Known as the “Three Amigos of Cinema” Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaronand Alejandro G. Inárritu are arguably the most popular Mexican filmmakers in modern Hollywood, maybe even the world.
Over the course of their respective careers (spanning decades), each has directed several memorable films of outstanding quality from Cuarón’s riveting space thriller heaviness to Iñárritu’s dark and brutal revenge story, The revenant. With the release of del Toros Pinocchioand Inarritus bardo As we get closer, it’s worth looking back at which films by these directors have been best received by IMDb users.
Life has its lessons – “Y Tu Mamá También” (2001)
Youthful and sexy, Cuarón’s fourth film is a drama about two teenagers and an attractive older woman who embark on a road trip while learning about life and themselves along the way.
Y Tu Mama También (which translates to “and your mother too”) exudes sincerity and rawness. Though every shot and line is carefully calculated, it has a very improvisational feel and the ending is one hell of a punch in the gut. No wonder it has an excellent score of 7.7 on IMDb.
Memory of Mexico City through image and sound – “Roma” (2018)
Cuarón’s original Netflix drama Roma is a beautiful film that tells the story of a domestic worker who helps a mother of four while her husband is away for an extended period of time.
It’s a partially autobiographical film in which Cuarón has managed to recreate the Mexico City of his childhood with striking cinematography, immersive sound design and the moving performances of his cast. The director also served as screenwriter, producer and cinematographer, earning the film its 7.7 score on IMDb.
Sixty’s the New Thirty – “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” (2014)
Alejandro Iñárritu’s Oscar winner for Best Picture birdman is about Riggan Thomson, a fading actor best known for his portrayal of a superhero (the parallels to Michael Keatonwho plays Thomson seems fully intent on making a rousing comeback by appearing in a Broadway play.
The film is impeccable, as evidenced by its IMDb score of 7.7. Feeling like it’s all happening in one uninterrupted take, it’s an uninterrupted journey about self-doubt and the desperate human need for appreciation and approval that you may need to watch twice to fully appreciate its bewildering narrative and impossibly dense themes to understand .
Don’t Let Go – “Gravity” (2013)
The premise of Alfonso Cuarón’s sci-fi thriller is simple: a brilliant medical technician on her first Shuttle mission and a veteran astronaut nearing retirement are lost in space with no connection to Earth or any chance of rescue.
heaviness is a heart-pounding testament to the resilience of the human mind, with a harrowing lead performance by Sandra Bullock and numerous impressive set pieces that are guaranteed to keep you in suspense. It’s such a compelling film that a reporter once asked Cuarón what it was like to shoot in space and proved just how much heaviness earns his IMDb score of 7.7.
When the Future Becomes the Past – “Children of Men” (2006)
In a future where humans have lost the ability to reproduce, a miraculously pregnant woman appears out of nowhere and a former activist must take her to a safe place. This is the premise of one of Cuarón’s most intellectual films, children of men.
With a score of 7.9 on IMDb, the film earns its place among the strongest and most impactful post-apocalyptic films ever made. According to reviewers, it has an immersive tone backed by masterful graphics and direction. It also has a beautifully written screenplay where hope and action triumph over despair and passivity.
Cuarón brings his magical touch to the wizarding world – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
The third movie in the Harry Potter The franchise, in which Harry is haunted by the danger of an escaped convict with a mysterious past, is widely considered the best of the series. Director Alfonso Cuarón is undoubtedly a major reason for this.
The filmmaker brought a darkness and maturity to the narrative that wasn’t quite present in the previous two films Prisoner of Azkaban the Turning point that defined the franchise to what we know today. The film has it all: iconic sequences, haunting imagery, beautiful music, strong performances and an impressive 7.9 score on IMDb.
Del Toro’s upcoming… masterpiece? – “Pinocchio” (2022)
Although Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion rendition of Pinocchio While it’s not out yet, some lucky viewers at film festivals have already had the chance to see it. The first reception was quite exciting.
At the time of release, the film has an amazing 7.9 score on IMDb. It appears to be a timeless modern classic, with a refreshingly dark tone, an interesting musical element, and an intelligently told story full of nuanced and complex themes, including some surprising anti-war and anti-fascism messages.
Back from the dead for revenge – The Revenant (2015)
The revenant could be one of the most impressive cinematic achievements of the 2010s. It’s the harrowing story of a man who seeks revenge on the team that pronounced him dead after a bear attack.
This film cements Emmanuel Lubezki as one of the greatest cinematographers in the industry and cemented director Alejandro Iñárritu’s reputation as one of the most important directors in modern cinema. His coordination with Lubezki’s naturalistic visuals, the savage performances of the actors, and the way he makes the story raw and engaging prove what a great director he is. This also applies to the film’s IMDb score of 8.0.
2) The Wild Nature of Destiny – “Amores Perros” (2000)
The title of Iñárritu’s legendary Mexican masterpiece about a car accident, which brings together the fates of three stories, roughly translates to “tough love”. It’s an apt title.
Amore Perros can be compared with similar films with multiple perspectives like pulp fiction, but make no mistake: it’s a unique film in a league of its own. It’s intense and emotionally devastating, packed with memorable characters and impressive performances that have earned it an 8.1 score on IMDb.
When Appearances Come True – “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006)
One of the most impactful anti-war films of all time, Guillermo del Toros Pan’s Labyrinth is a captivating story about the stepdaughter of a tyrannical Spanish military officer and how she retreats into a dark but alluring fantasy world guarded by a faun who claims to know her fate.
The film is endlessly creative and showcases del Toro’s best qualities as a storyteller. It’s dark and violent, but also touching and tender, with amazingly good graphics and text. There’s no denying that it more than earned an IMDb score of 8.2.
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