Queen of Earth -- I went and I read Manohla Dargis' review in the Times, and sure enough she name-dropped several of the movies I felt like name-dropping: a hint of Persona, a splash of Repulsion, a quiver and a shim of Fassbinder. It's not the Fassbinder I would've gone with -- Manhola thinks of The Marriage of Maria Braun but to me it's much more Veronika Voss -- but still, crazy lady movies, ho. (Also Dargis says Queen's curlicue font reminds her of Braun but come on, that font is straight-up Rosemary's Baby.)
There's also a pretty awesome typo,
which I snapped a shot of:
It's worth NOTING that it's worth NOTHING.
The movie that Dargis doesn't name that was first and foremost in my mind watching Queen of Earth though is Andrzej Zulawski's 1981 masterpiece of lady madness Possession. Possession's had a renaissance amongst we the high-minded city cineastes over the past few years, among whom Mr. Perry no doubt counts himself, so I've no doubt he's obsessed about Possession along with us - if I googled I'm sure it I'd find him talking about it some place online, in fact. Anyway I'm shocked he maintained the restraint to not show Elisabeth Moss humping a squid at some point; perhaps it'll be in the DVD extras.