December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

March 28, 2011

Season of the Witch (2011)

When it's over, it's Exorcist meets The Ninth Gate.  Nicholas Cage plays a 14th-century knight who must transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks will determine whether or not her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.  Upon arrival at the monastery, Cage and his group of knights find the place deserted and the monks dead. They discover the woman not to be a witch at all, and then, things really start to get nasty.  This film was a true disappointment, and it's a shame Cage didn't take the time to learn an English accent.  It would have made his character more believable and the film more authentic to its setting.  The sudden twist in the last third of the film damaged the story more than helped, and I think the filmmakers should have stuck to the witch story, instead of switching to a story about Satan. 

My rating: 2 out of 5

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