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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★

    Another trademark fantasy by Del Toro, with fascinating character introductions, powered by good performances and some stunning visuals – which were very polished but maybe overly processed, and used pretty much the same colour palette as Crimson Peak.

    It's a distinct (and flawed) style of film but it's undoubtably great cinema.

  • Faces Places

    Faces Places

    ★★★★½

    Woah, I just came in to log the wonderful experience that was watching the portuguese premiere of this film and Facebook just reminded me that I had watched my first Agnès Varda film precisely 3 years ago.
    Surely just a coincidence, but it's yet another beautiful and unplanned detail of harmonic sync, the kind of thing that I keep finding in her work and which makes it so joyful and pure.

    She is a blessing to this world and I…

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  • Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One

    Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One

    ★★★★

    "As Mil e Uma Noites" is the latest film by the Portuguese Miguel Gomes, a director who already caught my special attention with his "Tabu", which also received very positive appreciation, in Portugal and internationally. His new work, a trilogy amassing 381 minutes divided in 3 Volumes, debuted at Cannes, at the Director’s Fortnight, having been considered for Palm d’Or but its sheer duration would be problematic for the festival’s agenda. Meanwhile, it has already won some prizes, such as…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★½

    "And to drink Gentleman? You're going to want to get good and f*cked up before this meal."

    Intelligent, dense and hilarious, full of sub-plots that intentionally make it confusing, making us feel like we're "tripping" like the protagonist - the amazing Joaquin Phoenix, who was once again ignored by the Oscars, year after year. I think one day there will be a year that it's just too obvious how great Phoenix really is compared to the others, and finally gets…