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Fountain explained?

09.14.2007

Many movies come and go, and much like most of my evenings of late, are ultimately forgotten or never really thought about again. That isn't the case with all films though and when Darren Aronofsky's THE FOUNTAIN finally made its way on to the big screen last year, whether you thought it was a piece of shit or a work of genius, I think everyone could agree that the film wasn't necessarily the kind of motion picture which could be fully digested after only one sitting (it was my 2nd favorite movie from last year, but even I admitted in my review that I didn't really fully understand it).

One film that I absolutely didn't "get" the first time that I saw it was Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and it wasn't until recently that I really started to appreciate its odd structure, slow pace and many unanswered questions. Mind you, I was high as a kite when I watched it recently, so maybe that helped. But today, not only do we have Roger Ebert's review of THE FOUNTAIN (he's been catching up on his reviews and it's great to see him back), but also, a pretty cool theory about what THE FOUNTAIN is all about, via our very own Matt Withers, whose theory apparently impressed Mr. Ebert enough to post on his own website HERE. Check it out, I like it a lot myself. Good stuff, Mr. Withers!

Finally, the writer/director of the film himself, Darren Aronosfky recently launched his own site (apparently MySpace was a little too buggy -- don't blame ya, dude), on which he'll be posting his musings from time to time, but on which you can currently find a COMMENTARY TRACK to the film featuring Mr. Aronofsky himself...in his apartment, talking about the movie. I haven't listened to it yet, but I plan to sometime soon. You can download the file (for your iPod?) if you wait until the entire file loads, then RIGHT-CLICK on the QuickTime menu and SAVE AS QUICKTIME MOVIE.

Incidentally, Warner Bros didn't want to do a commentary track on the official FOUNTAIN DVD, which is why Aronofsky decided to record his own, with the help of documentary filmmaker Niko Tavernise of Antwrangler Films. Smoke 'em if you got 'em and enjoy the track, kids! 

Extra Tidbit: Darren Aronofsky was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended Harvard University.

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