I recently had the distinct pleasure of watching Pan’s Labyrinth, a colossal movie by director Guillermo del Toro. If you’re at all into good cinema, check it out. At metacritic, it’s the only movie I’ve ever known to get a 98, and it got a 96% at Rotten Tomatoes.
When we went to go see Volver, another truly amazing movie by Almodovar, who hasn’t directed a movie I haven’t liked, I saw the poster for Pan’s, thought it looked amazing, and then promptly thought about it, until…
Thanks to BIG Images’ involvement with the SLO International Film Festival, which also resulted in me getting to hang out with Morgan Freeman last year, I got two tickets to the pre-screening of it at the Palm. It was a big hubbub too: the effects house that did all of the visual effects for it, Cafe FX, is located thirty miles south of here in Santa Maria and they came to talk about their work on the film and to show a special effects reel about how they really did a lot of the effects work. We also got to go to the pre-party, drink some wine, and generally act like a film snob.
It was fantastic.