Martin McDonagh's first ever film, this Academy Award-winning short shows almost all of the hallmarks of the director's future work: dark comedy mixed with drama, religion, bloody shootouts, death, stories narrated and visualized, little people... The sound design and music feel very cheap and are used awkwardly, but if you can look past it this is a fun 27 minutes.
Hounds of Love is the sort of psychological thriller that, had it shown the horrific acts that are committed against a poor girl by a deranged couple, could have been easily classified as horror. Yet, the director smartly chooses to never show anything, making you wonder what sickening acts are being executed.
Wonderfully shot and brilliantly acted, the only issue about this film is that it could have been way deeper. Unfortunately, there are some subplots that go nowhere and…
Of all the movies that are premiering here at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, this is the one I was most excited about. Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones, Octavia Spencer, and Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water is a fantasy romance set during the Cold War.
The undeniable star of the film has to be del Toro’s crew: the makeup and special effects used to bring the creature to life…
Dope. As. Shit! An ode to filmmaking, the power of storytelling, friendship, love, and passions. A must watch!
Visual Effects: 8
Violence & Gore: 3
Sex & Nudity: 6
Drugs & Profanity: 5
Intensity & Horror: 2