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‘The Shape of Water’: on love that roars in silence

Set amid rising tensions with the Russians in the 1960s, Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water follows a relationship that buds between Elisa Esposito, a mute janitor at an American Research facility, and an amphibious creature held in captivity by the facility’s head, Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon). Risking their lives, Elisa and her friends set out to rescue the

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‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig’s ode to mothers, daughters, and Sacramento

In a year that will chiefly be remembered as the year that began an equality movement in Hollywood, it is important to underscore the significance of these auteurs’ achievements. From Dee Rees’s success with Mudbound, to Rachel Morrison’s historic Oscar nomination for cinematography (making her the first and only woman nominated for the category), to the end-of-year US box office

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‘Call Me By Your Name’: on the unforgiving pain of first love

When I saw the trailer for Call Me By Your Name, the newest film by Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, a car scene popped up that seemed all too familiar: a woman caresses the hair of her teary-eyed son, and they drive in silence as he whimpers. It immediately became clear to me that this was not going to be a

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On a year of blogging: lessons learned on movie blogging, the internet, and its population

Thousands of hits, thousands of visitors, almost 140 countries reached, and 365 days of blogging. Life As Told By Film started out as a New Year’s resolution I thought I wouldn’t keep up with, and for a second there, it became yet another thing left undone (then again, I can’t ever finish this, can I?), but here we are. This all started when a

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Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett captivate in 50s drama “Carol”

Early in the Summer, I came across a movie that would sit atop my To Watch list for months to come until its release. My anticipation for Carol — propelled even further by its sweep of Golden Globe nominations last week — was through the roof — and for good reason. Who wouldn’t want to see a film directed by Todd Haynes (Far

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