Author: Harrison Wade

The beautifully grotesque worlds of Guillermo del Toro

A look inside At Home with Monsters Too steeped in genre for the art crowd, yet too artful to be purely commercial, Guillermo del Toro has always been something of an outsider. Plucking inspiration from art indiscriminately, his movies end up looking like Vermeer paintings while telling the story of a vampire, a devil, or a ghost. It’s this interest in the fantastic which has earned him his fame—besides his refreshing passion for practical effects—and, now, del Toro has brought his creatures and fantasies to the AGO. A complex look at del Toro’s films and the art which has...

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Seeking out the strange

A beginner’s guide to the film-related resources on and off campus, and why using them matters To both new and returning students, I would like to put forward a suggestion for the coming school year: seek out uncomfortable art—whatever uncomfortable means to you. That’s it. Listen to an album in a genre you’ve never liked, or read a novel in translation. Go see a play, or an art exhibit with a context that requires some research. Ask your friends for suggestions, and try to talk about your experience. There’s no guarantee that it will be life changing. But any art that work from a viewpoint dissimilar to your own will at least be interesting. To be specific, try to find a movie somewhere beyond your comfort zone. Because, while movies aren’t treated with the same flippancy as they used to be, there is still an ongoing debate about whether or not movies are inherently Art or Entertainment. And whether you lean towards one side or the other, the opposition presents an easy solution to finding an uncomfortable movie—: if you usually treat movies as an excuse to hang out and eat popcorn, go see the artiest movie you can find; if you only watch auteur films exclusively released before the 1990s, please go see the latest Marvel movie. The one rule, or secondary suggestion, is that you should always...

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