Ollie and I can’t wrap our heads around this one. It’s . . . well it’s not *good* by any stretch of the imagination. It’s 1935’s “The Raven” and it’s got some talent on screen but the talent isn’t doing anything particularly . . . talented. Also, it’s definitely *not* “The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls In Love.”
“Gooble Gobble!” everyone! This week, Ollie and I learn to not make fun of differently abled people, because you could end up . . . different yourself? It’s Tod Browning’s “Freaks” from 1932 and is it ever a trip! Like a good trip. It’s good.
Things get emotional up in here as we talk Jorge Gutierrez’s “The Book of Life” from 2014. Del Toro helped Gutierrez get this homage to Mexican culture off the ground and Ollie and I are sure glad he did. We get to talk about culture, death, family and cry cry cry. It’s good for the soul!
Let’s talk Mon-stars and Rob’ts! The metal fists are flying and the monsters are a’dyin’ in del Toro’s tribute to Japanese rubber costumes and anime mech-fests, but also there’s an emotional core? And trauma metaphors? And PTSD gets acknowledged? Ollie and I sift through a movie that’s far more complicated than the surface would suggest.
Ollie and I present a special non-del Toro movie that was sold to audiences as very much a del Toro movie! “The Orphanage” is spooky, heartbreaking and wonderful and NOT a del Toro movie. But, he helped get it made and helped start the career of J. A. Bayona, so we’re covering it here! Enjoy this special BONUS!