Guillermo del Toro can’t stop talking about the women of Crimson Peak. “I made a point to make every man in the film useless,” he told Reuters. He spent much of his panel at Comic-Con last year talking about how the “twists [are] gender subverted” and that working “in a world with a secret gender war” gives him a responsibility to create culture that affirms his two daughters. He’s right, of course. But instead of proving del Toro’s claims, Crimson proves (yet again) that strong women whose interactions ace the Bechdel test are not enough to make a film revolutionary. …Read More
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If last week’s aesthetically impressive but insubstantial (Pan, The Walk) film offerings steered you away from the cineplex, perhaps this week’s trifecta of captivating dramas (Room, Beasts of No Nation, and Crimson Peak) will cure your movie malaise. As long as you avoid uninspired revisitations of pasts that didn’t need to be unearthed — a rundown of every goose that R.L. Stine ever bumped and a #Rathergate film — you should be safe from mediocrity.
By the time Mia Wasikowska finishes her opening voiceover, you know exactly how Crimson Peak will go down.
Hello there, fantasy fans! As you may or may not know, this December 17th will bring us the release of the third and (hopefully!) final Hobbit film, The Hobbit: Can You Believe They’re Still Making These Fucking Things? The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — and just in case you were planning on sitting this one out (and seriously, who could blame you?), distributor Warner Brothers has a couple of strategically timed information leaks to lure you in. First, they’ve engaged fellow Time Warner subsidiary Entertainment Weekly to run an early feature on director Peter Jackson’s “battle plans,” trumpeting the film’s climactic, 45-minute battle sequence. And secondly, the studio has told Forbes that the film will be preceded by the first teaser trailer for Batman v Superman. Put together, these two announcements smack mostly of desperation — a quality that has come to overwhelm this increasingly irrelevant …Read More
I suppose I should say this upfront: vampires are not for me. I’m not against them — there are a handful of vampire movies (The Lost Boys, Nosferatu) and books (er, the Bunnicula series) that I do enjoy — but I generally don’t seek out vampire narratives. Still, I was excited for The Strain, to see how Guillermo del Toro’s creative brilliance translates to the small screen and because FX is a network that I find increasingly interesting. But The Strain isn’t interesting. The vampires are different from the creatures we know, the story is packed, and there is an emphasis on epidemiology and history throughout. But at its core, The Strain just bored me.