The Strange Thing About Families in Ari Aster’s Films

His films, while spanning in subject matter, focus and even genre, all share a commonality. These films, however fantastical, absurd, or horrific they become, have all sprung from a kernel of truth: a truth that is the basis of so many realities. This truth is in the heart of families.

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‘Midsommar’ and The Big White Cult

The following article contains spoilers for Ari Aster’s Midsommar.   One of the principal criticisms of Midsommar is that it’s main thematic assertion is that international travel is dangerous. Cultural critic Richard Brody said it best when he wrote “the subject of “Midsommar” is the absurdity and obtuseness of suspending moral judgment for other cultures in the…

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REVIEW: “More Stressful Than Frightning” – ‘Midsommar’ (2019)

When I first finished Hereditary, Midsommar writer/director Ari Aster’s first film, I sat through the credits in stunned silence. Then I stared out a midnight window for an hour, wrestling with what I’d seen. I hadn’t ever experienced a film that felt so devastatingly cynical, mean, and gut wrenching. After some determined rumination, I realized…

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