Wes Burdine is an academic who studies English Literature and Psychical Research. What is psychical research? It's rad scientific research into paranormal stuff from the early 20th century, such as ghosts, time travel, and all kinds of stuff that fits right at home in fantasy and science fiction stories, like, oh, the films of Guillermo del Toro.
Wes is also the Managing Editor of FiftyFive.One, an online magazine that covers soccer in Minnesota and beyond.
For his double feature, Wes selected auteur director Guillermo del Toro.
Pan's Labyrinth was del Toro's triple Academy Award winner from 2006. In the decade since it has become recognized as one of the best films of the 21st century (BBC's recent survey of international critics placed the film as the 17th best of the this century). del Toro followed Pan's Labyrinth with Hellboy 2 in 2008, based on the Dark Horse comic created by Mike Mignola.
On this episode, Wes argues that Hellboy 2 is a Conservative film, and that objective scientific answers to mysteries are the pits. Courtney delivers a number of half-researched facts. And Chris fawns over (fauns over?!?) Doug Jones.
Also: del Toro's unending boner for creating beautifully imagined creatures. From the Pale Man and the Angel of Death to Cathedral Head and the tooth fairies. So many terrific, scary, beautiful creatures inhabit del Toro's weird and dark stories.