Sometimes people have experiences that define them later in life. For most, it is something pleasant and even more memorable that serves to shape the way we act, think and even the way we can hope. For some, their very defining moment can be something rather traumatic and damaging. Whether they know or not how much this traumatizing event in their lives has shaped their personality, is something that can or cannot be answered. This is what director and writer Sean Durkin is trying to communicate … more
***1/2 out of **** The dawn is upon a farm-like residence. A single woman creeps down the stairs of the farmhouse and walks right past a few women, still fast asleep. She opens the door, walks right off the porch, crosses the street, and runs into the forest that lies across from the estate. The woman's name is Martha (Elizabeth Olson). Or at least that is her given name. Why she was fleeing the farmhouse is unknown for some time; although what we do know is that she makes … more
MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE Written and Directed by Sean Durkin Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, Hugh Dancy and John Hawkes Martha: Do you ever have that feeling where you can’t tell if something’s a memory or if it’s something you dreamed? Instantly uncomfortable, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, is unlike any experience I’ve had at the movies. It is at times both eerily quiet and dishearteningly noisy; it is painfully present but yet also lost in a haze … more
Hello Lunchers. I am a thirty-something guy making his way in Toronto. I am a banker by day and a film critic the rest of the time. Sensitive, sharp and sarcastic are just a few words that start with … more
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