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Elizabeth Olsen made her big debut as Martha Marcy May Marlene

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Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases, premieres, current events, or occasionally just our own inscrutable whims. This week: Antonio Campos and Sean Durkin both have new movies coming out, so we’re looking back on other projects released by their production company, Borderline Films.


Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

“Do you ever have that feeling where you can’t tell if something’s a memory or if it’s something you dreamed?” The eponymous protagonist of Martha Marcy May Marlene, played by Elizabeth Olsen, asks this of her older sister following some years apart. Martha is staying with Lucy (Sarah Paulson) and her husband, Ted (Hugh Dancy), in their plush Connecticut lake house after having made a surreptitious, early-morning escape from another secluded home, a communal farmhouse in the Catskills. But Sean Durkin’s first (and, prior to the upcoming release of The Nest, only) feature is less about memories versus dreams or fact versus fiction than the way traumatic experiences from one’s past can assert themselves in the present.

The film’s neat structure reiterates this idea, often bluntly, by visually blending Martha’s memories of her time upstate with her current stay in Connecticut: She jumps off her brother-in-law’s boat and lands in a creek among splashing members of the commune. She carries a glass of water from her sister’s spotless stainless steel kitchen into a shadowed, unfinished room on the farm. Handfuls of seconds can pass in a new scene before it’s clear just when and where Martha is. Besides being Olsen’s auspicious debut, Martha Marcy May Marlene is perhaps most notable for these formal choices (Durkin would win the Directing Award at Sundance that year), which blur the line between what was and what now is.

Beginning with Martha’s addled call to her sister on a pay phone outside of a diner, we see the effects of her trauma before the trauma itself, creating a palpable sense of foreboding. One morning she pisses herself awake. One night she lies down in Lucy and Ted’s bed while they’re having sex. As Martha’s behavior grows increasingly troubling, the flashbacks to her life in the commune also become more and more disturbing. (The word “cult” did not appear anywhere in Durkin’s script.) The group’s leader, Patrick, is played by John Hawkes, who—one year after Winter’s Boneportrays another charismatic but dangerous man opposite an ingenue in her breakout role. Hawkes’ performance, like the film as a whole, is as striking for what it avoids as for what it contains. The cliché of the wild-eyed, manipulative Svengali is nowhere to be seen here; in its place is a man who smiles as easily as he closes a hand around a woman’s neck.

Martha cannot yet talk about what happened to her, but often parrots Patrick’s language to Lucy. “Why is the house so big?” she asks when she first sees the lake property. The film hints at Martha and Lucy’s childhood—a dead mother, a mean aunt—without becoming didactic about how an unstable upbringing might eventually lead one sister to embrace the security that an architect husband and wild amounts of money afford and the other to join a cult. The world of the commune is specific and detailed—one can almost smell the body odor in the room where everyone sleeps—while its overriding ideology remains vague, its tenets tacit. Upon her arrival at the idyllic farm, Martha is told that it’s as much hers as theirs. She’s later encouraged to let her guard down in order to more fully become a part of the group. It results in a kind of porousness, made literal when Patrick gives her a new name and when the cult members enter nearby residences at night to burgle them. (That her sister’s is the kind they would rob does not need to be said.) The self is as permeable as a house, the film says. You have to be careful who you let in.

Availability: Martha Marcy May Marlene is currently streaming on HBO Max and DirectTV. It is also available to rental or purchase from Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, Microsoft, Fandango, Redbox, and VUDU.

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Christina Anstead’s Ex Tarek El Moussa Is Being ‘Very Supportive’ Amid Her Split From Husband Ant

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Someone to lean on. Flip or Flop star Christina Anstead‘s first ex-husband, Tarek El Moussa, is “being very supportive” of her amid her split from estranged second husband Ant Anstead, a source exclusively tells In Touch.

“Tarek was shocked too,” the insider reveals about his reaction to the couple’s breakup news. “He’s there for her and so is his fiancé, Heather [Rae Young], who feels bad for Christina and completely understands Tarek supporting his ex during this time. Tarek loves Hudson like if he was his own.”

Christina, 37, announced she and Ant, 41, were calling it quits after nearly two years of marriage via Instagram on Friday, September 18. “Ant and I have made the difficult decision to separate,” the Christina on the Coast star captioned a photo of her and the U.K. native walking on the beach together. “We are grateful for each other and as always, our children will remain our priority. We appreciate your support and ask for privacy for us and our family as we navigate the future.”

The couple started dating in October 2017, nine months after her split from Tarek, 39. The couple never announced their engagement but tied the knot in December 2018. The following March, they announced they were expecting their first child together. Christina and the Wheeler Dealers host welcomed son Hudson in September 2019.

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Their relationship seemed to be going strong before announcing their separation, and the Craft It Yourself alum even gushed over Hudson’s “beautiful mummy” in a tribute to their son on his first birthday. But an insider revealed to Life & Style that ultimately, the couple “grew apart” which is what led to their split.

“They’re very different people from totally different backgrounds, and that definitely played a factor,” the insider continued, while adding, “The crazy thing is that on the outside they looked like the perfect couple. It just goes to show that you just never know what’s going on behind closed doors.”

This isn’t Christina’s first public split. Tarek and Christina went their separate ways in December 2016 after seven years of marriage. The Flipping 101 star filed for divorce in January 2017 and it was finalized in January 2018. They share two kids together, daughter Taylor and son Brayden. Tarek started dating Selling Sunset star Heather, 33, in July 2019. They got engaged on their one year anniversary.

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Jean Shafiroff made fast change in restaurant bathroom to make fashion event

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Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff was so determined to make it to Times Square Fashion Week, she got ready for the event in a restaurant bathroom.

Her husband took a wrong turn en route, landing the couple in traffic. Running out of time, Shafiroff — who also served as the event’s emcee and guest of honor — was forced to pull over and change in the ladies’ room of a Lexington Avenue eatery.

“I would’ve never made it otherwise,” said the socialite.

Fashion insiders and VIPs gathered to watch presentations from seven designers at the first live event to be held in Times Square since the lockdown began. We hear that Shafiroff also just interviewed bitcoin billionaire Brock Pierce for her Hamptons TV show.

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Blood & Treasure Season 2: Release Date, Cast, Plot And Every Latest Update Here !!!

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Blood & Treasure is an American action-adventure play television series which is shown on CBS. The series is inspired by 2 other shows of the exact same genre- Indiana Jones and National Treasure. It provides a new action-packed, thrilling experience to its audiences in its 38-83 minute running time.

The show centers around two distinct characters – it’s a brilliant antiquities expert, and the other is a cute art thief. They combine together to catch a devastating terrorist who funds his attacks through treasure that was stolen. They travel around the globe to hunt down their goal, but little did they know that they are stepping down deep into the epicentre of a two-hundred-year-old struggle for civilization’s cradle.

The show was valued for its globe-trotting adventure with the captivating mix of action, humour, and drama. The series is written by Federman and Scaia and can be distributed by CBS Television distribution. Taylor Elmore, Ben Silverman, and many others take part in the creation of the show.

When it’s release?

The season 2 release  date for its new run of this suspense series has not yet been shown. Also, if the coronavirus outbreak does not affect the creation, it does not start. In the event the new season confronts a distraction, at the point, it will affect its arrival, and we want additional seats for it. At the time of the series announcement, it had been made clear that the next few seasons could be sent this season, and should it face any delays, it would likely reach enthusiasts in 2021 at the time.

Cast?

This series’s fans are anticipating seeing these stars in the upcoming season of the suspense series: Matt Brar as Danny McNamara.

  • Sophia Pernas as Lexie Wazir
  • Michael James Shaw as Aiden Shaw
  • Katya Winter as Gwen Carlson
  • James Kallis as Simon Hardwick
  • Dr. Alicia Coppola as Ana Castillo

What’s Blood & Treasure Season 2 Plot?

The direct cast team of this series provides the action and romantic interest to the sequence. We behold Sofia Pernas from the series, who’s a Moroccan-Spanish actress. Her other notable roles have been featured in the Young and the Restless,” Jane the Virgin,’ and’The Brave.’ She steps into the role of Lexi Vaziri in the present show.

Matt Barr plays the role of Danny McNamara from the series. He’s an American actor and features ‘Commander in Chief,”’One Tree Hill,’ and Hellenes.’ Other members of this cast crew include Katia Winter as Gwen, Michael James Shaw as’Shaw,’ and Anna Silk as’Roanoke.’

 

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