Showroom Cinema: February Preview

[wide]marthamarcymaymarlene1 | Showroom Cinema: February Preview[/wide]Despite two of the greatest living directors having films out in February, my most anticipated film is something very different.

Martha Marcy May Marlene

 Elizabeth Olsen plays Mary, a young girl who, after escaping a cult and its charismatic leader, has to try and re-establish a normal life with her sister.  However, she cannot escape from her memories, and, as her paranoia grows, she finds the line between delusion and reality beginning blur. Elizabeth Olsen is meant to give a stunning performance in this gripping psychological thriller.

“…an existential thriller about identity and just how tenuous a grasp we have on who we really are…. like life itself, ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ is a film of rough edges and no easy answers, nearly perfect in its imperfection. – Betsy Sharkey, LA Times

“…creepy, powerful…. a dark, intelligent, beautifully crafted shocker that will burrow its way into your unconscious and stay there.” – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

Carnage

Roman Polanski’s Carnage sees Jodi Foster and John C Reilly take on Kate Winslett and Christoph Waltz in a razor edge comedy played-out around a parental dispute regarding their children.  Based on a play, God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, it is all about snappy dialogue and great actors; a comedy of manners for modern life.  For an indication on how good the acting is, both female leads were nominated for a Golden Globe.

“…a roundhouse comedy of manners, gleefully skewering upscale propriety…. Every single shot is masterfully designed for maximum effect.” – Mark Olsen, LA Weekly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxX02-KdsXM

A Dangerous Method

David Cronenberg new film is A Dangerous Method, which pitches Micahel Fassbender and Viggo Mortenson as Jung and Freud in the story of the early days of psychoanalysis. Keira Knightley plays Jung’s patient, Sabina Spielrein who puts them both under her spell. Cronenberg has based much of his work around the subject of the mind, and this historical fiction is meant to be one of his best.

“…subtle and intellectually thrilling… ‘A Dangerous Method’ is so strange and unnerving precisely because the world it depicts is, in the end, for better and for worse, the only one we know.” –  A.O. Scott, New York Times

If you’re a fan of David Cronenberg, as part of Cult Tuesdays the Showroom will be showing Dead Ringers and Crash.

Also highly anticipated:

The Descendents – The Director of Sideways, Alexander Payne, cast George Clooney as the father of two girls who has to come to terms with the loss of his wife. This tragic-comic tale has also been nominated for the triple at the Golden Globes and an Oscar nod for Best Picture.

Like Crazy – Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes for Best Picture and Best Actress (Felicity Jones), Like Crazy tells the story of an English girl and an American boy who meet at university in the US and fall in love. When she is refused a visa, they have to face the reality of being together, but being apart.

Young Adult – The team behind Juno take on a RomCom again but with a twist. Charlize Theron plays a divorcee returning to her home town and trying to rekindle a relationship with her ex-boyfriend. The only problem is that he’s now happily married with a child, but little details like these won’t put her off.  Charlize Theron plays the anti-Meg Ryan.

Red Dog – The Showroom’s film of the month for February is Red Dog. Based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master.