December 1, 2011 |
When Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan set out to make vampires frightening again with their novel "The Strain," the writing partners had their work cut out for them. The scariest thing about the sexy, brooding bad boys that seemed to be everywhere in pop culture was just how much of their initial bite they'd lost. Under the right circumstances, you could even take one home to meet Mom. Del Toro and Hogan had a noble aim, and they certainly put their hearts into the endeavor. In "The Strain," the calculating monster known only as the Master embarks on the first phase of his plan to subjugate humanity, stowing away on a plane bound for JFK and infecting the passengers with a virus that turns them into mindless, hairless, crimson-eyed minions who feast on blood through fleshy stingers in their throats.
October 20, 2010
"The Fall" A Novel Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan William Morrow: 310 pp., $26.99
December 1, 2011
The Night Eternal A Novel Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan William Morrow: 371 pp., $26.99
September 26, 2008 |
"Pan's Labyrinth" director Guillermo del Toro is collaborating with crime author Chuck Hogan on a trilogy of vampire novels, starting next summer with "The Strain." "The idea is epic in scope," Del Toro said in a statement issued by publisher William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins. "The trilogy advances in unexpected ways, and each book contains unique and surprising revelations about the history, physiology and lore of the vampiric race, tracing its roots all the way back to its Old Testament origins."
September 12, 2010
Heist films can be distinguished by the original execution of any of the genre's essential staples: a riveting bank robbery, a pulse-quickening getaway, a gothic shootout. Ben Affleck's "The Town" has all that, but one sequence that sets it apart from many movies of its kind is something that unfolds far from the scene of a crime: an emotional jailhouse visit between Doug MacRay (Affleck, who directed himself in the starring role) and his incarcerated father, Mac ( Chris Cooper). The father is cowed, the son diminished — there's no swagger for this pair of career criminals, only the inescapable sorrow of a family that made the wrong turn at every possible intersection.
September 17, 2010 |
Ben Affleck and Rebecca Hall, the hedgehog and the fox, combine forces to excellent effect in "The Town," a fast-paced, character-driven heist movie that combines robberies with romance and solidifies Affleck's reputation as an actor with a genuine gift for directing. The hedgehog, in philosopher Isaiah Berlin's celebrated formulation, knows one big thing, and the big thing Boston native Affleck knows inside out is his hometown. It's the site of this film, his "Gone Baby Gone" directing debut, as well as the Oscar-winning "Good Will Hunting" screenplay that launched his career.