The Shape of Water

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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.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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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.

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Lady Bird

poster-largeLady 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…

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MoviePass

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MoviePass does feel too good to be true. So, I’ll say that upfront. However, for $9.95 a month you get a movie a day at participating movie theatres. Cannot repeat movies, but it’s basically amazing.

You sign up, download the app, wait for your card to come in the mail. Once all this in in place you can start selecting movies when you get within 100 yards of the theatre you choose.

Select movie and time.

Confirm.

Go to the box office.

They swipe your card.

They hand you your ticket.

And you’re good to go!

It’s so exciting!!!

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https://www.moviepass.com/

 

Coco

 

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It’s a little unusual for me to post about something I haven’t seen yet, but making an exception for COCO, the new Disney Pixar film.

Based on Dia De Los Muertas, Coco folows the story of Miguel, an aspiring musician and his journey to the Land of the Dead. The real family history is revealed through this musical journey.

Additionally, the Mexican tradition of Dia De Los Muertos is celebrated in the film. Family who have passed on are only able to return to the Land of the Living if someone there remembers them. This is why efforts are made to remember and honor the dead so that they can return during the holiday. It is also supposed to help with their spiritual journey.

It’s supposed to be wonderful. What an incredible concept Dia De Los Muertas is in celebrating and honoring loved ones who have past. And now there is a film which celebrates this same idea.

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Below is the entertainment offering at Disney California Adventure called, A Musical Celebration of Coco.

Stronger

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We went to see the film Stronger, with little expectation. Only knew a little bit about the story of Jeff Baumen, who lost both of his legs during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2015.

What we didn’t expect was a tremendous film with incredible performances by Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, and Miranda Richardson. Each of these actors could score an Oscar nomination.

It’s an incredibly moving, restrained tale that should resonate with everyone. An unexpected surprise of a film. Gripping, notable, and award worthy.

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New York Times

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The New York Times.

Had the fortunate opportunity in my life to live in NYC. While there the New York Times is arguably the only way true new yorkers get their news.

What I’m excited about is The New York Times really is a global leader in news. As much as we have been hearing attacks towards the news media, they really are the pillar of freedom and the First Amendment to the Constitution.

And worthy of our support.

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