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  • The Eleven O'Clock

    The Eleven O'Clock

    ★★★½

    Thank god for this one comedy because watching these Oscar nominated shorts back to back to back made me think the whole theater was going to have to be put on suicide watch. We were relieved.

    It was like getting in a car and knowing where you're going but still enjoying looking at the best trees.

  • My Nephew Emmett

    My Nephew Emmett

    ★★½

    I have some gripes about this short but I feel like it's difficult to divorce the artistic representation from a real event. Nevertheless...

    I feel like this short does not add anything new to this conversation. A story like this is so visceral and poignant and relevant to us now. However, it feels like watching a (visually stunning) textbook adaption of events. I don't feel like I knew these people because they didn't feel real to me (in this script)…

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★½

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

    "Is it better to speak or die?"
    I am obsessed with this film's focus on the language of restraint. The way these two men communicate without words is fascinating and makes the point about shame and sexuality in the least overwrought way a film has ever done. The final credits of the film even are a perfect example; Elio falls apart silently and so controlled while life moves around him. The 'coming out' scene in the public square is so…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★

    I'd really like to thank Guillermo for not making me watch any truly graphic scenes of Sally Hawkins getting dicked down by a lizard.

    Beyond that, I really did enjoy this and while I always knew I liked Sally Hawkins this performance was spectacular. The scene were she begs Giles to understand how it is to be unseen and feel inhuman was just earth-shattering. I could watch it again and again, brilliant.