“The Conversations” is an ongoing feature on House Next Door, where critics Ed Howard and Jason Bellamy discuss, over email, films/directors. These are in-depth detailed discussions and have certainly added to my appreciation of certain filmmakers (check out the full archive here, on Jason’s site). They don’t always agree. But they do not batter one another with their opinions trying to make the other submit. No, what do they do? They converse. I love listening in.
The latest Conversation is about Darren Aronofsky. It’s a two-parter.
Part I covers Aronofsky’s career up until now.
Part II discusses Black Swan. Expect to encounter spoilers.
And to add to the discussion, Jim Emerson remarks on Aronofsky’s use of closeups.