Martha Marcy May Marlene: A Hitchcockian Thriller with a Structure Reminiscent of Memento

The film Martha Marcy May Marlene (MMMM), directed by Sean Durkin and starring Elizabeth Olsen, is a thriller in the Hitchkockian sense. Its pace and editing create ebbs and flows of “sit on the edge of your seat” tension punctuated by brief climaxes. It has an ending that is unexpected and at the same time … Continue reading Martha Marcy May Marlene: A Hitchcockian Thriller with a Structure Reminiscent of Memento

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THE IDES OF MARCH

To further our theme, "coming of age", the theatrical film for November is THE IDES OF MARCH, playing city wide, and all over the South Sound. As per usual, the film has been out for a few weeks, so get out and see soon. REGAL LAKEWOOD STADIUM 15: 12:50, 3:35, 6:25, 9:05. LONGSTON PLACE PUYALLUP: … Continue reading THE IDES OF MARCH

Producer’s Film Picks for October 2011

Producers’ Committee Film Picks for October 2011 This month our group will explore the dynamics of love and death. DVD WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (1966) Directed by Mike Nichols @ 131 minutes. The film stars Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, George Segal, and Sandy Dennis. Synopsis: George and Martha are a middle-aged married couple whose … Continue reading Producer’s Film Picks for October 2011

Planet of the Project Nim Ape

I am oddly struck by the observation that two films currently showing in theaters, Rise of Planet of the Apes (2011), a fictional futuristic sci-fi film, and Project Nim (2011), a documentary about a scientific experiment carried out in the 1970s that used a chimpanzee as a subject, both express a similar sentiment, namely that … Continue reading Planet of the Project Nim Ape