Okay, first off, this film is quite horrific in several ways, so I'd classify it as horror in a way (even Fango did a story on it), but if you feel you must move it to Off Topic, then I guess its not up to me. Enough of that. When I first saw this film, it effected me like no other. I hardly ever am truly moved by any film, but this film emotionally moved me like no other. This film has now become my #1 favorite film of all time, and after watching it probably well over 50 times, it is still as effective on me today as the time I first saw it. It is just that powerful. This film not being nominated for more than just a Best Actress award made me realize just how much of a joke the Oscars can be, and Burstyn didn't even win that award! She gave the performance of a lifetime, and its a shame she lost out to frickin' Julia Roberts of all people. My beloved Jennifer Connelly is also spectacular in this film, just like I knew she would be. She is one of the best and most underrated actresses there is, and she still remains the most beautiful woman on the face of this Earth even through all the hell her character goes through. Jared Leto and Marlon Wayans are also absolute perfection in their roles, and long time favorites, Keith David and Christopher McDonald are great as well, and its terrific seeing them in such an amazing film. I really felt for the characters in this film, and their plunge into utter darkness and hell on earth was extremely saddening to watch. It says something great about the performances in this film for me to be this effected by their fates. I also just love the scenes after the hellish climax towards the end in which we see where the characters have wound up. Spoiler The part with Burstyn's final dream and the standing ovation as her and Leto embrace is so truly spectacular and moving, and it makes for one of the greatest endings in cinematic history if you ask me. The film's magnificent score also adds soooo much to this masterpiece, and the soundtrack is probably my most listened to CD! It is such a powerful and haunting score, and it sets the perfect mood for this film. Aronofsky also did a spectacular job with the film's extremely hypnotic editing. It is very surreal and dreamlike, and it fits the film perfectly. Also, I must give loads of credit to Matthew Libatique for his very dark, gloomy, and inducingly hopeless, yet amazingly beautiful cinematography. Quite simply put, this film is as good as films get in my opinion, and I seriously doubt another film will ever take its place as my #1 favorite of all time (though MULHOLLAND DR. comes close). A masterpiece through and through! Any thoughts on this utter masterwork?