All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
What happens when make-believe believes it's real?
Living with her tyrannical stepfather in a new home with her pregnant mother, 10-year-old Ofelia feels alone until she explores a decaying labyrinth guarded by a mysterious faun who claims to know her destiny. If she wishes to return to her real father, Ofelia must complete three terrifying tasks.
Fantasy shaken by bullet fire and the agony of tired souls cut short, Pan's Labyrinth is a genuine marvel of storytelling, craftsmanship, design, and pure theatricality within cinematic boundaries. Skillfully told and heartrending in its mixture of warfare anxiety and childhood imagination, Guillermo Del Toro (master of understated drama and boisterous action) constructs a fluid vision that layers its "segments" with distinct separation. As each particular story (every subplot is important) eventually collides by the end of such a rich and engrossing tapestry, reality and illusion embrace in the most cathartic way.
It's a film that thrives because of its cumulative end, but Pan's Labyrinth succeeds so miraculously because each moment is plotted in line with Del Toro's storybook…
Guillermo Del Toro's obsession with the child's perspective is often the death blow of many films that have been produced with his name attached to it. He should stop producing them and he should start making them again because he has proven time and again that he is a fantastic storyteller and Pan's Labyrinth seems to be the film that blends together everything he values in film and stories.
This film is terrifying. Not so much because it is scary or filled with gore, no it is terrifying because we are scared for someone. Ofelia is a fantastic protagonist. She is a girl you automatically want to protect from the horrors around her and that investment is where this film…
Everytime I re-watch Pan’s Labyrinth I am reminded how brilliant it is and how foolish I was for ever forgetting its undeniable qualities. Whilst Guillermo del Toro’s references are clear for all to see - from Spirit of the Beehive and classic children’s literature to the monster movies of his childhood - his blending and combination of influences creates something uniquely his own. The story - a young girl entering a fantasy world in order to make sense of her troubled reality - is nearly as old as storytelling itself. Yet, del Toro returns this conceit to its roots. This is no sanitised or family friendly descent into a safe world of talking creatures, this is a world as grim…
Blending together the horrors of both reality & fantasy into a spellbinding tale, Pan's Labyrinth is a blazingly original, extraordinarily artistic, technically accomplished & astonishingly beautiful film with a rare ability to immerse the grown-ups into its fantasy world in a manner that very few examples of its genre can emulate, and even lesser when the story is a downright fairy tale.
Set in the fascist Spain of 1944, it tells the story of Ofelia; a young girl in love with fairy tales who comes to live with her new stepfather & escapes into an eerie but captivating world of fantasy. Being told that she's the long-lost princess of an underground kingdom that's awaiting her return, the film covers Ofelia trying to prove…
This film has been compared to lots of fantasies, from "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "Bridge to Terabithia" to "Lord of the Rings." Ebert & Roeper once called it a well told "adult fairy tale." And I understand that. After all, there is a fantasy world, a brave mission to accomplish, and danger lurks at every turn. But this film is so much more grounded in reality than that; to me, it is a tragic war movie that just happens to have a very imaginative sub-plot.
To be specific, I never felt like crying while watching Narnia or the LOTR trilogy, but this got to me to the point of tears. Harsh truths. Innocence lost. Inhuman cruelty. Scenes of torture and…
What a Wonderful World Challenge Film #8
Roughly a year ago, I celebrated the start of a weekend by doing one of my absolute favorite things: making a Blu Ray purchase. With any other type of shopping, I prepare a strategy in advance that will get me in and out of a store in the shortest amount of time imaginable. Life is too short to spend it grocery or clothes shopping, but adding a movie to my collection? That is simply the bees knees. I could spend hours wandering the aisles of a store containing a vast amount of Blu Ray options and I will enjoy every second of it. On this particular day, I ended up leaving that store…
where is this little girl's oscar
A beautiful and bloody adult fairy tale. Sumptuous and magnificent.
Del Toro somehow gives the Spanish civil war (or close to it) a magical atmosphere and it works a treat. Well acted even by the cliche evil man in uniform with no morals to speak of.
'Magic does not exist. Not for you, me or anyone else.'
Seldom have I seen a movie that is so beautiful and dramatic, but so violent at the same time. Two very simple stories, a surreal one and a realistic one, are weaved together to one big tale. What sounds very strange at the first, could not have been better done. Guillermo del Toro understood it to put those two stories together in the best way possible. What follows, is one of the greatest fantasy dramas I have ever seen. Thanks to Ofelia, a unique protagonist, I was totally in that story, and I had some very special time, plunging into a world like I have never seen before.
Another WW 2 movie with a twist...
A goat man !
Really enjoyed the fairy tale part of the story. The war part; not so much.
Cinematography was well done as well.
Tijdens het uitmesten van een aantal muziekmappen op mijn pc, kwam deze opeens tevoorschijn. Ooit verkeerd gesleept blijkbaar (het zit daar al van juli verborgen). Heb hem dus maar opgezet. Tijdens het kijken viel wel op dat ik hem in een ver verleden al eens had gezien, ik herinnerde mij vaag dingen.
"El Laberinto del Fauno" vertelt een interessante kijk op het Franco regime in Spanje, het koppelt een donker sprookje aan de donkere realiteit. Het is Ofelia's manier om te kunnen omgaan met de verhuis, haar nieuwe fascistische stiefvader en de zwangerschapsperikelen van haar moeder. Allemaal leuk in beeld gebracht, maar er is iets aan Guillermo Del Toro zijn fantasierijke stijl dat mij enorm stoort. De man ligt mij…
I knew to expect something strange, something weyrd, but I did not expect to something that bloody. I was surprised, honestly, about the amount of violence rendered in that movie.
On the one hand I applaud Totoro-san for going through with that: Faery tales aren’t nice, not the original versions. They’re bloody, hurtful, and terrifying.
On the other hands, if you want to watch that movie with children, watch it without them beforehand. Don’t let them watch it without you, for there are undercurrents they might not easily grasp. After you’ve partaken in the story… talk with your children about it. Listen to them explain what they saw, and how they felt about it. Then you do the same in…
Watching Pan's Labyrinth is a subversive experience. Is it all real? What does it all mean? The movie has complete disregard for those questions, it does not help you distinguish the line between fact and fiction, tragic and joyous, and right and wrong it just shows you. That's what film can do, show you, show you a world you never knew existed, where characters make sense and one that is all too familiar, filled with caricatures. Everything is subverted in order to achieve a fantasy film unlike all others, even those of Guillermo del Toro.
As near perfect as a movie can get (see also "Lawndogs").
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!