Posts Tagged ‘Guillermo del Toro’


Crimson Peak (Guillermo del Toro, 2015)

October 15, 2015


Why do you watch horror? If it’s solely about preying on your primal fears through a high-concept premise, it’s possible you might not get a great deal out of Guillermo del Toro’s gothic opus Crimson Peak. If you’re after jump scares, then you’ll probably hate it. If, however, you’re attuned to and appreciative of the ways in which some of the best horror films can not be about boogeyman scares, but instead cover a wide array of different emotional concerns, then proceed with less caution.

Imbued with the aesthetic and tonal spirit of bombastic, luxuriantly-coloured, oft-melodramatic Euro-horrors of the 1960s (think the films of Mario Bava or Roger Corman’s Edgar Allen Poe adaptations), Crimson Peak also has a dash of The Innocents (and thus The Turn of the Screw) and specific Hitchcocks (Rebecca and Psycho) in its lush blood, as well as a bit of Brontë – a good chunk of the story could be interpreted as Jane Eyre with more literal ghosts…

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Peter Jackson, 2013)

December 13, 2013

The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug

Though still brimming with some narrative bloat, the second Hobbit feature is overall a considerable improvement on its meandering, tonally scattered predecessor. Less shapeless, though not free of venturing down uninteresting tangents (Hi, Legolas), it feels much more confident and moves with a greater sense of urgency…

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Seen Your Video #22: Minutely Detailed Details

July 20, 2013


On the latest episode of Seen Your Video, we take a break from the usual format in a show devoted entirely to new releases: Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight, Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s directorial debut This Is the End.

Stream the episode here.
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Pacific Rim (Guillermo del Toro, 2013)

July 11, 2013

Pacific Rim

Fantasy man Guillermo del Toro’s latest, Pacific Rim, is a large-scale love letter to Japanese sci-fi, but also an accessible blockbuster imbued with delightful eccentricities amid its broad elements…

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The Skinny: 2013’s Coming Attractions

January 3, 2013


I’ve contributed a few blurbs to The Skinny’s preview of select films coming to UK cinemas in 2013.

See the feature here.