “Wolverine” director), and Sam Raimi.