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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★½

    TIFF 2017 Screening #13

    Del Toro is obviously a master and he has once again delivered a wonderfully whimsical fairy tale and visually intelligent creature feature.

    Always compelling to look at thanks to Laustsen's cinematography and that gorgeous production design - the greens, blues, and reds are so sharp and cleverly used - The Shape of Water never struggles in terms of aesthetic. The story is generally lovely and there are plenty of exciting sequences, but I never found myself…

  • Thelma

    Thelma

    ★★★★½

    TIFF 2017 Screening #12

    Unexpectedly became the most exciting film I saw all festival. Simultaneously vibrant and dismal, Thelma tortures the psyche and shreds apart a moral dilemma regarding religion and sexuality that is shown affecting the titular character. Once her repression is addressed it surges outward in unexpected ways.

    While Stephen King's Carrie may have been a catalyst for this story-wise - it indeed shares many themes - Trier has crafted his own unique film, approached it from a…

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  • Weekend

    Weekend

    ★★★★★

    Not since Lost in Translation or Before Sunset have I seen a more honest portrayal of a brief encounter between two strangers. Weekend is a simple film; a breath of fresh air that is charming and quite personal. It’s easily relatable — and not just for a gay viewer, but for anyone who’s had to deal with a similar situation — and it transcends sexual orientation to become a universal story of powerful human connection.

    I’m not sure if this…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★½

    TIFF 2017 Screening #1

    Alongside Weekend and Moonlight, Call Me By Your Name is the greatest queer film I have seen in the past ten years. It's a gorgeous, quiet masterwork - Luca Guadagnino has given us something truly special here. I'll cherish this one for a long, long time as it's extremely human and very personal. The fact that the legendary James Ivory wrote the screenplay for this shoots this over the top and slam dunks it into the…