Never has a film so perfectly represented my notion of what a Midwestern, white, working class family looks like. In the same vein, I feel that Take Shelter also accurately depicts the type of masculinity that I was surrounded by growing up in Michigan. Men are quiet. They work hard, they drink late, and you only see them at the breakfast table through the week. There is a stoicism to masculinity: Everything is internal and everything internal is sound.
To me, Take Shelter is fascinating because part of the core of the picture involves trying to keep intact this understanding of masculinity by any means necessary. Even when the main character, Curtis (Michael Shannon), knows that he needs to seek help for his hallucinations and nightmares, he struggles to be open. He struggles with honesty. Curtis was raised to keep to himself. Perhaps Curtis wasn’t explicitly told that men should be calm and logical, but he doesn’t want to disrupt that. He doesn’t want anyone to know that he could have faults. Men aren’t allowed to show that.
“But when a saga popular with pre-adolescent girls peaks romantically on a night that leaves the heroine to wake up covered with bruises in the shape of her husband’s hands — and when that heroine then spends the morning explaining to her husband that she’s incredibly happy even though he injured her, and that it’s not his fault because she understands he couldn’t help it in light of the depth of his passion — that’s profoundly irresponsible.”—NPR’s Linda Holmes reviews Twilight Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1 (via winterlungs)
Today there was a 12 hour shoot where we shot four scenes. I was surprised that there was never anyone involved with the location watching us. I was thankful because as night fell we started doing things we probably shouldn’t have. My car is in the film and it also died during the night because we were using it as light. There was only one electrical outlet available all day and it was very frustrating to use.
As tiring and awful as the shoot felt, I also felt really good. I feel like I’m going to have nightmares about things not working. But, that’s not all bad, I don’t think.