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last night jennie and i went to see martha macy may marlene because the creeptastic previews intrigued me last year ((i don't recommend watching that nyt 'anatomy of a scene' feature if you're planning to watch the movie). trailer:



there was a lot the movie doesn't do perfectly (explain to me why the group is so intellectually uncurious, are they really that young and uneducated?), but what it does do is give you a tight, tense jewelbox of images, relationships, moments. elizabeth olsen (younger sibling to the olsen twins of course) is absolutely amazing in it, her face was by turns opaque and translucent, emotionally. (she reminded me, in character and in face, of the girl lead from rain.)

the movie was gripping and awful to watch at some points, awful in the sense of oh-god-can't-look-away. jennie turned to me at one point and was like, are you okay? i had my hands over my mouth in horror/fear/fascination/etc. sometimes it is perfectly normal and nearly relaxed, other times there is just so much weirdness and tension and unexplained things. the audience did a collective groan when the credits rolled -- one of those.

i couldn't figure out why the male lead was so fucking creepy until i googled him this morning -- john hawkes a.k.a. sol star from deadwood! the nicest guy ever! being a totally controlling creepster! ugh.

but it was a fun kind of terror to fall into. until i got home, of course, and had trouble sleeping. i made kirk promise me he wasn't secretly a cult leader or going to drug me. ugh. jennie had nightmares about it, too.

Date: 2011-11-05 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ricecricket.livejournal.com
i am sooooo sitting L through this movie, unannounced.

Date: 2011-11-05 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thistle.livejournal.com
I can't wait to see it!

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