Hereditary

I checked the list of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and saw new titles, so while I was at the library, I borrowed two of them on Blu-ray. I went home and watched “Hereditary.” It combined some of the family drama of “Ordinary People” with the mystery of “Rosemary’s Baby.” Terrible things happen to the key characters. The images are disturbing. I thought it was interesting that Toni Collette played a woman named Annie who was a miniature artist. I wondered if the art supply store in Utah had everything she needed. Gabriel Byrne was the husband, who was sympathetic to the suffering son, reminiscent of Donald Sutherland in “Ordinary People.” The plot didn’t give him enough to say or do, and his fate was awful. He was trying to remain reasonable and logical as his wife claimed that she was a medium. The son Peter didn’t win our sympathy, or at least mine, as he left his sister unsupervised as he smoked some weed. He didn’t call an ambulance, and he was whimpering and crying a lot. The young daughter Charlie ate a chocolate cake with nuts. Did she have any awareness of her own allergy? Ann Dowd was a woman named Joan, a member of a support group who becomes friendly with Annie. She is one of those initially friendly old women who is like Ruth Gordon. Toni Collette dominates the movie, and she has great scenes showing her grief and anger. Her character has a gruesome moment at the end that was difficult to watch. The ending was excessive. I saw that the director Ari Aster also did this year’s “Midsommar.” Audiences apparently hated “Hereditary.” I think it had to do with the way the characters were destroyed. Some of the people who died on October 18 include Charles Gounod (1893), Walt Kelly (1973), Julie London (2000), and Kam Fong (2002). Today is a birthday for Wynton Marsalis (58), Pam Dawber (68), Martina Navratilova (63), Mike Ditka (80), and Dawn Wells (81). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for October 18, “The Maltese Falcon” premiered in New York in 1941. In 1956, Elvis Presley was arrested for assault and disorderly conduct after getting into a fight with gas station manager Edd Hopper in Memphis. In 1967, Walt Disney’s “The Jungle Book” was released. In 1968, John Lennon was arrested in Ringo Starr’s apartment for marijuana possession. In 1969, the Temptations had the Number One single, “I Can’t Get Next to You.” In 1974, “Airport 1975” was released. In 1988, “Roseanne,” the television show starring Roseanne Barr, debuted on ABC. In 1990, Los Angeles declared the day “Rocky Horror Picture Show Day.” In 1991, “Other People’s Money,” starring Danny DeVito and Gregory Peck, was released.

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