Review: The Shape Of Water

Director: Guillermo del Toro Stars: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones The cinema of Guillermo del Toro has forever been a realm inflected with the strange and macabre. When captured in interview, the exuberant Mexican auteur often speaks with fondness of the creature features and monster movies that so influenced him as a child, and … Continue reading Review: The Shape Of Water

Review: Call Me By Your Name

Director: Luca Guadagnino Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg Food and sex have long been intermingled in art, with all manner of delicacies plummed for their erotic potentiality; the echoes of bodily shapes keying us in to the artist's intent. With that come the complexities of sexuality; of things deemed acceptable or not, illicit … Continue reading Review: Call Me By Your Name

Review: Blue Jasmine

First off, a disclaimer of sorts; I've never reviewed a Woody Allen movie before. There are two good reasons for this, and I hope to set aside both in order to do this film justice. The first is that I haven't seen many Woody Allen movies. The second is that I haven't seen many Woody … Continue reading Review: Blue Jasmine

Review: A Serious Man

***originally written 21st December 2009*** "What have I done?" "What's going on?" "Why is this happening?" These are big open questions, and exactly the sort of questions that Larry Gopnik is moved to ask in A Serious Man, the latest film from the Coen brothers. Two years after they scooped Oscars for No Country For … Continue reading Review: A Serious Man