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« on: September 18, 2017, 06:53:11 AM »

Watched the trailer for this movie when we went to see IT and it looked interesting. From the trailer, I got a Rosemary's Baby vibe and was pleased to see an appearance by Michele Pfeiffer.  We decided to see it this last Friday. Turns out that the vibe I got was wrong because the only thing it had in common with Rosemary's Baby is that the male character is a total douche canoe.

And OMG I haven't hated a movie this much in a long, long time. I wasn't the only one, either. Some people got up and walked the hell right out during the climax.

The characters were mean-spirited, the premise was pretentious as f**k (and I'm a Kubrick fan), and the supposed metaphors were shoddy (the thing about metaphors is that they have to represent with some amount of accuracy).

A two hour circle jerk by both the director and one of the main characters.

I guess it supposedly p**sed off religious types, but that seems to be a given when it attempts to p**s off everyone...I mean, the sole purpose of the film seems to be an attempt to troll the audience.

Oh and more plot thread drops than The Room.

f**k this film.

I rate this film with zeros.

They should have called the film, "f**k you; I got yo' money"
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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2017, 07:34:13 AM »

I'm going to see it today. Haven't seen as many mixed opinions on a movie since ANTICHRIST. Frankly I'm expecting to like it!
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2017, 07:54:41 AM »

I'll be interested in seeing your opinion. Hope I didn't spoil too much.
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2017, 12:15:10 PM »

My take here: http://366weirdmovies.com/list-candidate-mother-2017/

Excerpt: "The scenario is something like a Buñuelian joke mixed with Polanski paranoia, although the film develops its own crazy identity as it goes on... Subtle and focused mother! ain’t; weird, it is."
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"Clive [Barker]'s idea of a great time is to have a nightmare about a woman with three heads and no skin who flays your body with a pitchfork. To give you some idea, NIGHTBREED has over 200 pus monsters, including one guy with a crescent moonhead like the McDonald's commercial and a fat guy with snakes that pop out of his stomach and eat your face off, and these are the GOOD GUYS. These are the people we're supposed to LIKE."-Joe Bob on NIGHTBREED
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2017, 06:47:23 AM »

Nice write-up and it's definitely a candidate for "weirdest" movies.

I started a write-up (that I'll use as a basis in my podcast on it) discussing (amongst other things) how the metaphors did not work for me. Not to reveal too much on that yet, but my overall response to the director/writer/masturbator on his mean-spirited "art" is "sure buddy, I see what you 'tried' to do there."




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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2017, 07:38:34 AM »

Not to reveal too much on that yet, but my overall response to the director/writer/masturbator on his mean-spirited "art" is "sure buddy, I see what you 'tried' to do there."






I'm not 100% sure Aronofsky knows what he tried to do there. 
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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2017, 07:42:24 AM »

Not to reveal too much on that yet, but my overall response to the director/writer/masturbator on his mean-spirited "art" is "sure buddy, I see what you 'tried' to do there."


I'm not 100% sure Aronofsky knows what he tried to do there. 

Heh, that's close to one of my Wife's theories: that he just had some random, incomplete ideas and he threw them all together and claimed it was some sort of puzzle, lol.

Her other theory was that he just jacked himself off for 2 hours and made us all watch lol.
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« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2017, 04:23:07 PM »

You mean there are 11 films as bad as this. At some rating service, which I can no longer remember the name of, this is only the 12th film to receive at grade of F.

It has gotten some credit for its originality. Though, it's originality doesn't seem to have stopped most viewers from hating it.

If it wasn't for the bad luck, there'd be no luck at all. What I find interesting, is while it was produced by Protozoa Pictures, it is down as a Paramount Picture. And Paramount has had no luck at all with its films. Even its one sure bet, Transformers, is regarded as having underperformed at the box office this year. So they may not be able to count on this series for much longer. We'll see whether Paramount will do better at the box office next year, for right now, there seems to be nothing keeping Paramount going. Unlike the House of Mouse which seems to be going, and likely to be going, hell for leather this year, and over the next several years.

And we will see what we will see.
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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2017, 09:23:37 PM »

This movie was pathetic.  It played like it was made by a film-student trying to make a "shocking and controversial" movie.  The only thing that amused me about mother!, and I'm sure it was by accident, was that ...












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... the whole thing was ridiculously in your face about its environmentalist message.  Then, suddenly, at the end, Javier Bardem reset the world.  That turned the whole environmental message on its head and the movie fell in line with climate change-deniers' contention that nature "resets itself" so it doesn't matter what we do.  That's a pretty titanic cock-up, there, almost as bad as Ed Wood not realizing that the good guys killing the crew of the flying saucer in Plan 9 From Outer Space all but guaranteed the extermination of the human race!  I never thought Aronofsky was that good but, man alive, I didn't realize he was that bad.
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« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2017, 04:36:51 PM »

I see some people are already calling it the worst film of 2017, and we still have 3 months to go in 2017.

And I don't know where they got this, as I haven't seen the film, but some are also calling it an attack on Christians.
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« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2017, 05:17:14 PM »

This movie actually made me annoyed that I even wasted time watching it. It was so all over the place and random.
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« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2017, 07:26:49 AM »

I would think this movie p**ses off all religious and non-religious, simply because it's such a POS.

As far as the supposed religious metaphors, I would think Jewish folk would be more offended than just Christians; but these metaphors were all half-ass and really make no sense.

Part of me thinks the director was trying to be political, too, but even those metaphors fail.

If you're going to try and symbolize the Jewish creation God, Kane and Abel, Adam and Eve, nature vs. humans, at least f**king do it right.

I stand by my initial assessment that this movie was two hours of the director jerking himself off ...or what the director thinks is a Trump voter's wet dream (which is something I've heard proposed, yet it still fails at that).

Director should have just told a good story; that's what everyone wants and what hardly no one got.
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