Film Studies Graduate/ MPhil Student - Oxford Brookes
This is a controversial opinion but I think Guillermo Del Toro might be a better storyteller than he is a filmmaker. He has a novelist's knack for detail and is able to navigate twists and turns in his tales that make them feel both simple and timeless. I can't think of anyone else, except maybe Walt Disney, who more richly deserves the description, "cinema's finest teller of fairytales". Anyone with an appreciation for the Brothers Grimm or a wider scope…
A hypnotic and frightening experience. I can only imagine decades of young animators and animation scholars having their minds blown while watching this in a dark room. Way too disturbing to give five stars. Watching this movie makes me wonder how Selick was able to function in a conventional studio system at all.
This is perhaps Spielberg's most hated film. Not even 1941 ( in which the wunderkind director managed to botch an Ackroyd/ Belushi pairing in between Animal House and The Blues Brothers) comes in for so much hatred from critics, armchair cinema connoisseurs and even Spielberg himself, who has confessed to disliking the film in multiple interviews and, in a fascinating aside, said that while he was making the film, "the more insecure I felt about it, the bigger and more…
I put up so many barriers before seeing this, expecting to hate it, no great fan of Baz Lurhmann, and yet the director's style mowed each reservation down like a madman driving a forklift through a series of roadblocks. The film's technique is so relentless and assured, it ploughs through clichés before you even become aware of them.
The film begins at a pitch of 11. Great. Luhrmann knows what people expect of him and he doesn't disappoint. Tom Hanks,…