If ever a film was ripe for dissection and discussion, it’s the controversial 2017 opus “Mother!” from arthouse auteur Darren Aronofsky.
On this episode of The Final Girl on 6th Ave, host Carolyn Smith-Hilmmer takes a deep dive into Darren Aronofsky’s surreal allegorical nightmare, Mother! A thematically rich film with layers upon layers, it was one that the critics praised, but audiences lambasted. Complex, thought-provoking, controversial, and singularly ambitious, there’s a lot to unpack with this one. – Stephanie (Editor-in-Chief)
SHOW NOTES FROM HOST CAROLYN SMITH-HILLMER:
While this film may appear at first glance to be the classic arthouse vibe (you know, where the characters in the film don’t have real names), it is so much more than that. Check out this episode where I attempt to contain my love of Jennifer Lawrence by not talking about her the entire episode.
Cain and Abel: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cain_and_Abel
War in Heaven: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_in_Heaven
Loud and Clear Review: https://loudandclearreviews.com/mother-darren-aronofsky-movie-hidden-meaning-2017-film/
ABOUT THE SHOW:
The Final Girl on 6th Ave is a weekly show where host, Carolyn Smith-Hillmer, dissects an arthouse/elevated horror film. Each episode includes a detailed play-by-play of the film itself and a subsequent deep dive into the thematic elements and symbolism. Because elevated horror is sometimes viewed within the horror community as pretentious, Carolyn makes sure to use her down-to-earth tone and unique perspective to make these films less intimidating for the casual horror viewer and less ostentatious for the genre lover.
Listen to more episodes on the show’s website here.
The Final Girl on 6th Ave is a bi-weekly podcast where host Carolyn Smith-Hillmer reviews arthouse horror films in a non-pretentious way.
The holiday season often makes me feel sentimental. Because of that, I present to you all, dear listeners, a very special episode. Not special in the way that it is my best work, or in the way that is a particularly “good” analysis. This episode is special to me because it is the first podcast episode that I have ever recorded. It is a small piece of history and an example of how far this show has come. I recorded this only to share with two to three people as an example of the show that I might start to regularly publish. And now, I would like to share it with you all for the first time.
Please be kind and know that we all start from somewhere. Being that this episode was a practice exercise for myself, it is nowhere near the product of what I would hope to release. The audio quality is not great. I was nervous. I had no idea what I was doing. But we all start somewhere, right?
Additionally, I would like to say that this will be the last episode of The Final Girl on 6th Ave for the year 2023. I will taking the month of December off to spend time with family and relax. I look forward to bringing you all of the spooky arthouse content you all enjoy with a fresh mind in January 2024!