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Venice 2017: A Beautiful Story of Love in del Toro's 'The Shape of Water'

The Shape of Water Review

Cinema has always been a prominent medium for love stories, and there have been so many over the years. But there are always new stories to be told, that show us a different perspective, and once again fill us with passion and hope and happiness. Guillermo del Toro's new film, The Shape of Water, is one of the most beautiful love stories. Another fairy tale from the mind of the monster master, The Shape of Water has one major fantasy element to it, but it's also a "real" story set during the Cold War about human beings (and one fish creature). It is hands down one of Guillermo del Toro's best films, infused with so much passion, and romance, reminding us of the power of love. It seems cliche, but del Toro has laid his heart bare this time.

 Posted August 31 in Review, Venice 17 | Comments

Venice 2017: Alexander Payne's 'Downsizing' is Ambitious & Amusing

Downsizing Review

It's always refreshing to come across a film that can genuinely be referred to as something we've never really seen before. Alexander Payne's latest film is Downsizing, an ambitious social satire starring Matt Damon. The concept of the film is what makes it so innovative - the Norwegians invent a method to shrink humans down to a few inches, and so people begin to shrink themselves in order to live a better life (and help save the environment at the same time). Not only does the film boldly attempt to address (in subtle, smart was) many of the big issues affecting our planet at the moment, but it's overall scope is impressive, never holding back and feeling completely believable in every way. It's an impressive accomplishment and fully engaging.

 Posted August 30 in Review, Venice 17 | Comments

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