Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’: The Master Outdoes Himself! (review)

Spain, 1944, during the Spanish Revolution. Young girl Ofelia’s (Ivana Baquero) pregnant mother Carmen (Ariadna Gil) has just married the leader of the effort to suppress the resistance, Captain Vidal (Sergi Lopez). Ofelia, obsessed with fantasy stories, finds herself in a real-life fairy tale when a faun (Doug Jones), recognizing her as the reincarnation ofContinue reading “Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’: The Master Outdoes Himself! (review)”

‘Mirrormask’: I Dislike the Fantasy Genre, but I’ll Make an Exception (review)

Written by Neil Gaiman, with special effects by The Jim Henson Company, blending CGI with live action. Helena (Stephanie Leonidas) is a bratty teenage girl whose parents run a circus, which she hates (as she says, “I want to run away and join real life”). After her mother (Gina McKee) becomes sick (shortly following anContinue reading “‘Mirrormask’: I Dislike the Fantasy Genre, but I’ll Make an Exception (review)”