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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

Set against the backdrop of a charming town ‘somewhere in northern Italy,’Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s newest film Call Me By Your Name tells the story of a romance that buds over a period of six weeks in the summer of 1983 between Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious, 17-year-old musical prodigy and bookworm; and Oliver (Armie Hammer), an arrogant and confident

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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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