01-05-07 - 2

"Pan's Labyrinth" is indeed super good; I'm not sure about the crazy high scores it's getting, but it's definitely worth seeing. I love Guillermo del Toro, and I love magical realism and faerie tales, so it's right up my alley. I'd say it follows directly in the footsteps of his movies "Cronos" and "The Devil's Backbone", telling sort of a historical story via allegory, horror, and fantasy.

I was thinking that this cross of like political history with faery tale is very effective, and was wondering what other crosses might work. Perhaps a French new wave sarcastic roasting of the bourgeois, crossed with an ultra-violent crime spree flick? Maybe a heroin-addiction descent into misery crossed with a Will Ferrell-esque fake pompous comedy?

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