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Dec 15, 2023

Arise, fair Esther

2023 is winding down and I say good riddance! Sure sure, there were plenty of creamy middles and even some delicious highs. But we cannot ignore low lows from the past year either, including but not limited to The Exorcist: Believer existing, a Blu-ray release of Stay Alive still not existing, and Screaming Females existing and then not existing any longer, which means that the February show--where they were to play with Team fucking Dresch!!--I had tickets for was cancelled. With Persephone firmly tucked away in the underworld for the next li'l bit (stay strong, girl) and the sun setting at, like, 3:30 in the afternoon, the dark vibes seem perfectly fitting as 2023 withers to its end at last. 

But, soft! What choker through yonder window breaks? It is Esther's, and she is the goddamned sun! She has come to save us all with the news that Orphan 3 is in active development.

Perhaps you already know this, but regardless let me state it plain: I am such an Orphan fan. It is the goodest of good times. I never dared to wish for more, particularly as star Isabelle Fuhrman aged out of the role. But somehow, against all odds and the laws of nature alike, that not-wish was answered last year with Orphan: First Kill, yet another goodest of good times, which made me feel like a dope for thinking that Isabelle Fuhrman would ever age out of this role. Mind you, more than a decade had passed since the first film, and Fuhrman looks like a 23-year-old playing a 31-year-old playing a 9-year-old. Go figure! There are camera tricks and apple boxes galore, and we are never fooled for an instant into thinking anyone would assume she's a regular ol' child! The filmmakers also know this. None of us care. Orphan:First Kill is glorious. It's a film that probably shouldn't be at all but there it is and we as a species are better for it. 

"But no, that has to be the last? No, right?" Again, I daren't dream for more. But madlad William Brent Bell saw the love that lurks in my heart, and will deliver unto us more-phan. When will we see it? Who knows. It doesn't matter. Just knowing that Esther is out there in the ether is enough for me. I'm already writing letters to the Oscars, telling them to get ready to hand out all of their trophies to Orphan 3.  

Okay, in this one that choker is gonna be removed and her head will fall off at last, I just knows it!


Steve K said...

What a joy to see a post outside of shocktober!

I hope Christmas Eve you're visited by the ghosts of Patty McCormack, Miss Tanner, and Betty Broderick and that they bring you every cinematic wonder that you desire in 2024.

Stacie Ponder said...

Ha, thanks Steve! :) I do mean to post more, but then I don't, and then I say "Okay, I'm gonna post, it's been like two weeks since my last post" and then I look at the calendar and realize it's actually been three years since my last post. Fie!

And now you've got me wanting to revisit my beloved Betty Broderick saga...

Riccardo said...

It was a clever stunt, indeed, to make a prequel to "Orphan" that a) makes enough sense that we go along with it and b) is a whole lot of fun.

How silly we were to think that Esther was the only person in the world with devious ulterior motives.

Steve W said...

I thought of you immediately when I saw the Orphan 3 news. I hope they are still making these when Isabelle Fuhrman is in her 50s!

Signed, a totally different Steve.

Jason Adams said...

I screamed, I cried, I rended my clothes and pushed a woman into a vat of acid when I heard the Orphan 3 news. What did we do to deserve such joy??? I do worry that there's no way they could shock us a THIRD time is there? The fact that they got a twist in the second one that took us all by surprise was surely a fluke?? I CANNOT WAIT TO FIND OUT. I hope IF keeps making these until she's a little old lady in pigtails

Stacie Ponder said...

Oops! All Steves

Yeah, I hope Esther keeps having murderous adventures forever. Maybe at some point she will fool people in the other direction, like instead of thinking she's younger than she really is everyone will start thinking she's older than she is. I don't know how this would work or what the point would be beyond reminding me of Mama's Family somehow. But Orphan has already given me the Esther/Ramsey Family crossover I never knew I wanted so who's to say what the future holds?

Also, if we are getting this much Esther, I will continue to hold out hope that we will eventually get more Ma. I really don't ask for much!