Rachel Greenspan

The Wrestler: A Predictable Plot, Impressive Punch

In Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, the time-honored sports genre is reimagined, yielding a uniquely touching story about loneliness and second chances. The story is familiar, as are the friendly giants that represent the arguably outdated world of professional wrestling. It follows Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke), a washed-up wrestler who peaked in the late …

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Shame on You, Suburbia, for Smothering Another Couple of Outlaws: Restlessness and Resignation in Revolutionary Road

Suburban malaise is well-worn territory in just about every realm of artistic expression, but Sam Mendes has breathed new life into what appear to be his pet themes: alienation and disappointment in middle-class America. Based on Richard Yates’ 1961 novel of the same title, Revolutionary Road follows the relationship between April (Kate Winslet) and Frank …

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