Tag Archives: Guillermo del Toro

Stanley Donen, 1924–2019

In the clip above, from the 1998 Oscars, Martin Scorsese presents that year’s winner of the Honorary Academy Award, Stanley Donen. There’s a lovely montage featuring some of the best scenes from Donen’s movies and then the man himself steps out, receives his Oscar and goes on to sing and dance! One of the best … Continue reading Stanley Donen, 1924–2019

Shape of Water: How I Fell in Love With a Monster

A FAIRY TALE FOR TROUBLED TIMES. In 1954, a boy called Guillermo del Toro went to the movies and saw what is now a classic monster movie, Creature From the Black Lagoon. He loved the movie, not just for its thrills but also because he found the leading lady, Julie Adams, beautiful. When he saw … Continue reading Shape of Water: How I Fell in Love With a Monster

Crimson Peak

BEWARE. In the early 20th century, aspiring American author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska), who writes in the tradition of Mary Shelley, is charmed by an English aristocrat (Tom Hiddleston); after a tragedy, he takes her to his crumbling mansion… Guillermo del Toro’s stab at a joyously old-fashioned horror movie will delight fans of classics like … Continue reading Crimson Peak

Puss in Boots

GET READY FOR AN ADVENTURE NINE LIFETIMES IN THE MAKING. Puss in Boots is reunited with an estranged childhood friend, Humpty Dumpty; together with the fierce but seductive Kitty Softpaws, the couple tries to find magic beans that will take them to a giant’s castle. Shrek the Third (2007) director Chris Miller helmed this 3D … Continue reading Puss in Boots

Pan’s Labyrinth: Fairy Tale Fascism

INNOCENCE HAS A POWER EVIL CANNOT IMAGINE.  Pan’s Labyrinth got all the attention and won many awards, but director Guillermo del Toro has always been careful to link it to one of his earlier films, The Devil’s Backbone (2001). They are kindred spirits, as both portray effects of the Spanish Civil War, have a kid … Continue reading Pan’s Labyrinth: Fairy Tale Fascism

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

SAVING THE WORLD IS A HELL OF A JOB. Hellboy (Ron Perlman) ends up in the middle of an epic battle between humans and mythical creatures; an exiled prince wishes to wreak havoc with the aid of the dormant Golden Army. This sequel is like Guillermo del Toro found the ultimate excuse to stuff a movie … Continue reading Hellboy II: The Golden Army

The Devil’s Backbone

THE LIVING WILL ALWAYS BE MORE DANGEROUS THAN THE DEAD.  At the end of the Spanish Civil War, 10-year-old Carlos (Fernando Tielve) is dropped off at an orphanage where he encounters the spirit of a murdered boy. Four years after making Mimic (1997), a Hollywood thriller, director Guillermo Del Toro delivered a heartfelt and good-looking … Continue reading The Devil’s Backbone


FROM THE DARK SIDE TO OUR SIDE. Born out of one of the Nazis’ occult experiments, a red demon (Ron Perlman) now works for the U.S. government fighting evil. Watching a film by Guillermo del Toro is like stepping into another (gorgeously shot) universe with fantastical creatures and magnificent visual effects. What makes it work is … Continue reading Hellboy