STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is not without faults, but it is a wonderful next step in this new trilogy and one of most epic cinematic space operas since THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Its unexpected plot choices will have fans gasping in surprise, and many emotional moments will cause a lump in the throat or tears in the eye. As Star Wars has always told us, the Resistance (and Rebellion) operate on HOPE. The story here is no different, but…
That was an experience both nightmarish and beautiful, profound and disturbing, artsy and terrifying. The art is in the style, the terror in the reality. By the third time seeing Scarlett Johansson nude, I couldn't even look. Our culture's views on everything from body image to sexuality to gender to morality have been exposed. It is disturbing, confusing, and absolutely wonderful.
Two viewings and a solid four days of giving it time to breathe, and I have my answer: mother! is brilliant and one of the year's very best films.
Aronofsky's film is technically perfect. Its close-in claustrophobic cinematography gives the viewer a growing sense of tension and unease, further heightened with every sigh and wince on Lawrence's face in a career-best performance. The sound design is equally impressive as the film forgoes the use of a traditional score in favor…