One of the most anticipated fall season movies was Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!”, and many of the critics who saw it at the earliest screenings on the festival circuit confirmed that it was worth the wait: Aronofsky’s boundary-pushing allegorical horror movie is in a class all to its own. It’s the kind of exciting cinema that many diehard moviegoers wait all year to see. So why didn’t more people see it?
“mother!” opened in third place on opening weekend, and shows no signs of gathering steam. What went wrong here — and what does it tell us about the state of studio-produced filmmaking today?
That’s the starting point for this week’s episode of Screen Talk, as Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss Paramount’s strategy for the film and Aronofsky’s role in its marketing. They also touch on several foreign language Oscar submissions and two major films opening this week. Listen to the full podcast below.
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This episode is sponsored by “God Knows Where I Am.” For more information, visit the site for the film.