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Canon Of Film: ‘Requiem For a Dream’

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we celebrate the recent release of ‘Mother!‘ on home video by delving into Darren Aronofsky‘s masterpiece, ‘Requiem for a Dream‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Requiem For A Dream (2000)

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Screenplay: Hubert Selby Jr. and Darren Aronofsky based on the book by Hubert Selby Jr.

I saw a stat awhile ago, I don’t remember the exact numbers, but basically it said that most people are incorrect about what will make them happy. Happy. I suspect those are the same people that think happiness is a feeling that they need to achieve, or search for. The more I think about it, I believe more than anything, drug addicts have disillusioned themselves into believing such a feeling of happiness essentially exists. Happiness, pleasure, something along those lines, but whatever it is, the world
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New to Streaming: ‘Princess Cyd,’ ‘Dawson City: Frozen Time,’ ‘mother!,’ ‘The Adventures of Tintin,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Adventures of Tintin (Steven Spielberg)

Leave it to Steven Spielberg to eke more thrills out of an animated feature than most directors could with every live-action tool at their disposal. The Adventures of Tintin is colored and paced like a child’s fantastical imagining of how Hergé’s comics might play in motion, and the extent to which viewers buy it depends largely on their willingness to give
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The 20 Best Director-Cinematographer Collaborations Working Today

The 20 Best Director-Cinematographer Collaborations Working Today
The gravitational pull that exists between great directors and great cinematographers is natural. Many of the best pairings throughout film history have been project based, with the director or producer picking a cinematographer to achieve a specific look for a particular film. There’s a difference between providing a talented cinematographer with the perfect platform to apply their skills and a director-cinematographer collaboration that elevates the work of both artists, regardless of material.

This list is less about identifying the best looking films of the era – although many are here – and more about celebrating collaborations that have allowed many of the best filmmakers working today to fully express themselves on the big screen.

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson, Dp: Robert Elswit

The first time Paul Thomas Anderson did not work with Elswitt – “The Master,” shot by Mihai Mălaimare Jr. – the results were (thankfully) great, but it’s fascinating that the director
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Darren Aronofsky Tapped as Keynote Speaker at SXSW

Darren Aronofsky Tapped as Keynote Speaker at SXSW
Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has been selected as a keynote speaker for March’s South by Southwest Conference and Festivals.

Featured speakers added to the programming lineup including musician Keith Urban, Luvvie Ajayi, W. Kamau Bell, investor Steve Ballmer, Yiying Lu and Stefan Blom.

“A provocative and virtuoso filmmaker, we’re thrilled to host Darren Aronofsky as one of SXSW Film’s 2018 Keynotes,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film. “He’s been an original since his first independent work, and we know it will be a blast for our passionate SXSW audiences to hear his story.”

Aronofsky’s latest film “Mother!” stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film was not a strong box office performer with $39 million in worldwide grosses since its Sept. 15 debut. His 2010 film “Black Swan” grossed $340 million worldwide. His other films have included “The Wrestler,” “The Fountain,” “Requiem for a Dream,” and “Pi.”

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What ‘mother!’ Says About Darren Aronofsky’s Personal Brand of Horror

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 …
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‘mother!’: Darren Aronofsky Answers All Your Burning Questions About the Film’s Shocking Twists and Meanings

‘mother!’: Darren Aronofsky Answers All Your Burning Questions About the Film’s Shocking Twists and Meanings
When did Paramount know that “mother!” was a problem? Nothing about the film should have been a surprise to the studio; Aronofsky sold the $30-million movie to late studio chairman Brad Grey on a pitch, running through the audacious allegorical concept beat by beat. Maybe the studio concentrated on the Jennifer Lawrence of it all, until tracking showed the numbers wouldn’t support the long haul of a platform release. So Paramount moved the date up by a month, to come on the heels of the film’s festival debuts.

Meanwhile, Aronofsky convinced Paramount to skip preview screenings; this left the studio anxiously urging the director to explain the movie, off the record, to the press corps. After a strong reaction at its Venice debut, the “mother!” team started to discuss the film in more detail on the record at the Toronto Film Festival. In his interviews with journalists and
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‘mother!’: Darren Aronofsky Answers All Your Burning Questions About the Film’s Shocking Twists and Meanings

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‘mother!’: Darren Aronofsky Answers All Your Burning Questions About the Film’s Shocking Twists and Meanings
When did Paramount know that “mother!” was a problem? Nothing about the film should have been a surprise to the studio; Aronofsky sold the $30-million movie to late studio chairman Brad Grey on a pitch, running through the audacious allegorical concept beat by beat. Maybe the studio concentrated on the Jennifer Lawrence of it all, until tracking showed the numbers wouldn’t support the long haul of a platform release. So Paramount moved the date up by a month, to come on the heels of the film’s festival debuts.

Meanwhile, Aronofsky convinced Paramount to skip preview screenings; this left the studio anxiously urging the director to explain the movie, off the record, to the press corps. After a strong reaction at its Venice debut, the “mother!” team started to discuss the film in more detail on the record at the Toronto Film Festival. In his interviews with journalists and
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Mother! review – a complicated labour for Jennifer Lawrence…

Darren Aronofsky’s darkly comic blend of home-invasion nightmare and eco-parable takes some digesting – but it’s worth it

“Nothing is ever enough – I couldn’t create if it was!” You have to admire writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s almost religious devotion to the parable-like possibilities of hyperventilating, surrealist cinema. Having caught critics’ attention with the cult low-budget sci-fi oddity Pi and proved his gritty mettle with Requiem for a Dream, Aronofsky gave us time-straddling cosmic madness in The Fountain, combined ballet with metamorphic fantasy in Black Swan, and conjured gigantic rock-monsters in the quasi-biblical babble-fest Noah. Now with Mother!, a paranoid nightmare that starts out like Polanski’s Repulsion and winds up closer to Apocalypse Now, he has stretched the envelope of outrageous mainstream cinema to breaking point – and beyond.

We start and end in flames, with an image of a fiery face giving way to a mysterious crystal, which
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Joshua Reviews Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! [Theatrical Review]

Darren Aronofsky is a fascinating film figure. Launching his career with then-beloved indie efforts Pi and Requiem For A Dream, the maximalist auteur has not only seen his style evolve from MTV-style fast edits and intense close ups to something more resembling a surreal-tinged neo-realism but also his critical stock plummet the way few filmmakers have. Be it the relative lukewarm response to his perplexing-yet-fascinating Noah or a revisionist distaste among critics for his early films heightened style, Aronofsky is a filmmaker that in many ways defies description.

And speaking of defying description, trying to describe Aronofsky’s latest film is about as hard as it gets.

Entitled mother!, Aronofsky turns from the biblical of his last film to the domestic space, introducing us to a character, played by Jennifer Lawrence, simply named Mother (never let it be said that Darren is a subtle filmmaker), the significant other of a
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Darren Aronofsky Wanted Joaquin Phoenix to Star in His R-Rated ‘Batman: Year One’

Darren Aronofsky’s Batman: Year One is about as controversial as one might expect from the filmmaker. Warner Bros. brought in the director following the success of Pi in 1998 and the collapse of the Batman franchise with Batman & Robin. His initial pitch was an adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns with Clint Eastwood as old Batman, but Warner Bros. was more interested in an origin story, which led Aronofsky to try and adapt Miller’s Batman: Year One. However, in Aronofsky’s take, everything is boiled down to its essentials. Basically, Batman is a crazy person in hockey …
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‘mother!’ reviews: Jennifer Lawrence is ‘extraordinary’ and the film is ‘insanity’

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‘mother!’ reviews: Jennifer Lawrence is ‘extraordinary’ and the film is ‘insanity’
Critics are calling ‘mother!’ a lot of things, but boring isn’t one of them. It’s the latest film from Darren Aronofsky, who made intense, fever-dream movies like “Pi” (1998), “Requiem for a Dream” (2000), and “The Fountain” (2006) before earning a Best Director Oscar nomination for the equally hallucinatory “Black Swan” (2010). He followed that […]
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Directors' Trademarks: Darren Aronofsky

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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,
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‘Mother!’ Cinematographer Used Color, Focus to Create Scary Mood

‘Mother!’ Cinematographer Used Color, Focus to Create Scary Mood
Viewers of “Mother!” may feel unsettled as they watch the movie unfold. In fact, their discomfort may remind them of other films created by the director-cinematographer team of Darren Aronofsky and Matthew Libatique, including “Requiem for a Dream” (2000) and “Black Swan” (2010).

Their sixth feature, set for release by Paramount on Sept. 15, stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple living a private life until unexpected visitors (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) arrive, changing everything in a very disturbing way.

“Most of our conversation leading up to production was about camera language,” says Libatique. As they did for “Swan” and “Pi” (1998), Aronofsky and Libatique filmed on Super 16mm and stylistically restricted compositions to close-ups, over-the-shoulder and point-of-view shots to intimately connect the audience to the narrative. Handheld cameras were used, and framing was informed by each character’s needs.

These strict aesthetics were applied during a three-month rehearsal in Brooklyn, where
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The Films of Darren Aronofsky Ranked, From Worst to Best

The Films of Darren Aronofsky Ranked, From Worst to Best
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,
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The Preview Reel: Mother and American Assassin

Welcome to the “Preview Reel” column, where we look at this week’s upcoming wide-release movies. It was the “it” movie last week as it debuted with a stunning $123 million, smashing numerous fall and horror movie records. There is no doubt it will stay number one this week, but there are two intriguing releases – Darren Aronofsky’s latest mind-bending thriller, Mother!, and a Michael Keaton spy thriller, American Assassin – that it will need to fend off to stay on top. There are a lot of thrills to be had at the Cineplex this weekend, but which one should you see?

Mother!

What we are excited about: Darren Aronofsky is one of the most unique filmmakers working today. Movies like Requiem for a Dream (2000) and Black Swan (2010) show that when his crazy vision works, it works very well. When it’s off, however, like in Pi (1998) or The Fountain (2006), it’s “really” off.
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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…

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All the Details on Jennifer Lawrence's Relationship With Darren Aronofsky

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All the Details on Jennifer Lawrence's Relationship With Darren Aronofsky
Jennifer Lawrence is currently dating director Darren Aronofsky. After working together on their upcoming film, Mother!, in the Summer of 2016, the pair struck up a romance. Reports of a relationship between the two began swirling in August 2016, but it wasn't until their Pda-filled outing in NYC in November 2016 that they seemingly confirmed the news. Despite their 22-year age difference (Darren is 48 and Jennifer is 27), sources say "Jennifer is comfortable with an older guy because she is mature and focused" and she is "mesmerized by his talent and brains since she started working with him." She also opened up about how their relationship came to be in Vogue's September issue, saying, "We had energy. I had energy for him. I don't know how he felt about me. When I saw the movie [Mother!], I was reminded all over again how brilliant he is." As far as why their relationship works, Jennifer explained,
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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…

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