Director Guillermo del Toro is a master of blending fantasy with reality. He takes the world of the supernatural and makes it feel all too genuine, sometimes forcing us to question what we call reality. But sometimes, del Toro also uses monsters and myths to show the resilience of mankind in the face of threats greater than ourselves. And in these fantastical stories, he also brings humanity, giving weight to larger than life scenarios.
The result is a relatively small but impressive filmography spanning just nine feature films, full of beautiful visuals, magnificent creatures, rich characters and a penchant for combining unreal terror with the very real threats of tumultuous sociopolitical times. And following the recently released Crimson Peak, we decided to have all of the Guillermo del Toro films ranked. Read More »
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This Friday night, Gallery 1988 (West) is presenting In Service of Monsters, a group art show in tribute to the films of Guillermo Del Toro‘s films: Cronos, Mimic, The Devil’s Backbone, Blade II. Hellboy, Pan’s Labrinth, Hellboy II, Pacific Rim, and Crimson Peak. The art show is curated by Chogrin and Gary Deocampo, and will feature work by dozens of artists reinterpreting del Toro’s films in their own unique styles. Hit the jump to see a sample of preview images from the show, and get more information on when, where and how you can attend or buy artwork online.
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Skywalker Ranch, the Pixar Campus, Quentin Tarantino’s home theater, Stanley Kubrick’s estate: all places a film fan would kill to visit, but few ever get the chance to see. Another spot undoubtedly on that list is Bleak House. That’s what Guillermo del Toro calls the additional house he bought to devote to his collection of cool stuff, including props, posters, toys, any -and everything you’ve ever wanted to own in the realm of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and movie memorabilia.
Most people never get to see it, but on the Criterion Collection DVD for Cronos, del Toro actually did a guided tour of the space. It’s been online for about a year, but we were just turned onto it. And it’s as awesome as you’d imagine. Read More »
Mondo has just released the final two posters in their Guillermo Del Toro Director’s Series and, big surprise, they’re gorgeous. Artists Vania Zouravliov and Aaron Horkey have teamed up to make a poster for Del Toro’s 2001 film The Devil’s Backbone, and Martin Ansin has created a poster for Del Toro’s directorial debut, Cronos. The Devil’s Backbone, available in three different versions, goes on sale Friday and Cronos will be sometime later. Check out the full images of all of them after the break. Read More »
Charismatic and talented film director Guillermo del Toro is seemingly everywhere these days. Whether he’s interviewing Edgar Wright, producing movies, or creating new TV series’, it seems the jolly man behind Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone and the Hellboy films has his nose in everything. Yet del Toro knows none of his more recent work would be possible without his feature film debut Cronos. That masterful 1993 film is finally hitting the Criterion Collection on December 7 and del Toro will not only be signing copies of the disc at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, those who get it signed can join the director for a very special screening immediately after. If you read about the recent Scott Pilgrim signing at Amoeba, you know these things are awesome. Hit the jump for more info. Read More »
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I’ve always rather liked the theatrical cut of Guillermo del Toro‘s Mimic, though admittedly somewhat less than his better (read: less compromised) pictures. It doesn’t show any signs of being forcefully expanded from a short, some of the character and plotting work is brilliant and the atmosphere is often very powerful and pervasive. All the same, Del Toro knows the film that we don’t, the unmade one, and he was there every step of the way as the battles behind the scenes were being waged. As such, when he says he’s “VERY HAPPY!!” with the in-progress Director’s Cut, I can’t help but be ABSOLUTELY OVER THE MOON!! too.
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Update: As Brendon suspected, this was an April Fools gag. He seemed to be the only suspicious voice out there, and it turns out he was right to be doubtful.
Not only have Criterion announced their edition of Guillermo Del Toro‘s debut feature Cronos, but Dimension have scheduled a release for the Director’s Cut of Mimic too, to take place on July 8th. Cronos is currently out of print in R1 but the theatrical cut of Mimic can be picked up very easily everywhere.
The Cronos news broke on the Criterion e-mail news letter with the publication of their latest “Wacky Animal” cartoon, which you can see at the head of this post. Twitch seemed to be the first to run the press image of the Mimic disc which I’ve reproduced below the break with a (short) list of all known special features.
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