Monthly Archives: January 2018


The Shape of Water – 7.9

2018-01-07T22:52:24+00:00January 7th, 2018|Reviews|

A completely charming film by the master director Guillermo del Toro: every scene, every shot had visual beauty and plot significance. The caricature of 1950s America was comically dead-on, but not distracting - notably, Michael Shannon's Dick and Jane family and Richard Jenkins's Norman Rockwell art. Shannon was wonderfully evil, Octavia Spencer provided her usual [...]

Call Me By Your Name – 5

2018-01-07T22:24:29+00:00January 7th, 2018|Reviews|

James Ivory's gay wet dream goes from languorous to tedious about halfway through: how many slow-motion man-boy embraces do we need, or "let's strip to our trunks and go for a swim"? (I subsequently read of screenwriter Ivory's disappointment that both male stars had a no-nudity provision in their contracts.) More annoying were the unconvincing [...]