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The Darkness Within: 13 Films That Burrow into Our Psyches

These 13 films help us understand horror as an important mode of cultural expression, as a means to explore the dark inner recesses of ourselves and our society.

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Aronofsky's 'Noah' Interprets the Bible With Intensity

The film retells the story of Noah's Ark filtered through Aronofsky's intensity, rather than the pageantry of the faith-movie industry.

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'Noah' and One Leaky Ark

Russell Crowe’s embodiment of Noah’s tempestuous righteousness nearly carries Darren Aronofsky’s muddled Biblical parable of man-made catastrophe.

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The Great Scores: 'The Fountain' and a Sonic Road to Awe

Clint Mansell’s score for Darren Aronofsky’s metaphysical science fiction film, The Fountain, is a masterpiece of both film music and contemporary art music.

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WWE's Heels -- the Jerks, Cowards and Miscreants -- vs. Corporate Hedonism

Mainstream culture's failure to examine professional wrestling seriously -- in this case, workplace safety issues -- lets the WWE get away with all kinds of ridiculous villainy that no other media organisation could. And pocket a tidy profit while doing it.

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The Guild-ed Cages of Awards Season

After decades of decided handwringing, Hollywood finally has what it wants: a sense of specialness undeterred by surprise or a sense of wonder.

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The Wrestler

Like 'The Ram', we do whatever we can to make it in this world with our dignity or our bodies – though rarely both – intact.

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Exquisite Agony

This holiday season, Mickey Rourke (in The Wrestler) and Will Smith (Seven Pounds) suffer for all us sinners.

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The Wrestler

Just four minutes into The Wrestler, it looks like Randy has good reason to cling to his past, as his present is so exceedingly unpleasant.

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'The Fountain' (Vertigo Comics)

Darren Aronofsky and Kent Williams' The Fountain worries too much about crafting its symbols to have time for Tom and Izzi's lives.

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The Fountain (2006)

Izzi is both Tommy's end and his means, and so, at last, not quite herself.

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