Love a movie you rented? Hate a movie? Let us & your fellow BVFCC members know!

Have you ever rented a movie you just loved and wanted to let the world know? Or, conversely, have you ever borrowed a movie from Best Video Film & Cultural Center and just loathed it? Disliked it so much that you hoped the filmmaker went into another line of work and never again created flickering images to be projected on a screen?

One BVFCC member rented director Darren Aronofsky’s recent film “Mother!”, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. To put it mildly, this member did not enjoy it. And she let us know in a handwritten note that provoked a boisterous discussion on our Best Video Film & Cultural Center Facebook page.

“Mother!”’s Rotten Tomatoes‘ rating is 69%—not “certified fresh” but certainly creditable. New York Times critic A.O. Scott didn’t deem the flick a “Critic’s Pick” but he did enthuse, “Don’t listen to anyone who natters on about how intense or disturbing it is; it’s a hoot!”

Scott also wrote:

[Actress Jennifer] Lawrence, for her part, bears an impossible burden. In dramatic terms, she is a passive, reactive protagonist, a cipher and, in the strict sense of the word, an icon. Called upon to embody all of womankind — and a lot else besides — she is denied the chance to be human, and her blankness empties the film of emotional power.

What it has, instead, is extravagant sensation and churning intellectual energy. Mr. Aronofsky is a virtuoso of mood and timing, a devoted student of form and technique straining to be a credible visionary. But as wild and provocative as his images can be, there is something missing — an element of strangeness, of difficulty, of the kind of inspiration that overrides mere cleverness.

On the other hand, “Mother!” made me laugh harder and more frequently than just about any other movie I’ve seen this year. I don’t say this derisively. Mr. Aronofsky’s visual wit and dexterous, disciplined camera movements create frissons of comic terror. His gift for escalation — evident in the marvelous crescendo of frenzied action that occupies most of the movie’s second half — may be unmatched in his generation of filmmakers.

On New Year’s Eve, the BVFCC member dissented, writing:

“Mother!” is the worst movie I have ever taken out of Best Video. The director, Darren Aronofsky, is a misogynist. Women should boycott this horrible movie and should ruin Aronofsky’s chances of ever making another film. The critics who called this movie “brilliant” belong on a trash heap with him.

Numerous commenters weighed in pro and con on “Mother!” And one BVFCC member urged us to “please feature more handwritten reviews from BV customers!”

We would love to! So feel free to let us know what YOU think when you have a powerful emotional and/or intellectual reaction to a film. The Best Video world wants to know!

This Monday’s scheduled screening of “Memento” postponed to Mon., Mar. 30

MementoBecause of the rearranging of the store and the relocation of the Performance Space and screening room to the other side of our space, this Monday’s scheduled showing of the 2000 thriller “Memento” is being rescheduled to Monday, Mar. 30. The Mar. 24 screening of “Mulholland Drive” will take place as originally scheduled.

The theme of the current current Best Video/Temple Beth Sholom film series collaboration is “Complex and Compelling: Fun Movies That Make You Think.” Best Video owner Hank Paper and Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic take turns presenting and leading discussions of six unique and stirring films that not only make you think but change the way you think.

Each movie starts at 7 PM. Admission cost is $5. Reservations are highly recommended.

The next film to be shown now will be “Mulholland Drive,” director David Lynch’s 2001 take on film noir. Best Video owner Hank Paper will introduce the film and lead the post-screening discussion. In his 2001 review of “Mulholland Drive, ” film critic Roger Ebert wrote:

David Lynch has been working toward “Mulholland Drive” all of his career, and now that he’s arrived there I forgive him “Wild at Heart” and even “Lost Highway.” At last his experiment doesn’t shatter the test tubes. The movie is a surrealist dreamscape in the form of a Hollywood film noir, and the less sense it makes, the more we can’t stop watching it.

The now final film in the series is the 2000 thriller “Memento.” Best Video staffers Michael Wheatley and Rob Harmon will introduce the film and lead the discussion afterwards. Directed and written by Christopher Nolan, “Memento” stars Guy Pearce. In his 2000 New York Times review critic A.O. Scott wrote:

“Memento” is a brilliant feat of rug-pulling, sure to delight fans of movies like “The Usual Suspects” and “Pi.” Like Darren Aronofsky (who directed “Pi” and last year’s “Requiem for a Dream”), Mr. Nolan demonstrates a supercharged cinematic intelligence. He’s clearly excited by the way the medium can manipulate time and information, folding straightforward events and simple motives into Moebius strips of paradox and indeterminacy.

This is the remaining schedule for “Complex and Compelling”:

• Monday, Mar. 24: MULHOLLAND DRIVE
• Monday, Mar. 30: MEMENTO