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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★

    really great stuff, intricately rendered capitalist kitsch, with all the violence needed to maintain it, and the cult of middle management (god, michael shannon is good) self-reliance vs. surprisingly affecting beauty and love. cinema is always hanging in the background in its own little war against its financial death at the time, once again capitalism pitted against art and our ability to dream

    definitely del toro's best

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    -the main villain in this movie is a bizarre strawman of anti-imperialism. i don't think it can be overstated that there's a movie called "black panther" with a hero called "black panther" where the villain is a warped scared liberal view of the actual real black panthers

    -the cia is the good guy in a movie marketed as black empowerment

    -the character most heavily coded as african-american is constantly referred to as other, outside the acceptable, etc

    -it's a small…