One fine day, a young girl named Wen collects grasshoppers in a sun-dappled forest near a cabin in the woods. She’s soon joined by Leonard (David Bautista), a hulk of a man with arms covered in tattoos. Despite his threatening appearance, Leonard is a gentle giant who helps Wen with her task. To her credit, Wen remains calm as Leonard’s enormous hands gently envelops a grasshopper. When he casually states that he and his friends will soon meet Wen’s parents, she notices several people emerging from the trees holding scary weapons. This finally triggers Wen’s “stranger danger” reflex and she runs to the cabin to alert her parents.
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The women in Women Talking live in an isolated colony of Mennonites. (The story is based on events that took place in Bolivia in 2010.) They’ve accepted a subservient role in their male-centered society without question. They are illiterate and their education consists solely of the tenets of their religion. Their responsibilities consist of tending to the household, bearing and raising children. Anything else is the exclusive domain of the men. For a long time, the women in the colony have accepted their lot in life with an unwavering faith. They have also placed their complete trust in the men as the leaders of their colony and their religion. Women Talking examines what happens after the women learn that their trust has been horrifically abused.
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Prey for the Devil answers the question we’ve all been asking. Why do hunky, smoldering priests get to have all the exorcism fun? While the movie does include a couple of those types, the story focuses on the sultry, platinum blond Sister Ann (Jacqueline Byers). After years of men lording over the Rite of Exorcism, finally there is progress!
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A young West Point cadet named Poe (Harry Melling) works with proto-detective Landor (Christian Bale) to solve a grisly murder. One of the best-looking Poe movies ever made. Bale is solid as the intense Landor, but the revelation is Melling’s Poe. Recommended. Continue reading The Pale Blue Eye (Netflix, 2022)