I'll skip the diatribe about how the year in movies has been so far. It sucks. Let's look forward. The second half of the year brings everything from film festival favorites and art house Oscar bait to documentaries and big-budget blockbusters.
Randy 'The Ram' Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a world wrestling champion 20 years ago. Now he shuffles along between bouts, accepting the goodwill and respect of the up and comers in the game. Rourke and Marisa Tomei earn accolades by joining Aronofsky on a journey that imitates documentary filmmaking in its approach rather than attempting to wring unnecessary sentiment, and they all beat the odds. Grade: A-.
Best known for complex, visually arresting films, Darren Aronofsky scales things back for 'The Wrestler,' the emotionally engrossing tale of Randy 'The Ram' Robinson (Mickey Rourke). Aronofsky was happy to talk with CityBeat about Rourke's sensitive, go-for-broke performance as well as the science behind procuring the appropriate '80s Hair Metal songs.