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An Old, Broken-Down Piece of Meat

23 Dec

In the simply-named The Wrestler, Mickey Rourke plays Randy “The Ram” Robinson, a washed-up loser who longs for his 1980s wrestling heyday and is having a tough time dealing with the silence that now surrounds him.

Darren Aronofsky’s beautiful, haunting film is a devastating portrait of this man, left alone to suffer, who claims he only hurts when he’s in the ring, but who can’t help but hurt otherwise.

He longs for connection — with fans, with a stripper friend (Marisa Tomei), and with his estranged daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) — but none comes easily to him, and he refuses to be counted out, even when all the odds are against him. Continue reading

End of an Era

23 Dec

Tomorrow is my last day at my current company.

I’ve been there for seven years, three months, and two weeks. No wonder people keep telling me it’s “the end of an era.”

Despite any unhappiness I’ve felt — particularly in recent months — it’s hard to deny that I’m really going to miss it.

Well, maybe not the work itself, but the intangible things for sure.

After all, when you spend that long at one place, you get really used to it. All of it. The routines, the people, the ups and downs, and the constants. And I’ve surely got no shortage of those: Continue reading