Jennifer Lawrence doesn't need to watch Phantom Thread, she lived it 

Yesterday, Red Sparrow star Jennifer Lawrence’s interview with Marc Maron on Maron’s WTF podcast caused waves on Twitter thanks to this revelation: She turned off Phantom Thread after three minutes.“I got through about three minutes of it,” she said. “I put in a good, solid three. Oh my god, I couldn’t.” Maron went…

The 20 best films of 2017

2017 didn’t improve much on 2016. If anything, the horror and dread of last year only seemed to take root and blossom this year, as some of our worst collective fears were realized and the future seemed to grow dimmer with every bad-news bulletin and misjudged tweet. If there was a constant, at least for cinephiles,…

Darren Aronofsky is thinking about turning Mother! into an opera

Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! has proven to be a divisive film, with some critics, including The A.V. Club’s Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, praising the “elaborate meta-textual pastiche,” while others have compared it to The Emoji Movie in terms of sheer unpleasantness. Moviegoers, however, aren’t nearly so split on the film,…

Ed Harris recounts the three-month rehearsals for Mother!

The veil surrounding Mother! has been lifted and, thanks to our own Ignatiy Vishnevetsky’s review, we now have a small idea just how gruesome and deranged Darren Aronofsky’s new film really is. While public details are still scarce, we learned a bit about Mother!’s extensive rehearsal process from Aronofsky yesterday.…

God is a gaslighting husband in Darren Aronofsky’s brilliantly deranged Mother!

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Darren Aronofsky’s preoccupation with paranoid, physically grotesque searches for meaning—a curious mix of deep-think and makeup effects that goes back to his black-and-white debut feature, Pi—grimly paints humanity as a species defined by obsessions, addictions, delusions, and self-destruction, its only prophets…

For Mother!, Darren Aronofsky rehearsed with his actors for three months before filming

We don’t know much about Darren Aronofsky’s new film Mother!, aside from our own Ignatiy Vishnevetsky calling it “the most irrational piece of filmmaking that [he] has produced since his black-and-white debut, Pi,” after a screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. In the video above, we did manage to pry…

Here are the creepy prayer cards they’re handing out at screenings of Mother!

Pretty much all anyone knows of Mother!, the new Darren Aronofsky film starring Jennifer Lawrence as a woman to whom something very terrible happens, is that something terrible happens to Jennifer Lawrence in it. Or maybe it doesn’t, but that’s certainly the vibe we’ve been given. The few trailers are all full-time,…

It floats and the Kingsman returns, plus 27 other movies coming this September 

So many movies, so little time. Every week brings a new crop of them, opening in multiplexes and arthouse theaters across the nation, and arriving in increasingly high volumes on streaming platforms like Netflix. How’s a voracious moviegoer to keep up? That’s where The A.V. Club comes in. The first week of every…

Jennifer Lawrence loses her shit in the trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!

The full trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s new movie Mother!, dropped in the dead of night by Paramount, manifests whispered insinuations from its teaser, showing visuals to accompany snippets of dialogue edited into that previous promo. That means we get to see Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer as the mystery couple who…