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This is another edition of Short Starts, where we present a weekly short film(s) from the start of a filmmaker or actor’s career. Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro is a movie geek’s best friend. Not just because he makes movies catered to them but because he is one of them, and they love and respect filmmakers who are both knowledgeable and passionate about cinema. If del Toro wasn’t providing the content for us to write about, he’d probably be writing about other people’s films (thank goodness he’s a movie maker, though, and not a movie blogger). I believe that he’s as celebrated an artist as he is, in spite of directing a lot of mediocre works, because people like him personally as much as if not sometimes more so than they like his output. And he’s been putting out stuff for a long time, even more than most fans could possibly ever see. Del Toro is one of the generation of horror and fantasy filmmakers that was producing many short films prior to getting into features, mostly home movies and student films going back even earlier than any film school they might have gone to. He made about ten different shorts on a variety of formats (Super 8, 16mm and 35mm), but only two are available. There’s the ninth, 1985′s Doña Lupe, which can be seen on the compilation DVD “Cinema 16: World Short Films.” And then following that was Geometria in 1997. This is the easiest to get a […]

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This Week in Blu-ray

This Week in Blu-ray, we get one of the most exciting and diverse slates of HD releases that we’ve seen all year. From the definitive event film of 2010 to a few beautiful additions to the Criterion Collection, there is a lot to be excited about. I might as well call it the big director edition of TWiBD: Christopher Nolan, David Cronenberg, Guillermo Del Toro and Brett Ratner. Wait, all but that last one. Even my own predisposition to like below-the-line action movies can’t lead me to become victim to the siren song of Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Especially when there are so many wonderful releases to talk about, instead. So grab your credit card and mounting debt and lets go shopping for a slew of new Blu-rays.

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