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  • The Scythian Lamb

    The Scythian Lamb

    ★★★★

    My final film at ChiFilmFest (and one of my fest favorites!). Clever screenplay that had me totally thinking it was going in one way then takes a different direction. For a manga adaptation the source material is compressed yet still works extremely well here. I’m guessing that each of these characters gets more time to develop in the books and it’s easy to see here as a few of the primaries only get a little screen time compared to the…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★½

    Beautiful.

    Plays like a sequel to Creature from the Black Lagoon.
    Or a remake of Creature Walks Among Us.
    Sally Hawkins is typically great. Brave performance.
    Michael Shannon same. Can play an asshole rather well.
    Richard Jenkins is wonderful as always.
    Doug Jones is magnificent. He deserves all the accolades for bring this creature to life.
    Also dug Octavia Spencer and Michael Stuhlbarg providing needed humanity outside that circle of lonely souls.

    Of course a ton a credit to Guillermo…

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  • The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

    The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

    ★★★

    I get the charm and novelty of this Hammer/Shaw mash-up but I wouldn’t classify this as a better representation from either studio. However, together they’ve found a unique balance. In essence 1+1=3 in this case. The fighting scenes aren’t great and the Hammer elements only serve to drive the plot. Neither executed very well but combined it becomes an entertaining watch. Fun to see Peter Cushing so active in fighting the vampires. Plenty of replay value.

  • Jodorowsky's Dune

    Jodorowsky's Dune

    ★★★★★

    My new favorite film of Fantastic Fest. Essential viewing not just for Jodo fans but anyone who loves art, music and/or film. If you create, you must see this this.