Del Toro Already Caught Up In Hobbit Windstorm

by DeAnn Welker April 28, 2008 4:47 pm
Del Toro Already Caught Up In <i>Hobbit</i> Windstorm

Most Tolkien fans breathed a sigh of relief last week when it was announced that Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy director Guillermo Del Toro would direct The Hobbit. There were notable exceptions, but it was mostly a fanboy's or fangirl's dream come true.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, July 10, 2012

by Ethan Alter July 10, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, July 10, 2012

With Comic-Con starting tomorrow night, Morgan Spurlock brings the convention to your living room.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, September 27, 2011

by Ethan Alter September 27, 2011 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Can't those Autobots and Decepticons all just get along?

Pacific Rim: Go Big or Go Home

by Ethan Alter July 12, 2013 6:00 am
<i>Pacific Rim</i>: Go Big or Go Home

It's a shame that Roland Emmerich's botched Godzilla remake already bogarted the tagline "Size Does Matter," because that phrase handily sums up the experience of watching Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. In a summer that's been dominated by spectacles that feel small and self-contained despite the enormous wads of cash thrown at the screen, this is the first movie to come along that thinks big. Actually, "big" doesn't quite cut it. Try "giant," "gargantuan" or just plain "ginormous." And I'm not just talking about the size of the Kaiju (monsters) and Jaegers (human-powered robots) that are locked in near-constant battle amidst the windy, stormy Pacific seas. Unlike most America-centric Hollywood super-productions, Pacific Rim takes place on a grand, global stage, sporting an internationally diverse cast and a watery battlefield located far from the shores of the U.S. of A. Handed the opportunity to make the biggest movie of his career, del Toro meets the challenge head-on and delivers the one blockbuster so far this year that actually deserves -- nay, demands -- to be seen on an IMAX screen, extra ticket price bump be damned.

Hellboy II: All Plot, No Action

by DeAnn Welker July 10, 2008 12:55 pm
<i>Hellboy II</i>: All Plot, No Action You know how sometimes something is so unexpectedly magical that it completely catches you off-guard and leaves you wanting more?

Well, that's how many people reacted to the first Hellboy movie: It was a wonderful addition to the genres of comic book and superhero movies, because it was those things and more. Hellboy wasn't really a superhero so much as a demon, after all, so it had that element. And it was funny, because Hellboy had a thing for cats, and loved watching TV and eating Baby Ruth bars.

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