Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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.
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…
Visually Exquisite! Truly a sight to behold! The macabre story itself is unlike any adult fable I have ever come across! A rich blend of dark fantasy mixed with the harsh realities of a cruel unforgiving world!
In any other hand's other than Guillermo del Toro I have no doubt this film would have failed miserably! His gift of telling an unsettling story through the innocent eyes of a child is unequaled!
As accomplished as he may be he understands he is only as good as the people he surrounds himself with! Everyone on-screen and off-screen were top notch in their respective fields! But his MOST impressive decision was when he cast Ivana Baquero as Ofelia!
She was absolutely magnificent! Her portrayal of Ofelia was exceptionally heartfelt and genuine! As was the audiences reaction towards her!
It's just perfect and don't let anyone tell you differently.
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…
"A fairy tale set in war times of nazi. i still hear that lullably"
This is one of those films that I've been wanting to see since forever, and only now did I finally get the opportunity. It was much darker than I thought it would be, but that made it even more interesting to me. I would have absolutely loved this film if I saw it in high school, so it's a shame I'm am just seeing it now.
Pan's Labyrinth, directed by Guillermo del Toro, is dark fantasy film, with such groundbreaking cinematography and plot, plus the usage of visual-effects. Guillermo should be the ultimate choice for The Hobbits; by Peter Jackson, after this macabre-sensational film.
I could hardly control the thrill it instilled in me, and the every second of its frame, put me numb as well as puzzled. Pan's Labyrinth is no ordinary film, it has been worked hard enough to entertain us.
A must watch movie, once a month!
shoutout to my spanish teacher for having us watch this in class & reminding me that it is beautiful and poignant and upsetting and the kind of movie that stays with you for days after you watch it, best movie of the 2000s imo
A fantastic journey that flirts with the line between what's real and what is imagination. In the end, I was faced with the reality that I wanted it to be real in my heart, but my adult mind didn't want to believe it to be.
There are few foreign films that leave this much of an impact on me... but thank you Guillermo Del Toro.
This story here unfolds during a civil war in Mexico, where a young girl named Ophelia and her pregnant mother Carmen go to live with their war captain named Vidal. There, she discovers a bit of fairies, and gets sucked into a fairy tale with a faun who tells her that he can take her to her real parents... but must perform a few tasks in order to make it there. Meanwhile, the civil war comes to a head as there are informants hidden deep in Vidal's crew, and things go awry very fast.
Where... do I... begin?
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 25th Hour
- 3 Women
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
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- The Godfather
- Seven Samurai
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