2017: #2 mother!

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Written by: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson, and Kristen Wiig
Distributor: Paramount
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 121 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Format: 16mm
Date released: 9/15/2017
Date seen: 9/16/2017
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $45 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 0
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 7 (Best Set-Piece, Best Editing, Best Cameo, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Horror)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 1 (Best Horror)

I’m honestly kind of surprised that Darren Aronofsky’s mother! was as controversial and divisive as it was. I get why the basic people who went to it expecting a normal horror movie didn’t like it, but there are plenty of people who should have been a bit more open minded who also seemed to dismiss it and make no mistake the people who hate this movie seems to REALLY hate it. For me though this was like sweet sweet nectar in a cinematic landscape that so often lacks any real adventurousness. Influenced by the likes of Roman Polanski and Luis Buñuel, mother! is a cinematic freak out steeped in symbolism and metaphor which can be interpreted multiple ways and viewed through multiple lenses. Whether you view it as comment on the relation between artist and muse or as a biblical allusion or as an environmental metaphor or just as a highly impressionistic character drama there’s interest to be found pretty much anywhere you look in this movie. I’m not just honoring the film for its audacity and ambition though, it’s also just a perfectly engaging piece of cinema that really brings you into the experience and makes you not want to look away for even a second.

#3 Year End Honors #1