OSCAR SPECIAL: The Shape of Water (2017)

It’s Oscar season once again, and like we do every year, we do a deep dive into one of the Best Picture nominees! This time around, Michael Snydel of The Film Stage joins Clint (who’s a little stuffy this episode, apologies in advance!) and Jared to talk about Guillermo del Toro’s nomination-sweeping fantasy love story The Shape of Water!

Set in a Cold War-era America filtered through del Toro’s intricate dark-fantasy lens, The Shape of Water follows Eliza, a lovesick mute girl (Sally Hawkins) who falls for an  man-like fish creature (Doug Jones) imprisoned in an American military research facility by the evil Strickland (Michael Shannon). Along with her band of outsiders and misfits, Eliza schemes to break the fishman out of the facility and get him home. 

Opinions vary on whether this is one of del Toro’s mythic masterpieces or a flawed blend of mish-mashed tones and influences, but it makes for an intriguing discussion all the same. Check out our episode, as well as our custom cocktail and drinking game!

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  1. Any time you’re reminded it’s the 60s AF (race riots, segregation, the Cold War)
  2. Every time someone eats (pies, hard candy, cats)
  3. Whenever you see a reference to Hollywood mythology (old movies, show tunes) or actual mythology (Strickland’s Biblical tales, the Orpheum Theater)


Strickland says to the Asset, “Fuck… you are a god.”

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