Episode 14: mother! and Retro Review – Crimson Peak (2015)


Episode 14 of The Film Buds Podcast will cover Darren Aronofsky’s wild new horror film mother! and Guillermo Del Toro’s haunted house gem Crimson Peak (2015). We’ll also tackle new trailers for Tomb Raider and Pixar’s Coco, some listener questions, and more!


Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), mother! tells the story of a married couple living in tranquility out in the countryside when suddenly a stranger shows up on their doorstep. As the couple learns more about the stranger, suspicious activity begins to occur as the wife (Jennifer Lawrence) begins to completely unravel. The film also stars Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer.


Crimson Peak (2015)

This supernatural haunted house thriller follows a young woman who marries a newfound love and travels to his family’s home out in the country. But (much like mother!, wink, wink), the woman begins noticing strange things around the house and soon begins to question her husband’s true intentions. The film is directed by Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), and stars Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston. Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam.


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Darren Aronofsky’s mother! Earns Dismal F CinemaScore Rating

mother-2017-005-jennifer-lawrence-hands-wallThere’s often going to be a divide between how critics and audiences view films. It’s a hard thing to predict, and a lot of times it doesn’t make since how or why opinions vary so greatly. What’s evens stranger is that many Hollywood movies that receive harsh critical reviews still go onto have strong financial success. However, Darren Aronofsky’s mother! looks to be a very rare and unfortunate exception. The psychological horror film received a dismal F rating on CinemaScore from U.S. audiences this weekend. And despite Jennifer Lawrence’s major star power, the film earned only $3.1 million opening day for projected $8 million weekend. These brutally low numbers will surely only continue since Stephen King’s It 10-day domestic haul should near $220 million by today. It’s no surprise that a crazy movie like mother! is performing so poorly — but its noticeable impact is maybe more than what the studio wanted.

Darren Aronofsky’s mother! is currently playing in theaters. Feel free to blast off your thoughts on the film below!

Source: CinemaScore