“The Book of Life” Is a Story for the Living

The Book of Life movie poster

The Book of Life by Director Jorge Gutierrez and Producer Guillermo del Toro spins a tale of love, fantasy, empathy, and culture. It is a story about living. Continue reading

Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters

Book cover for Pacific Rim: Man, Machines, and Monsters

I think what I find most fascinating about these books is the glimpse into the creator’s mind that they afford us–watching how a mere idea progresses through character building, world building, story-boarding, and ultimately into the reality of film. Sure, I know that most of it is CG these days, but that doesn’t detract from the artistic talent and vision that went into creating it. Continue reading

A Century’s Worth of Monsters May Lead to Sleepless Nights

In Monsters in the Movies: 100 Years of Cinematic Nightmares, the fantastic new book by An American Werewolf in London director John Landis, readers will encounter a comprehensive bestiary of movie monsters. Continue reading

Guillermo Del Toro: The Interview, Part II

Here’s Part II of my conversation with Guillermo del Toro, director of Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, Mimic, Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade II, and the two Hellboy films. [Read Part I of the interview here.] Del Toro, a former special effects makeup designer, has … Continue reading