Noah review

I’ve been a fan of director Darren Aronofsky since I first saw Pi. His film Requiem for a Dream remains one of my favorite movies of all time. Aronofsky has yet to make a movie I have dislike; his last few films were all in my top ten films of those respective years. Over the last decade, Aronofsky has become attached to a bunch of big budget projects including the films that later became Batman Begins, Watchmen, The Wolverine and Robocop. I’ve been itching to see what Aronofsky could accomplish with a larger budget. Noah is that film. Read my Noah review after the jump.

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Noah B-roll

It’s just over a week until the public debut of Darren Aronofsky‘s new film Noah, but you can all but visit the set of the film thanks to a long reel of Noah b-roll footage. This look at the creation of Noah shows off the creation of the Ark (previewed in a featurette not long ago) but also takes us into the capture of a confrontation between Russell Crowe and Ray Winstone.

We see this sort of b-roll footage for some big movies now, but it’s surprising to get such a look at Aronofsky in action. Read More »

‘Noah’ Trailer: Now With More Emma Watson

Emma Watson in Noah

Most of the earlier promos for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah have (quite reasonably) focused on three elements: Noah, his ark, and the flood. But there’s a whole great supporting cast behind those main focal points, and the latest Noah trailer focuses on one of them.

The promo is introduced by Emma Watson, in an adorably flustered fashion, and features tons of new footage of the Harry Potter actress. Fans of hers will be happy to see she gets all sorts of things to do in the movie. It’s not just standing behind Russell Crowe looking vaguely concerned. Watch the new Noah trailer after the jump.

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Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe in Noah

Noah represents a big change of pace for Darren Aronofsky in that it’s his first big-budget studio film. But those who worry that he’s sold his soul to Paramount Pictures needn’t worry. Following some early screenings, the word going around is Aronofsky is as bold and ambitious as ever — for better or for worse.

The closest comparison seems to be Aronfsky’s The Fountain. That may be good news for die-hard Aronofsky fans, many of whom consider that movie his best, but it could also be bad news for the studio, as The Fountain tanked horribly at the box office. Hit the jump to find out what people are saying about Noah.

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Nymphomaniac

This spring brings a wave of promising high-profile projects, but for cinephiles in the Middle East the pickings will be slightly slimmer. Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah and Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac have been banned in the parts of the Middle East, which is probably about the only thing the two films have in common. Find out where and why after the jump.

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‘Noah’ Featurette: Building Noah’s Ark

Building Noah's Ark

The title of Darren Aronofsky‘s latest is Noah, but we all know the classic Biblical hero wouldn’t be anywhere without his equally famous ark. So the latest Noah featurette focuses on the massive wooden structure that carried him through the apocalyptic flood and into legend.

Hit the jump to learn how Aronofsky’s version of Noah’s ark came together, why it doesn’t look like a boat, and what exactly a cubit is.

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Noah

Considering that Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah centers on a flood of literally Biblical proportions, it seemed a bit ironic that our Noah set visit in October 2012 was delayed several hours by some routine autumn drizzle. But once we finally arrived on the Long Island set, it quickly became clear that the trip would be worth the wait.

Rising out of the nighttime fog was a massive cube-like structure — the famed ark. It was sitting in the middle of a field surrounded by trees, and though I wasn’t more than an hour’s drive from my own apartment, seeing it made me feel like I’d been transported to another time and place entirely. Aronofsky’s films have never been short on ambition, and Noah obviously wasn’t going to be an exception.

Over the course of that evening, we got to speak with Aronofsky and star Russell Crowe to learn just how this stunning passion project had come together over the course of many, many years. Hit the jump to find out what we learned.

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Noah Poster header Russell Crowe

This is what happens when a studio paints itself into a corner. Paramount co-financed Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah with the expectation that it would be able to market the film to faith-based audiences. But, surprise, surprise, what the studio got is a Darren Aronofsky film — something that isn’t exactly a strict adaptation of the book of Genesis.

Paramount and various religious groups have engaged in different ways over the past few months as the studio has courted a religious audience. Various cuts of the film have been tested, and the studio has been more aggressive in pushing the movie to the faith-based audience than a general one. But a couple weeks ago it seems like truth dawned: this is a Darren Aronosfky movie, and that’s not going to change. We’ll see his cut in theaters, and that’s all that really matters.

But one group claiming to advocate for religious audiences and broadcasters has pressured Paramount into adding a note to the film’s marketing, explaining that this is not the literal story of Noah, which instead can be found in Genesis.  Read More »

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