Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022) – Guillermo del Toro, and Mark Gustafson

One of my favourite directors, Guillermo del Toro takes on the classic tale of Pinocchio. Teaming up with director Mark Gustafson and an incredibly talented bunch of animators and voice talent, del Toro moves the story forward in time to the 1920s, setting it in Italy during the rise of Mussolini, paired with some dark…

Lincoln (2012) – Steven Spielberg

Daniel Day-Lewis takes the titular role in Spielberg’s masterful film about the iconic president and his struggle to pass the 13th Amendment in support of his Emancipation Proclamation, even as the Civil War continues to tear the country apart. Filled with themes and ideas that are still sad, and frighteningly relevant, this looks at a…

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) – Joel & Ethan Coen

The final recommendation from Some Like It Hot in the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is my second favorite Coen Brothers movie, an update on the classic Odyssey tale, and featuring some of that great old-timey music (overseen by T Bone Burnett). George Clooney┬áis Ulysses Evert McGill, and he has just escaped…