LRA writes: The year was 1997, I was presented with an opportunity to go see a sneak preview of a movie called Mimic. At this point in my life I was gung ho to see any new movie that came my way (I guess I am not really all that different now though) so it didn't take much convincing to get me in that theater. All I knew about it at the time was that it starred Mira Sorvino and that it featured giant cockroaches. So along with a handful of close friends we made our way to the Beverly Center in Los Angeles for what I had hoped would be a decent little B monster movie. I came away from the experience fairly pleased with what was offered up, there were some neat effects, solid acting and a simple but straight forward story. The main thing that has always stuck with me though over the years whenever I look back on my initial reaction to the film is the general look and atmosphere it created. It had such a unique look and feel to it that made it stand out from all the other creature features of the same ilk. Little did I know at the time that the film's director, a then practically unknown Guillermo del Toro, was the wizard behind the curtain and that unique look and feel is now a signature of the extremely talented filmmaker.