The Mob’s Reel: ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ & ‘A Futile and Stupid Gesture’

The Mob’s Reel is a film column that features reviews and essays covering everything from the latest blockbusters to standout indies.

Since I haven’t had the time to write any full reviews lately, I’ve decided to share my (very) brief thoughts on some of last month’s releases:


Sumptuous and richly textured, The Shape of Water is perhaps Guillermo Del Toro’s crowning achievement, an enchanting visual marvel that finds the filmmaker weaving darkness and whimsy into a uniquely strange and beautiful piece of cinema.

(4 / 5)


Greta Gerwig’s terrific directorial debut, Lady Bird, is a hilarious and emotionally honest exploration of youthful rebellion. While the film’s focus is intimately specific, its empathetic, nuanced portrait of a caustic yet loving mother-daughter relationship feels universal.

(4 / 5)


David Wain’s Netflix biopic about National Lampoon co-founder Doug Kenney may feel slightly undercooked, but it’s a charmingly irreverent and sometimes poignant love letter to an important figure in comedy history. Sidestepping the trappings of by-the-numbers biopics, Wain captures Kenney’s sharp, absurdist wit while acknowledging the many demons that chipped away at his mind.

(3.5 / 5)


This month, be on the lookout for full write-ups on Mute, Black Panther, and Annihilation.

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When not burning in the flames of existential despair, Daniel Bedard eats sandwiches and writes stuff sometimes.

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