MOTHER!

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Darren Aronofsky Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson, Stephen McHattie, Kristen Wiig. This is the mother of all wtf did I just watch movies for 2017. This paranoid psychological horror thriller is one of the more complicated and divisive films to hit our screens and will polarise audiences. That is probably to be expected from filmmaker Darren Aronofsky though, whose films are deliberately provocative and have explored themes of religion, personal torment, love Continue reading

BLACK SWAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Darren Aronofsky Stars: natalie Portman, Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Mila Kunis. Numerous films have dealt with the pressures and rivalries within the high pressure world of ballet where personal lives often take second place - Michael Powell’s 1948 classic The Red Shoes, Robert Altman’s The Company and Herbert Ross’s melodramatic Turning Point, etc. Set against the background of a ballet company Black Swan crosses elements of those classic films with Repulsion, Roman Polanski’s compelling study of sexual Continue reading

REQUIEM FOR A DREAM

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Darren Aronofsky Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Christopher McDonald, Louise Lasser, Sean Gullette. Darren Aronofsky first burst onto the scene with Pi, his visually exciting but virtually incomprehensible thriller mixing mathematics and paranoia. His second film deals with more emotionally involving material, but is just as visually stunning and disturbingly nihilistic piece of cinema that will shock and confront audiences, much as A Clockwork Orange did thirty years ago. Based on a 1978 Continue reading