Never Seen It! Sunday: Pan's Labyrinth

You know when you're talking to someone you think is like totally happening in a far out way and they ask if you've seen their favourite movie and you lie and say you seen "parts of it" because you don't want to seem like a total pop culture pariah? Yeah, we do too - and we hate ourselves for it! That's why we're vowing to watch at least one movie we've put off, ignored, rejected or just plain-out forgot about every week from now on. Join us as recount the popping of our cinematic cherries, complete with awkward, over-analytical details!

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(Or the more lyrical, actual title, El laberinto del fauno)

DATE RELEASED: January 19, 2007

DATE ACTUALLY WATCHED: December 13, 2010

WHY NOW?: I've decided to learn Spanish. So, aside from taking courses in Spanish, downloading Spanish iPhone apps, and speaking Spanish to my friends and family who are completely oblivious to what I'm saying, it's also the perfect excuse to watch award-winning Spanish films and call it "studying."

WHY NOT THEN?: I shied away from foreign films, which is the completely opposite today. The problem was, I never wanted to give them a chance, but once my obsession to learn new languages began to grow, I realized that it's a really helpful way to learn how the tongue is spoken conversationally, and also open yourself to a variety of completely different and refreshing film mentalities and styles.

  • Creepy, though life-like, monsters.
  • Stunning, surreal sets.
  • A creative and novel depiction of the imagination.
  • A shocking, devastating ending.
  • Not nearly enough of the creepy, life-like monsters (ie. the Faun and the Pale Man).
  • A window into a child's imagination reminiscent of, though even darker than, Alice's.
  • Stunning, surreal sets that makes it tough to believe that these strange, captivating worlds really don't exist.
  • A growing love for Guillermo del Toro's work.
  • A sad story set in post-Civil War Spain, forcing a little girl to seek escape in imagination from a very terrifying, threatening step-father and fatally ill mother.
  • A Spanish lesson

Creepy, obsessed stalker material. There are so many intriguing fine details in this beautiful narrative that you'll want a few zillion rewatches.

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