Everyone is someone's child, even a serial killer. This series looks at the complex stories of serial killers' family relationships and on a case by case basis looks into the vital role played by their mothers. Do they in fact turn them into psychopathic murderers? In this unnerving and shocking series each episode explores a different killer's disturbing childhood, their unnatural maternal relationship and the devastating impact of 'Mother'.
Presented by Donal MacIntyre, crime journalist and Professor of Criminology in conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University, MacIntyre and Yardley will piece together the biographical, psychological and criminal evidence to build a careful but frightening picture of the killers. 'Murderers and their Mothers' will reveal startling new evidence and opinion about the relationships of each killer and their mother from around the world. This is a rarefied field of criminology and psychology and each unique programme will bring new theories and insights to the table.
Status: To Be Determined
Runtime: 60 minutes
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Mother! (stylized as mother!) is a 2017 American psychological horror film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The plot follows a young woman whose seemingly tranquil life with her husband at their country home is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious couple. Mother! was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, and premiered there on September 5, 2017. It was released in the United States on September 15, 2017, by Paramount Pictures, and grossed $44 million worldwide against its $30 million budget. Although the film received generally positive reviews from critics, its biblical allegories and depiction of violence sparked controversy.
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Mother! received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised Aronofsky’s direction and the performances, particularly of Lawrence and Pfeiffer. The film received both boos and a standing ovation during its premiere at the Venice Film Festival. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 69% based on 306 reviews, and an average rating of 6.8/10. The website's critical consensus reads, “There's no denying that Mother! is the thought-provoking product of a singularly ambitious artistic vision, though it may be too unwieldy for mainstream tastes.” On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 75 out of 100, based on reviews from 51 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “F” on an A+ to F scale, making it one of fewer than twenty films to receive the score, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave a 51% overall positive and a 33% “definite recommend”. Owen Gleiberman of Variety, in his positive review of the film, wrote: “By all means, go to 'Mother!' and enjoy its roller-coaster-of-weird exhibitionism. But be afraid, very afraid, only if you're hoping to see a movie that's as honestly disquieting as it is showy.” Gleiberman labelled Mother! as “a piece of ersatz humanity”. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone awarded the film 3.5 out of 4 stars, describing the film and Aronofsky's direction as an “artist's cry from his own corrupt heart” and “a work of a visionary”. He also praised the film's allegorical narrative and the performances of Lawrence, Bardem, and Pfeiffer, and said, positively, that the cinematography “always seems on the verge of exploding”. Writing for the Chicago Tribune, Michael Phillips said “Darren Aronofsky delivers a damning critique of the artist/muse arrangement, even as he admits to its old-fashioned patriarchal simplicity.” He also referred to the film and its script as “grandiose and narcissistic and, in quick strokes, pretty vicious,” while drawing a similarity to Aronofsky's film, Black Swan. Writing for The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw gave the film 5 stars, saying, “Darren Aronofsky’s toweringly outrageous film leaves no gob unsmacked. It is an event-movie detonation, a phantasmagorical horror and black-comic nightmare that jams the narcosis needle right into your abdomen.” Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club gave the film a B+, writing, “the filmmaking ranks as some of Aronofsky's most skillful”. Ben Croll of IndieWire gave the film an A−, noting “Awash in both religious and contemporary political imagery, Darren Aronofsky's allusive film opens itself to a number of allegorical readings, but it also works as a straight-ahead head rush.” In an essay for The Hollywood Reporter, Martin Scorsese said, “It was so tactile, so beautifully staged and acted — the subjective camera and the POV reverse angles, always in motion … the sound design, which comes at the viewer from around corners and leads you deeper and deeper into the nightmare … the unfolding of the story, which very gradually becomes more and more upsetting as the film goes forward. The horror, the dark comedy, the biblical elements, the cautionary fable — they're all there, but they're elements in the total experience, which engulfs the characters and the viewers along with them. Only a true, passionate filmmaker could have made this picture, which I'm still experiencing weeks after I saw it.” Rex Reed gave the film zero stars in The New York Observer, and wrote that despite some good cinematography, “Nothing about Mother! makes one lick of sense as Darren Aronofsky's corny vision of madness turns more hilarious than scary. With so much crap around to clog the drain, I hesitate to label it the 'Worst movie of the year' when 'Worst movie of the century' fits it even better.” Reed further dismissed other critics' positive reviews of the film as “equally pretentious” and “even nuttier than the film itself. ... they all insist Mother! is a metaphor for something, although they are not quite sure what it is.” Similarly, The New Republic’s Josephine Livingstone states that the film has “no human center to hold it down.” Anthony Lane in his New Yorker review wrote, “My patience was tested beyond repair, I am afraid, by the nimbus of nonsense.” In his Wall Street Journal review, John Anderson said, “it achieves a level of excess that makes the whole enterprise increasingly cartoonish, rather than just awful.” Chicago Sun-Times' Richard Roeper rated the film 2 out of 4 stars, writing that while he appreciated Lawrence's performance, he questioned whether Aronofsky was mocking certain biblical passages featured in the film or presenting a commentary on an artistic process. Writing for The Washington Post, Anne Hornaday gave the film 2 stars, saying, "Even Lawrence's magnetic powers can't keep “Mother!” from going off the rails, which at first occurs cumulatively, then in a mad rush during the film's outlandish climax." Stephen Whitty of the Newark Star Ledger wrote, "one part early Roman Polanski, one part pseudo Harold Pinter, and two parts apology-from-a-driven-artist. And none of it adds up. The feeble idea behind “Mother!” isn't strong enough to bear the weight of all the overwrought style he hangs on it. Unlike the mansion it's set in, it's a small, hammered-together thing, and it can't bear all this meaning and metaphor." Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly said “Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! is Rosemary’s Baby amped up into a fugue state of self-indulgent solipsism. He’s an artist. And he really wants you to know that he’s been thinking a lot about what that means. Unfortunately, his gaze is so deep into his own navel that it’s just exasperating.” David Edelstein of New York magazine shrugged off the film and any talk of its craft, writing, “Most of the dialogue and effects are clunky, repetitive, second rate.”
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