Screen Junkies » pan’s labyrinth http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:31:27 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ To Creep The Hell Out Of Broadway Audiences http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pans-labyrinth-to-creep-the-hell-out-of-broadway-audiences/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pans-labyrinth-to-creep-the-hell-out-of-broadway-audiences/#comments Thu, 06 Dec 2012 22:33:16 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252305 I'm guessing it will be in English.

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Pursuant to government act H.R. 494, which I touched on earlier today here, and requires that all films, no matter what their substance, be turned into musicals, Guillermo del Toro’s disturbing wartime fantasy film Pan’s Labyrinth will be rolled out as a Broadway musical, with all the singing, dancing, and fancy puppets that musicals entail.

Del Toro has co-authored the book that will serve as the source material for the project. I’m at a bit of a loss as to why someone who’s produced a movie (with a script and everything!) needs to write a book in order to turn a movie with a script into a musical, but maybe “book” is the phrase that musical theater people use for the script-y music-y thing that tells the acting, singing people what to act/say/sing. I’m unfamiliar with this world, in case you couldn’t tell.

No word on further details, but one can expect Nathan Lane to pop up as either Pan, the fascist antagonist, or, with the right prosthetics, the little girl.

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The 8 Most Awesomely Savage Beatings In Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-8-most-awesomely-savage-beatings-in-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-8-most-awesomely-savage-beatings-in-film/#comments Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:00:59 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=243530 Think this list is dumb? Try sayin' that to ITS FACE!

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I think we can all agree that the best thing about movies is their presentation of consequence-free violence. Since that’s the best aspect of cinema, it stands to reason that the best movies are the ones that contain the most graphic displays of violence. You can try to argue with that logic, but you’ll fail.

I have created a shortlist of the most savage beatings in cinema (not the most violent scenes, per se), thus finally shedding some light on the eight greatest movies of all time.

Here they are.

(Note: I didn’t include clips of these films, because many of them weren’t available, and you should probably see all these movies. They’re pretty interesting, if not good.)

Irreversible

There’s a whole lot of context to the wildly disturbing scene in this wildly disturbing movie that features a rape and beating scene that lasts for minutes with no cutaway, but even in context, this gets my vote for the most disturbing beating in film. The lack of editing here forces you to watch what’s going on, independent of the reactions of characters onscreen. You don’t get to hide from the brutality of it all.

FYI: The film is in French, which might actually be more painful than the violence depicted.

Fight Club

There are two scenes in this film that could easily make this list and one that would be on the fringe. The two that would be shoo-ins would be Tyler’s beating at the hands of Lou, the owner of the bar where Fight Club occurs, and the narrator’s pummeling of Angel, played by Jared Leto. The narrator’s fight with himself was also surprisingly graphic, though it was a little too funny to be savage.

I’m picking the beating of Jared Leto as the most gruesome, due to the length, the static camera, and, most importantly, the sounds. That wet meat sound that is prevalent in the scene adds a very real element that those kung-fu sound effects don’t lend to other scenes.

The Untouchables

If you want your beating to be viewed as “savage” or “violent,” use a baseball bat. Not a tire iron, or a golf club, but a baseball bat. While only two scenes on this list employ baseball bats, many of the also-rans that just missed the cut ratchet up the pain factor with bats. Namely: Casino, Inglorious Basterds, and A Bronx Tale.

The brutality of the scene in The Untouchables is partially a result of the context. Al Capone, played by Robert De Niro, is pacing around a banquet table, lecturing his criminal compatriots. He then proceeds, while all parties are dressed in tuxedos, to beat one of them to death.

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Guillermo Del Toro To Freak Kids Out With CGI Epic ‘Day Of The Dead’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/guillermo-del-toro-to-freak-kids-out-with-cgi-epic-day-of-the-dead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/guillermo-del-toro-to-freak-kids-out-with-cgi-epic-day-of-the-dead/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:00:45 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245721 Expect nightlight sales to skyrocket in the wake of this film.

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In a move that should guarantee Tim Burton loses the title of “creepiest whimsical filmmaker,” Guillermo Del Toro has just signed on to produce Day of the Dead (working title), a CGI film with a Romeo and Juliet-style love story set against the colorful backdrop of Mexico‘s Day of the Dead.

In addition to computer animation, the film will feature an A-list soundtrack comprised of both new recordings and iconic cover songs to help set the mood.

Because these animated films take oh-so-much time, this guy is slated for a fall 2014 release, which should give everyone enough time to have kids so that they can be of suitable age to attend this film and get really, really scared. No word on characters or the nature of the film, but expect the Del Toro braintrust to be working overtime to confuse and bewilder us, Pan’s Labyrinth-style.

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