Anticipating “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (2011)

18 November 2011

Whew! busy week. I’m behind on everything. And — ahem — I’m slightly peeved that NO ONE is writing in to tell me what to make of the ending to Take Shelter, which still swims all over my imagination.

In the same vein as that eminently scary film, I’m looking forward to Martha Marcy May Marlene, which is what sounds like a riveting and creepy film about a young woman who becomes drawn in to a cult — and what it means to be seduced in that way. I can hardly wait.

I’ve got a lot on my mind in the wake of the Herman Cain and Jerry Sandusky scandals. Apparently a coach at Syracuse University has now been accused of inappropriately touching two boys. Oh, we all get soooo upset about boys being touched, but all those piles of rape charges against athletes get dropped or written off as “lies” or settled quietly. But more on that soon.

And I have more to say about period dramas, as promised! Oooh, this is going to be good.

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2 Responses to “Anticipating “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (2011)”

  1. JustMeMike Says:

    Speaking of period dramas, I’m going to have a look at The Princess of Montpensier. I wanted to see it last June at the Sarasota Film Festival but I couldn’t get a ticket. Now – Netflix has it available via streaming. It is set in France at the Time of the Catholic – Protestant wars (15th century) and the film is described as handsomely mounted.

    However I am quite eager to see which period dramas you will bring to us.

    As for Take Shelter – I already said that I wouldn’t see it, but I checked the schedules. Not playing any closer than St. Pete – the theater is a mere 44 miles away. The last time I went to that theater was for Miral – and I got a parking ticket for exceeding two hours. So I’m still not sure I’d go there again.

    jmm

    • Didion Says:

      I’ve had The Princess of Montpensier at the top of my Netflix queue for weeks, but due to the usual negotiations one engages in with one’s lovely partner in life when sitting down to watch something late in the evening, that film has gotten nixed time and again. My partner has many virtues, but a love of period drama is not among them. I’m determined to watch it soon, though, because it’s received such raves and suits my mood as the days grow colder and shorter.


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