Movie Diary 6/24/2019

Midsommar (Ari Aster, 2019). There’s nothing like bright-lit, outdoorsy horror to fill up a summer’s eve. Aster’s Hereditary is a movie that expanded in my head for a long time after I saw it; I’m not sure this one will do the same, although this guy does know how to see his way through movies. (full review 7/3)

The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser (Werner Herzog, 1974). Herzog’s richest and most unpredictable film, buoyed by the ineffable presence of Bruno S. and a gallery of striking faces.

The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman, 1973). A periodic re-visit to this deceptively shambling Raymond Chandler adaptation, which nails its moment in time. Elliott Gould’s Marlowe aside, the film’s case against ugly masculinity – this is a movie about men who hit women – is remarkably complete.