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  • 'Force Majeure,' a devastating Swedish satire, dissects masculine hang-ups

    'Force Majeure,' a devastating Swedish satire, dissects masculine hang-ups
    This slow-burning marriage drama starts out like a luxury travel-magazine ad for vacation porn. Healthy, lovely Swedish couple Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke) and Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) and their healthy, lovely kids Vera (Clara Wettergren) and Harry (Vincent Wettergren) go on a ski holiday in the French Alps, where the snow is powder thick and gallery-wall white. After their first day of skiing, they all crash in nearly identical thermals in the big bed of their posh room. Östlund cuts these scenes with brief coverage shots of activity in and around the resort scored to an effervescent snippet of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” which feels like a champagne-bottle opening to convey the good life.Throughout, the occasional booms of controlled avalanches provide an irregular background noise to the trip—until the second ski day, when that sound accrues a quiet menace. 
  • Field Tripping: Costco Saturdays

    Leave it to capitalism to make shopping a holiday. I mean, really—we’re almost at that time of year where it’s common sense to just go out and buy all the things, whether you need, or even want, the things, because it’s the end...

    Bob Lienhardt will tell you some of the best stories you've ever heard--as long as he can remember them

    Bob Lienhardt will tell you some of the best stories you've ever heard--as long as he can remember them
    Bob Lienhardt sits on a bench in Mount Vernon, painting watercolor landscapes. The 83-year-old dons a ruffled navy blue button-down, a weathered khaki wind-resistant jacket, a leather neck pouch, and a tote bag which carries his daily necessities: old...

    Field Tripping: Getting Historic

    I have one of those sweet day jobs where I don’t generally have to be anywhere on Fridays. I schedule all the stuff of life outside the workplace in that day—dentist appointments, therapy, trips to the aquarium to avoid the stickiness of...

    Baltimore for Kids

    Baltimore for Kids
    As a kid, I thought Baltimore sucked. I grew up in the Northwest suburbs and only ventured into “the city” for O’s and Colts games at Memorial Stadium—where I thought I was slick using the binoculars to ogle cheerleaders until...