Nearly a decade after emerging with the unsettling psychodrama Martha Marcy May Marlene, Sean Durkin has finally arrived with a follow-up to that horror-adjacent debut. That film launched the career of Elizabeth Olsen as its fractured titular character, and his latest, The Nest, should rightly send its underrated lead actress Carrie Coon into the stratosphere. But while this film also provides its female headliner with a rich role of stifled expression, here Durkin hones the forebodingly tense traumas of his first film into something less overtly menacing, yet still as keenly psychologically observed. Like a haunted house movie without the ghosts, The Nest thrills with a pervasive sense of unease and no catharsis, making for a special breed of melodrama that eschews the emotional demands of the genre.Continue reading “In Review: The Nest”
If you haven’t read the tea leaves yet, Mackenzie Davis is about to be a major star. Launching from (and then delivering brilliant work) the criminally underwatched AMC drama Halt and Catch Fire, Davis has been mostly seen in idiosyncratic supporting roles, like her stellar work in this year’s Tully. While her small studio roles (such as Blade Runner 2049) haven’t capitalized on her gifts, she has delivered a magnetic screen presence poised to pounce on something meatier when given the opportunity. Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town puts her center stage and the results are a blast.