Martha Marcy May Marlene
My review of the movie has been up at ANOMALOUS MATERIAL since yesterday. My little piece about the same movie will also be out in Yourkloset in a week’s time and I will include the link when the article goes live.
But really, what difference does Martha Marcy May Marlene – Courtney Stodden’s favourite movie – have from “Dynasty?” Sarah Paulson and Hugh Dancy are everyone else and Elizabeth Olsen is Joan Collins, coming back from a binge of something we don’t want to know, inflicting herself into her family, being crazy as hell! Best. Photo shoot. Ever. Of course it’s so obvious that I haven’t really seen Dynasty apart from the occasional YouTube clip.
‘Martha/ Marcy May/Marlene Lewis (Olsen) is an interesting character because I know why I’m not in a cult. I want to know why she is and we never really get a sense of how she gets pushed into that edge. Is this off-screen Aunt Dora who she has lived with that terrible? Did she not grow up without TV or news? Why is she so co-dependent? So many questions and yes it’s as scary as anything you’ve seen this past Halloween month.
- Review: Martha Marcy May Marlene (3.5 stars) (arts.nationalpost.com)
Late Thoughts on Contagion’s Trailer
Minutes before watching Crazy, Stupid, Love, I saw the trailer for Contagion, a trailer that, at first viewing, was for your typical Oscar season blockbuster. But I guess seeing it on the big screen made me see stuff more like oh hai, Bryan Cranston, playing Haggerty, a suave man in uniform again beside Dr. Cheever (Laurence Fishburne). Other actors appearing in this film are John Hawkes and Enrico Colantoni, an uncredited Soderbergh alum who’s known here in Canada for being the lead in the cop show “Flashpoint.”
I also really like this shot well, because of the flowers. Seeing the daisies I assumed that it was a child bringing it to someone’s grave, but then it’s obviously someone working on the mass burial grounds. It’s a mix of the personal and professional an adult, possibly jaded because of the recent events, trying to bring an innocent time back. Over-read!
Now, the stars! It sounds sadistic but I’m relieved Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) dies early instead of the disease being the wedge between her and her healthy husband Thomas’ (Matt Damon) marriage. But Dr. Leonora Orantes (Marion Cotillard) will analyze Beth throughout the movie, being the first to fall to the disease. How is there even an HD camera surveying her before her death, anyway? Here’s Jude Law, meh. There’s also Dr. Erin Mears’ (Kate Winslet) voice dominating the trailer, but why is her nose red? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!