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misterderp

Great movie about anthropologists; I wonder if their thesis got published.
9 months 1 week ago
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satisfythecrave

and people claim white people don’t have CULTURE...
11 months ago
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genheron

Ari Aster calls this a breakup movie and I can see why. It’s not just the horror of the cult, there’s the whole horror of not being able to trust your partner or friends within the cult.

The movie is long but very suspenseful and original.
10 months 4 weeks ago
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Siskoid

There's a lot to unpack in Ari Aster's Midsommar, but let me start with its central metaphor. Florence Pugh's character loses her family in the prologue, and in visiting a Swedish friend's commune, is embraced in a way her own "support group" cannot approach. The pagan festival, extreme though it is, offers catharsis, unconditional empathy, apparently magical understanding, and a shedding of a "false family" that is proving toxic to her. In the ashes of the past, she will be reborn. Flowers blooming is a major motif. It's a long film, but it was so absorbing, it didn't feel like it. The boys who begrudgingly drag Pugh on this trip are all anthropology students, so it's perhaps natural that so much of it unfolds as a kind of documentary on this specific cult's rituals and traditions. My friend Isabel wondered if the character types were meant to mirror tourist attitudes - one an "ugly American" who pisses on what's sacred, another seeing cultures as something to be studied rather than experienced, a third traveling so he can bed girls from different countries - and I like that. It leaves Pugh as the traveler who is changed by her experience, not a "tourist". The film is beautiful to look at too, and in the way it presented mysticism reminded me of Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain - the colors, the angles, the symmetry. Disturbing more than it is scary, Midsommar is also plenty funny, and not just in a nervous laughter kind of way. The village's odd practices create a pleasant fish out of water scenario for both the characters and the audience, even after there's been some gory violence (there's not a lot of it, but a couple people did walk out when it started, so it's gruesome). This is the second Florence Pugh movie to come out this year, and I have to end by saying I'm quite taken with her. Would seek out more of her performances based on the last two.
10 months 3 weeks ago
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Jazzy

I felt this was more of a psychological horror film, which I prefer, than the shock gore of Hereditary. It plays on feelings of abandonment and isolation among people you are supposed to feel the most safe with. The cinematography was great. Good movie.
8 months 1 week ago
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tyrion68

I liked this one much better than Hereditary.
8 months ago
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badge

I saw this on TV 30 years ago when it got to the point an hour faster and was called 'The Wicker Man'.
4 months 4 weeks ago
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Carota

I really liked the first act
7 months 2 weeks ago
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dmelbye

It would be unfortunate to live in a world with no diversity of tastes and opinions. On the other hand, I am disappointed to see the erosion of storytelling standards and audience expectations of those standards, to say nothing of originality and artistic vision. Certainly the original Wicker Man is the immediate urtext for this film, modified with a slightly different narrative paradigm, "the heroine's journey." In terms of high concept, one could also see this as "The Wicker Man meets The Rocky Horror Picture Show," that is, with a couple stumbling into a totally unfamiliar environment that eventually corrupts them both. And one could find many other comparisons using secret society premises to explore the frailties of monogamy, as in Eyes Wide Shut (or the 1969 Austrian Traumnovelle TV film) or even as far back as Eye of the Devil (1966). The "American couple stumbling into a European human-sacrificing cult" paradigm goes back even further to 1934's The Black Cat. And if you consider the cultural moment of that film, you may see this recent entry as yet another glaring case of American xenophobia played out, this time, as "Swedexploitation." But, ultimately, none of these things should matter at all in denouncing this film. The only thing that really brings it down are its artificial characters behaving artificially, regardless of any "killer cult" context. Perhaps, if all the central characters could have been seen to consume the cult's mind-altering concoctions even before they arrived to Sweden, then all their contrived and unnatural interactions would have become perfectly plausible.
1 month ago
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marcemedi

The camera is very clever in this one, if you liked it then you should see "the wicker man". 8/10
2 months ago
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Adrian B AWESOME

Dope flick. It doesn't have the impact Hereditary did, but it's not attempting to be quite as shocking. It is another treatise on family, though, but it ultimately says something different than Hereditary, which is interesting.
11 months ago
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nowhereman136

From the poster, i thought there would be more crying Leonardo DiCaprio
2 months 1 week ago
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Sk1337

Wow.. Ari Aster has done it again!
2 months 2 weeks ago
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1_Ichi_1

Schweden is always worth a trip....
3 months 4 weeks ago
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blimpsnstuff

Imagine if The Wicker Man were a turgid hour longer and had a crappier plot. Here's your movie.
8 months 1 week ago

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