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What ‘mother!’ Says About Darren Aronofsky’s Personal Brand of Horror

19 September 2017 7:01 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Darren Aronofsky has been looking for a way to understand and communicate with the world for some time. In Pi, his galvanic debut feature, math, science, literature, and computer led a young genius to a series of numbers that could unlock the secrets of the stock market and the Torah, amongst other things. Requiem for a Dream depicted drugs as a way of both processing, funding, and ultimately corrupting or losing life. Physical and mental performance offered a way out for the lost souls at the center of The Wrestler and Black Swan, often requiring the destruction of the body … »

- Chris Cabin

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‘mother!’: Darren Aronofsky Answers All Your Burning Questions About the Film’s Shocking Twists and Meanings

18 September 2017 3:33 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

When did Paramount know that “mother!” was a problem? Nothing about the film should have been a surprise to the studio; Aronofsky sold the $30-million movie to late studio chairman Brad Grey on a pitch, running through the audacious allegorical concept beat by beat. Maybe the studio concentrated on the Jennifer Lawrence of it all, until tracking showed the numbers wouldn’t support the long haul of a platform release. So Paramount moved the date up by a month, to come on the heels of the film’s festival debuts.

Meanwhile, Aronofsky convinced Paramount to skip preview screenings; this left the studio anxiously urging the director to explain the movie, off the record, to the press corps. After a strong reaction at its Venice debut, the “mother!” team started to discuss the film in more detail on the record at the Toronto Film Festival. In his interviews with journalists and »

- Anne Thompson

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‘mother!’: Darren Aronofsky Answers All Your Burning Questions About the Film’s Shocking Twists and Meanings

18 September 2017 3:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When did Paramount know that “mother!” was a problem? Nothing about the film should have been a surprise to the studio; Aronofsky sold the $30-million movie to late studio chairman Brad Grey on a pitch, running through the audacious allegorical concept beat by beat. Maybe the studio concentrated on the Jennifer Lawrence of it all, until tracking showed the numbers wouldn’t support the long haul of a platform release. So Paramount moved the date up by a month, to come on the heels of the film’s festival debuts.

Meanwhile, Aronofsky convinced Paramount to skip preview screenings; this left the studio anxiously urging the director to explain the movie, off the record, to the press corps. After a strong reaction at its Venice debut, the “mother!” team started to discuss the film in more detail on the record at the Toronto Film Festival. In his interviews with journalists and »

- Anne Thompson

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Mother! review – a complicated labour for Jennifer Lawrence…

17 September 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Darren Aronofsky’s darkly comic blend of home-invasion nightmare and eco-parable takes some digesting – but it’s worth it

“Nothing is ever enough – I couldn’t create if it was!” You have to admire writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s almost religious devotion to the parable-like possibilities of hyperventilating, surrealist cinema. Having caught critics’ attention with the cult low-budget sci-fi oddity Pi and proved his gritty mettle with Requiem for a Dream, Aronofsky gave us time-straddling cosmic madness in The Fountain, combined ballet with metamorphic fantasy in Black Swan, and conjured gigantic rock-monsters in the quasi-biblical babble-fest Noah. Now with Mother!, a paranoid nightmare that starts out like Polanski’s Repulsion and winds up closer to Apocalypse Now, he has stretched the envelope of outrageous mainstream cinema to breaking point – and beyond.

We start and end in flames, with an image of a fiery face giving way to a mysterious crystal, which »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Square One: Darren Aronofsky's Pi (1998)

16 September 2017 3:41 PM, PDT | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

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Joshua Reviews Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! [Theatrical Review]

15 September 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Darren Aronofsky is a fascinating film figure. Launching his career with then-beloved indie efforts Pi and Requiem For A Dream, the maximalist auteur has not only seen his style evolve from MTV-style fast edits and intense close ups to something more resembling a surreal-tinged neo-realism but also his critical stock plummet the way few filmmakers have. Be it the relative lukewarm response to his perplexing-yet-fascinating Noah or a revisionist distaste among critics for his early films heightened style, Aronofsky is a filmmaker that in many ways defies description.

And speaking of defying description, trying to describe Aronofsky’s latest film is about as hard as it gets.

Entitled mother!, Aronofsky turns from the biblical of his last film to the domestic space, introducing us to a character, played by Jennifer Lawrence, simply named Mother (never let it be said that Darren is a subtle filmmaker), the significant other of a »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Darren Aronofsky Wanted Joaquin Phoenix to Star in His R-Rated ‘Batman: Year One’

15 September 2017 2:15 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Darren Aronofsky’s Batman: Year One is about as controversial as one might expect from the filmmaker. Warner Bros. brought in the director following the success of Pi in 1998 and the collapse of the Batman franchise with Batman & Robin. His initial pitch was an adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns with Clint Eastwood as old Batman, but Warner Bros. was more interested in an origin story, which led Aronofsky to try and adapt Miller’s Batman: Year One. However, in Aronofsky’s take, everything is boiled down to its essentials. Basically, Batman is a crazy person in hockey … »

- Matt Goldberg

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‘mother!’ reviews: Jennifer Lawrence is ‘extraordinary’ and the film is ‘insanity’

15 September 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Critics are calling ‘mother!’ a lot of things, but boring isn’t one of them. It’s the latest film from Darren Aronofsky, who made intense, fever-dream movies like “Pi” (1998), “Requiem for a Dream” (2000), and “The Fountain” (2006) before earning a Best Director Oscar nomination for the equally hallucinatory “Black Swan” (2010). He followed that […] »

- Daniel Montgomery

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Directors' Trademarks: Darren Aronofsky

14 September 2017 8:28 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. In this installment, with the release of Mother!, we’re looking at the trademark style and calling signs of Darren Aronofsky as director.

Darren Aronofsky trained as a field botanist after high school. As part of his studies, he embarked on a backpacking trip across Europe and the Middle East. This inspired him, and he decided to attend Harvard, eventually graduating with a degree in film studies. He then went on to the American Film Institute to study directing. In 1997, he released his first feature film, the low-budget Pi. This film was well received by critics, and Aronofsky won the best director award at Sundance. Due to the success of his debut, he was offered the opportunity to make another film with a larger budget. That film became Requiem for a Dream, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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‘Mother!’ Cinematographer Used Color, Focus to Create Scary Mood

14 September 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Viewers of “Mother!” may feel unsettled as they watch the movie unfold. In fact, their discomfort may remind them of other films created by the director-cinematographer team of Darren Aronofsky and Matthew Libatique, including “Requiem for a Dream” (2000) and “Black Swan” (2010).

Their sixth feature, set for release by Paramount on Sept. 15, stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple living a private life until unexpected visitors (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) arrive, changing everything in a very disturbing way.

“Most of our conversation leading up to production was about camera language,” says Libatique. As they did for “Swan” and “Pi” (1998), Aronofsky and Libatique filmed on Super 16mm and stylistically restricted compositions to close-ups, over-the-shoulder and point-of-view shots to intimately connect the audience to the narrative. Handheld cameras were used, and framing was informed by each character’s needs.

These strict aesthetics were applied during a three-month rehearsal in Brooklyn, where »

- Daron James

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The Films of Darren Aronofsky Ranked, From Worst to Best

14 September 2017 7:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Darren Aronofsky is back. The polarizing Oscar nominee is causing a quite a stir with his latest movie, the Jennifer Lawrence-starring “mother!,” but anyone familiar with Aronofsky’s six previous features knows he’s always been a filmmaker who forces a strong reaction out of people. He’s been pushing the boundaries of his own filmmaking voice ever since “Pi” caused a frenzy at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998, and “mother!” proves he has no signs of stopping.

With “mother!” opening in theaters nationwide, we put all seven Aronofsky features against one another for the ultimate director ranking.

Read More:‘mother!’: Inside the Secretive Marketing Designed to Hide Darren Aronofsky’s Controversial Film 7. “Noah” (2014)

Noah” is unquestionably Aronofsky’s weakest film, but that doesn’t mean it’s a total disaster. The biggest misstep the director makes in this $125 million Biblical epic is turning the odyssey of Noah into a sword-and-sandals showdown, »

- Zack Sharf

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The Preview Reel: Mother and American Assassin

13 September 2017 9:05 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Welcome to the “Preview Reel” column, where we look at this week’s upcoming wide-release movies. It was the “it” movie last week as it debuted with a stunning $123 million, smashing numerous fall and horror movie records. There is no doubt it will stay number one this week, but there are two intriguing releases – Darren Aronofsky’s latest mind-bending thriller, Mother!, and a Michael Keaton spy thriller, American Assassin – that it will need to fend off to stay on top. There are a lot of thrills to be had at the Cineplex this weekend, but which one should you see?

Mother!

What we are excited about: Darren Aronofsky is one of the most unique filmmakers working today. Movies like Requiem for a Dream (2000) and Black Swan (2010) show that when his crazy vision works, it works very well. When it’s off, however, like in Pi (1998) or The Fountain (2006), it’s “really” off. »

- Scott Davis

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God is a gaslighting husband in Darren Aronofsky’s brilliantly deranged Mother!

13 September 2017 2:45 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Darren Aronofsky’s preoccupation with paranoid, physically grotesque searches for meaning—a curious mix of deep-think and makeup effects that goes back to his black-and-white debut feature, Pi—grimly paints humanity as a species defined by obsessions, addictions, delusions, and self-destruction, its only prophets…

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- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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All the Details on Jennifer Lawrence's Relationship With Darren Aronofsky

13 September 2017 12:20 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Jennifer Lawrence is currently dating director Darren Aronofsky. After working together on their upcoming film, Mother!, in the Summer of 2016, the pair struck up a romance. Reports of a relationship between the two began swirling in August 2016, but it wasn't until their Pda-filled outing in NYC in November 2016 that they seemingly confirmed the news. Despite their 22-year age difference (Darren is 48 and Jennifer is 27), sources say "Jennifer is comfortable with an older guy because she is mature and focused" and she is "mesmerized by his talent and brains since she started working with him." She also opened up about how their relationship came to be in Vogue's September issue, saying, "We had energy. I had energy for him. I don't know how he felt about me. When I saw the movie [Mother!], I was reminded all over again how brilliant he is." As far as why their relationship works, Jennifer explained, »

- Monica Sisavat

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For Mother!, Darren Aronofsky rehearsed with his actors for three months before filming

13 September 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

We don’t know much about Darren Aronofsky’s new film Mother!, aside from our own Ignatiy Vishnevetsky calling it “the most irrational piece of filmmaking that [he] has produced since his black-and-white debut, Pi,” after a screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. In the video above, we did manage to pry…

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- Baraka Kaseko

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Mother! Review: Jennifer Lawrence Goes Full Rosemary's Baby

12 September 2017 3:14 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Darren Aronofsky's Mother! is an existential thriller that straddles multiple genres. It has the feel of a horror film, but plays out like a mystery with deep philosophical undertones. There's a lot to like and dislike here. The filmmaking aspects are superb. The camerawork, editing, sound, and production design are magnificent. They amplify the acting performances to create a dark and mysterious atmosphere. Where Aronofsky goes off the rails is the substance. A long runtime and avalanche of absurdity pops the mood like an over-inflated balloon. Mother! lacks nuance in the end. There is an overload of artistry when precision is needed.

The entire film takes place in a gothic house set in an open field. The characters are not named. Their titles are inferred by placement in the story. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Mother, the beautiful young wife to Him (Javier Bardem); a renowned writer struggling to find inspiration. »

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It’s Battle Of The Sexes vs. The Current War as historic feuds face off in Toronto

11 September 2017 10:20 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Our full-length review of Mother! (Grade: B+) will come later; suffice it to say that it’s the most irrational piece of filmmaking that Darren Aronofsky has produced since his black-and-white debut, Pi. So instead, I’ll start with the dumbest movie I’ve seen at Tiff so far, a nasty Z-grade exploitation flick by Ryûhei…

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- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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mother! movie review: from Wtf to Stfu

11 September 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Darren Aronofsky’s self-pitying cinematic rending of garments is repulsive, transparent, and pointless. A grotesquely wrapped gift box of utter banality. I’m “biast” (pro): have mostly been a fan of Darren Aronofsky; love Jennifer Lawrence

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I cannot recall the last time a film made me as angry as Darren Aronofsky’s mother! has. Maybe never. (Yes, the title is most emphatically with a lowercase “m” and an exclamation point. And yes, that’s emblematic of what’s making me so angry.) As mother! — *grrr* — unfurled over its two-hour runtime, I found myself actually clenching my jaw with ever-increasing fury as Aronofsky’s head wended its way further and further up his own cinematic ass only to declare just how delicious his farts smell. This is a filmmaker for whom »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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‘mother!’: Inside the Secretive Marketing Designed to Hide Darren Aronofsky’s Controversial Film

11 September 2017 6:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Darren Aronofsky introduced “mother!” to a crowd of insiders at the Metrograph in New York, he took pains to explain the movie’s allegory before it started. A week later, after the movie had screened for audiences in Venice and Toronto, he still wasn’t sure if that had been the right decision. “mother!” has been shrouded in secrecy for the better part of the year, with its eerie premise suggesting a visceral horror movie in the vein of “Rosemary’s Baby,” when the truth is something far harder to describe.

Fortunately, nothing Aronofsky could say will actually spoil the experience of watching “mother!”, a bracing visceral experience about a married couple (Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence) and the unexpected visitors who arrive at their remote country home. The movie is an abstract psychological thriller with the most intangible twists since his 1999 debut “Pi,” with virtually every moment designed »

- Eric Kohn

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Tiff Review: ‘mother!’ is One of the Most Insane, Ludicrous Studio Releases in Years

10 September 2017 3:14 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Darren Aronofsky must love a good allegory, although making one himself appears to be a different matter entirely in mother!. Starting out as Aronofsky returning to his wheelhouse of paranoia thrillers in the vein of Pi and Black Swan, mother! becomes something much different and flat-out stupid than anything he’s made up to this point. Yes, the usual elements are all here — the mental breakdown of its lead character, the handheld, close-up visuals he adopted since The Wrestler, and the descent into full-blown madness in the final act – but they’re working within a thematic scale around the same size as his biblical epic Noah. The ideas may be big, but Aronofsky’s brain is still as small as it’s always been, leaving mother! as an exercise in watching someone drive their one, ridiculous idea straight off the tallest cliff imaginable. It’s one of the most insane »

- The Film Stage

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