The Witch (Robert Eggers, 2015)

In 1630s New England, William and his family have been banished from a Puritan plantation having expressed heretical beliefs. They have built a farm in a secluded forest, where they live a solitary life. William’s wife, Katherine, has given birth to their latest child, Samuel. One day, their daughter, Thomasin plays peekaboo with the baby only for him to disappear without a trace. Unbeknownst to the family, a figure clad in red has kidnapped the unbaptized infant and kills him, using his blood and fat to make an ointment. Though William insists a wolf stole the baby, his wife and children suspect evil forces may be at work.

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Reel Life #20: Hero and The Witch

We’re more than halfway through the month and the film distributors, having obviously not learned their lesson, continue their winning streak in 2018 by deciding to give a critically acclaimed Nicolas Cage film a limited release. And Hollywood wonders why they’re not making any money. Anyway, because of the distributor’s continued failure to get a grip, I was light on material this week as well. I ended up seeing two acclaimed films, but I’m sorry to say ahead of time that I only thought one was an above-average experience.

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