Weekly Watch List: March 13 – 19, 2016

  • The Witch (2015)

Originally titled: The VVitch: A New-England Folktale.  Directed by Robert Eggers.  Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, and Kate Dickie.  Director Robert Eggers took home the Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival for The WitchThe Witch had it’s Canadian premiere at TIFF.  Canada / US co-production.

This film received a lot of hype in the media for being a feminist horror film.  When I heard this, I HAD to see it.  I had wanted to see it during TIFF but unfortunately due to my 16-hour days (between working and volunteering during TIFF) I wasn’t able to see it.  My friends who had seen it said it was utterly terrifying – more fuel to my fire.

I simply adored this film.  It is the definition of a psychological/spiritual horror film.  I want to watch it again so I can bask in its grim tension.

  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.  Starring Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, RJ Cyler, Molly Shannon, Nick Offerman, and Connie Britton.  Won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize for Drama at the Sundance Film Festival.

I immediately thought: Submarine meets The Fault in Our Stars, however that is much too simplistic of a comparison.  This film made me regret that I never made my own “homage” videos to all of the classic and foreign films I watched growing up.  The film received generally positive critical reception.  I enjoyed the cinematography and tone of the film.  However, I took issue with how Earl and his family was portrayed.  Anyone watching the film should be aware of the discussion around Earl and his representation, and the criticism the film received for this.

  • Mary Kom (2014)

Directed by Omung Kumar.  Starring Priyanka Chopra, Darshan Kumar, and Robin Das.  Hindi with English subtitles.

Again, Mary Kom was another film that screened at TIFF that I wanted to see but, alas, my insane work/volunteer schedule during TIFF did not allow it.

First off, I have to say – WHY HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF MC MARY KOM BEFORE?  She is a five-time amateur boxing world champion AND an Olympic bronze-medalist?  She is BAD ASS!  The fact that I had never heard of her before this film makes me feel guilty and angry.  If any athlete deserves recognition, it is surely MC Mary Kom.

Priyanka Chopra was miscast in the role but she did carry the movie with a powerful and sincere performance.

What did you watch this week?

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