Nothing aches quite like first love. It grips hold of you like a disease, consuming you with desire, enveloping your day dreams with only thoughts of another’s face, scent, or smile. In Call Me By Your Name, Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino takes us to the sun-drenched Italian countryside for an exquisite queer romance that you’ll want to soak up every minute of.
There’s a little bit of everything in the latest from Guillermo del Toro. The Shape of Water is part fairy tale, part monster movie, part love story, and part horror thriller. The filmmaker even finds room to squeeze in some nasty bits of gore and a dazzling classic Hollywood musical number. It may sound like none of that could work in one movie, but del Toro melds the many genre elements of his sublime fantasy into a loving ode to cinema. It’s a heartbreaking love story about loneliness and the transcendent power of language, and it’s simply magical.
We’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of Call Me By Your Name ever since its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where the new drama from director Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash) was hailed as one of the best of the fest. With a release set for November, it might just become one of the best films of 2017 (it’s certainly a strong contender for this awards season). At the very least, the first official trailer has us more intrigued than ever by this lovely coming-of-age romance starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet.
Whether it’s horror, fairy tale, or a superhero movie, getting inside the mind of Guillermo del Toro is always a welcomed breaks from reality. Following the ghostly Crimson Peak, the filmmaker is returning to a more Pan’s Labyrinth-esque creature feature with The Shape of Water, though this latest film looks noticably less freaky than that 2006 favorite.
Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers movie, recently retitled The Papers (before it was The Post), has one of the most ridiculously stacked casts in recent memory — and it just recruited more members. Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, Zach Woods, and Pat Healy have signed up help out Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep investigate America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.
FX’s ‘Fargo’ enters the selfie age with Season 3, but might need a bit more reflection on Noah Hawley’s passion for this weird and wonderful world. Our early review, before dueling Ewan McGregors come to blows on April 19.
You’d think we’d get tired of Fargo Season 3, and the unfathomable pinheadery of all its nonsense-phrases, but Mary Elizabeth Winstead delivers them with such gusto. See for yourself (and get an in-depth look at this season’s story) with a new extended featurette for Installment 3 of FX’s Noah Hawley drama.