The Killers (1956)

Interesting student effort by Tarkovsky, nice craft and technique here, but nothing that transcends the Hemingway story it’s adapting. The tension worked better in the prose, I think. Certainly a well made short film, but nothing to write home about. I give it two and a half Swedes, and pork and eggs.

The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (2015)

A brilliant, uncharacteristic horror film. The scares are in the story, the setting, the themes, rather than in gore, jump scares, or other horror crutches. Like “The Babadook” and “It Follows”, this is a horror film even one who actively avoids the genre can not only appreciate, but outright love. What if the puritans were…