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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★

    Where's my hot merman and mute action, del Toro?!

    That's the first and only time you'll see me making that crude joke during this review of The Shape of Water. Enough is enough, internet. Whilst The Shape of Water harkens back to the glory days of Guillermo del Toro's directing past, long before he made fun but generic robot rumble blockbusters and divisive gothic period pieces, del Toro's influences for this project, in particular, are from the far and wide.…

  • The Last of the Unjust

    The Last of the Unjust

    ★★★★

    With Claude Lanzmann's passing just under a fortnight ago, I don't pigeonhole myself for tribute watches regularly. For Lanzmann, it came down to two things that made me want to watch a film of his - one) I have never seen any of his monumental work at all, and two) I am a proud owner of the Masters of Cinema Shoah Blu Ray box set that came out in the UK about three years ago. Why do I own this?…

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  • Phantom

    Phantom

    ★★★½

    Week #3 of Film School Drop Outs Challenge 2017 - German Expressionism (1920 - 1927)

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    F. W. Murnau was one of the most influential directors working in the realms of silent cinema. His adaptation of Dracula, simply entitled Nosferatu is one of the most beloved horror films of 1920's, Faust is an epic folklore tale that holds up upon multiple viewings, even when he moved over to Hollywood to make Sunrise, he was still cranking…

  • Strange Days

    Strange Days

    ★★★★★

    Part of my 52 Films by Women Challenge! (27/52)

    My only gripe with Strange Days is that it's such a missed opportunity to not use the song 'Strange Days' by The Doors. Bad luck Bigelow, I give your cult classic an A-. Minus that cruel factor, Strange Days is an utterly spotless piece of science-fiction. From the very first shot, told from the point-of-view of a bank robber where his heist goes badly wrong, the level of skill needed to…