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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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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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Venice 2017: Three Billboards, Victoria And Abdul, Lean On Pete and The Third Murder by Damon Wise

9 September 2017 12:17 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

'McDormand is sensational as Mildred: hard to love, impossible to ignore and strangely disarming even with a Molotov cocktail in hand' Photo: Courtesy of Venice Film Festival Before the Best Picture predictions came along, the Venice Film Festival enjoyed an enviable run as a great place to start an actor’s awards campaign: the Lido is where Helen Mirren, Mickey Rourke and Colin Firth all had their first brush with vindication for The Queen, The Wrestler and A Single Man respectively. And although jury head Annette Bening arrived without her latest project – the likely Oscar/Bafta double-threat Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, which will go to Toronto instead – there were enough remarkable performances here to keep everyone guessing as to the likely recipients of the weekend’s awards.

Certainly, some of those performances could be found in one film: Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which »

- Damon Wise

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Darren Aronofsky’s Outrageous ‘Mother!’ Throws Awards Voters a Curveball

6 September 2017 8:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Venice — Every good film festival needs a firestarter: a big, bold auteur film intended to split and disquiet audiences, whereupon the critical reaction winds up consuming as many analytical column inches as the movie itself. Yesterday, after a quiet but consistently respectable start — with the likes of “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri” premiering to warm consensus — Venice finally got its incendiary opinion-divider a week into the festival, as Darren Aronofsky’s aggressive, terrifying, deeply personal fever-dream “Mother!” was sprung on audiences.

For the first time at Venice this year, fierce boos reverberated around the Sala Darsena as the closing credits rolled — any European festival crowd’s favored way to express artistic disapproval, to the consternation of more temperate Americans and Brits. But the noise didn’t speak for the entire room: seconds later, Twitter made it clear that Aronofsky’s thorny provocation had as many exhilarated admirers as it did incensed detractors »

- Guy Lodge

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Darren Aronofsky, Jennifer Lawrence Talk ‘mother!’ Which Divides Venice

5 September 2017 7:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Venice, Italy — Darren Aronofsky on Tuesday surprised the Venice Film Festival press corps who reacted with a mix of cheers and boos to his bold horror tale “mother!” which is centred on a creepy submissive, and explosive, dynamic between Jennifer Lawrence, who plays the title character, and her poet husband called Him, played by Javier Bardem.

The film certainly marks a novelty for the edgy U.S. director who is a Lido aficionado. His “The Wrestler” won the 2008 Golden Lion, “Black Swan” also premiered in Venice, as did “The Fountain.” And Aronofsky headed the festival’s main jury in 2011.

“It was a a strange experience: most of my films take many many years to come to life — ‘Black Swan’ was 10 years, ‘Noah’ was 20 years — and this film happened in five days,” he said.

“It came out of living on this planet and sort of seeing what’s happening around us and not being able to do anything »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Venice Film Review: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘mother!’

5 September 2017 1:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If the only thing we wanted, or expected, a horror film to do was to get a rise out of you — to make your eyes widen and your jaw drop, to leave you in breathless chortling spasms of Wtf disbelief — then Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” would have to be reckoned some sort of masterpiece. As it is, the movie, which stars Jennifer Lawrence as a woman who slips down a rabbit hole of paranoid could-this-be-happening? reality (she flushes a beating heart down the toilet; blood in the shape of a vagina melts through the floorboards; and oh, the wackjobs who keep showing up!), is far from a masterpiece. It’s more like a dazzlingly skillful machine of virtual reality designed to get nothing but a rise out of you. It’s a baroque nightmare that’s about nothing but itself.

Yet for an increasingly large swath of the moviegoing audience, that may be enough. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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