Witching and Bitching

The Weinstein Company

It’s November, which means the air is getting crisp, fallen leaves are crunching beneath people’s feet, and we’re missing all of it because we spend all of our time sitting on the couch watching Netflix. Starting to run out of things in your queue due to your couch prowess? Don’t worry, you won’t have to go outside or anything. New movies are being added to the service all the time, and here we have a list of good ones that have shown up recently. As always, click on the films’ titles to be taken to their Netflix pages. Pick of the Month: Django Unchained (2012) Quentin Tarantino’s first few movies are pretty much universally loved. Not only were they great, they were also at the forefront of a new movement in Hollywood, so they’re guaranteed to be remembered for a long time coming. Around the time he put out Kill Bill things started to change, though. His movies became more about style and less about substance, and the reactions to everything he put out from that point on began to vary quite a bit. Well, for my money, Django Unchained is the best thing this already legendary director has put out since the 90s, which makes it well worth your time. Not only does this movie have plenty of that patented Tarantino style to spare (all the riffs on Spaghetti Westerns, the carefully cultivated pop song soundtrack, etc…), it also deals with heavy subject matter that comes pre-loaded with emotion, […]

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DONT BLINK discs

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Don’t Blink A group of friends head to a remote cabin for a vacation, but before they can even get settled inside they begin to notice things are not as they seem. The surrounding woods are devoid of birds and wildlife, the lake has frozen over catching a fishing boat in its center and all of the nearby cabins are empty of people as well. Food is on tables, cars are still running and they even find a bottle of warm baby milk. The situation intensifies as they start disappearing too, one by one, whenever one of them is out of sight of the rest. You’d be forgiven for thinking this direct to DVD thriller was a slight affair not worth your time — after all, the names above the title are Brian Austin Green and Mena Suvari — but I’m here to say it’s actually a well acted/shot and frequently suspenseful mystery. It’s smartly constructed too with believable characters and reactions. It wobbles a bit at the end with something of a cheat, but it remains a satisfying experience. To be clear, its selection as the Pick of the Week doesn’t make it the best release of the week (that would be X-Men: Days of Future Past), but I think it’s a cool little movie deserving of a few more eyeballs. [DVD extras: None]

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Witching and Bitching

The last time we met director Alex de la Iglesia at Fantastic Fest, he was telling us that in order to enjoy life, you have to be a bad person. He said as much prior to introducing his eccentric, wonderfully crafted film The Last Circus in 2010. It was full of astounding performances, striking visuals and an unnerving political relevance. Since then, he’s been working on a film called Witching and Bitching, which debuted at this year’s festival to equal measures of madness. It’s nice to know that he’s still crazy and still making wonderfully entertaining films.

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Brujas de Zugarramurdi

Jesus Christ with a shotgun. A cave filled with riotous witches. Whatever that thing is that’s reaching out from the toilet. If there’s anyone carrying the torch for Alejandro Jodorowsky, it’s Alex De La Iglesia. The bizarre and wonderful director is back with a new action comedy that features a group of thieves being hunted by some vicious witches. It’s getting called Witching and Bitching, but it’s original name, Las brujas de Zugarramurdi, is a million times better. Plus, Zugarramurdi is the site in northern Spain where the infamous Basque witch trials took place so it all fits. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition, so it’s a lot like De La Iglesia’s work. Check out this hardcore trailer for yourself:

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published: 12.19.2014
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