The Shape of Water, co-written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, is completely charming, beyond beautiful, and perhaps one of the most unconventionally wonderful love stories to come to the big screen. Del Toro’s love for cinema and his expertise of the craft are in full effect, as he brings a varied assortment of themes and tones to life in a film that had me captivated throughout. I adore his work (Pan’s Labyrinth being a truly special film) and I’m really excited to talk about his new film. So let’s dispense with the intro and make our way into my review of, The Shape of Water. Read more
Gifted, directed by Marc Webb, is a heartfelt, heart-warming and pure in how lovely it is. At the core of this film is a wonderful little character that goes by the name of, Mary. The film is built around her and it primarily succeeds because of her – though there are some other great elements to the film. So it’s a shame that the shining light of joy that is, Mary, sometimes gets lost in the rest of the film. Now what she gets lost in is still engaging and important to the overall story, but I still couldn’t help but notice her absence sometimes. But I can get into that and much more in the fuller review, so let’s get to that. Read more
In my opinion, this is the best selection of films nominated for ‘Best Picture’ in quite a few years. That’s not to say that the previous years have been lacking, as there have been some outstanding films nominated. It’s just that this year is near enough a clean sweep in terms of the overall deservingness and quality, when all the films are considered.
But let’s stop waffling on about the quality of the overall list, and actually talk about each film individually – giving them the time and the praise they deserve. I’ll be ranking these films from my least favourite one to the one that I thought was the best. But if I’m being honest, only 1 of the films on this list is out-of-place when compared to the rest – anyway, on with the list. Read more
Hidden Figures, directed by Theodore Melfi, does a good job in telling the stories of some remarkable women, whose stories have gone unseen. But other than that the film itself is pretty unremarkable; making no real effort to standout from any other biographical film. I actually feel that other than its three main characters, it seems to want to gloss over and demean the work accomplished by everyone at NASA during the time. This review will be an interesting one, as I feel my opinions on the film aren’t going to match up with what many people are touting this film to be. So let’s get to it. Read more