martin scorsese Q&A

Martin Scorsese is out there hyping up his latest masterpiece The Irishman, but he’s also taking time to sing the praises of other people’s films as well. During a Q&A at the New York Film Festival, Scorsese opened up about his love of Ari Aster‘s Hereditary, praising the movie’s family dynamic above its horror elements. You can watch the full 40-minute Martin Scorsese Q&A below.

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midsommar director's cut

Labor Day traditionally marks the unofficial end of summer, but if you’d like to revisit writer/director Ari Aster‘s shot-in-broad-daylight horror film Midsommar, his director’s cut is still playing in a few select theaters. But if you don’t want to hoof it out to a theater to check it out, the extended director’s cut is coming to home video through an exclusive deal with Apple TV. Read More »

midsommar director's cut

If you’re in the mood for even more Midsommar, you’re in luck. The Midsommar director’s cut will be opening in select theaters nationwide this weekend. This cut features new and extended scenes and brings the total runtime to 171 minutes. So break out your flower crowns, stir up some special herbal tea, and get ready to dance your ass around the maypole all over again.

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flowers in midsommar

“Poppies bleed petals of sheer excess. You and I, this sweet battle ground.” – Janet Fitch, White Oleander 

Whether they’re in full bloom or slowly wilting, petals delicately falling to the floor like abandoned dreams, flowers can represent an array of emotions. It is customary to give flowers to loved ones during times of celebration and remorse. Their striking beauty and distinctive aromas provide a quick comfort, while some possess noxious traits that can elicit hallucinogenic, painful, or even fatal outcomes.

Ari Aster’s sophomore feature, Midsommar, utilizes flora to enhance the film’s visual and thematic use of juxtaposition. Light and dark. Foreign and familiar. Freedom and codependency. Safe and dangerous. The presence and use of flowers are reflective of both life and death while a young woman navigates through her grief in the sun-kissed fields of Sweden. Spoilers for Midsommar ahead. Read More »

Midsommar spoilers

On a special edition of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by managing editor Jacob Hall and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista for a spoiler-filled discussion of writer/director Ari Aster‘s new film, Midsommar. Then, you’ll hear interviews with Aster and actors Will Poulter and Jack Reynor. Read More »

Ari Aster spoiler interview

Ari Aster left the world spinning with the gut-punch ending of his breakout debut feature Hereditary last year, and without spoiling anything (yet), the filmmaker certainly leaves audiences with lots to talk about with the ending of his new movie Midsommar. I’ve already published most of my conversation with Aster about the movie (including his teasing of a director’s cut), but we were asked to hold any truly spoilery parts of the discussion back until audiences had a chance to experience this movie for themselves.

Now that Midsommar is playing in theaters, let’s continue our chat with Ari Aster.
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Ari Aster interview

Ari Aster burst onto the scene last year with Hereditary, a dread-drenched horror film about the trauma and complications of family that was voted one of /Film’s best movies of 2018. His follow-up, the folk horror fever dream Midsommar, is a totally different type of movie – one which obliterates the notion that Aster is a one-hit wonder and instead confirms him as one of the most exciting and daring filmmakers working in horror today.

Last week, I sat down with Aster during the film’s press junket and we talked about audience expectations, building the Swedish community from scratch on location, the “negotiation” of post-production, if we’ll ever see his preferred director’s cut, and more. Read More »

Midsommar Trailer

Today is the summer solstice, so make sure you enjoy the most daylight we’ll get all year by partaking in a lot of activities. And if you need any ideas for how to start things off on, the upcoming horror release Midsommar has more than a few ideas, especially if you happen to be spending some time with a cult that slowly reveals itself to be more weird and sinister as time goes on. It’s summer vacation! Watch the new Midsommar trailer to see all the fun you can have! Read More »

midsommar review

After filling audiences with dread with Hereditary, director Ari Aster has decided to make…a comedy? Aster’s latest, the folk-horror extravaganza Midsommar, is unquestionably a scary movie. And yet, it’s also surprisingly hilarious. For 2 hours and 20 minutes, Aster takes audiences on a journey through a shockingly crowd-pleasing story that blends both laugh-out-loud humor and mind-blowing weirdness. The end result is one of the year’s best films.

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midsommar featurette

While Midsommar and Hereditary are very different, and not directly connected, Ari Aster – the filmmaker responsible for both horror films – says there’s definitely a thematic connection at work. In fact, Aster goes as far as calling Midsommar a “companion piece” to Hereditary. Watch Aster explain the connection in a new Midsommar featurette below.

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