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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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Alice Through The Looking Glass- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS 

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“You can’t change the past, only hope to learn from it.” Time

Mia Wasikowska is back as Alice, the girl who tumbled down the rabbit hole to discover a new whole of impossible things called Underland. Alice is now having adventures in the real world until she returns home to find her mother has signed over their home. Alice goes to meet with the new owner of her fathers company. Hamish, the man she left at the alter. As Hamish explains to Alice that she is going to be a clrk not a ship’s captain Alice sees an old friend Absolem (the voice of the late Alan Rickman).

Absolem leads Alice to a mirror that becomes a portal back to Underland where she is needed to help save the Hatter. The tea party gang including the White Queen Mirana (Anne Hathaway), Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas) explain that the Hatter is dying from depression. Alice goes to see the Hatter (Johnny Depp) and learns the story of his family, the Hightopps .

Hatter tells the tale of how he ruined Princess Iracebeth’s coronation day by making her crown too small. The princess of hearts (Helena Bonham Carter) sends her jabberwocky to kill the Hightopps. Hatter had just made his first hat and gave it to his father only to have him dismiss it as a poorly made hat. While on a walk the Hatter finds that same hat and thinks his family is alive! No one believes him and he sinks into a depression that may kill him!

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CAPTAIN AMERICA:CIVIL WAR- Karl “the Flick Fanatic” Sides

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Friend vs. Friend, Avenger vs. Avenger as the Marvel Universe divides in the latest film Captain America: Civil War!

As a comic book fan and a film critic, I love that the Marvel Cinematic Universe knows how to cross promote their films and TV shows while introducing characters in cameos prior to their solo films. We met Nick Fury all the way back in Iron Man (2008), Agent Peggy Carter was introduced with Captain America and now we get a look at two new heroes in the new film Captain America: Civil War.

Civil War picks up where Age of Ultron left off with Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)leading the new group of Avengers:  Falcon (Anthony Mackie) & Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) tracking down Crossbones (Frank Grillo) to prevent HYDRA from obtaining a biological weapon. The fight takes place in the streets of South Africa and there are numerous casualties including a group of students from Wakanda as Cap and his crew defeat Crossbones securing the chemical.

The governments of the world are demanding accountability by the Avengers after the battles in New York (Avengers), Washington DC (Captain America Winter Soldier), Sokovia (Avengers Age of Ultron) and now Africa. Secretary of State Ross (William Hurt) tells the Avengers they have to agree to supervision by the United Nations to continue policing the planet.  This is accepted by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and the military minded Rhodey aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), but Cap and Falcon think that they still know what is best for the heroes.

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