I imagine that I should feel my cinematic fandom pulsing, eager to see Mickey Rourke pull out talent that many thought was long-gone, when I look at the awesome one-sheet for The Wrestler(courtesy of Fox Searchlight) over there to the right (see larger image in gallery below). And of course, I'm eager as all hell to see what Darren Aronofsky has come up with.

But instead of counting down the days to the December 17 premiere, I'm feeling an almost unstoppable urge to climb on my desk and get my elbow ready, Macho Man-style. It's probably a good thing I'm home alone. The Wrestler does, however, take a good deal from that world, as it deals Rourke's Randy -- an ex pro wrestler who considers going back to the ring even though it could kill him. James Rocchi's glowing review described: "Randy's part Hulk Hogan, part Randy "The Macho Man" Savage."

So here I sit, wondering whether I should get renting some old-school wrestling discs and remember the days of Hulk Hogan, Macho Man, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and the rest before next month. And this also makes me wonder: If you're going to see The Wrestler, are you doing so as an anxious cinephile, or is this tapping into old-school WWF love for you as well?