Shape of Water

“A man who washes his hands before and after use the bathroom shows signs of weakness.”

Shape of Water – Offical trailer

In this new magic propose by Guillermo del Toro, Shape of Water wants you to go really deep into a wet fairy tail. Sounds interesting because the movie is indeed catchy. Sometimes, I personally try to not let myself make expectations about movies. But, this time I went ahead with just a simple hope to watch this amazing and magical movie where from the beginning till the end del Toro keeps every detail on check.

“If we do nothing, neither are we.”

Shape of Water tells the story of a mute, Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins), and how she risks all for love. Before this story happens, Elisa is a loner woman who only friends are her neighbor Giles (Richard Jenkins), and her coworker Zelda (Octavia Spencer). Both Elisa and Zelda work in a high-security laboratory of the U.S. government, where many experiments take part. And when a mythical creature arrives, Elisa lets her curiosity go wild into the deep green water.

Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer on set. Image via Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Two loners trying to save a god, but the god saved them. Being honest, Shape of Water looks like just another boring movie. However, Shape of Water is the most poetical movie of the year. The movie takes you into colorful time of the U.S. history: the 60s. To a time where the U.S. tried to keep everything calm while battling the Cold War.

*May Contain Spoilers*Image via Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Major things/highlights about Shape of Water are the nudity’s scenes from Elisa during the first 10 minutes of the movie, the music and the dances, the black and white scene (which at first made me feel uncomfortable) is the most random but lovely scene of the movie.

Shape of Water is a clean and very honest movie, where the main characters don’t need to speak to make this magical tail come to life. The cast has many powerful candidates for support role in the coming awards. Finally but no less important, the brilliant Michael Shannon makes a magnificent job as the “bad guy.”

4.5

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COCO

“I give you my blessing with no restrictions.”

Coco – Official Trailer

After weeks of the official release in Mexico, Coco made its official release in the U.S. I did see how the movie was being welcomed over Latin American, which made more expectations of what I already had. This time I took my nephew with me because Coco was expecting to be a worthy movie and I wanted my nephew to watch something worthy with me; quality time.

Image vía TheNewYorkTimes.com

Coco is a magical trip to the land of the deaths. Miguel is young Mexican kid who is in love with music but at the same time is ashamed to play, because his family doesn’t allow any kind of music or activity related with music. In his battle to become a musician, Miguel will do anything, even steal, to make it to the top. But, when Miguel and his dog are sent to the land of the deaths, he will discover that family matters more than fame.

Coco is the big propose from Walt Disney and Pixar this year. The movie doesn’t start slow which a different coming from Walt Disney. Coco is full of adrenaline and nostalgia, which isn’t easy to connect sometimes. But, Coco presented a movie full of both. The animation of the whole project is well worthy and enjoyable to all age (I loved it more than my 5 years-old nephew). Also, the colors the movie present since the beginning till the very end are just amazing. Moreover, the way the movie is presented using two languages (English and Spanish) and even mixed them are a clear statement of the time we are living as country. I can go on over this but just think about it… Mexican culture and Spanglish presented in a beautiful way to a country which is dealing to make a wall.

Image from YouTube.com

*May Contain Spoilers*

The story behind Coco is something we all had already watch, but the way the whole team behind this major production turned it out is something to talk about and to applaud. The story doesn’t a major climax, but two! And where the two climax were a huge surprise. Moreover, Coco at first may look like musical because the story and the main characters are musicians, but there are limited musical acts (which is great because musicals coming from animation movies may get bored the adult audience).

4.5/5

Time. You left without say why.

The time we met, we… I was going through a phase where I was not sure about myself. All I care was to run wild with everything I had. Everything I had was everything but nothing. Nothing was enough for me because that was all I had. The feeling of being complete with nothing was a double edge knife.

Now back to the time we met… to you. The most beautiful girl with stars in your eyes. Your shiny brought me life. My nothingness felt more than just enough. The time we met I remember all the details and every laughs we had. That time we walked through the park with the heat on ours backs. Then, the same day the rain and your stars glowing the whole park. I felt how your light shined me inside-out.

I wonder if you remember the time we met as still myself do. I guess the words you told me were simple noise because you don’t still around to repeat them.

The time we met I thought I would change. That time I changed to you because you needed. You yelled, “I need changes on my life.” And aware to all I had I changed you. That time when I realized changes matter to your stars I glowed too. But you wanted more…

“This time all I have is nothing” I said.

“This time is all you say. Nothing is all you have” you yelled.

“Your stars. I have your glowing. You’re my star tonight”

“My stars are free. I glow to everything and everyone who looks up” you said without fear.

That time I felt how I was coming back to reality with the ray of light of him.

Her name was Moon.

Blade Runner 2049

“Die for the right cause is the most human thing we can do”

Blade Runner 2049 – Official Trailer

This week another colossal movie arrives to the public. Blade Runner 2049 is monster sci-fi of this year. As ambitious the first Blade Runner, this sequel doesn’t asks for nothing to the original. With Denis Villeneuve in charge as director, who last year shows us his skills on the sci-fi field with the mind blowing Arrival, Ryan Gosling and the original blade runner, Harrison Ford, the movie leaves a huge impact this year.

The Birth scene.

Blade Runner 2049 is the second part of Blade Runner, where the officer K (Ryan Gosling) is in charge to hunter all the replicants that are hidden from the law. But when K finds an old replicant, K discovers a secret that could change everything into chaos. His discovery leads him to an old blade runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who disappeared 30 years ago to hide the dangerous secret.

Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas on set.

Blade Runner 2049’s story is one of the most complete so far. The music, the scripts, the cast, all very well developed. Denis Villeneuve knows how develop every single person who takes part where he’s taking direction. Jared Leto’s characters never disappoint. Ana de Armas portrays Joi, aside with Gosling give a soft and peaceful energy to the film. However, the strongest duo are Ford and Gosling, where these two make a dynamic duo that engage you through the story and so on. The level of chemistry on every scene they share is over the top.

Blade Runner 2049 will be around for some time. Why? Because the sci-fi’s level the movie manage is fantastic. It may not become a classic as the first movie, but one thing is concrete: Blade Runner 2049 is one the best movie of the year. However, the movie is 2 hours and 40 minutes long (fact that may affect or even scared the public, for me I wish it could be longer), besides the time, Blade Runner 2049 surprises the whole public.

4.5/5

*All pictures are part of Warner Bros.*

Battle of the Sexes

“You do the tennis. I do the smocking”

This week Battle of the Sexes arrived to the public. With complete no expectations about the movie I went ahead. “What could Emma Stone and Steve Carell bring to the table?” I thought. Battle of the Sexes brings a true story to whole public. Full of chemistry from the cast and a passionate secret, Battle of the Sexes is a enjoyable experience.

Battle of the Sexes – Official Trailer

The historical Battle of the Sexes happened during the 1973 year, where Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) finally became the most successful woman tennis’ player. But, when King found out about the difference between man and woman payment, she decided to do something. While she battled to make woman been treated as equal in the field, she started to develop her sexuality as a secret. Also, the ex tennis player, Boddy Riggs (Steve Carell), challenged Kings to a tennis match, a battle of sexes.

*Spoilers*

Battle of the Sexes is one of the best comedies of the year all because the cast. Stone and Carell serve an unusual duo but don’t let this fact fool you. Stone takes risks I wanted to see since long time ago! Those lesbian scenes are well appreciated. Marilyn (Andra Riseborough) and Larry King (Austin Stowell) form a kind of a painful but lovely situation which I couldn’t move myself. The veteran, Steve Carell gives us another great job. Pure comedy and hilariousness as only Carell could portray. Another bright highly in the movie is Gladys Heldman (Sarah Silverman), who is just another big character as Stone and Carell.

All supporting roles helps the direction to serve a real story you need to watch to understand how the Feminism movement started in the U.S.

The direction is in charge by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who without no much efforts made this monumental comedy.

4/5

Mother!

In the last moment of life, would you give your heart?

*Mother! is NOT a horror film*

Mother! came out weeks ago and I was not able to watch it. Yet, my expectations didn’t die by the waiting. This week I finally made it! After watch the film, Mother! got me debating with myself. About the deep message and the movie itself.

Mother! Oficial trailer

Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem on set. Image via YouTube.

Mother! portrays the story of a poet (Javiel Bardem) who is struggling to find inspiration one more time to be able to write again. Together with his wife, Veronica (Jennifer Lawrence), are living in a just for two paradise. But, everything change when Veronica is not longer a inspiration to her poet. The paradise is not more perfect and Veronica starts to see her husband needs: a poet needs inspiration, but a witness that recognizes his work.

Bardem and Lawrence serve an actuation not mediocre but well too normal. At some points on the film I found myself asking me if that was really happening. Which is a good habit for thrillers and as far as the movie is that’s what Aronofsky wants. The Go-pro close-up style gives a easy way to connect with the public. However, Mother! is not a movie for everyone because the high rawness the movie presents (this wasn’t a problem for me but I saw around myself how young adults and middle adults covered their face). Mother! plays with psychology and a deep understanding for nature. While the poet plays more with a psychology, Veronica is more careful with nature.

Image via movietrailers.com

Mother! is directed and written by Darren Aronofsky who chose one more time to play with our psychology. However, this time was not successful as Black Swan did. The problem? The random scenes fully of rawness. Also, the poor and childish efforts the cast portrayed. Mother! is just the miss landing thriller of the year.

2/5

Woodpeckers

-Finding love in the wrong place-

Woodpeckers arrives as a powerful Caribbean freeze. This week Woodpeckers make it finally appearance into showtime in the United States. As far as the director José María Cabral believes, Woodpeckers is a huge contestant as foreign movie this year at the Oscars. The film portrays true events that happens in a Dominican Rep.’s prison.

Carpinteros official trailer.

Image via YouTube.

Do you had ever listen ‘We Found Love” by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris? I guess you had. Well, the firm portrays the story of Julian (Jean Johnny), which is sent to prison after committed a crime, and his challenge to live another day in jail. However, the prisons isn’t a place you may want to go and specially if a prison from a poor country and highly overcrowded. In the challenge to survive Julian meets a fellow prisoner, Manaury (Ramon Emilio Candelario), knowing that Manaury has some power in the prison Julian do some favor in exchange of sending message to Manaury’s girlfriend Yanelly (Yudith Rodriguez) through “woodpecking” (a hand-sign language).

Jean Johnny and Yudith Rodriguez on set. Image via Listín Diario.

The film doesn’t have a huge production behind but is not needed because the cast delivers an amazing job. Woodpeckers have young actors doing their work with passion for what they love. Develop the kind of scene they serve throughout the whole film isn’t something that is well seen Dominican Rep. but their courage to present its just amazing.

Ramon Emilio Candelario (right) on set with Jean (left). Image via Dailymotion.com

Cabral as the director and writer could made Woodpeckers come together without lose the Dominican folklore.

4/5