The great news about this episode of CinemAddicts is there are a ton of great movies that are being reviewed. November featured the top releases Lady Bird and the transcendent Call Me By Your Name, and both films are covered on the show. Unfortunately, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which is receiving its share of excellent reviews, simply didn’t float my boat (it doesn’t reach the cinematic heights of Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone).
Although there’s a formal review embargo on The Post, reactions to the film have been allowed. The bottom line is that this is Steven Spielberg’s strongest film in years (possibly since Munich) and features solid work from Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The Post is this year’s frontrunner for Best Film, and don’t be surprised if Spielberg wins a Best Director Oscar.
Other films covered on the program include Molly’s Game, which features an A-list performance from Jessica Chastain. and two excellent Westerns (The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Hostiles). Check out the latest installment of CinemAddicts below!!
As much as I appreciated the ambition behind Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak, director Guillermo del Toro’s most resonant work came with Pan’s Labyrinth and his finest work The Devil’s Backbone. The Shape of Water doesn’t have the genre bending spectacle behind Pacific Rim or Crimson Peak, but the trailer suggests a more intimate form of storytelling and del Toro has already made the brilliant master stroke of casting under utilized Sally Hawkins as its lead.
Set in the Cold War era of 1963, Elisa (Hawkins) is a lonely woman who works in a high-security government that houses a highly classified experiment (frequent del Toro collaborator Doug Jones). When Elisa gradually bonds with this life specimen, her job, as well as this government secret is compromised. Michael Shannon and Octavia Spencer co-star in the highly anticipated flick. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
What haunts us as children may still hold some power over us, and for imaginative filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, the TV-movie Don’t Be Afraid of the Darkleft such an impression.
The Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth director produced and co-wrote the screenplay for the Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark remake, which features Bailee Madison as a young girl who discovers creatures live in her father’s new estate.
At Comic-Con, Del Toro explains how films such as Alien, The Shining, the Rod Serling produced series Night Gallery, and Don’t Be AfraidOf The Dark influenced him as a child.
Click on the media bar below and listen to Del Toro talk about Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, which opens August 26th: