(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)
It was just coincidence that this week’s Pop Culture Imports column fell on Halloween, but I couldn’t pass up recommending you folks some foreign frights. If you’re in for a night of horror movies and shooing away irritating trick-or-treaters, read up on this week’s spooky batch of foreign flicks. This week’s best foreign movies and TV streaming now include a Guillermo del Toro double feature recently added to the Criterion Channel, the best zombie movie of the decade Train to Busan, and Ana Lily Amirpour‘s breakout vampire western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.
Fire up those subtitles, put on your fangs, and let’s get streaming.
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There’s one word that pops up more than any other in filmmaker Guillermo del Toro‘s commentaries: love.
An Academy Award nominee this year for The Shape of Water, del Toro has nothing but affection for his worlds and characters, even some of the most monstrous of his creations. The director always finds light in the darkest corners of his filmography. As often as del Toro is lauded for his imagination, his commentaries are a reminder that, as a storyteller, he doesn’t get enough credit for the amount of empathy he displays.
The Mexican filmmaker is constantly wearing his passion and sincerity on his sleeve, partially because he’s never at a loss for words in his commentaries. I’ve listened to some of the tracks recommended below more than once, and the second time around, it was still like holding a key to unlock the mind of the visionary for two wonderful hours. Commentary tracks were made for directors like Guillermo del Toro.
Here are four must-hear Guillermo del Toro audio commentaries.
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Matt Zoller Seitz and Simon Abrams have created a stunning, essential new book devoted to Guillermo del Toro‘s 2001 gothic horror movie The Devil’s Backbone. Through in-depth interviews with del Toro and the cast and crew of the film, the Devil’s Backbone book details both the making of one of del Toro’s best films, and del Toro’s insights into filmmaking as a whole.
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(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Holy Great Pumpkin, folks, Halloween just a little bit over a week away! Time is running out, so if you haven’t pieced together your costume for the year or carved several season gourds yet, you better get cracking! All Halloween-related activities are best paired with either a spooky mix tape featuring songs about monsters mashing, or a bunch of scary movies. I’ve got you covered on the latter!
Yes, I’ve compiled yet another Halloween-themed edition of Now Stream This, with some fine fright flicks you can stream this festive season. It’s a bit of an eclectic list, with straight-up horror, horror comedy, classics, slow burns, new stuff, and more. I’ve plumbed the depths of the Halloween streaming pit and come back with these morsels of candy corn. It’s time for The Best Movies Streaming Right Now! So let’s get streaming.
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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 »
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 »
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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 »
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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