The horror movie that is really worth it

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Good morning and welcome back to The Daily’s Sunday cultural edition, in which one Atlantic The writer reveals what keeps them entertained.

Today’s special guest is the staff writer. shirley liwho recently argued that The crown it is losing its shine and that the bonus tracks from Taylor Swift’s latest album, midnightare your best new songs. Shirley saw her expectations mutilated from her by the horror movie Barbarianread anything by Elena Ferrante, and keep trying to catch them all in Pokémon Go.

But first, here are three Sunday readings from the atlantic:


The Culture Survey: Shirley Li

The TV show I’m enjoying the most right now: Writer-director Tony Gilroy is doing wonders with Andorthe Disney+ drama about the character of Diego Luna from the Star Wars prequel, rogue one. I’m a fan of the movie, but I wasn’t sure if a spinoff series tracing the life of a doomed rebel would interest me. As it turns out, the show has been perhaps the best live-action project the franchise has produced in a long time, and perhaps the best genre television I’ve seen this year. It offers mind-blowing imagery and nuanced narratives about how people find purpose. in an oppressive worlddoing it Star Wars in its most exciting and heartbreaking form. [Related: Andor is Star Wars at its most mature]

My Favorite Blockbuster and Favorite Art Film: Oh boy. I struggle a lot with questions about my favorite anything; my answers tend to change depending on my mood. At this moment, on an unusually cold afternoon in Los Angeles with rain pouring outside my window, I remember (and therefore go with)Jurassic Park Like my favorite blockbuster. art-film wise, Cleo From 5 to 7, Agnès Varda’s film French New Wave comes to mind about a woman who spends her main two hours wandering around Paris waiting for the results of her biopsy. It’s a melancholy look at beauty and vanity and self-awareness and love, and it’s also the inspiration for many, Many My attempts to copy Corinne Marchand’s barely winged eyeliner as Cléo. (It has never worked! Makeup experts please help.) [Related: The indefatigable spirit of Agnès Varda]

An Author I Will Read Anything By: elena ferrante. kazuo ishiguro. tom dog. I really am terrible with favorite questions! [Related: The radiant inner life of a robot]

The last museum exhibition that I loved: I spent an afternoon at the Hammer Museum at UCLA a few weekends ago. I visited him mainly to see his new exhibition curated by Hilton Als in joan didion, which I found to be an illuminating presentation of his work, but while I was there, I also stumbled across a small gallery of Picasso cut-out papers. I’ve seen a lot of Picassos over the years, but I’ve never seen his work on paper, such as cutouts, masks, and sheet metal sculptures that he painted to look like folded paper. The work is whimsical and playful, and refreshingly carefree, if that makes sense. Several of the pieces on display were made as gifts for family and friends, and the exhibit spans decades, from art made at age 9 to works he created when he was 80 years old. Walking through the exhibit was like peeking into his private study. [Related: Picasso, creator and destroyer]

Something I saw recently: the first time i saw Friday the 13th, I was 11 or 12 years old; I remember catching him at a sleepover, because every sleepover at that age required at least one scary movie on deck. This past Halloween weekend some friends and I put it up and, well, it’s certainly not as scary as I remembered it, but I still enjoyed it. You can’t go wrong watching a slasher movie with a group, even if a good deal of the dialogue and set pieces don’t hold up in today’s world of “elevated” horror. Speaking of which…

A good recommendation I received recently: As my colleague David Sims pointed out in your movie reviewQuite all the world has been recommending Barbarian, Zach Cregger’s solo directorial debut. It’s a twisted ride, the kind of horror movie that takes your expectations, exceeds them, and then maims them so completely that you can’t help but be in awe of what you’re seeing.

Frankie Corio and Paul Mescal in
After the sun, starring Frankie Corio and Paul Mescal, is “a rich, if abstract, meditation on memory and parent-child relationships.” (A24)

My favorite way to waste time on my phone: Pokémon Go. Yes still. No, I’m not going to (and frankly, I can’t) elaborate on this. [Related: Catching Pikachus at the movies]

The last debate I had on culture: I spent a fair amount of time arguing with a friend about which songs on Taylor Swift’s latest album, midnightThey are the best of the new batch. (For what it’s worth, I think she”3am cluescontain the highlights.) Debating his music, album release strategy, and quite honestly, the approach to everything related to his career, is an activity that has become something of a hobby. What can I say? I am the problem; It’s me.

The last thing that made me cry: the independent film After the sun it took me by surprise. It’s ostensibly about a father and daughter bonding on a vacation to Turkey in the ’90s, but it’s told in such a way that it becomes a rich, if abstract, meditation on memory and parent-child relationships. . It completely destroyed me. me spoke with its writer-director, Charlotte Wells, recently, and I had to stop myself from sobbing.

The last thing that made me snort with laughter: I loved many lines of East Board essay on a girl is gone–themed cruise that I started highlighting them and copying and pasting them into a note on my phone so I could review them later. The author’s time aboard the ship involved little or no girl is gone–related activities, whatever that means! –but included creepy notes left on guests’ beds. I would go into more detail, but I don’t want to take away from the pleasure of diving into this cold travel book. The amazing Amy wishes she had imagined an experience as twisted as this.

Read past issues of the Cultural Survey with david sims, lenica cruz, Jordan Calhoun, hannah giorgisY sofia gilbert.


next week
  1. glass onionthe sequel to knives out (in theaters Wednesday for a limited week)
  2. The FabelmansSteven Spielberg’s new semi-autobiographical film (in theaters worldwide Wednesday)
  3. British rapper Stormzy’s new album, This is what I mean (Friday)

Questions and answers
A black and white photo of Taffy Brodesser-Akner
(The Atlantic; Heather Sten)

‘What is Jesse Eisenberg doing here, saying these things I wrote?’
by Gal Beckerman

Novelists are rarely given the opportunity to adapt their own work, let alone creatively control every element of the process. Whether this is an envious or unbearable position, or both, is a question Taffy Brodesser-Akner can now answer. A well-known celebrity profiler (quite memorable for Gwyneth Paltrow and Bradley Cooper) and author of the best-selling novel of 2019. Fleishman is in troublejust finished her job as writer, showrunner and executive producer of the limited series adaptation of meat manwhich premieres this week on FX/Hulu.

Brodesser-Akner is a longtime friend, and she wanted to know what it was like to go from inventing the world of Toby Fleishman, a sad doctor on the Upper East Side navigating a divorce, to being on set and sleeping at Toby’s. bed. What was it like watching Jesse Eisenberg bring Toby to life, stethoscope around his neck and phone full of dating app notifications? Or see Claire Danes, who plays the difficult role of Toby’s wife, Rachel Fleishman, rely on her facial expressions to gain more and more sympathy from the viewer throughout the series?

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