2016: #2 The Witch

Directed by
: Robert Eggers
Written by: Robert Eggers
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, and Lucas Dawson
Distributor: A24
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 93 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Date released: 2/19/2016
Date seen: 2/20/2016
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $25 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 0
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 6 (Cinematography, Supporting Actress, Actor, Ensemble, Original Screenplay, and Horror)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 2 (Ensemble and Horror)

Genre films like comedies, action movies, and horror movies so rarely seem to hold aspirations of true greatness and even fewer really achieve it, so when one comes along and really knocks it out of the park I feel like that’s something that’s really worth championing.  That isn’t to say that I’m grading on a curve when I rank this movie as highly as I do; the movie more than earns its place on this list through its sheer ambition and the skill with which it’s brought to the screen.  Robert Eggars has clearly done a lot of research into the time period being depicted and it shows in the movie.  He seems to understand the mind of a puritan and he made few compromises in bringing these antiquated people to the screen while giving them familiar frailties of the kind that would be familiar in modern day people.  Oh, and there’s witchcraft in it too.  It isn’t necessarily the scariest movie you’ll ever see but there’s clear tension in many of the scenes and some of the ideas on display do disturb the senses.  It’s a hell of a debut film for Eggers and I cannot exaggerate how excited I am for his sophomore film.

#3 Year End Honors #1