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Review: Mother! (2017)

11 October 2017 9:10 AM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

Darren Aronofsky can perhaps be most appropriately described as a polarising director. His films are often of such an extreme and filthy aesthetic that as an audience member you’ll either stare in awe or well, puke up your popcorn. His films often operate in the realm of tragic narratives detailing the darker aspects of the human psyche. His films can be considered a study into what makes us human (mostly our weaknesses) and how often-invisible emotions can be represented and communicated on screen. With Requiem for a Dream he depicted the vice like grip of addiction and dependency; Black Swan portrayed the dangers of obsession and ambition; and The Wrestler dealt with regret and the consequences of sacrificing everything for your craft. Mother! represents an evolution for Aronofsky as he throws everything he has at the canvas in what becomes a fascinating look at humanity as a whole.

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- Luke Brookman

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Darren Aronofsky Tapped as Keynote Speaker at SXSW

10 October 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has been selected as a keynote speaker for March’s South by Southwest Conference and Festivals.

Featured speakers added to the programming lineup including musician Keith Urban, Luvvie Ajayi, W. Kamau Bell, investor Steve Ballmer, Yiying Lu and Stefan Blom.

“A provocative and virtuoso filmmaker, we’re thrilled to host Darren Aronofsky as one of SXSW Film’s 2018 Keynotes,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film. “He’s been an original since his first independent work, and we know it will be a blast for our passionate SXSW audiences to hear his story.”

Aronofsky’s latest film “Mother!” stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film was not a strong box office performer with $39 million in worldwide grosses since its Sept. 15 debut. His 2010 film “Black Swan” grossed $340 million worldwide. His other films have included “The Wrestler,” “The Fountain,” “Requiem for a Dream,” and “Pi.”

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- Dave McNary

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Paramount Doesn’t Regret Opening ‘mother!’ Nationwide: ‘We Wanted It to Go Off Like a Bomb’

4 October 2017 7:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” hasn’t been in theaters for a month, but the conversations surrounding the divisive drama have already died down. Did Paramount make a fatal mistake by choosing to open the film nationwide? It’s a question most supporters of the film have been asking given the nonexistent word of mouth and the low box office. The film was made for $30 million and probably won’t cross the $20 million mark by the end of its run.

Most arthouse titles like”mother!” go for a limited release in order to build buzz and create more interest as the film expands to more theaters across several weeks or even months. The long game helps a ton of indies, and it proved mega-successful for previous Aronofsky films like “The Wrestler” and “Black Swan.” Paramount Pictures never wanted to open “mother!” this way, as the studio’s Worldwide Distribution and Marketing »

- Zack Sharf

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Oscar Opportunity: Why There Are So Many Last-Minute Entries in the 2018 Awards Race

27 September 2017 1:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Way back in 2008, Fox Searchlight jumped into Oscar action with Toronto pickup “The Wrestler;” it yielded two 2009 Oscar acting nominations for Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei. Similarly, having lost “Birth of a Nation” as a viable candidate, Searchlight picked up “Jackie” at Tiff 2016 and landed three nominations including Natalie Portman for Best Actress. Last-minute Oscar-hopeful buys are relatively rare; awards campaigns aren’t meant to be rush jobs. However, it sometimes pays to be opportunistic and the 2018 race looks like one of those years.

Eager to prove itself, rising indie Neon plunked down $5 million for North American rights to “I, Tonya” (December 8), even though Margot Robbie and Allison Janney will go up against intense competition in the two Actress categories.

Read More:‘I, Tonya’ Director Reveals Tonya Harding’s Reaction to the Breakout Biopic — Tiff

That rookie energy also fueled Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, which not only scooped up »

- Anne Thompson

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Oscar Opportunity: Why There Are So Many Last-Minute Entries in the 2018 Awards Race

27 September 2017 1:16 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Way back in 2008, Fox Searchlight jumped into Oscar action with Toronto pickup “The Wrestler;” it yielded two 2009 Oscar acting nominations for Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei. Similarly, having lost “Birth of a Nation” as a viable candidate, Searchlight picked up “Jackie” at Tiff 2016 and landed three nominations including Natalie Portman for Best Actress. Last-minute Oscar-hopeful buys are relatively rare; awards campaigns aren’t meant to be rush jobs. However, it sometimes pays to be opportunistic and the 2018 race looks like one of those years.

Eager to prove itself, rising indie Neon plunked down $5 million for North American rights to “I, Tonya” (December 8), even though Margot Robbie and Allison Janney will go up against intense competition in the two Actress categories.

Read More:‘I, Tonya’ Director Reveals Tonya Harding’s Reaction to the Breakout Biopic — Tiff

That rookie energy also fueled Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, which not only scooped up »

- Anne Thompson

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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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Fox Searchlight Rebounds From ‘Birth of a Nation’ and Returns as a Major Oscar Player

18 September 2017 11:10 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It hasn’t been easy for Fox Searchlight Pictures over the last several years. The studio’s reputation has struggled in the wake of box office disappointments like “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Demolition,” “Table 19,” and this year’s “Patti Cake$,” plus increased competition from growing rivals like Netflix, Amazon, and A24. What was once a studio destined to be an Oscar power player has now become just another indie distributor fighting to get its movies seen. We’re a long way from the back-to-back Best Picture success of “12 Years a Slave” and “Birdman,” plus Oscar favorites like “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and “The Descendants.”

Read More:As ‘Patti Cake$’ Stumbles, Fox Searchlight Faces a Battle To Remain on Top

One year ago, Fox Searchlight hit rock bottom with “The Birth of a Nation.” Nate Parker’s slavery drama was the »

- Zack Sharf

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Why Darren Aronofsky Shot a Two-Hour Rehearsal of ‘mother!’ in a Brooklyn Warehouse

18 September 2017 9:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Darren Aronofsky didn’t only want to rattle audiences out of their comfort zone with his seventh feature, “mother!” He also wanted to create a challenge for his team of long-time collaborators by shaking up his approach. “We had been doing the same thing for a long time and I wanted to try a different process to see what would happen to the team if we did something where it wasn’t so much pre-production,” said Aronofsky in an interview with IndieWire.

After writing the script in what the director called a five day “fever dream” and casting the film – the pieces quickly falling together once Jennifer Lawrence signed on as the lead – Aronofsky developed the story during a secret three month rehearsal in a Brooklyn warehouse. The director started the process with Lawrence and co-star Javier Bardem in an effort to flesh out their characters and find the “real »

- Chris O'Falt

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Darren Aronofsky Movies, Ranked

18 September 2017 5:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In honor of Mother!, we ranked every Darren Aronofsky movie, from The Wrestler to Requiem for a Dream. »

- David Edelstein

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‘It’ Lives Again, ‘mother!’ Dies at Box Office

17 September 2017 12:26 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Stephen King’s mighty “It” is single-handedly reviving box office totals after a bleak late summer. It is rare for the second weekend of a hit film to provide the majority of the gross for the time period, but that’s what Warner Bros. achieved on the horror flick’s second weekend. While not as dominant as it was in its September record initial three days, $60 million represented barely more than a 50 per cent drop. Not bad.

With almost $219 million in the till so far and a strong hold, forget $300 million as an ultimate domestic total — $350 million now looks possible. “It” is already the third-biggest modern-day September release ever after only ten days. It will soar past “Rush Hour” by next weekend, and end up almost certain behind “Crocodile Dundee” (adjusted to current ticket prices, at about $410 million) as best for the month in the era of wide initial releases. »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Darren Aronofsky Wanted Joaquin Phoenix to Star in His Batman Movie, Which Was Too Dark to Get Made

17 September 2017 9:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With everyone who’s actually seen “mother!” — which, as reflected by its “F” CinemaScore, wasn’t too many people — arguing what Darren Aronofsky’s new movie is actually about, the writer/director himself is reflecting on the film he never got to make. Aronofsky was in talks to direct a new “Batman” movie before the role eventually went to Christopher Nolan, and now he’s revealed who he wanted to play the Caped Crusader: Joaquin Phoenix.

Read More:‘mother!’ Gets an F CinemaScore, Which Could Mean Trouble at the Box Office

“I always wanted Joaquin Phoenix for Batman,” he said to Yahoo! Movies. “It’s funny, I think we were just sort of out of time with our idea. I understood that [with] comics, that there’s room for all different types of titles, but I think Hollywood at that time was still kind of in the Golden Age of comics, »

- Michael Nordine

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Tiff 2017: Here’s the Winners and Losers of the Festival

15 September 2017 9:43 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

At 255 titles, the Toronto International Film Festival’s smorgasbord is 20 percent smaller than last year — and still overwhelming. A number of filmmakers took creative risks that paid off with exuberant praise, from Darren Aronofsky’s outrageous “mother!” to Guillermo del Toro’s inimitable “The Shape of Water,” but many others found themselves in the doghouse, or worse, utterly ignored.

Buyers were unhappy that there wasn’t much to choose from at this sellers’ market, because many distributors cherry-picked the more promising titles ahead of time — which is its own risk, as when The Orchard’s La riot drama “Kings” didn’t meet high expectations.

Here’s how the festival shook out.

Best of the Fest

Top Tier Oscar Contenders

Guillermo del Toro’s gorgeously mounted fantasy thriller “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight), shot in Toronto, was so popular that it’s vying for Tiff’s audience award (often an »

- Anne Thompson

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Film Review: M is for the Many Things ‘mother!’ Gave Me

15 September 2017 7:16 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In a film that is unsettlingly and regally composed with deep purpose and symbolism, “mother!” fulfills the nature of what it proposes to communicate within layers of essentially rendered storytelling and cinematic perspective. It can potentially change your overall point of view.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Written and directed by the wild-man auteur Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan,” “The Wrestler”), the film is nothing less than a vision of religious science fiction, presupposing our current existence with afterlife implications. This is how I experienced it, and there will be other interpretations. Everyone who takes it in will have different points of view, because the emotions that the film generates most likely will be different sensations for everyone, including perhaps that the film is a nothing burger. But even that position means that the film has an effect, and will continue to have an effect as long as the art of cinema is studied. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Watch: Examine the Similarities Between 'Black Swan' & 'The Wrestler'

15 September 2017 7:16 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

The latest film made by auteur filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, titled Mother!, is now playing in theaters eveywhere. Aronofsky is a remarkably unique filmmaker, who tells very emotional, visceral stories through intimate filmmaking. Back in 2008 and 2010, Aronofsky made two of his best films - The Wrestler and Black Swan. Both films received many awards, including Venice's Golden Lion for The Wrestler, and the Best Actress Oscar for Natalie Portman in Black Swan. Editor H. Nelson Tracy (who also made the Captain Fantastic book video) has put together a new video essay examining how these two films are very similar, essentially companion pieces, looking at aspects including structure, style and story. This is worth a watch. New video essay created for Hint of Film. Original description from YouTube: "Darren Aronofsky directed two powerhouse works of cinema in 2008 and 2010, The Wrestler and Black Swan. He has described the two contrasting films as companion »

- Alex Billington

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Darren Aronofksy Mourns His Lost ‘Taxi Driver’-Inspired ‘Batman’ Pitch

15 September 2017 7:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Imagine a “Batman” film starring Clint Eastwood driving around Detroit-like Gotham City in a souped up Lincoln Continental. Now imagine it’s a Darren Aronofsky film. As amazing as that sounds, it’s not hard to see why a studio wouldn’t go for it — especially fifteen years ago. When the “Mother!” director heard about the new “Mean Streets” inspired Joker spinoff produced by Martin Scorsese, he couldn’t help but wonder what could have been.

“I think we were basically – whatever it is – 15 years too early. Because I hear the way they’re talking about the Joker movie and that’s exactly – that was my pitch. I was like: we’re going to shoot in East Detroit and East New York. We’re not building Gotham. The Batmobile – I wanted to be a Lincoln Continental with two bus engines in it,” Aronofsky told First Showing. “We were all about »

- Jude Dry

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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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Darren Aronfsky’s Wild Ama: ‘mother!’ Spoilers, ‘The Wrestler’ True Ending Revealed, ‘Rick and Morty’ Love, and More

14 September 2017 12:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In stark contrast to the tight-lipped promotional campaign for his new film, Darren Aronofsky was surprisingly candid during his spoiler-laden, all-lowercase Ask Me Anything session held on reddit. The “mother!” writer/director answered the usual mix of on-point and tangential questions, from which movie he considers a guilty pleasure (“Rudy”) to whether or not hot dogs qualify as sandwiches (“no,” the only correct answer).

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

He also fielded queries about his new thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, natch. Among them: why he’s been so secretive about it (“it’s a very very hard film to describe. it’s a very very hard film to spoil”) and what the writing process was like:

“it started with a five day burst of energy. a fever dream where i unleashed on my poor computer. i »

- Michael Nordine

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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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‘mother!’ and ‘The Shape of Water’: 2 Strong, Strange Oscar Movies, But One Will Be a Harder Sell

11 September 2017 12:08 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Artists create worlds that are extreme visions of our own. This fall, several films accomplish this with varying degrees of success; Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is the most accomplished. Del Toro builds, brick by brick, an immersive fantasy world (shot in Toronto around the venerable Elgin Theatre) inspired by the ’60s melodramas of Douglas Sirk and the horror classic “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” that could only come from his prodigious imagination.

Cinephiles will fall happily into this fairy-tale romance that matches lonely mute laboratory cleaning woman Eliza Esposito (incandescent Sally Hawkins, who will be nominated for her sensual, powerful performance) with a well-muscled captive merman (Doug Jones). They see beauty and sensuality in each other where others see abhorrent aberration.

You can argue that Michael Shannon is typecast as the heartless government villain who tortures the gorgeous aquatic creature he calls “the asset,” but »

- Anne Thompson

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‘mother!’ and ‘The Shape of Water’: 2 Strong, Strange Oscar Movies, But One Will Be a Harder Sell

11 September 2017 12:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Artists create worlds that are extreme visions of our own. This fall, several films accomplish this with varying degrees of success; Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is the most accomplished. Del Toro builds, brick by brick, an immersive fantasy world (shot in Toronto around the venerable Elgin Theatre) inspired by the ’60s melodramas of Douglas Sirk and the horror classic “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” that could only come from his prodigious imagination.

Cinephiles will fall happily into this fairy-tale romance that matches lonely mute laboratory cleaning woman Eliza Esposito (incandescent Sally Hawkins, who will be nominated for her sensual, powerful performance) with a well-muscled captive merman (Doug Jones). They see beauty and sensuality in each other where others see abhorrent aberration.

You can argue that Michael Shannon is typecast as the heartless government villain who tortures the gorgeous aquatic creature he calls “the asset,” but »

- Anne Thompson

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