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In Theaters This Week (12/1/2017): The Shape of Water, The Disaster Artist, Wonder Wheel

James Franco in The Disaster Artist

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.   There are no wide releases this week, but studios will be expanding previous wide releases like Ladybird and Darkest Hour and those in larger markets will have three new limited releases to peruse this weekend. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (12/1/2017): The Shape of Water, The Disaster Artist, Wonder Wheel

The Shape of Water Trailer #2 (2017) *Del Toro’s Next Pan?*


I was wishy washy on the first trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, but most people loved it.  I think the second trailer is better, though I’m not getting the kind of wonder off of either of the trailers that most people seem to be.  Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my favorite films, so no one wants del Toro to return to form than me, and the film festival response to the picture has been overwhelmingly positive.  So positive, in fact, that FOX has paused pre-production on del Toro’s remake of Fantastic Voyage so that the director can focus on promoting The Shape of Water for release and awards season.  Read more from Coming Soon below.

After the film won the Venice Film Festival’s top prize (the Golden Lion), Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the Red Band trailer for The Shape of Water, the latest creature feature from Academy Award-nominated director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s LabyrinthCrimson Peak). Check out the Shape of Water Red Band trailer below!

The film stars Academy Award nominee Sally Hawkins (Blue JasmineHappy-Go-Lucky), Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road99 Homes), Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins (The VisitorOlive Kitteridge), Doug Jones (Crimson PeakHellboy), Golden Globe nominee Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious ManSteve Jobs), and Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (The HelpGifted).

The Shape of Water is an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolatjion. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Del Toro directs the film and co-wrote it with Vanessa Taylor (Game of ThronesDivergent). The film is being produced by del Toro and J. Miles Dale (The VowScott Pilgrim vs the World).

The Shape of Water opens in North American theaters on December 8, 2017.
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The Shape of Water Trailer #1 (2017) “Experience a Connection Beyond Words”

It’s been over a decade since Guillermo del Toro’s masterpiece, Pan’s Laybrinth, and the director hasn’t come close to showing that level of work since.  Yes, Hellboy II was awesome, but del Toro’s dalliance with The Hobbit meant he never finished his trilogy.  Pacific Rim was fun, but hardly the kind of stuff you’d expect from someone who wrote and directed one of the best films of this century.  Crimson Peak was just…pedestrian.  The Shape of Water hearkens back to the kind of horror fairy tales del Toro told with Cronos, the Devil’s Backbone, and Pan, but this first trailer kind of makes it look like “Mute Lady Falls in Love with Abe Sapien”.  I’m not feeling the greatness I know del Toro has inside of him.  Maybe I’m wrong.  It certainly has a deep cast of great character actors.  The Shape of Water opens December 8, 2017.
The Shape of Water Poster


Top 5: Foreign Language Films

Hero, Zhang Ziyi

Here’s a phrase that I hate hearing emerge from people’s mouths, “Ugh, I hate subtitles.  If I wanted to read, I’d have stayed home with a book.”  First off, no one who says that actually reads books, so don’t pretend.  Second, if you restrict yourself to only watching English-language films you’re missing out on some of the best films that have ever been made.  Yes, you may have to do a little work and access your brain (dusty up there, I know), but the payoff is completely worth it.  Most foreign films are poorly marketed in the States so one of the few things I actually depend on the Academy for is to identify foreign films for me to try out.  This, ironically, would not have worked for 60% of my top 5, which is why we’ll bring this thought full circle: the Academy is dumb.

Hero (2002)

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)


Intouchables (2011)

The Sea Inside (2004)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)


Honorable Mentions: Red Cliff, The Orphanage, The Secret in Their Eyes (not the remake coming out), Incendies, Ip Man, The Lives of Others and Kung Fu Hustle.

Trailer Time: Crimson Peak Trailer #2 (2015) *Del Toro Gets Back to His Roots*

I don’t often enjoy being scared at the movies, but when I do….I watch Guillermo del Toro.  Stay frightented, my friends.

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds… and remembers.

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, she is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.
Crimson Peak, Guillermo Del Toro