Federico Luppi (1936-2017)

El Espinazo del Diablo / The Devil’s Backbone (Guillermo del Toro, 2001). The first film that came to mind was actually Cronos (Guillermo del Toro, 1994), but the manner in which Luppi stands as an embodiment of decency in his collaborations with del Toro is best represented by his role as Dr Casares.

 

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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!