Federico Luppi (1936-2017)

El Espinazo del Diablo / The Devil’s Backbone (Guillermo del Toro, 2001), in which Luppi stands as an embodiment of decency.

 

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Crimson Peak (Guillermo del Toro, 2015)

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It’s rare that I see a film on its opening weekend – unless it’s a limited release that may not stick around – but I belatedly realised that I was unlikely to get to Crimson Peak next week, so I went this morning. My review is now up at Eye for Filmhere.

I’ve stuck to the bare bones in terms of plot details and have tried to avoid any spoilers – I generally don’t read reviews before I’ve seen a film, but I wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone who does read them first. As the review indicates, I felt that there was something missing from the film but I’m still pondering what exactly that was; I may return to it on here when more people have seen it so that I can go into more detail. But I think that it’s highly unlikely that Guillermo del Toro will ever make a film that isn’t worth seeing (and I’m certainly intending to rewatch this one in the future) – so go see!