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Mike Lee’s Top 10 Favorite Movies Of 2017
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To say that 2017 was an incredible year for films would be a vast understatement. The year was full of extraordinary films ranging from the typical blockbuster tentpoles like Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Wonder Woman to the indie darlings like The Big Sick and Lady Bird. And the best thing about it, a lot of these movies come from first-time directors, women, and veterans like Jordan Peele, Patty Jenkins, Greta Gerwig, and Rian Johnson. It’s not easy to see all of the films that are released within the one calendar year, but I make sure I damn well try to see as much as I can, and 2017 was no different. I went out to see over 100 films, and to narrow it down to 10 best within the field of exceptional titles that were released was hard. While best is subjective, I tried to narrow it down to the 10 films that meant the most to me that I enjoyed thoroughly.

So, you’ll find the 10 of my favorite movies of 2017 that I could not stop thinking about, along with a few honorable mentions. Check them all out here below.

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Movie Review: Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape Of Water
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The Shape of Water
Written by Guillermo Del Toro & Vanessa Taylor
Directed by Guillermo Del Toro
Starring Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Jenkins
Fox Searchlight
Rated R | 123 Minutes
Release Date: December 15, 2017

You know pretty much when walking into a Guillermo del Toro movie that you’re in for a visual masterclass in filmmaking. Even the films of his I didn’t love (Hellboy 1 & 2, Crimson Peak) were beautiful to watch. But the films where he matches the visuals and production design with tour de force acting and writing become classics. Pan’s Labyrinth is one of most incredible films I have ever watched and The Shape of Water echoed it, exchanging the Spanish Civil War for The Cold War, and switching the lead protagonist from a young girl to an adult woman. It is beautiful, not just in imagery, but in characters. Like Pan’s, there’s a psychotic and powerful antagonist and an epic performance by the “Master of Disguise,” Doug Jones, this time as the “Amphibian Man.”

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The LAOFCS’s Best Of 2017 Winners Include ‘The Shape Of Water,’ ‘Get Out,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Baby Driver’
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Sally Hawkins in THE SHAPE OF WATER

Two weeks ago the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society announced their nominations for the best of 2017. The categories and members are just as diverse as its members, which casts a reflection on today’s society.

Now with awards season in full swing, the society have named the winners. Guillermo del Toro‘s The Shape of Water is the biggest winner, taking home awards for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Male Director, and Best Score. Lady Bird, Get Out, and Baby Driver are among the other notable winners of the year. You can check out all of the winners below.

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2018 SAG Award Nominees Include ‘The Shape Of Water,’ ‘The Big Sick,’ ‘Baby Driver’
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The Shape of Water

The SAG Awards honor and recognize the best the performances of the year, and are often seen as an early indicator of who will win the Academy Awards for Best Actor and Actress, and Best Supporting Actor and Actress. Basically, each guild has their own awards ceremony to honor those within the industry and guild. And now that awards season is in full swing we are about to get to see more and more names being nominated for their work.

Following yesterday’s Golden Globe nominees, comes the SAG nominations. And what you will see is a strange disparity between the two as The Shape of Water got shut out of the Best Ensemble, while The Big Sick got recognized for Best Supporting Actress and Best Ensemble. Check out the nominations below.

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Movie Review: The Shape Of Water
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Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones in the film THE SHAPE OF WATER. Photo by Kerry Hayes. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

The Shape of Water
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Screenwriter: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Rated R | 123 Minutes
Release Date: December 15, 2017

A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, Guillermo del Toro was fascinated as a child by fairy tales, ghost stories, and monster movies that ignited his imagination and compelled him to tell his own stories. When he started writing and directing films, those influences laid the foundation for del Toro’s uniquely expressive approach to genre filmmaking – a return to the dark romanticism of Universal horror films like 1931’s Frankenstein and Dracula.

Best known for his three Spanish-language films that upend conventional genre storytelling, Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, and Pan’s Labyrinth, del Toro weaves vivid phantasmagorias that capture the beauty and the horror of the human experience. His supernatural epics are equally as inventive, from Blade II and the Hellboy series, to Pacific Rim and his gothic romance, Crimson Peak. His new film, The Shape of Water, is the culmination of del Toro’s career thus far – the summation of everything the filmmaker has learned, refined and perfected.

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2018 Golden Globe Awards Nominations: ‘The Shape Of Water’ Leads Nods
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The 2018 Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, and as you can expect there were some big front runners, some questionable snubs, and even more questionable nominations. The announcement means that it is time to get ready for awards season. Check out the full list of nominations here below, along with some thoughts on who got nominated and snubbed.

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Interview: Guillermo del Toro Describes ‘The Shape Of Water’ As A Love Poem About Cinema
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 Interview: Guillermo del Toro describes The Shape of Water as a Love Poem About Cinema

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is best known for dark fantasy pieces like Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Crimson Peak, as well as more mainstream action films, including Hellboy, its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and the science-fiction monster flick Pacific Rim.

His latest film, The Shape of Water, received critical praise and won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. The movie, about a mute custodian at a government laboratory who befriends a captured sea creature, opened in New York City on Friday, and will be expanding to more cities this week via Fox Searchlight.

Geeks Of Doom had the opportunity to talk to the director, producer, and writer to discuss his supernatural fairy tale’s production and the thinking that went into creating such a strange and beautiful world. Check out what del Toro had to say here below!

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Watch: 5 New TV Spots For Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape Of Water’
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Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water

Fox Searchlight has released a collection of new TV spots for The Shape of Water, the latest movie from Pan’s Labyrinth and Crimson Peak director Guillermo del Toro.

The new TV spots have been dubbed “Tale of Love,” “Magnificent Review,” “Alive,” “Human,” and “Ticking Thriller,” and they all feature various shots from the movie with most of them also featuring accolades from reviews of the film that have been published.

You can find more info on The Shape of Water below, along with all of the videos.

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‘The Shape Of Water’: Red Band Trailer For Guillermo del Toro’s Latest Released
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The Shape of Water

Fox Searchlight has released a red band trailer for The Shape of Water, the latest from The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Pacific Rim, and Crimson Peak director Guillermo del Toro.

The movie is set in 1960s America, and follows employees at a high-security government facility who discover an amphibious humanoid creature being kept there. It stars Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Doug Jones.

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Clip From Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape Of Water’ Released
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Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water

The first reviews of Pan’s Labyrinth and Crimson Peak director Guillermo del Toro latest title The Shape of Water have begun showing up today, and things are looking very promising. There’s been 14 early reviews entered on Rotten Tomatoes thus far, and the movie is currently sitting at 100%.

To go along with the exciting start Fox Searchlight has released a clip from the movie, which stars Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Doug Jones, titled “Lab Encounter.”

You can read a synopsis and check out the clip below.

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