Beau Is Afraid

Beau Is Afraid (2023)

Beau Is Afraid first published by SciFiNow, 15 May 2023 “Stay hydrated,” is the advice given to 37-year-old Beau Wassermann (played at multiple ages by Joaquin Phoenix, but as a boy by Armen Nahapetian and James Cvetkovski) early on in Ari Aster’s Beau Is Afraid. Indeed, Beau’s surname is the German for ‘Waterman’ – and…

Hereditary

Hereditary (2018)

Hereditary first published by Sight & Sound, July 2018 Review: A family has lost its head. After text announces the passing of elderly Ellen Taper Leigh in her daughter Annie’s home, Hereditary opens with a long fluid take of three proximate houses: first a treehouse (also the film’s final image), then a workroom in the house…