6 Shots From 6 Films: Special Darren Aronofsky Edition

4 (or more) Shots From 4 (or more) Films is just what it says it is, 4 (or more) shots from 4 (or more) of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 (or more) Shots From 4 (or more) Films lets the visuals do the talking.

Today, the Shattered Lens wishes a happy 52nd birthday to one of our favorite filmmakers, Darren Aronofsky!  When we first started this site, we were eagerly awaiting the release of Black Swan.  Now, ten years alter, we’re eagerly awaiting the release of Aronofsky’s next film, whatever it may be.

In honor of the birthday of a true visionary director, here are….

6 Shots From 6 Films

Pi (1998, dir by Darren Aronofsky, DP: Matthew Libatique)

Requiem for a Dream (2000, dir by Darren Aronofsky, DP: Matthew Libatique)

The Wrestler (2008, dir by Darren Aronofsky, DP: Maryse Alberti)

Black Swan (2010, dir by Darren Aronosfky, DP: Matthew Libatique)

Noah (2014, dir by Darren Aronofsky, DP: Matthew Libatique)

mother! (2017, dir by Darren Aronofsky, DP: Matthew Libatique)


Artwork of the Day: Manhattan Nights (by Robert Stanley)

by Robert Stanley

Manhattan Nights was first published in 1937.  The Dell Edition came out in 1951 and featured this cover, by Robert Stanley.    The boxer looks remarkably good for someone who gets beat up for a living.  Neither his his manager nor his trainer seem to be there but his girlfriend made to the edge of the ring.  Hopefully, she’s telling him to keep his hands up and protect that handsome face.  It is almost Valentine’s Day, after all.

Music Video of the Day: Things Can Only Get Better by Howard Jones (1985, directed by Nigel Dick)

Without a doubt one of the best pop songs ever written, Things Can Only Get Better was meant to be a gift of positive energy for the people who had purchased Howard Jones’s first album.  There’s no irony or sarcasm in this song, which is one of the thing that makes it so effective.  Howard Jones is telling his fans that things can only get better.  It’s not just humans that Jones’s song has helped through the years.  He also recorded a version in the language of the Sims for The Sims 2.

This video was directed by the prolific Nigel Dick.  The video features Jones trying to get ready for a concert, while Charlie Chaplin and … I guess that’s supposed to be Daniel LaRusso from The Karate Kid, hang out backstage.  Chaplin was played by Jed Hoile, who was a mime who regularly performed as a part of Jones’s stage act.  It was the 80s.  It didn’t have to make sense.

The video was popular on MTV and helped make the song into a hit, though I’d like to think that a song this upbeat and catchy would have been a hit even without the video.  This is another song that I have fond memories of listening to while driving around Vice City.