Guillermo Del Toro

Crimson Peak


Universal | R | Guillermo Del Toro
 The fog of fear and mystery.

7(Note: The following review was originally published at Consequence of Sound.)

It’s established within the first few words spoken aloud in Crimson Peak that hauntings aren’t just for the metaphors within the manuscript that Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) is working on. “Ghosts are real. That much I know.” While Edith is working on the kind of story in which ghosts represent all the past and present sins of the currently living, Crimson Peak sees specters as not only everything that Edith understands them to be, but also as tangible, physical things. Things that haunt you even when the  rational mind dictates that they’re just apparitions. Things that can touch you, and in turn, touch back. Things that follow you no matter how far you might try to go to elude them. (more…)

The Book of Life

BookOfLifeHeader20th Century Fox | PG | Jorge R. Gutierrez 
Pictured: “You know I was nervous about coming to the Festival of Color, but boy are these drugs something.”


(Note: The following review was originally published at Consequence of Sound.)

My compliments to the art and design teams behind The Book of Life, a vivaciously rainbow-colored family film that’s proud of its Mexican heritage and chock-full of indigenous art design. Día de los Muertos is on full display, loaded with skulls, mariachis, and a festive, celebratory afterlife. Paul Sullivan’s art direction and his production design alongside Simon Valdimir Verela packs a colorful punch supported by dozens of obviously talented animators and designers. (more…)