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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

It has been 20 years since America Ferrera’s dream of becoming an actor back true. She took to Instagram to reflect on the moment that her dream started to come true and it is a sweet reminder that anyone can chase their dreams.

America Ferrera shared a sweet post reflecting on the 20th anniversary of working on “Gotta Kick It Up!”

“Gotta Kick It Up!” was one of the earliest examples of Latino representation so many of us remember. The movie follows a school dance team trying to be the very best they could possibly be. The team was down on their luck but a new teacher introduces them to a different kind of music to get them going again.

After being introduced to Latin beats, the dance team is renewed. It taps into a cultural moment for the Latinas on the team and the authenticity of the music makes their performances some of the best.

While the movie meant so much to Latino children seeing their culture represented for the first time, the work was a major moment for Ferrera. In the Instagram post, she gushes over the celebrities she saw on the lot she was working on. Of course, anyone would be excited to see Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt hanging out. Yet, what stands out the most is Ferrera’s own excitement to realize that she can make money doing what she loves most.

“I wish I could go back and tell this little baby America that the next 20 years of her life will be filled with unbelievable opportunity to express her talent and plenty of challenges that will allow her to grow into a person, actress, producer, director, activist that she is very proud and grateful to be. We did it baby girl. I’m proud of us,” Ferrera reflects.

Watch the trailer for “Gotta Kick It Up!” here.

READ: America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

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Cast Of ‘In The Heights’ Want You To Know The Importance Of Going To College

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Cast Of ‘In The Heights’ Want You To Know The Importance Of Going To College

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning Broadway musical In the Heights is finally coming to the big screen, and it has a star-studded cast to make it happen! Joined by Quiara Alegría Hudes – who wrote the book for the musical – and Crazy Rich Asians director Jon Chu, Miranda amplifies the musical’s poignant narrative about community and pursuing your dreams with stunning visuals and tons of amazing music inspired by the rich Latinx culture of Washington Heights.

Ahead of the film’s opening at the Tribeca Film Festival, Lin-Manuel Miranda and several members of the cast join Maria Hinojosa for a poignant discussion on what the film means to them and the importance of going to college no matter who you are or where your come from.

Cast members share their own very unique experiences of growing up and making it into college.

Maria Hinojosa of Latino USA on NPR is joined by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Leslie Grace (who plays ‘Nina’), and Corey Hawkins, all of whom share their unique and profound experiences with deciding on if they would go to college and what they went through to get there.

So many of us are first or second generation college students, reaping the benefits of the hard work put in by our parents and abuelos to help us achieve our dreams. But not all of us share the same path to university, something made very clear as each of these In The Heights cast members make very clear with their own journeys.

Lin-Manuel acknowledges his own privilege on his path to university and how it influenced the film.

Manuel says that he had an advantage in his journey, thanks to his parents who really helped cultivate that desire for learning from a young age. He was able to attend a prestigious private school as a child but even then recognized a duality within him existed – going as Lin at school (in a predominantly white space) and Lin-Manuel back at home.

Upon going to college at Wesleyan University, Manuel met and made Latino friends, a lot of whom were first from their families to go to college. Many didn’t get the same crash course in code switching that he did from a younger age, so for many of his peers it was tough for them to adjust to college life.

By the end of his first year in college, his roommates at the Latino program house shrunk from eight other members to just four. This struggle and conflict with their time in college and their Latinx identity is reflected in the character Nina and her own struggle with returning to her home in Washington Heights.

For Quiara, the story of Nina’s journey is particularly personal.

Much like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes’ parents were also leaders in their community. Her father was a prominent businessman while her mother was an activist in her community. But unlike Manuel, her parents didn’t attend university, it wasn’t something that was on their path. She points out that “it wasn’t that they didn’t treasure learning, it’s just that university wasn’t part of that path.”

Quiara – who attended Yale – says that she was very conflicted as a half Latina and half white woman even though she had often grown up in white spaces. However, she wasn’t prepared for being in a space with so few Latinos. She had to learn how to merge those two parts of her life that she felt were drifting further and further apart.

The cast discusses ‘imposter syndrome’ and how to fight it.

Imposter syndrome is very real. And it can often affect those of us who feel like we don’t deserve our achievements or recognition. Maria asks the cast to how they overcame it and how they learned to own their space.

Leslie Grace reminds us that “you have a story only you can tell and you need to tap into your feelings of potential.”

Check out the full trailer for In The Heights below.

The festival’s opening night screening will be held on June 9 at the United Palace theater in Washington Heights. For the first time ever, Tribeca’s inaugural film will be screened simultaneously across all five boroughs in multiple open-air venues.

Following the opening night of Tribeca, “In the Heights” will debut in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service on June 11. It was originally scheduled to be released last year, but Warner Bros. postponed its release due to the pandemic.

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