This week, Del Toro brings it.
At this year's SXSW someone in the audience asked Richard Linklater and Bill Paxton in their respective panels what their favorite films of 2006 were. Pan's Labyrinth made both lists. Mine, too.
This tale of a young girl's fantasy life in the harsh reality of Franco's Spain is beautiful, savage and darker than the Grimmest of fairy tales. Proof positive that Guillermo Del Toro is a force with which to be reckoned. Five Oscar nods and three wins. Also, #41 on the IMDB top 250. Loads of extras, including an appearance by Del Toro on Charlie Rose.
Critics were split on director Darren Aronofsky's follow up to Requiem for a Dream. Where some saw ambition, others saw a lack of focus. Now you can be the judge in the comfort of your own home. Six featurettes round out the extras.
Stomp the Yard
Like Step Up before it, Stomp the Yard made mad bones in spite of a lack of stars or good reviews. Extras include bonus dance sequences, which I'm guessing are this film's bread and butter.
The Dead Girl
From the writer/director of Blue Car (yes, you, in the back, I think you saw it) comes this tale of a girl who is not alive and the ways in which her death interacts with numerous B-list strangers including Toni Collette, Piper Laurie, Giovanni Ribisi, James Franco, Mary Steenburgen, Bruce Davison, Mary Beth Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden, Kerry Washington, Brittany Murphy and Josh Brolin. Extras include interviews and director's commentary.
Army of Shadows
And you thought it took a long time to get your film released. Jean Pierre Melville's tale of the WWII French resistance waited 37 years to land a U.S. release and when it did, it made virtually every critics top ten list (except mine, I didn't see it). Criterion gives it their typically robust treatment with a two-disc set that includes everything from a hi-def transfer to a booklet with Amy Taubin.
In this week's long list: Which Steven Seagal movie do you think is most deserving of a sequel?