Isn’t religion fun? Whether you subscribe to it or not (I don’t), it is interesting to see the effect it has on the world and on individual people, whether that effect be good or bad. It is fascinating, and as someone who was raised in and subsequently left a bizarre – yet burgeoningly mainstream – religion, I am drawn to movies critical of the subject.
Thus, I am excited about what appears to be a psycho-religious double feature this week at University of Louisville’s Floyd Theater, renowned for having the cheapest ticket prices in the world (citation needed).
First up is tonight’s screening of “Tyrannosaur,” playing at 5:00 and 8:00. This movie is the first feature by Paddy Considine, and it is an expansion of his short film “Dog Altogether.” It tells the story of Joseph (Peter Mullan, “Children of Men,” “Trainspotting”) a violent man with self-destructive tendencies who finds solace in his friendship with Hannah (Olivia Colman, “Hot Fuzz”) a Christian shopkeeper with “a dark secret of her own.”
The weekend brings five screenings of “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” which plays at 5:00 and 8:00 on Friday and Saturday, and at 8:00 on Sunday. This film tells the story of Martha (Elizabeth Olsen, younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley) who returns to her family after spending two years living with a cult run by a man named Patrick (John Hawkes, who received an Oscar nomination for his performance in “Winter’s Bone”). Although presumably safe, Martha begins to fear that she is being watched by members of the cult.
The Floyd Theater is located on the third floor of the Student Activities Center on the University of Louisville campus. Admission to the films costs $1.50 for U of L students and $3.00 for the general public. More information can be found at the SAC Film Committee’s Facebook page.
Image courtesy of the Internet Movie Database.