(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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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 »
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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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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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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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 »