I generally attempt to avoid talking spoilers on this blog, as every audience member deserves to see the film spoiler-free. That said, this film is very hard to discuss at all without spoilers, so there is a (clearly labelled) spoiler section towards the end of this review. Take this as a warning.
So. I saw Mother!, the latest film by the often surreal filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan). And this film, well…. it exists now, it’s out there. And we have to talk about it. But a word to the wise before we even begin – the marketing does not represent this movie at all. If you saw a trailer and thought “Hell yeah, I’d watch a Jennifer Lawrence horror/thriller”, this probably isn’t the movie for you. This is a bizarre drug trip of the sort that would disorientate even Keith Richards.
I’ve seen a lot of movies over the years, but this may well be the most surreal film I’ve seen – at least the most surreal English language film.
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Stephen King is a name that stands tall as one of the greatest storytellers of the modern age. Whether he tells deeply human stories like The Green Mile or Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, or tackles apocalyptic scenarios such as The Stand or Dark Tower, there’s not a story on this Earth that you’d think King was incapable of telling. But, there’s a reason that Stephen King is best known and associated with the macabre and with horror. And that reason could be summed up with just one word – It.
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The Australian film industry is a special one, and I don’t just say that because I’m a citizen of Australia. While it’s often enjoyable and easy to make fun of the local film industry as a whole, when even countries like New Zealand and Hong Kong seem to be more efficient at film-making, it is clear that the movies Screen Australia do successfully release are full of heart and wonder. From The Castle to Red Dog, Australian film, when done right, is just lovely. And Ali’s Wedding is certainly no exception.
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Upon directing the award winning war film Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson commented that some aspects of the true story it was based on were so outrageous that they’d never be believed by a general audience. I bring up that story mostly because I find it interesting, and I can never resist sharing a piece of useless trivia that may or may not one day win me a prize at a fundraising quiz night, but also because the new film American Made, based on the true story of Barry Seal, is one of the most unbelievable stories I’ve ever seen. And I saw Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Granted, the film appears to take liberties with the facts, as Hollywood can often do, but the general craziness did occur and it makes for one wild ride at the cinema.
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If anyone has been following the news in recent months, you may have seen a lot of talk around the retirements of the big names in entertainment. Legendary actor Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting (or researching the role of a man who has retired from acting, who can really tell), Quentin Tarantino has reiterated that he only plans to make two more films before retirement and everyone is in agreement that Ridley Scott should retire after Alien: Covenant failed to make any waves (or sense).
So it’s comforting to see an example of how little retirement means in Hollywood. Director Steven Soderbergh, who “retired” from film making with 2013’s Behind the Candelabra (and who enjoyed his 4 years of retirement by engaging in leisurely activities like producing TV shows and directing plays), has returned to his craft with Logan Lucky, an entertaining but slightly unfocused heist film.
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Hey there, Internet. It’s me. I’m back writing blogs, doing what I do. Some of you may know that I took some time to see if Another Bloody Critic could make it in a podcast form, but there’s no enough hours in the day to compensate for my atrocious podcast making skills to get a regular product out and about.
So, after taking a few weeks off, I’m back in the reviewing and returning to the text based format where it all began. There’s so many movies to catch up on, so here’s the briefest of brief notes on some of the movies currently in cinemas.
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As always with these blockbuster reviews, every care is taken to avoid spoilers. However, everyone’s definition or tolerance of a spoiler is different, so if you are particularly sensitive to spoilers read ahead at your own discretion.
Last week, I went and saw The Fate of the Furious, and during that viewing I was treated to what was essentially a big blockbuster that tried to deal with a lot of emotion regarding families – both adopted and real – that happened to have Vin Diesel in it.
Interestingly enough, this week, when I bought a ticket to Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, I was treated to what was essentially a big blockbuster that tried to deal with a lot of emotion regarding families – both adopted and real – that happened to have Vin Diesel in it. This difference being that in this one, the emotion hit the mark a lot harder. Also this one stars a raccoon. And a small plant.
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