The Witch is a supernatural horror story that is wonderfully menacing and draws a gloomy, sinister picture of a Puritan family living on the edge of the woods in 17th-century New England after being banished from their colony. Events occur methodically slow and tense, leading us into claustrophobic darkness. At its dark heart it is a paradoxical art lover’s dream, with visual references to Holbien, Baldung, and Goya. The Witch has no easy answers, and it leaves you with both release and dread.
Russian Ark attracts you with its novelty, hooks you with beauty, and resonates with humanity. Shot in one 90-minute take by Russian master Alexander Sukarov and set in the stunning Hermitage (Russia’s national art museum), you’ll be transported through time and space and experience humanity not unlike walking through a museum of emotion.
- The Witch
- (Canada/USA) 2016, A24
- Available on Netflix and Google Play
- Russian Ark
- (Russia) 2002, Wellspring Media
- Available on Sovietmoviesonline and on Blu-ray