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October 9: Happy Birthday Guillermo del Toro and PJ Harvey


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Guillermo del Toro is turning 53 today.  He began making homemade shorts with a Super 8 camera as a child.  He made two shorts in his early twenties and worked as a makeup artist on several Mexican films before making his first feature in 1993, a horror film titled Cronos that received critical praise and was his first time working with actor Ron Perlman.  Like many of his subsequent films it had some kind of fantasy/sci-fi element, as did his first Hollywood film, Mimic.

Del Toro has not been a hitmaker as a director; his biggest commercial success was probably Blade II, which of all his directing efforts was likely the one over which he had the least creative control.  However, almost all of his films since the turn of the century have received positive critical responses.  He has made two films in Spain, The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth, the latter of which won three Oscars out of six nominations.  His American productions include Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, the upcoming The Shape of Water, and the two Hellboy films.

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The 10 Best Albums Of 1995


Best Of 1995

1995 was a standout year for film. But musically it wasn’t quite on the same level. In some ways, it was the beginning of the end of the 90s from a musical standpoint. The grunge era was on its way out and the post-grunge era would eventually devolve into a parody of what it once was. This would later snowball into the rise of boy band pop, modern adult and “mook” rock.  Fortunately, none of that had happened yet in 1995.

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