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Whether you’re a fan of Guillermo Del Toro or not, one can’t ignore the fact that the man loves a presentation. From his poetically educated monsters to grand set designs, Del Toro manages to always create an experience that colors outside the lines. His admiration of fairy tales and mythology shines on every medium he chooses to explore and that certainly reflects on the latest collection from the Criterion Collection. TRILOGIA DE GUILLERMO DEL TORO brings together three of significant pictures from the director’s impressive filmography, including one newly remastered. (more…)

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Posted: September 2, 2016 in Reviews
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I’m going to put this out there first: I am a huge fan of Rob Zombie’s movies. Going to see HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES was like a huge event and appeared that way with the enthusiastic audience I saw it with. That movie’s troubled production sparked so many rumors as to why its release was delayed for so long, with theories of graphic rape scenes and a movie so fucked up that it was unmarketable. Those delays caused CORPSES to be a hit, leading to much beloved sequel and more film opportunities for the musician. (more…)

southland tales

“There’d be a lot less violence in the world if everyone just did a little more cardio.”

In 2001, Richard Kelly released his debut feature Donnie Darko, featuring early performances from Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal (as brother and sister of course). Co-financed by Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films company, Donnie Darko didn’t receive much recognition upon its initial release. Over the years the film gained a cult following, eventually leading to an extended director’s cut that had a limited theatrical release. That following led Kelly the opportunity to create Southland Tales, a project that requires three comic books and a two and a half hour movie to tell its story.

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The Sculptor

Posted: April 24, 2015 in Reviews
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One of the most intimidating things when finding a new book to read is the thickness of the binding. Starting a book requires a lot of focus and instigating of whether or not this world is worth spending time in. A standard novel forces the reader to rev up their imaginations, which some may argue comic books take away from.

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daredevil

Growing up, I wasn’t too familiar with comics. I had read some X-Men comics here and there and was ecstatic whenever I got my hands on a copy of Tales from the Crypt. The medium struck my interest, but there were few resources to pursue it. When movies like Sam Raimi’s Spiderman and the first X-Men were initially released, the media treated them as a comic book movie trend: money making franchises that maybe have a few good movies in them. Several years later, The Avengers is one of the highest grossing films of all time, Spiderman is about to endure his third reboot, and X-Men is still going strong with both critics and fans. (more…)

u turn

Some of the best movies exceed due to leaving their audiences with some sort of feeling. U-Turn leaves one feeling “all hot and sweaty,” and that’s not in a good way. In an early scene when we first meet Grace (played by Jennifer Lopez), she teases Bobby (Sean Penn), knowing she’s definitely up to no good, but he is curious what she has to offer. This is the same way one feels about watching U-Turn. (more…)