The Shape of Water (Cinema Review)

15 – 123mins – 2018


MUTEY AND THE BEAST

As we enter awards season, Guillermo del Toro’s allegorical fairy tale is a strong contender for swimming away with all the glory, garnering a staggering 13 Academy Award nominations – for a strictly adult-only dark fantasy, no less! I was fortunate enough to attend a Cineworld Unlimited Screening on Tuesday evening, ahead of The Shape of Water‘s UK theatrical roll-out on February 16th, although I must confess my appreciation for this Oscar frontrunner was not without impediments.

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Frank & Lola (DVD Review)

18 – 87mins – 2017


 

LOVE IS NO FAIRY TALE

Opening on an intense lovemaking scene between Las Vegas chef Frank (Michael Midnight Special Shannon) and aspiring fashion designer Lola (Imogen Green Room Poots), I honestly thought I was in for a Fifty Shades-style erotic thriller with debuting director Matthew Ross’ protagonist-named straight-to-DVD feature. But aside from this brief and surprising snatch of nudity from the gorgeous Ms. Poots, this is as titillating as Frank & Lola gets. The ensuing 80-plus minutes does deal with sexual themes, but in a far darker and less intimate manner.

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Midnight Special (DVD Review)

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12 – 111mins – 2016


 

CULT ENCOUNTERS OF THE ABSURD KIND

Sometimes critically commended films can disappoint you on a personal level. Sometimes even films which, on paper, sound exactly like something you typically adore, can leave you cold. Sadly, rising director Jeff Nichol’s sullen sci-fi drama (and his breakout studio hit following the indie success of 2012’s Matthew McConaughey-led Mud) manages the dubious honour of a double-whammy for me.

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Elvis & Nixon (DVD Review)

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15 – 82mins – 2016


 

KING AND COUNTRY

“Who the fuck set this up?!”

Elaborating on the undocumented encounter between two eponymous titans of their respective fields previously only immortalised by a single piece of photographic evidence, this abruptly stunted historical comedy-drama from director Liza Jordan breezily chronicles superstar Elvis Presley’s (Michael Nocturnal Animals Shannon) lackadaisical-yet-earnest attempts to have a private meeting with the most powerful man in the United States on December 21st 1970.

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Nocturnal Animals (Cinema Review)

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15 – 117mins – 2016


CREATIVE AROUSAL

I went into Nocturnal Animals practically blind. I knew it starred Amy Arrival Adams and an almost recognisable Aaron Taylor-Johnson; I knew Mark Kermode commended it (I caught part of an interview he did with the stars on the red carpet at the film’s UK premiere) and I knew my regular cinema-going friends rated it highly. Otherwise, I was blind as a bat!

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