“The Legend of a Man-Fish”: The Shape of Water at Last Finds The Creature From the Black Lagoon Vindicated

“Time is but a river flowing from our past.” This is the first “thought of the day” we’re confronted with as mute cleaning woman Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins, who’s sure to be more valued henceforward) rips off a page of her calendar and heads to the government facility, Occam Aerospace …

Jeune Femme: “I was everything to him, and now I’m nothing.”

It’s been an exceptional year for female film debuts (Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird at the forefront). And Léonor Serraille’s Jeune Femme (alternately called Montparnasse Bienvenue) is one of the shining examples of this trend in 2017 cinema. As Lyon-originating Paula Simonian (Laetitia Dosch) very literally bangs her head against a wall …

The Prodigious Jean-Pierre Jeunet & His Careful Pulling At Our Heartstrings in The Young & Prodigious T.S. Spivet

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is one of the most meticulous filmmakers alive today. This is perhaps why he is considered prodigious rather than prolific. After all, his last film, Micmacs, came out in 2009. He is, more than anything, a director concerned with the quality of what he puts out, rather than …