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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water


    Del Toro’s sketchbook of ideas has never worked for me. And I remain astonished as to why this one in particularly worked for so many others. All the characters are flimsy cyphers with none of what they represent coalescing in any way. Even apart from that, as a piece of direction, it’s pedestrian at best, with Del Toro clumsily keeping his camera moving for no reason other than to add mobility to an inert plot.

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther


    As Marvel movies go, this one yearns to be taken seriously, with its scrutinising, though compromised, inspection on modern political problems and its stunning design work.

    But the hosannas the film has received in certain circles is embarrassing, much of it a reaction to said representational issues that have more to do with the lack of diversity in modern-day big-budget cinema, rather than the film’s accomplishments with plot, character, performance or aesthetic.

    The problems that plague all these cookie-cutter superhero…

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  • The General

    The General


    I'm not sure why people scoff at old movies. They are still new to those who have not seen them.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel


    An obituary in serial form with the last instalment missing; snowballing for 100 minutes to a sad and beautiful apogee.


    A piercing aesthetic-laden paean to Stefan Zweig and Ernst Lubitsch; one literate, the other cinematic.

    You choose. Spine tingling.