The Book of Life: Brilliant artistic imagination clashes with blasé humor

Review of The Book of Life, Directed by Guillermo del ToroThe Book of Life is one of those films that should have been quite good. The components are there. Producer Guillermo Del Torro’s brilliant visual imagination is clearly evident. Stylistically it is a mashup of Spongebob Squarepants and Toy Story, full of charismatic puppet-like characters distinct from anything I’ve ever seen before. Set around the Day of the Dead, where families happily gather to remember their ancestors, it wond … [Read more...]

Pacific Rim: There be Monsters (and Robots)

Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del ToroBy Michael HendrixPacific Rim opens up like a gathering storm, wasting little time in pitting the film’s ocean-born beasts against their robotic hunters. Over two hours later, you’re left with the sense of a movie richly infused with the joy of its creator. Helmed by Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) and Hellboy (2004) director Guillermo del Toro, Rim is an inspired and enthralling take on classic Japanese monster movies.A portal has opened up at the bo … [Read more...]