The Shape of Water is a flamboyant fantasy yet deeply human; old-fashioned yet profoundly modern; filmed with a palate preferring murky, oceanic greens yet somehow bursting with light and life.
Once you get past the undeniably unique conceit of KanColle, there’s not much to recommend it.
A shitty year with some excellent movies.
McDonagh’s radical sympathy creates his film’s best scenes, while undercutting any kind of coherent thesis.
I thought Code Geass was a tale of resistance, rebellion and ultimately revolution. A heroic tale where the noble Japanese prevail against the evil Britannian Empire.
That’s not quite the story it’s telling.
With a rounded-edged Academy ratio and a muted, earthy palette, A Ghost Story creates a reflective sense of time passed and passing.
Keaton, Chaplin, Tati, Lloyd – and, now, Paddington Bear.
This is a fun film, a film that carries you along with it and puts a smile on your face as often as it tugs on your heartstrings.