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The Shape of Water (2017)

Total spoilers ahead.

In 1962, a cleaning woman at some secret government/military research facility, with the help of a black woman, a Russian spy, and a gay man, rescue a man-like sea monster.

The white heterosexual males in the movie are show to be evil.

The cleaning woman has inter-species sex with the sea monster, and this is shown to be much more loving and tender than the sex that the military guy has with his wife.

And there’s also a manager at a diner who is racist against blacks and gays.

Another case of an Oscar-nominated movie being a mélange of lessons about racism and how fortunate we are not to live in the hate-filled time of 1962.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Movies

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  1. “The white heterosexual males in the movie are shown to be evil.”

    Of course they are. What unoriginal, predictable groupthink drivel.

    Oswald Spengler

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  2. Wait until February, in which we get to see Wakanda, home to Black Panther, the greatest place to live ever. It is fictional, needless to say, but location location location.

    Then in March comes Harvey’s Ho Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow, where the evil Russkies do evil Russky stuff. JLaw also gets to beat up lots of men.

    I can’t wait to boycott them!

    gothamette

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • So far the looking-ahead references to Black Panther in the movies haven’t been anti-White. (Of course, the guy’s name is hard to ignore. Are there actually black panthers in Africa? Couldn’t they have called him “the Leopard”?) Maybe it won’t be crudely political.

      Marvel’s been fairly subtle about its politics in the movies — childless racially/ethnically mixed groups of middle-class 30-something buddies is the theme. Groups of people going out to dinner on Friday night in Park Slope are often like this.

      It would actually be nice if the real world as a whole were like that (but with lots of children too) so I don’t really mind Marvel movies. I mean, nice in the sense that you wouldn’t have to think about race and ethnic stuff — because what’s the point even of ethnicity except to hard-core practitioners of traditional religions? The residual racial/ethnic traces are just there for visual variety.

      But the absence of children in the Marvel movies is really a big, big problem — this, not any racial/ethnic thing, is where those movies might damage youngish minds. Gomorrah’s approaching middle-age without any interest in reproducing her superior DNA — that’s just wrong.

      Garr

      January 16, 2018 at EDT am

      • But the Led Zeppelin theme-song in Ragnarok really made a difference. If that had been a hip-hop song I would have felt sick. So cultural traces matter.

        I’ve noticed at the gym that I feel friendlier toward everyone — it’s a very racially/ethnically mixed population there — when White music (“Classic Rock”) is being played than when nonWhite music (in general consisting of repetitive nagging female sexual demands and male promises to energetically satisfy these repetitive nagging female sexual demands) is being played.

        Obviously genes generate culture; I’m not denying that. But on the level of day-to-day existence what matters is the dominant cultural pattern. That’s what makes us feel cheerful or grim about things in general.

        The death of Christianity leaves only ghosts, such as that Led Zeppelin song, behind as the elements of a ghostly cultural pattern.

        Garr

        January 16, 2018 at EDT am

      • Garr – Believe it or not, it was only because of the Wonderful Woman that I even learned there was a difference between Marvel and DC comics. As kids we all knew that there was a big Batman v. Superman thing, but I was more into Archie & Veronica. Anyway….

        ….don’t be so sure that BP isn’t anti-white, although I suppose that at this stage of the genocide they don’t have to be explicitly anti-white, such as in Hidden Figures, which fabricated a bunch of racists, in addition to puffing up low-level technicians to the level of genius creators.

        The real absurdity is that blacks get a utopia, while whites are always stuck with dystopia. Geddit?

        gothamette

        January 16, 2018 at EDT am

      • Prince Namur, the Submariner, rules the White Utopia — it’s an underwater principality. (I guess it would have to be called a “principality”, since it’s ruled by a prince.) His people are always at war with the Wakandans, I believe. He has little fins on his ankles, to show that he’s really good at swimming. They look sort of like little bird-wings. Presumably he doesn’t wear high-top sneakers when he’s on land.

        Garr

        January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

  3. Thanks, this is a helpful review. Giving it a pass.

    Panther of the Blogocube

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  4. Imagine the kind of movies (or virtual reality video games?) they will make in 2060 about how hate-filled 2017 was!

    Gozo

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  5. Thanks. I sampled it here and there, and when the fish dude ate the cat, I decided to delete it. Plus the lady who I assume has fish coitus was bloody ugly.

    I expect we’ll see more and more of this – the retconning of minorities into our history.

    Jack Cade

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • It’ll be hard to get more absurd than a “Dr. Who” clip I saw where they travel back in time to a 19th century London that’s full of black people.

      Richard

      January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  6. Toad

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  7. Was it good? Pan’s Labyrinth had really bad politics but was still really good. Haven’t really liked any of Del Tormos other films, although they generally have great art direction.

    Magnavox

    January 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  8. Del Taco is a faggy SJW soyboy who is Mexican. It is not surprising that his understanding of America is as shallow as you describe Lion. What other agendas does this movie push? Bestiality and transgenics. The last one is especially worrisome.

    NotWesley

    January 16, 2018 at EDT am

  9. I happened to review this movie too!:

    ‘The Shape of Water’ ought to go down as a quintessential example of the contemporary Western society’s soakage in the dredges of Christian history, wherein the concept of mankind is rejected and vilified in a film noir setting. Yet it must be said that we have another splendid example of the marquee art direction, cosmetics, and wardrobe that can only be bestowed for artistry through the mass markets thirst for higher forms of sensuality. There will always be this price, in other words, for advancing the arts of theatrical production at the expense of humanistic, challenging, works. There was the hope that this film would have utilized these advancements for the better, but this dream was nothing short of a nightmare.

    Despite my prejudices, it is downright tiresome to crassly and therefore inaccurately portray the social relations of a bygone era so often. Gone are the efforts at painting Shakespearean characters onto the cinema; instead they are brutishly, templated caricatures of a hollow political persuasion which sees the American man as the incarnation of sinfulness. While being able to represent a myriad of characters to add shades of grey onto the screen, Mr. Guillermo del Toro instead opts to spend his film time crafting a painfully stupid thesis: what is good and beyond man is a subhuman species.

    Clearly the contradiction is not on the forefront of his mind. For he may not consider a male mermaid (“merman”) to be below humanity. But by the very nature of his film’s nature and its laws, it invariably is less evolved and more bestial. The equalization of beasts with men, and even further the celebration of sexual communion, is nothing short of astounding to witness actually being presented in mainstream culture. That yes, bestiality does occur and further, the female who mates with the creature adapts toward its standard of biology rather than the merman learn and develop the techniques which have made mankind capable of annihilating species of animals (as it has historically), i.e. evolve. But, within the cultural appreciation of the death of the Christian God and the expiring morality, this pathological thesis is explainable.

    Anti-humanism is categorically a Christian moralistic concept as predicated by the founding mythos. It is an atypical cultural value in recorded history. As such, the virtues of meekness which again shade the social relations of viewing the dominant humans in society as sinful and unworthy of salvation – and, so happenstance the 1950’s era depicts this class of humanity thoroughly consistently with what the contemporary political Left scorns – births a deformed Christ, an in-cinema-quoted “god” as the “worldly master” and prime antagonist character concedes, as an anthropomorphic aquatic creature that can barely survive without salt water. Again, though, this is what humanity ought to aspire to be according to del Toro – something which has the reckless proclivity of devouring a household pet when unattended. But Mr. del Toro’s standard of transcending human mortality is a decrepit one. It is one which values inhuman strength and violence; physical ability not spirituality.

    What would spiritual ability look like? Poetically, I witnessed this film on Christmas Day. I can’t help but find the irony in the blind adoption of the moral zeitgeist which is hideously materialist and aimlessly antagonistic toward the standard of good set forth by Nature; and the historical person who moved humanity in such a counter-intuitive direction that his birth is worshipped and celebrated every year (Jesus). Peace is achieved through love and not through violence. If we are then going to imagine a champion of a higher being, we must avoid Mr. del Toro’s maladroit imagination like the plague.

    A Dilettante

    January 16, 2018 at EDT am

  10. Ann Coulter on the 2006 Oscars:

    I shall summarize the plots of the five movies nominated for best picture below:

    — “Brokeback Mountain” (gay)

    — “Capote” (death penalty with bonus gay lead)

    — “Crash” (racism)

    — “Good Night, and Good Luck” (McCarthyism)

    — “Munich”

    fakeemail

    January 16, 2018 at EDT am

  11. By the way, check out End of the Tour, it has one of the best acting performances this century by Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace.

    A Dilettante

    January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

  12. I wonder if the title is a nod to The Color of Water. In the book McBride (half black) asks his jewish mother, what color is god, and she says god is the color of water.

    toomanyspiders

    January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

    • I thought of that too, but I do not think the two have anything in common. The Color of Water is a pretty obscure book.

      gothamette

      January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

  13. In February and March 2018, two more white-hating movies are coming out, Gringo and Tully.

    What’s with the one word names?

    gothamette

    January 16, 2018 at EDT pm

  14. I didn’t see it, nor do I plan to, because 1) the bestiality themes are just downright icky and 2) I’ve had enough of this “60s were awful” drama, but I have read spoilers. A couple of points I found interesting:
    – the gay guy helps the fish monster even after it killed his cat, and that shows the typical apologetic SJW attitude (like the idiots who get mugged or worse but rather than blame the thugs, they blame it on racism and oppression)
    – the monster heals baldness, a relatively common male aging trait, as if it were an injury or deformity. Yet our heroine was a post-wall homely looking woman, clearly with mental issues (she screws a freaking fish), aided by an ugly fat woman and an effeminate man — those are the heroes that don’t need any fixing. This, along with the villain being a straight male, makes this film reek of anti-man

    markus

    January 16, 2018 at EDT pm


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