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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    It is a sensually indulgent, heart-pounding and sun-kissed future classic, exquisitely exploring the plethora of gorgeous themes through a fantastic screenplay, delivered by a handful of faultless performances and helmed by a masterful, confident director. Call Me By Your Name is a triumph, plain and simple. In response to the earlier question, 'is it better to speak or to die?', when a film like Call Me By Your Name comes along, I choose to speak loud and proud about it.

    perksofbeingnath.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/call-me-by-your-name-2017-review.html?m=0

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★½

    This is what cinema is made for. This is cinema. 

    It oozes creativity, ingenuity, originality and tenderness. Guillermo Del Toro’s science-fiction romance could have been so unbalanced and scattershot in less masterful hands; but it is so lovingly-crafted and meticulously-designed that you cannot help but fall in love. Bolstered by the finest performance from Sally Hawkins and the fantastic supporting cast, The Shape of Water is a beautiful, tender and stirring cinematic experience.

    perksofbeingnath.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/the-shape-of-water-2018-review.html

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  • Faces Places

    Faces Places

    ★★★½

    A charming, spritely 'road trip' documentary about unusual friendships and artistic vision. It can feel a little laboured at times and overly-theatrical for a documentary but delightful nonetheless. Agnès is a joy and JR is intriguing, making for a wickedly-funny, constantly-amusing duo.

    Probably my joint-favourite of the Documentary nominees with Strong Island.

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★½

    Lady Bird is a lovingly-made, affectionately-told coming-of-age story that inspires tears of the happy and sad variety because of the heart, soul and intimacy packed into its well-balanced screenplay. An outstanding piece of filmmaking with so much merit made all the more impressive knowing that this is Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut. The cast, all round, are truly exceptional, excellently led by Saoirse Ronan with sturdy supporting performances from Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Tracy Letts, Beanie Feldstein and - of course…

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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★★

    Films like The Shape of Water don’t come along very often, so we must embrace them when they do. It is a ravishing, creative and poetic masterpiece, a cinematic triumphant in every regard. A piece that will be remembered for years to come and will be taught in film schools across the world as one of cinema’s greatest artworks of the modern times. Utterly mesmerising and immersive, The Shape of Water is astonishingly beautiful and powerful with one of the century’s very best performances from Sally Hawkins.

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    A second viewing of Black Panther brought about a great appreciation and less noticeable flaws, although they are still present.

    I stand by the first act having pacing issues, and Michael B. Jordan being as the main villain - but the importance of representation and thrill of the diversity seen on screen, the terrific visuals and outstanding performances (particularly from the holy trinity that is Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright) are a cause for celebration. It results in another fine instalment in the MCU, standing on its own two feet while ensuring the momentum is palpable heading for Infinity War.