“Auteur filmmaking”- a term used to describe movies which are the product of the sole vision of their director- has been used to describe the process and works of such masters of cinema as Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Martin Scorsese since the concept originated in France in the 1940s. The term “auteur” has since been reserved for directors whose approach is so signature and iconic that their works would simply be altogether different had they been directed by anyone else. While the “single-vision” concept has resulted in some of the greatest films of all time, the approach has since taken a back seat to the contemporary “filmmaking by committee” style employed by many major studios (which is why most of the Marvel superhero movies- with some notable exceptions, such as Guardians of the Galaxy– have mostly been directed by newcomers or hired guns with experience in completely different genres, yet they all have the same unmistakable market-tested sense of humor and mind-numbingly unimportant finales). Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that the auteur style is dead entirely. Some contemporary expert directors are currently turning in their best work, and any student of film knows them by name: Denis Villeneuve, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and David Fincher.
There have been warning signs for quite some time that Darren Aronofsky’s mother! isn’t for everyone. It’s debut at the Venice Film Festival garnered every reaction from boos to high praise, and it soon became clear that the violent nature of the film would absolutely affect viewers’ assessments of the film itself. Then came the dismal opening weekend box office ($7.5 million) and the Cinemascore rating of an F, and mother! instantly became the commercial failure that everyone loves to talk about. read more
A couple of months ago, the phrase “Get Out” was thrown around quite a bit here at Horror News Network in reference to Jordan Peele’s highly successful film of the same name which debuted in January. We reviewed it (twice), we analyzed it, we praised it whenever we got the chance. It’s that good. Now another highly anticipated horror film is also capitalizing on this classic horror phrase, which has been a favorite since the release of When a Stranger Calls!
Paramount Pictures have just uploaded a new short clip to promote Darren Aronofsky’s mother! Taking the title’s refusal to capitalize its first letter one step further, the clip is entitled (lowercase) “get out.” No exclamation point! read more
Last week’s mysterious 30-second teaser clip for Darren Aronofsky’s highly anticipated film, Mother!, certainly asked more questions than it answered. Fortunately, Paramount have just unveiled their official full-length trailer for the upcoming thriller, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem.
The new clip shows that this film will have a lot more in common with Aronofsky’s previous works like Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream than his most recent project, Noah. The clip features numerous disturbing images and situations, and some scenes delve into the sort of abstract terror Arnonofsky is known for. Some parts of the clip throw off a serious Rosemary’s Baby vibe as Lawrence’s character begins to uncover the secrets of her lover and his new guests. read more
A brand new teaser trailer has just dropped for the highly-anticipated film, Mother!, written and directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream). The clip promises the movie to be a real nail biter! The short trailer doesn’t give away much about the setting or the characters, but it reveals Aronofsky’s signature mounting of suspense. You can watch the 30-second teaser in its entirety below:
Mother! will star Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, and Krisen Wiig. Based on Aronofky’s reputation for quality cinema and this all-star cast, horror fans are in for a treat when this movie hits theaters on September 15th! read more