Review: ‘Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters’ Traveling Exhibit (LACMA – Los Angeles)

One of my favorite visual directors in the last 20 years is without a doubt Guillermo del Toro.  I remember watching Cronos shortly after it came out in 1994, and I was blown away by not only his take on the vampire story, but also just the detail within the movie that he crafted behind the lens.  I was an immediate fan, and the fan in me grew as his filmography grew with The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade II, and the Hellboy movies.

So I was obviously very excited to see that his traveling personal museum ‘Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters‘ would be making a 4-month stop in Los Angeles at the LACMA.  Full of artwork, memorabilia, and props from both his movies and just his personal collection at his home – this was a feast for the eyes.  I felt like I needed a cigarette after seeing it.   Continue reading

If You Decide To Go See ‘Mama’ This Weekend……

……..you have to say the name of the movie in a whisper voice when you buy your tickets.  “I’ll take two tickets for…..Mama (whisper voice)”.  The cashier will most likely have a hard time hearing you, which is usually the case with whispering, but you have to keep whispering it because those are the rules. Or, the cashier might laugh and get the joke, at which point you can smile and realize that you’ve accomplished your goal.  There’s always that chance though that they will look at you like you’re a dumbass, and then you’ll have to walk into the theatre with your head hanging low as you go to buy your Goobers, second guessing your choice to do it in the first place.  So it’s really a crap shoot.  Good luck.

*I really hope that’s chocolate on your face*

Review: Livid (2011)

It’s no secret if you really know me or have been stalking me, that the 2007 French horror movie Inside will forever remain on my list of movies that I would recommend to anyone with a cinematic pulse.  The brutality, but equal beautifulness of it all will definitely be embedded in your head after one viewing (although you may not be able to watch it again after that).  So it came with much joy and happy dancing when I heard that the directors of Inside, Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, were back behind the camera with their new movie Livid (or Livide in French).  It was pretty much a given that the imagery would be there, but would the story grab a hold of me like their previous effort?  Step inside and find out…..   Continue reading

Trailer Time! Guillermo Del Toro Presents: Mama

A trailer popped up recently for the new Guillermo Del Toro produced flick, Mama, and I have to say that it definitely brought enough creepy for everyone to eat up and enjoy!  Now granted, I remember seeing the trailer for Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark and thinking “wow! when does that come out?!” – and then it came out with a thud and we realized that the only thing we should be afraid of is Katie Holmes’ acting (zing!). Check out the trailer below and let me know if the hair on your arms stands up at all:

This supernatural chiller that comes out in 2013, tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their mother was murdered. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night.  Is it Mama?  Is it Madea?  We’ll only know if we slap down the bucks to see this puppy when it comes out.  Or I guess you could just look it up online for spoiler alerts after it comes out (shrug).

*the smell of bengay and bad driving are her weapons of choice*