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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★★

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

    On the first morning of THE SHAPE OF WATER, fire trucks race past the windows of our main characters. A chocolate factory down the street is in flames; a delicious aroma wafts across town. Giles (Richard Jenkins), a gay artist who paints advertisements (this time of a cheerful heteronormative family, no less), comments on the paradox of the fire: “burnt cocoa”, at once “tragedy and delight”.

    Later, as his flat mate and our main character, Elisa (Sally Hawkins), watches a…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★½

    “MAD MAX: BLACK & CHROME EDITION Subdues FURY ROAD’s Excess”

    I tend to perk up when contemporary films do black and white. Color is an incredibly powerful cinematic tool, but some clever filmmakers have used its absence to express. The effect can transport us back in time (GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK), situate a world in an alternate reality (A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT), be a historical comment on the medium itself (THE ARTIST), or create an atmosphere that…