Review: Romance is All in the Eyes of The Photograph

The Photograph is a good looking movie. By “good looking,” I don’t just mean “visually pleasing,” even though The Photograph is a gorgeous film. Director Stella Meghie moves her camera deliberately, giving time for the actors to simply enjoy the space they share together. This gentle pace allows cinematographer Mark Schwartzbard to luxuriate in the…

Review: Your Name

After fully establishing its premise, in which village girl Mitshua occasionally and involuntarily swaps bodies with a Tokyo boy named Taki,, the animated feature Your Name provides some warm and comic character moments. While indulging in the city life she’s dreamed about, Mitshua helps Taki garner attention from his crush by imbuing him with a…

Review: Call Me By Your Name

From its opening credit sequence onward, the Luca Guadagnino film Call Me By Your Name is filled with classical art. And that makes sense, as the movie takes place in Italian home of an American archeology professor whose teenage son Elio (Timothée Chalamet) embarks in a brief, passionate romance with Oliver (Armie Hammer), the grad…

Review: The Shape of Water

In her role as Elisa Esposito, the mute cleaner who falls in love with the Amphibian Man (Doug Jones) held in the government facility where she works, Sally Hawkings conveys passion and compassion without uttering a word. This feat is particularly impressive because Elisa shares several scenes with Richard Strickland, a cold war era government…