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20 Movies And Shows Directed And Produced By Guillermo del Toro That You Have To See

Mexican director Guillermo del Toro has gained growing acclaim for his films over the years. While this past year, “Shape of Water” gained critical acclaim, true fans of the director know that his evolution into Academy Award-winning director has been a long one of short films and tv show stunts.

Here’s a look at his top films.

1. Doña Lupe

CREDIT: Guillermo del Toro

This 1985 short horror film and is about a house owned by an elderly woman in financial trouble named Doña Lupe. The older woman rents rooms to policemen Bienvenido and Chato and after the two smuggle suspicious materials into her house, she begins to take revenge. 

2. Geometría

CREDIT: Guillermo del Toro

Del Toro directed this short fantasy horror comedy in 1987. The film is about a Mexican widow who receives a letter from her son’s high school telling her that he is failing geometry. After being yelled at by his mom, the son vows to never fail geometry again by using black magic.

3. Cronos

CREDIT: Prime Films S.L.

This 1993 horror drama stars Argentinean actor Federico Luppi an alchemist in Veracruz who has developed a mechanism that could give people eternal life. Del Toro directs this film that was selected as the Mexican entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 66th Academy Awards.

4. Mimic

CREDIT: Guillermo del Toro

This American science fiction horror film was co-written and directed by del Toro. It is based on the short story by Donald A. Wollheim.

5. The Devil’s Backbone

CREDIT: Warner Sogefilms A.I.E.

Also known as “El espinazo del diablo” and was directed and written by del Torro. The horror film is about a man and woman who operate a small orphanage in a remote part of Spain during the Spanish Civil War. 

6. Blade II

CREDIT: New Line Cinema

This 2002 American superhero film stars Wesley Snipes and Kris Kristofferson and was massive box office success that grossed over $155 million. The film follows a human-vampire hybrid named blade as he continues his effort to protect humans from vampires. 

7. Hellboy

CREDIT: Columbia Pictures

This 2004 American superhero film directed by del Toro is loosely based on the Dark Horse Comics and is about a demonic beast who becomes a superhero named Hellboy. 

8. Pan’s Labyrinth

CREDIT: Warner Bros.

This dark fantasy drama has a narrative that intertwines this real world with a mythical world centered on an overgrown abandoned labyrinth. 

9. Hellboy II: The Golden Army

CREDIT: Columbia Pictures

This 2008 American superhero film is the seuqal the 2004 film. It stars Ron Perlman as the eponymous character who faces his biggest battle with an underworld prince who plans to reclaim Earth for his people.

10. Pacific Rim

CREDIT: Warner Bros. Pictures

This 2013 American science fiction action film directed by del Toro stars Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba. The movie is set in the future during a time in which  Earth is at war with colossal sea monsters which have risen from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

11. Crimson Peak

CREDIT: Universal Pictures

The 2015 American gothic romance film directed, co-produced and co-written by del Toro stars Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and Jim Beaver. The movie is about a woman who marries a seductive man who sweeps her away to a gothic mansion. 

12. The Shape of Water

CREDIT: Fox Searchlight Pictures

The 2017 Oscar-winning film is del Toro’s most recent film. It stars Sally Hawkins as a mute woman who falls for a classified mysterious scaled creature from South America.

13. The Orphanage

CREDIT: Universal Pictures

This 2007 Spanish horror film centers around a woman who returns to her childhood home which is an orphanage. She has plans to turn the home into a place for disabled children but has her plans are soon thwarted. 

14. While She Was Out

This 2008 movie was produced by del Torror and is about an abused woman who turns the tables on men who are on a mission to beat and rape her. 

15. Splice

This 2002 film produced by del Toro follows geneticists Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) who specialize in creating hybrids of species. When they propose to introduce human DNA and are rejected they decide to do so in secret.  

16. Puss in Boots

This spin-off of Shrek stars Antonio Banderas as a sword yielding cat out to clear his good name 

17. The Captured Bird

Del Toro produces this film about a girl who follows a trail of dark liquid into a building and from there sees the birth of five creatures that pose a threat to the world.

18. Rise of the Guardians

CREDIT: Paramount Pictures

Del Toro produced this film about a guardians like Santa Clause and the Tooth Fairy who protect the world’s children from darkness and despair.

19. Mama

This 2013 film about two young girls abandoned in a forest cabin. They’re taken care of by an unknown entity that they fondly call “Mama” which follows them to their new suburban home.

20. The Simpsons

The director took on The Simpsons in the episode “Treehouse of Horror XXIV.” In season 25 episode 2 the director tells the story of how Homer wreaks havoc in Springfield.


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‘The Tax Collector’ Director Denies That Shia LeBeouf Is In Brownface

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‘The Tax Collector’ Director Denies That Shia LeBeouf Is In Brownface

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Shia LeBeouf is in the new movie “The Tax Collector” and people are accusing him of brownface for this role. The actor takes on the accent for the role and got a chest tattoo to do the role authentically. For some, it is cultural appropriation and it has started a debate.

Shia LeBeouf is the man in “The Tax Collector” and people have questions.

The pulse-pounding trailer has all of the action you can handle so you can only imagine what the full movie is like. The movie is all about the tax collector having to fight to protect his family when a rival takes over his turf. LeBeouf is ready to do whatever it takes to save his family.

Some people are very upset about the role for LeBeouf.

The tattoos and the accent are too much for people. Some have argued that the role was not at all a way of cultural appropriation. Instead, LeBeouf is playing a white role that happens to have grown up in a neighborhood where he picked up the accent and a certain way of dress.

The argument is going both ways with people fighting to defend him.

While the role could be really problematic for some, others see themselves reflected in it. There are many people defending LeBeouf because they too grow up in a neighborhood and took on the culture of the neighborhood.

The director of the film, David Ayer, spoke out saying that LeBeouf is not in brownface.

“He’s a white guy playing a white guy. He’s not taking anyone’s work away,” Ayer told the LA Times to calm the critics.

What do you think?

READ: Bon Appétit Editor Adam Rapoport Resigns Over Brownface Scandal

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Disney Just Announced That We Won’t Have To Wait For The Pandemic To End In Order To Watch Mulan— Thank The Ancestors!

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Disney Just Announced That We Won’t Have To Wait For The Pandemic To End In Order To Watch Mulan— Thank The Ancestors!

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After months of delays and waiting, Disney has announced that Mulan fans will no longer have to wait for a major theatrical release to see the live-action version of the animated classic. On Tuesday the Walt Disney Company revealed that the film will no longer seek a major theatrical release and that the blockbuster’s debut will take place on the subscription streaming service, Disney+.

To see the movie, customers will need to pay an additional $29.99 on top of the cost of the monthly subscription for Disney+

“In order to meet the needs of consumers during this unpredictable period, we thought it was important to find alternative ways to bring this exceptional family-friendly film to them in a timely manner,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek explained in a statement according to Variety. “We see this as an opportunity to bring this incredible film to a broad audience currently unable to go to movie theaters.”

The company has said that it plans to release Mulan in theaters in areas where Disney+ is not available to audiences.

According to Variety, “The decision to put Mulan on premium video-on-demand further emphasizes the studio’s increased reliance on Disney Plus at a time when most of their business — from theme parks and cruises to movie theaters and retail stores — have been crippled by the pandemic. Research, Chapek says, suggests that bringing a high-profile release like Mulan to homes “will act as a fairly large stimulus to sign up for Disney Plus.”

Mulan had been originally scheduled for a theatrical debut on March 27 and was meant to be Disney’s biggest theatrical release for the year.

Disney shelled out a $200 million budget and in early March the studio set up a lavish red carpet premiere at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Days later, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Disney to postpone the movie’s release. The movie’s debut was then pushed back several times before Disney announced last week that they would indefinitely remove it from the release calendar. Fortunately, they’ve changed their mind and Mulan will debut on the streamer’s new platform on September 4, 2020.

Disney’s latest version of Mulan stars actress Yifei Liu as the titular character based on the legend of a female Chinese warrior who disguises herself and takes her father’s place as a soldier.

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