Darren Aronofsky's Noah's Ark to Outdo 'Passion of the Christ'?

Darren Aronofsky/Getty Pictures; Ark/iStock
Darren Aronofsky/Getty Pictures; Ark/iStock

In today's daily lit and film roundup, Autumn is upon us -- and change is in the air.

Think you had a good weekend? David Rakoff just won the James Thurber prize for humor for his essay collection Half Empty. He beat out Mike Birbiglia  (Sleepwalk with Me and Other Painfully True Stories) and Rick Reilly (Sports from Hell).

This nerdy dad filmed his four-year-old son's reaction to the big reveal in "The Empire Strikes Back." Meanwhile, commenters over at Wired debate what the proper viewing age is for these films (and whether it's fair to try to foist your nerdy obsessions onto your kids).

If you're in NYC and looking for a jolt, you can scare yourself silly at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (currently in the throes of the New York Film Festival), which has just unveiled its Halloween-inspired lineup of spooky movies for fall 2011.

Ready to begin unpacking the psychological mysteries of your childhood? Musician and scholar Bill Benzon enjoyably overthinks two episodes from Disney's "Fantasia": "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Dance of the Hours." Here's hoping for a Freudian deconstruction of "The Sorceror's Apprentice" in the near future!

Darren Aronofsky's decades-in-the-making retelling of the biblical story of Noah is guaranteed to be the most controversial Christian film since Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ." Someone please inform Donna D'errico that this will not be a documentary.

In a Q&A with Grantland, the decidedly avuncular Don DeLillo discusses his novel Underworld, baseball, and the 60th anniversary of Bobby Thomson's Shot Heard 'Round the World.

If you're feeling especially sane and boring lately, try sampling this freshly remastered version of William Lustic's soundtrack to the 1980 splatter film "Maniac." For a movie about which the NY Times once said, "Good sense, if not heaven, should protect anyone who thinks he likes horror films from wasting a price of admission on "Maniac," the music is surprisingly cerebral.