Most people think fairy tales are for children, and maybe they are in modern times but that was never their intent. Fairy tales, the Grimm kind, were morality plays full of fear, violence, and horror. Guillermo del Toro started his career making these kinds of fairy tales with his early films like Chronos, The Devil’s Backbone, and his masterpiece: Pan’s Labyrinth (even the Hellboy films have elements of fairy tale storytelling to them). The Shape of Water is del Toro’s return to this style of storytelling after a decade, and he’s been showered with critical acclaim. However, despite being a technically perfectly made motion picture, The Shape of Water is no Pan, and lacks the storytelling magic del Toro usually brings to a film. Continue reading Movie Review: The Shape of Water (2017) *Del Toro Returns to Fairy Tales*
*RED BAND TRAILER WARNING
I was wishy washy on the first trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, but most people loved it. I think the second trailer is better, though I’m not getting the kind of wonder off of either of the trailers that most people seem to be. Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my favorite films, so no one wants del Toro to return to form than me, and the film festival response to the picture has been overwhelmingly positive. So positive, in fact, that FOX has paused pre-production on del Toro’s remake of Fantastic Voyage so that the director can focus on promoting The Shape of Water for release and awards season. Read more from Coming Soon below.
After the film won the Venice Film Festival’s top prize (the Golden Lion), Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the Red Band trailer for The Shape of Water, the latest creature feature from Academy Award-nominated director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak). Check out the Shape of Water Red Band trailer below!
The film stars Academy Award nominee Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine, Happy-Go-Lucky), Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, 99 Homes), Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Olive Kitteridge), Doug Jones (Crimson Peak, Hellboy), Golden Globe nominee Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man, Steve Jobs), and Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (The Help, Gifted).
The Shape of Water is an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolatjion. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
Del Toro directs the film and co-wrote it with Vanessa Taylor (Game of Thrones, Divergent). The film is being produced by del Toro and J. Miles Dale (The Vow, Scott Pilgrim vs the World).
The Shape of Water opens in North American theaters on December 8, 2017.
There was a time when Rob Reiner was, hands-down, one of the five best directors working in Hollywood. From the mid-80s to the mid-90s, Reiner helmed some of the best movies I’ve ever seen, including The Princess Bride, Stand by Me, The American President, and A Few Good Men. Then he disappeared from the ranks of Hollywood’s top directors. LBJ looks like he’s back on his game, and it also looks like a perfect role for one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors: Woody Harrelson. You need a LOT of personality to begin to be able to capture who Lyndon Johnson was. He was a complex, contrary, outrageous lion of a man. The film looks to focus on his finest hour, which was the continuation of the work begun by Kennedy on the Civil Rights Bill after JFK was assassinated. Even with Johnson’s swing (and few have ever walked through Congress with more), shoving that bill through was a monumental achievement. That Harrelson, who is coming off his best comedic role since Cheers in last year’s Edge of Seventeen, and the psychotic Colonel in War for the Planet of the Apes, to slip into the skin of this giant of a man, shows his astounding range. I’m really rooting for this when it opens November 3, 2017. Continue reading LBJ Trailer #1 (2017) *Woody Harrelson in a Powerful Presidential Biopic*
It’s been over a decade since Guillermo del Toro’s masterpiece, Pan’s Laybrinth, and the director hasn’t come close to showing that level of work since. Yes, Hellboy II was awesome, but del Toro’s dalliance with The Hobbit meant he never finished his trilogy. Pacific Rim was fun, but hardly the kind of stuff you’d expect from someone who wrote and directed one of the best films of this century. Crimson Peak was just…pedestrian. The Shape of Water hearkens back to the kind of horror fairy tales del Toro told with Cronos, the Devil’s Backbone, and Pan, but this first trailer kind of makes it look like “Mute Lady Falls in Love with Abe Sapien”. I’m not feeling the greatness I know del Toro has inside of him. Maybe I’m wrong. It certainly has a deep cast of great character actors. The Shape of Water opens December 8, 2017.
Kurt Russell starred in two Westerns last year, and I’m kind of puzzled as to why I ended up seeing this before The Hateful Eight, but I like Westerns and Russell starred in one of my favorites in Tombstone, so I went ahead and checked out the buzz around Bone Tomahawk. It is, in many ways, a very traditional Western with chunks of extremely non-traditional Western…..chunks of people. Is it worth seeing? I think so, especially for the script and Richard Jenkins supporting performance, but be aware that it gets bloody in Bright Hope Continue reading Movie Review: Bone Tomahawk (2015) *I Want to Un-See That!*