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 »
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 »
Los Angeles film fans, April and May is a great time to live in the City of Angels. One of the many reasons is the return of the Hero Complex Film Festival, which takes place from May 10-12 at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. In previous years, stars such as Malcolm McDowell, Warren Beatty, Christopher Nolan and Ridley Scott have been part of the festival. The 2013 lineup has just been announced, and it includes the following:
- John Carpenter screens and discusses They Live and Halloween.
- Frank Darabont presents The Mist.
- Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone with Guillermo del Toro.
- Roland Emmerich screens Independence Day.
- Chris Carter presents an X-Files marathon.
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Guillermo Del Toro is known for being busy, but this past few days have been ridiculous. The director of the upcoming Pacific Rim just signed for his follow-up project, Crimson Peak, agreed to co-write the sequel to Pacific Rim, a trailer is coming out soon, the viral marketing has started, and now he’s revealed one of his most famous films will be turned into a stage musical.
Pan’s Labyrinth, Del Toro’s Oscar-winning 2006 fantasy about a young girl’s discovery of a secret world, will soon be adapted into a musical. The project has a book (the stage version of the screenplay basically) written by Del Toro and Jeremy Ungar. They’ve hired Paul Williams to do lyrics and Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla to write the songs. Read more after the jump. Read More »
When Mondo announced that they’d be doing Director’s Series posters, beginning with Guillermo del Toro, the one title on the list that really stood out was Pan’s Labyrinth. What would a limited edition poster for this classic film look like? Finally, we have the answer. /Film is proud to exclusively present your first official look at Aaron Horkey‘s Pan’s Labyrinth poster, presented as part of Mondo’s Director’s Series and the Alamo Drafthouse’s Big Screen Classics series. The print made its debut at screening of Pan’s Tuesday night in Austin and all copies allocated for that show completely sold out. And though the film screens again tonight, all remaining posters will go on sale Friday April 22. Check out the huge images of both the 37.5″X 15″ regular and variant prints after the break. Read More »
Metacritic has released their list of the best and worst reviewed films of the decade. Guillermo del Toro‘s Pan’s Labyrinth sits in the #1 spot. I’ve included the top 10 after the jump, as well as a list I’ve compiled of the top 20 best reviewed films of the decade from Rotten Tomatoes. Man On Wire ranks in at #1, the only film with over 100 reviews to have 100% fresh rating.
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The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley talk about the role of imagined worlds in some of their favorite films. Also, film critic Mike D’Angelo joins us to discuss his article decrying the use of long continuous shots in Children of Men, and to assess Anne Thompson’s claim that film criticism is a dying art.
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Let’s look at the results from the 79th Academy Awards ceremony:
Best Motion Picture of the Year:
- Letters from Iwo Jima
- Little Miss Sunshine
- The Queen
Achievement in Directing:
Martin Scorsese for The Departed
- Clint Eastwood for Letters from Iwo Jima
- Stephen Frears for The Queen
- Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel
- Paul Greengrass for United 93
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland
- Leonardo DiCaprio for Blood Diamond
- Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson
- Peter O’Toole for Venus
- Will Smith for The Pursuit of Happyness
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
Helen Mirren for The Queen
- Penélope Cruz for Volver
- Judi Dench for Notes on a Scandal
- Meryl Streep for The Devil Wears Prada
- Kate Winslet for Little Children
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