Tag Archives: Guillermo del Toro

Shape of Water: How I Fell in Love With a Monster

A FAIRY TALE FOR TROUBLED TIMES. In 1954, a boy called Guillermo del Toro went to the movies and saw what is now a classic monster movie, Creature From the Black Lagoon. He loved the movie, not just for its thrills but also because he found the leading lady, Julie Adams, beautiful. When he saw … Continue reading Shape of Water: How I Fell in Love With a Monster

Crimson Peak

BEWARE. In the early 20th century, aspiring American author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska), who writes in the tradition of Mary Shelley, is charmed by an English aristocrat (Tom Hiddleston); after a tragedy, he takes her to his crumbling mansion… Guillermo del Toro’s stab at a joyously old-fashioned horror movie will delight fans of classics like … Continue reading Crimson Peak

A Kung Fury Movie? Say No

You are likely one of the 10 million people who have seen Kung Fury on YouTube, a 30-minute action-comedy made by David Sandberg, a Swedish former director of music videos. Sandberg had a thing for cheesy 1980s action movies, put his special-effects talents to use in a trailer that hit just the right parody tone, and asked … Continue reading A Kung Fury Movie? Say No

Cannes: Revolutionary and Conservative

The clip above is a Euronews summary of last night’s awards ceremony at the Cannes film festival. I wasn’t there, but the time has come for a look back at the event how it appeared from the outside. The jury of this year’s festival was chaired by the Coen brothers and consisted of Guillermo del … Continue reading Cannes: Revolutionary and Conservative

The Greatest Hits of 2015

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2015 for ya. JANUARY: * Blackhat – Michael Mann’s first directorial outing since Public Enemies (2009) is a cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth. Its January release makes it hard to really get excited about it.  * Escobar: Paradise Lost – Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar reaches … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2015

Mia Wasikowska at 25

Congratulations to Mia Wasikowska who turns 25 years old tomorrow. She’s still at that stage where we as an audience are following her journey to stardom. Wasikowska broke through four years ago in Alice in Wonderland, the Tim Burton hit, where she played the titular character. She also had a role in The Kids Are All Right (2010), … Continue reading Mia Wasikowska at 25

Pacific Rim

GO BIG OR GO EXTINCT. When alien monsters rise from the ocean floor and devastate cities, the nations of the Pacific Rim put their differences aside to build huge robots capable of fighting the beasts. A 3D summer blockbuster that will please most people – those looking for a Transformers clone will love the battles … Continue reading Pacific Rim

Puss in Boots

GET READY FOR AN ADVENTURE NINE LIFETIMES IN THE MAKING. Puss in Boots is reunited with an estranged childhood friend, Humpty Dumpty; together with the fierce but seductive Kitty Softpaws, the couple tries to find magic beans that will take them to a giant’s castle. Shrek the Third (2007) director Chris Miller helmed this 3D … Continue reading Puss in Boots

The Greatest Hits of 2013

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2013 for ya. JANUARY: * The Last Stand – Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first starring vehicle in ten years. Not expecting great things. * Broken City – Allen Hughes directs this political thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. FEBRUARY: * Warm Bodies … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2013

Pan’s Labyrinth: Fairy Tale Fascism

INNOCENCE HAS A POWER EVIL CANNOT IMAGINE.  Pan’s Labyrinth got all the attention and won many awards, but director Guillermo del Toro has always been careful to link it to one of his earlier films, The Devil’s Backbone (2001). They are kindred spirits, as both portray effects of the Spanish Civil War, have a kid … Continue reading Pan’s Labyrinth: Fairy Tale Fascism

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

SAVING THE WORLD IS A HELL OF A JOB. Hellboy (Ron Perlman) ends up in the middle of an epic battle between humans and mythical creatures; an exiled prince wishes to wreak havoc with the aid of the dormant Golden Army. This sequel is like Guillermo del Toro found the ultimate excuse to stuff a movie … Continue reading Hellboy II: The Golden Army

The Devil’s Backbone

THE LIVING WILL ALWAYS BE MORE DANGEROUS THAN THE DEAD.  At the end of the Spanish Civil War, 10-year-old Carlos (Fernando Tielve) is dropped off at an orphanage where he encounters the spirit of a murdered boy. Four years after making Mimic (1997), a Hollywood thriller, director Guillermo Del Toro delivered a heartfelt and good-looking … Continue reading The Devil’s Backbone