Love him or hate him, he’s pretty infectious. His independent work is better than his Hollywood stuff, but isn’t that always the case?
Mimic – Ok, it’s not great, but this is Del Toro’s Hollywood debut and there’s some interesting things in here.
The Devil’s Backbone – This is one of his independents and it’s a very good ghost story. Also kind of depressing.
Blade II – I think this is the best of the Blade movies (yeah, I like the Blade movies, what of it?). The Reaper design is really good, and there’s some subtle cgi work on the Reapers in some shots that are very effective. Sure, the Blade movies suffer from a lack of actual horror (they are vampires after all), and Stephen Dorff was a terrible choice for a baddie in the first movie (nothing against Dorff, he was good in Backbeat, but he’s usually in really bad movies), but I enjoy them. I wish Guillermo had worked on the third film (fighting Dracula? Really David Goyer?), but he wanted to move on to other things.
Pan’s Labyrinth – This would never be made in America. The sensibilities are completely foreign. There are a couple ways to look at this film. One way will leave you depressed at the end, the other will make you feel less depressed. Fairytales used to be gruesome before Disney homogenized them.
Hellboy II – Del Toro tried something a little different in this outing. He made the bad guys not so bad. They were victims.