Criterion Year Week 75: Pan’s Labyrinth and Criterion Year Round Up

The Criterion Collection, the last vestige of truly collectible DVD and Blu-Ray movies in existence. These are well produced, fancy pants editions of important and interesting films for the discerning film lover.

We continue our journey through Jim's collection of movies with...

Pan's Labyrinth

Spine Number: 838

Director:Guillermo Del Toro

Genre: Drama


And just like that, our year and a half journey is at an end. And what a way to end it.

Guillermo Del Toro is really two directors. You have the English filmmaker, who puts out solidly entertaining, bad ass movies. Then you have the Spanish filmmaker, who makes solidly entertaining, artistic, bad ass movies. They are both awesome filmmakers, but there is something about that Spanish guy...


Pan's Labyrinth is something special. It almosts defys categorization. It's a fantasy film that is firmly rooted in a gritty, realistic world. It's scary, but not really a horror. It's a drama, but there is so much childlike wonder in it that... well... hell. Pan's Labyrinth, is Pan's Labytinth.



How good is this movie? It's so good we weren't able to make any jokes about it. Honestly, it's just amazing.

Why waste time writing about it? Check it out and take the final steps on this amazing journey with us.




Next week, our James Bond project begins with Dr. No, and the original TV version of Casino Royale. If you want to watch that first, heads up... it's awful, you can watch it on youtube, or... right here.




 Thanks for listening to our Criterion Odyssey and please join us for our trek through the world of 007. 

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Looks like Summer Movie League has officially become Fantasy Movie League.

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