Mother (stylized as mother!) was released in 2017 and instantly became one of the most unforgettable cinematic experiences for me. For reference, you can always check out my original review on Letterboxd where I did my level best to summarize the insanity I was subjected to. Interestingly, despite sparking quite a number of controversies, Aronofsky’s film quickly disappeared from the cultural radar. Which is where we step in.
In this episode of the show we really pulled out all the stops and jumped head first into what ended up being a truly imposing discussion. Over the course of nearly five hours we talked at length about the film itself, the meaning Aronofsky installed within it, how we interpret it and how it relates to life as we know it. It’s honestly hard to summarize just how much we have touched on over the course of this conversation, so I can only refer you to the episode itself; but be sure to set aside quite a bit of time for it. In any case, this is one of my favourite episodes thus far, even though it may also be a sign for me as a host that I should pay more attention to decisive moderation. But to be completely honest, I like how these conversations meander and traverse different topics because I believe films should engender conversations that go well beyond simply describing what’s on screen. On some level, this may reflect my own ideas about reviewing films and film criticism in general, which I hope is visible in my work as a writer as well. In any case, please consider listening to the show.