Movie Notes: Beau Is Afraid

Every psychoanalyst in North America just had a 3-hour-long orgasm with this movie. It’s really, really good, folks, but don’t watch it if you want to have a good time or enjoy yourself.

This is a movie about unbearable affects. Every single one of them is up there on the screen. If you are trying to discover your own like we discussed a while ago, watch the film, and you’ll have a pretty full list. The end result is intense, extremely funny in a disturbing sort of way, and very disgusting.

Look at all the unbearable affects listed in the movie and remember that this is the kind of stuff that lives deep inside your mind. The next time you feel like berating yourself for being lazy, disorganized, ineffective, or anything else that’s imperfect consider that this is the kind of shit that assaults you daily from the inside and be happy that you are managing anything at all.

Very good movie.

6 thoughts on “Movie Notes: Beau Is Afraid

  1. So, what’s with Americans’ intense pleasure (or should I say obsession?) at vicarious feelings of fear and terror? I just don’t get it…


  2. “Americans’ intense pleasure (or should I say obsession?) at vicarious feelings of fear and terror?”

    A few years ago I was looking up the history of supernatural elements in American popular arts… in a superficialish kind of way.
    Short answer: By the late 1970s it had become ingrained into the culture and was self-replicating and so it’s part of childhood nostalgia (growing up with horror/supernatural imagery and expecting it to continue into adulthood.
    Personally, I used to find horror movies relaxing…. (especially in times of stress).


  3. “Beau Is Afraid … It’s really, really good, folks”

    I just saw its by Ari Aster who is a truly great director.
    All sorts of people think Hereditary (Clarissa will want to avoid it) as one of the all time great horror movies. I was technically great with one of the most shocking scenes in recent horror history and then a half-hour of all-too-realistic psychological pain (Bergman level relationship dysfunction). When it gets back to horror it…. sags a bit though the ending doesn’t disappoint.
    I was even more blown away by Midsommar, which got into my head and wouldn’t leave…
    The final half-minute of Midsommar manages to become the most… unsettling moment in the movie which is a feat….


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