Movie Diary 6/24/2018

Hereditary (Ari Aster, 2018). I am not completely certain I like everything that’s going on here, but I’ve been thinking about this movie, that’s for sure. Toni Collette’s performance is remarkable, but then you probably heard that already. I love horror movies, but for years now I have said that the only thing that actually terrifies me is insanity, and ultimately I think this movie is about mental illness. The audience I saw it with was dead-silent until the last ten minutes, when the tittering began. But the end is great, and the laughter is another sign that audiences (let down by Hollywood) have lost track of how to watch movies like this.

The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman, 1957). A free screening at the Edinburgh Film Festival. In some ways this movie is very simple – almost skeletal in its rollout. But it has real mystery. The revelation this time was noticing how quick and smart Gunnar Bjornstrand’s performance is – he could be a template for the sarcastic-but-tough thing Mel Gibson did in his prime.

Leave No Trace (Debra Granik, 2018). Another beautifully observed film from the director of Winter’s Bone, this one focusing on two people (Thomasina Harcourt Mackenzie, Ben Foster) discovered living in the forest outside Portland. (full review 6/28)


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