Creation

Creation

Creation. 2009. Jon Amiel, director. Great Britain.

Creation is the story of Charles Darwin; the man most often associated with thought surrounding the evolution of life. While persons previous had laid groundwork, none proved the truth of evolutionary thought to the extent that Darwin was able through his meticulous gathering of scientific data. In his identification of natural selection – the how of evolution – Darwin enjoys a certain originality.

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The Wrestler

The Wrestler

The Wrestler. 2008. Darren Aronofsky, director. United States.

The Wrestler immediately inundates its viewer with sounds and sights serving to communicate the high esteem in which Randy “The Ram” Robinson is held. Broadcasters excitedly call his matches while announcements are made identifying attendances in the tens of thousands. Venues such as Madison Square Garden host Randy and posters highlight his iconic status.

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Doubt

Doubt

Doubt. 2008. John Patrick Shanley, director. United States.

One of the more memorable roles for Philip Seymour Hoffman, to me, was as Father Flynn in Doubt. Set in 1964, Flynn is a priest in the Bronx. Sister Aloysius, principal of the school attached to the parish Flynn administers, becomes suspicious of the relationship between Flynn and one of the students in her school. A tagline for the film reads: “There is no evidence. There are no witnesses. But, for one, there is no doubt”. This encapsulates the struggle that will unfold between the priest and the sister.

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Only God Forgives

Only God Forgives

Only God Forgives. 2013. Nicholas Winding Refn, director. Denmark.

The headline could have read “Only God Forgives. Cannes Audience Cannot”. A not inconsequential number of walkouts occurred during early screenings of Only God Forgives. It has been reported that, of those enduring this picture in its entirety, many accompanied the final credits with booing. One reaction, although positive, admitted that Only God Forgives would “have people running for the exits and for the hills”.

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