Midsommar is an overly long, ultimately incoherent American horror film set in Sweden. It is the fruit of cross-cultural collaboration. Ari Aster, the film’s director, is a Jew from New York City who was born in 1986 and grew up fascinated with horror movies. Aster felt the film was personally cathartic because it allowed him to combine fascination with the horror genre with the experience of breaking up with his girlfriend, which felt “apocalyptic, like the world is ending.” So, from Aster’s perspective, Midsommar is “a perverse wish fulfillment fantasy,” in which sex leads to horror. Aster is, however, quick to add: “Nobody in the movie is a surrogate for my ex-girlfriend. It’s not like this is what I want to do to my ex, but there is a feeling of you want to set fire to that part of yourself and that part of your life and move on clean because it’s so painful.”Read More
In an attempt to regain control over the conventional narrative, Notre Dame university has collaborated on a documentary film on the life of Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., the man who occupied the office of president for the longest period in that university’s history. In spite of all of the material which has appeared on Hesburgh over the final 30 years of his life, the script was pretty much taken whole cloth from Hesburgh’s autobiography God, Country and Notre Dame.Read More
It is always difficult and perhaps ultimately futile to emphasize the cultural impact of Steven Spielberg’s films. Almost every movie that the tremendously influential American filmmaker has produced--from Jaws (1975) to Bridge of Spies (2015)--is justly lauded as entertaining and smartly crafted moviemaking.
However, for many, especially in the United States, Spielberg is more than a movie maker. He is the architect of the imagination of those who grew up in the 1980s and ‘90s, laughing along with “Chunk” in Goonies (1985) and tossing up popcorn when the T-Rex chased Dr. Grant and co. in Jurassic Park (1990).Read More
The latest installment of the Jurassic Park/World saga has hit theaters and taken a slight mix of receptions. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is not as agreeable as its immediate predecessor from a cinematic standpoint. Colleagues have, however, pointed out that the minor innuendos and crass moments from Jurassic World (2015) were almost entirely absent in this sequel.Read More