Thursday, May 26, 2011

Trailer Wars: Olsen 2.0

Growing up as a child of the 90's meant being inundated by the works of the Olsen Twins.

The easily ridiculed loft of film treasures Mary Kate and Ashley have given the world, ultimately launched an empire, so mock all you want, but they made a huge chunk of change. Now they have merged away from acting and towards multiple fashion lines and projects that rarely find them in front of a film camera.

When classics like Billboard Dad, Getting There, or Island In The Sun are ever discussed, acting prowess wouldn't necessarily roll off the tongue. However, another family member could have the chops to break out as an acclaimed actress.

After this years Sundance film festival, the world was introduced to another Olsen, but not because of tabloid gossip and ridicule-only praise.

Younger sister, Elizabeth Olsen, is taking on acting with completely different terms (no more straight to video family fare), but it's hard not to make comparisons. Though, after seeing this intense trailer for Martha Marcy May Marlene, I think only their similarities in looks (it's the eyes!) and name will keep the three sisters connected.

Intriguing mysteries behind this plot have actually kept me from looking further into how this story develops-I want to be surprised!

Is Martha crazy? What happened to her? Does she shoot that guy in the woods? Dreamboat Dancy probably knows.

Along with Hugh Dancy, is Sarah Paulson, two actors not generally known for intense dramas, but seem suited here, and John Hawkes who keeps finding himself in one incredible Indie picture after another (most recently he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Winter's Bone).

New to the scene Elizabeth Olsen, seems to be quiet, natural, and not showy, which helps her blend in smoothly with the rest of this cast. Looks like an interesting, well picked first starring role.

Post Sundance, when these movies start actually getting released, is a really great time to head to the theater. With hope, this movie will come to my town, and your town, soon.

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