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Movie Review: The Shape of Water

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IMDB Summary:

In a 1960s research facility, a mute janitor forms a relationship with an aquatic creature.

 

 

My Review:

I love, love, love Guillermo del Toro. He always has such amazing character makeup in his movies. What I loved was this film was like Amelie meets Creature From the Black Lagoon.

The stand out character for me was Octavia Spencer, but she is always awesome! Sally Hawkins was great as the mute Elisa. Doug Jones was great with his quirky movements—Pan’s Labyrinth was my favorite of his. Richard Jenkins’s character was one to feel for, and Michael Shannon was “insane” as usual.

The highlight of the movie was the romantic aspect because this isn’t Beauty and the Beast where you get a beast transforming into a prince. You get a freaking creature here, and I loved it! The musical score had a very artsy/French style to it that made the movie stand out more.

Bravo to del Toro who can go from Horror (Mimic), to comic book (Hellboy), to fantastical (Pan’s Labyrinth), to action (Pacific Rim), to Gothic atmosphere (Crimson Peek), to artsy/romantic (THIS MOVIE)!

 

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Motion Picture Monday: Top 10 Horror Films

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What are your top 10 favorite horror movies?

In no particular order:

  1. May (2001)
  2. Ginger Snaps (2000)
  3. Waxwork (1988)
  4. Sleepaway Camp (1983)
  5. Carrie (1976) .
  6. 28 Days Later (2002)
  7. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  8. Orphan (2009) 
  9. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  10. Mama (2013) 

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What are some of your favorite horror films?

Motion Picture Monday: Top 5 Foreign Films

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What are your top 5 foreign films?

1. Amelie (2001)

This is one of those movies that I can watch a million times and never get bored of it.  It is fun, quirky, romantic, awkward in a good way, and funny!

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2. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

By looking at the cover of this one you may think that it is a friendly family film, but it isn’t at all.  It is dark yet hauntingly beautiful with creatures that are so magnificent and scary that they will stay with you for a lifetime.

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3. Let the Right One In (2008)

Yes there is a U.S. version, but the foreign one is way better even though the U.S. one is good too.  The relationship between the boy and the “girl” is very interesting, and it is one of the better vampire movies. (This one also has a book)

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4. The Orphanage  (2007)

This film I thought was just going to be the same old ghost story type of movie, but it is not.  It gave me emotions and made my chest pound with grief.

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5. Priceless (2006)

I am one that doesn’t like most comedies because for one most of them seem to try too hard, but I found this one to be really funny and the odd circumstances that the leads find each other in are hilarious.

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What is your favorite foreign film?  If you don’t have one what is one that you would like to see?