The Shape of Water is a film by acclaimed director Gillermo Del Toro. And it’s a dazzling, odd, unique, spell-binding fairytale.
It tells the story of a mute woman Elisa (Sally Hawkins) and her encounter with a mysterious creature. From wikipedia: Set in Baltimore in 1962, the plot follows a mute custodian at a high-security government laboratory who falls in love with a captured amphibian creature.
The filmmaking is certainly some of the best of the year. Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Stuhlbarg all give outstanding performances.
It really is an incredible, lovely, violent, romantic, and wonderous film.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
People have all sorts of expectations on what the film should be. As we often approach much of life with expectations.
However, if you just approach Star Wars: The Last Jedi without expectations, it has a lot to surprise, delight, move, and entertain.
We see A LOT of movies. Some are dreadful, some middle of the road, some better than average, and some amazing.
It’s always rare to find the amazing ones. And while I’m not saying The Last Jedi is amazing. I will say there are moments I have never seen before. Directions that are unexpected. Plotlines that are surprising. And parts that are, indeed, amazing.
And what do we go to the movies for? To be entertained, to be challenged, to enjoy ourselves.
I’m the Star Wars fan who looks to the light side. Finds the good, and fights against the dark. I’m thrilled by a saga that has lasted for generations, one that continues to provide a reason to run to the movie theatre to see what happens next.
And I’ll be seeing it again soon.
May the Force Be With You.
Clearly nostalgia has hit. At least it has hit me.
Pac-Man Connect and Play is the newest way to play the oldest classic video games. This device allows you connect to your TV. So simple.
It has a total of 12 games you can play: Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, Pac & Pal, Pac-Man Plus, Pac-Man 256, Mappy, Rally-X, Bosconian, Xevious, DigDug, Galaga, Galaxian.
It’s also only about $20.
Perfect for that last minute holiday gift.
Now, where is Ms. Pac-Man?
Lady Bird is sure to be up for Best Picture. It’s a quirky tale of an adolescent catholic high school girl finding her way in life. Comical and touching, it delves into relationships with parents, siblings, friends, and lovers. Looks at identity, friendship, sex, ambition, religion, loyalty, and love.
There are wonderful performances from Saorise Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Lucas Hedges (who basically makes me cry in every film he is in), Lois Smith, Timothee Chalamet, and Tracy Letts.
I’m betting it gets better and better in repeat viewings.
Time to fly, the slogan says…
A Killing on the Cape is a six-episode ABC Radio podcast and an ABC News “20/20” documentary. It tells the story of the murder of Christa Worthington, a fashion writer, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The story begins with Christa being found stabbed in her house with her 2 year old daughter by her side. It’s the first murder case in 30 years in the area. And the story that unfolds is stranger than fiction.
Totally compelling and unique in that it combines a podcast with a documentary.
The podcast can be found via iTunes, and the documentary can be found below.
Here is a clip of the story:
A good friend recommended I watch Homecoming King with Hasan Minhaj.
Hasan is a comedian who also works on The Daily Show. Took my friend’s advice and watched it on Netflix. It’s a fantastic special and illuminates the immigrant experience in the US.
While Hasan was born in the US, his parents were not. He tells stories about his experiences being Indian, living in the US, and navigating life post-911.
It’s incredibly well produced, engaging, thought provoking, funny, and moving.
There’s a new snack in town at Trader Joe’s and it’s called Spud Crunchies. Basically amazing, crunchy, and tastes like In N Out Fries, only cool and crunchy, of course.
There is not a resealable bag, perhaps because they are aware most people will eat the whole bag in one sitting. Think of them as the next generation of Potatoe Sticks.
If you are looking for me, I will be at Trader Joe’s purchasing these.