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“Midsommar,” Reviewed: Ari Aster’s Backwards Horror Story of an American Couple in Sweden

Ari Aster is a writer and director of cult movies—his two features, “Hereditary,” from 2018, and “Midsommar,” which opened last week, are both grotesque and gory dramas about cults. “Hereditary” showed a family’s destruction by an ancient curse, which turned a young suburban man into a mystical cult’s unwilling king. “Midsommar” is the story of…

By JohnValbyNation July 9, 2019 0

But What About

Did I rob the bank? Sure. But what about the bank? Banks commit white-collar crimes all the time—in this case, the crime of having money that I wanted. So that’s on them. It’s called entrapment, and there is a movie with that title where Catherine Zeta-Jones walks through lasers. Incidentally, she does that to commit…

By JohnValbyNation July 8, 2019 0

Sunday Reading: The Simple Pleasures of Summer Travel

In the best of all possible worlds, you’re reading this while vacationing in some exotic or faraway locale. If you’re not, we’ve got the next best thing: a collection of pieces that explore the simple pleasures of summer travel. In “My Repertoire,” Calvin Trillin describes his culinary adventures in Nova Scotia. In “Dickens in Eden,”…

By JohnValbyNation July 8, 2019 0

Donald Trump’s “Inoffensive” War on Reality

Donald Trump’s Fourth of July address was most remarkable for the things it did not contain. Immediately afterward, commentators noted that Trump didn’t use the opportunity to attack the Democratic Party, to issue explicit campaign slogans, or, it would appear, make any impromptu additions (with the possible exception of the claim that American troops commandeered…

By JohnValbyNation July 6, 2019 0