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The Shape of Water- Karl Sides (The FlickFanatic.com)

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The Shape of Water Review

Starring: Sally Hawkins- Elisa Esposito

Michael Shannon- Richard Strickland

Richard Jenkins-Giles

Octavia Spencer- Zelda Fuller

Doug Jones- Amphibian creature

You can find love anywhere…even in a fish tank!

Guillermo Del Toro has a way to tell a story on the big screen and his films (The Orphanage, Hell Boy, Pans Labyrinth) are always entertaining, so I was anxiously awaiting his new film,” The Shape of Water”.

Elsa Esposito is a lonely mute woman whose only friends are her homosexual neighbor and co-worker Zelda. Elisa and Zelda are a cleaning crew at a military research facility in the 60s during the height of the Cold War. The Army wheels in a super secret project that turns out to be an amphibian man and the man in charge is Richard Strickland, a ruthless jerk. Strickland just wants to study the effects of pain on the creature as he constantly sticks it with a cattle prod. Dr. Hofstetler (Michael Stuhlbarg) wants to learn about the creature and is secretly a Russian spy going to give his data to the KGB/

Elisa decides to have lunch next to the tank on day and sets an egg out for the creature and he liked it and her, they instantly had a bond. The Army decides they are going to cut up the creature to see how it ticks after Strickland loses a few fingers to the beast’s razor-sharp claws. Elisa overhears the plans and goes to her neighbor Giles to help save the creature. Dr. Hofstetler sees them breaking the creature out and helps them and gives them chemicals to add to the water to help keep the creature alive. The amphibian man needs salt water to survive. Hofstetler tells Elisa that she will need to release him as soon as possible.

Strickland finds his creature has been stolen and starts a man hunt for his fish and the cleaning lady that took him.

The Shape of Water is a MUST SEE this year and one of my favorite films of 2017. Michael Shannon is the perfect bad guy and Sally Hawkins is great as the lead. Doug Jones is the creature that resembles the merman in the Hell Boy series Del Toro already did. The Shape of Water is a new spin on falling in love with a fish, you can call it a fantastical update to the comedy classic Splash.

Rating

6/6 Hard Boiled Eggs

 

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review- Karl Sides (The FlickFanatic.com)

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STAR WARS:THE LAST JEDI

Starring: Mark Hammill- Luke Skywalker

Carrie Fisher- Gen. Organa

Daisy Ridley- Rey

Adam Driver- Kylo Ren

John Boyega- Finn

Oscar Isaac- Poe Dameron

The First Order is about to annihilate the Resistance when Luke Skywalker appears in the latest episode in the Star Wars saga, “The Last Jedi”.

Following the events of “The Force Awakens”, the First Order is about to throw the final blow against the Resistance with their newest weapon. a huge attack ship called the Dreadnot. General Organa along with Finn and her ace pilot Poe Dameron are trying to escape their secret rebel base. Poe disobeys orders and leads an attack on the Dreadnot. He loses all the bombers but does destroy the ship. The Rebel jump to lightspeed, only to have the first order track them through lightspeed and stay on their tail. As the rebel ships begin to run out of fuel the First Orders destroys them.

Rey has found Luke Skywalker and has returned his light saber to him requesting him to return and help his sister Leia and the rebels. Luke tosses the saber over the cliff and walks away. Rey is persistent and won’t let up until Luke agrees to show her the force and why the Jedi need to end. Luke sees she is very powerful with the force and also drawn to the Dark Side. He explains how he lost Ben Solo aka Kylo Ren to Snoak and the Dark Side, and he won’t do it again.  As Rey is training on the island, she has visions where her mind is linked to Kylo Ren and she can see him and converse with him. Rey believes she can turn Kylo and plans to go meet him and help the Rebels.

Rey meets with Kylo and he takes her to the Supreme Leader Snoak. Snoak explains how he is going to eliminate the Rebels and then kill Luke Skywalker then her.

Finn with fellow pilot Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) are on a mission to get a code breaker to help them get onto Snoak’s ship and destroy the machine that allows the First Order to track the rebels. The code breaker, DJ (Benecio Del Toro) sells out Finn and Rose when they make it to Snoak’s ship. Gen. Phasma reappears to execute Finn and Rose.

Gen. Organa and Poe lead the remaining rebels to a deserted base on a nearby moon, the last rebels ship flying on vapor is being helmed by Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern), who moves the ship in front of the Star Destroyer and jumps to light speed splitting the First order vessel in half. The destruction allows Finn and Rose to escape, but not before Finn gets some revenge on chrome dome. Rey also escapes back to Chewy and the Millennium Falcon to search for survivors.

Kylo Ren leads the First Order to the Rebel moon to vanquish the resistance when out walks Luke Skywalker to face him!

 

The Last Jedi is a great film and is an entertaining lead into the final episode IX. The first third of the film is slow and has some plot holes, but that is soon forgotten when Skywalker and Ren battle as part of one of the best fight scenes in Star Wars history. Snoak is disappointing, but the rest of the cast are excellent. I was really impressed with new comer Kelly Marie Tran, who provides a love interest for Finn. Hammill is solid and is exactly what Star Wars fans were salivating for. The Last Jedi is also a fond farewell to our Princess Leia Organa, Carrie Fisher.

I have watched the Last Jedi twice in 3 days, it is a great film and should be seen on the big screen. I went in thinking I was going to get another Empire Strikes, but The Last Jedi is closer to Return of the Jedi and I am fine with that.

5/6 Light Sabers

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Murder On The Orient Express- Karl Sides ( The Flick Fanatic)

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Murder on the Orient Express

Cast:

Kenneth Branagh- Hercule Poirot

Daisy Ridley-Mary Debenham

Johnny Depp- Edward Ratchett

Michelle Pfeiffer- Carolyn Hubbard

Josh Gad- Hector McQueen

Judi Dench-Princess Dragomiroff

The World’s greatest detective must solve a murder on a snow-bound train with everyone seemingly being a suspect in the new film “Murder on the Orient Express”.

Agatha Christie’s best “Who Dunnit novel” Murder on the Orient Express returns to the big screen with an All-Star cast and updated special effects. Kenneth Branagh stars as the world’s greatest detective Hercule Poirot and also directs the Christie mystery.

Poirot, fresh from flushing out a police detective who had stolen an artifact from a church in Jerusalem, boards a luxury train called the “Orient Express” to start his holiday. Poirot famous for solving crimes and his very impressive moustache. Is ordered back to Paris. Hercule is bunk mates with Hector McQueen, personal assistant to art dealer Edward Ratchett. Poirot manages to run into each passenger aboard the train, Governess Mary Debenham, Dr. Arbuthnot (Leslie Odom Jr.), Carolyn Hubbard, a single woman on the prowl, Princess Dragomiroff and her maid (Olivia Colman).

 

The train race through the mountains when an avalanche strands the train. The entire train is awoken and everyone, except Poirot, is shocked to find Ratchett dead in his cabin. Poirot is forced back on duty and immediately tells the guests that he will interview each one of them. Ratchett was drugged and stabbed 13 times.

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THOR:RAGNAROK REVIEW-Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic)

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Thor and Hulk team up to save Asgard in the new film “THOR: RAGNAROK”

It has been years since the Thor (Chris Hemsworth) defeated Malekith and the Aether, he and Jane have split up and Thor has search the realms for infinity crystals only to have himself captured in hell by Surtur so he can find out what the demon is up to. Surtur explains to the Thunder God, that Ragnarok is at hand and he will tower over Asgard while it burns.

Ragnarok: is the prophecy that foretold the destruction of Asgard.

Upon learning the plans Thor breaks his chains and summons his hammer, Mjolnir. Thor returns to Asgard, thinking he has prevented “Ragnarok”, to find Loki (Tom Hiddleston) still impersonating Odin (Anthony Hopkins). Thor calls out his brother and makes him take him to Earth to see where he stashed Odin. The nursing home is being demolished and Thor and Loki are collected by Dr. Strange who safeguards Earth against evil and Loki is the poster child for evil. Strange moved Odin to Norway, where Thor and Loki spent his final moments with their father. Odin explained that they had an older sister Hela (Cate Blanchett) that he banished when her lust for power drew too great. Now with him gone there is nothing to prevent her from returning to Asgard and taking over all the realms.

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The Snowman- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatic)

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THE SNOWMAN

Cast:

Michael Fassbender- Det. Harry Hole

J.K. Simmons- Arve Stop

Rebecca Ferguson- Katrine Bratt

Jonas Karlsson- Mathias

Val Kilmer-Rafto

Fassbender tracks through the snow searching for a killer with a “Frosty” fetish in the new thriller, “The Snowman”

Det. Harry Hole spends his time on drunken binges since Oslo Norway has such a low murder rate until he returned to a mystery note from someone saying he would leave clues to save “Her”, signed with a picture of a snowman. Hole and newcomer Katrine Bratt, a special agent that is tracking the snowman with a theory he is targeting single mothers from failed marriages, respond to a missing person for a woman who went missing with her young daughter sleeping in the house. Mysteriously there was a snowman in the front yard facing the house.

Another woman, Sylvia Ottersen (Chloe Sevigny) was reported missing. Hole and Bratt arrive at the Ottersen house to find Sylvia there. Hours later they are called back and meet her twin sister Ane and find Sylvia’s head on the top of a snowman!

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