6. 'Blade II' (2002)

The best part of genre, the part that suggests the richness in a genre: the unappreciated gem. Most of the classic westerns of Anthony Mann might fit this bill, as would Kevin Costner's "Open Range." Indeed, an filmmaker thoughtfully plying pulp material with a reverence that will undoubtedly be seen as misplaced can be a moving sight. You can tell the difference between a filmmaker slumming it and one -- in this case, baroque stylist Guillermo del Toro -- who takes no job lightly. (Though if you argue most American studio films now are genre films, A-budgeted B-movies, this is all redundant.)

( August 27, 2012 )

The best part of genre, the part that suggests the richness in a genre: the unappreciated gem. Most of the classic westerns of Anthony Mann might fit this bill, as would Kevin Costner's "Open Range." Indeed, an filmmaker thoughtfully plying pulp material with a reverence that will undoubtedly be seen as misplaced can be a moving sight. You can tell the difference between a filmmaker slumming it and one -- in this case, baroque stylist Guillermo del Toro -- who takes no job lightly. (Though if you argue most American studio films now are genre films, A-budgeted B-movies, this is all redundant.)

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