(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)
New year, new foreign movies and shows to add to your ever-growing queue! If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to become more cultured, then look no further than Pop Culture Imports, where I recommend all the best titles you can watch with subtitles. But it’s not all European arthouse films — this week we have an array of movie and TV shows of all genres, including Guillermo del Toro‘s masterful dark fairy tale Pan’s Labyrinth, a harrowing and human political drama about a former Uruguayan president’s years in prison, a wacky video game anime, a lavish K-drama set in Spain, and a quiet Estonian-Georgian anti-war film.
Now let’s fire up those subtitles and get streaming.
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It’s hard to believe, but San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner. This year’s convention will be happening from July 18 through July 22, and we’ll be on hand to bring you all the breaking news and cool announcements straight from all the panels and the showfloor. We’re already getting word on some things at the convention we can get excited about, and this time it’s an exclusive that will please cinephiles.
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has an array of fantastic work in his filmography. It ranges from comic book fare such as Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Blade II to more acclaimed works such as The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth and the Best Picture-winning The Shape of Water. And now you’ll be able to bring Guillermo del Toro home to direct the rest of your collectibles, because the filmmaker is being turned into his own action figure by NECA. Read More »
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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(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Break out the cranberry sauce: it’s almost time for Thanksgiving. Soon you’ll be forced to sit at a table with your family and have a conversation. How terrifying! My advice: skip all that and stream some movies. If your family complains, advise them to sit down and stream the movies along with you. It’s win-win! Also, bring beer.
You don’t have to force a conversation with movies; you just have to watch them. Isn’t that glorious? Of course, with the ever-growing list of streaming services out there, it can be hard to pick a specific film to watch for your own specific needs. But since I’m such a nice guy, and it is the season of giving, I went ahead and assembled a cornucopia of great films for you to stream in the next few days. There’s stuff(ing) here from David Lynch, Guillermo del Toro, Ryan Coogler, and more! We’ve got horror, family films, fantasy, romance, action – you name it! So get ready to binge on these films, but make sure you save room for leftovers. Here are the best movies streaming right now! So let’s get streaming.
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Hey, /Film. What’s a nice place like you doing in a girl like this? Wait, let me start over…
My name is Hoai-Tran Bui, and I’m just happy to be here. Before you ask me how to pronounce my name (not important, and you’d probably get it wrong anyway), let me tell you about my favorite films.
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Another film of Guillermo del Toro‘s is making its way to the Criterion Collection. Following in the footsteps of del Toro’s feature debut, Cronos, and the film closest to the director’s heart, The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth will be made available on Criterion later this year. The release is timed to the fairy tale’s 10th anniversary.
Below, learn more about the Pan’s Labyrinth criterion release.
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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 »
Last week, the fantastic adaptation of Me and Earl an the Dying Girl hit theaters in a limited run, and this week the lively Dope also arrives on the big screen. Both are spectacular coming of age tales from two very different sides of the spectrum, but they both have wonderful young characters, engaging relationships, and are special in their own ways.
And with these two magnificent coming of age movies hitting the big screen recently, we thought it was a good time to look back at some of the great films to come out of this subgenre. But since everyone has gushed over films like Stand by Me, The Breakfast Club and Say Anything for years, I decided to put a more modern focus on coming of age films by counting down my picks for the Top 25 Best Coming of Age Movies of the Past 25 Years. That means you won’t find anything on here from before 1990. Do your favorite movies make the cut?
Check out my list of the Top 25 Best Coming of Age Films of the Past 25 Years after the jump! Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
At the end of 2012 it was revealed that Guillermo del Toro‘s film Pan’s Labyrinth was being adapted as a stage musical, inspired in part by Paul Williams and his film with Brian de Palma, Phantom of the Paradise. The director wrote the book for the show some time ago, and Jeremy Ungar and Williams were working out the lyrics with composer Gustavo Santaolalla.
We haven’t had an update on the project in quite a while, but that doesn’t mean it is dead. In fact, work continues apace, and Williams confirmed as much this past weekend. So this isn’t a big news break, but confirmation that a really odd and potentially interesting thing is still happening. Williams’ quote is below. Read More »
Guillermo del Toro‘s early development process involves lots of notes and sketches; this is a well-established bit of knowledge. We’ve seen hints of his sketchbooks thanks to various DVD releases of his films, and other behind the scenes peeks at his process over the years.
Now one great collection of his sketches has been assembled, and it features elements for just about everything, from the Hellboy movies and Blade II to The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Pacific Rim. Even better, there are a couple things that tease what might have been if At the Mountains of Madness had come into being. Check out a gallery below. Read More »