Last summer’s Pacific Rim showcased the increasingly desperate war between humanity and big-ass monsters invading through an interdimensional portal on the bottom of the ocean. Rather than just throw in the towel — and because Godzilla still wasn’t due out until the following year and wasn’t answering his cell phone — mankind decided to do the logical thing: build battlemechs the size of skyscrapers so they could punch those pesky monsters right square in the throat. Pac Rim may have focused on the crew of an outdated American mech called Gypsy Danger, but it was definitely a multinational affair. Most of the major countries with coasts along the Pacific were represented: Australia’s Striker Eureka, Japan’s Coyote Tango, Russia’s Cherno Alpha. But New York City’s never been the sort to sit out a fight just because they’re on the wrong coast. And so we give you the small but scrappy Brooklyn Typhoon!
Brent’s Thankful For…
Fringe may be dead and buried, but showrunner J.H. Wyman wasted no time getting back on the broadcasting horse with his new robo-buddy-cop series Almost Human. On the surface these two shows have little in common aside from their procedural nature and sci-fi leanings, but the two are similar in the way they approach the well-worn tropes of a cop drama and use speculative fiction to turn them on their head. We’re only three episodes into our relationship with Almost Human, and I don’t want to jump the gun, but guys, this could be the one. There’s a grim future, mismatched partners who push each other, sex ‘bots, mysterious criminal networks, and action. What else can you ask for? This year we’re definitely thankful that there’s good, gritty sci-fi on TV, and that we get to see Karl Urban (Dredd) on a weekly basis.
When Guillermo del Toro’s CGI monsterfest Pacific Rim hit theaters this past summer, it was met with a lot of enthusiasm, much of it from people who were perfectly fine with the film wearing its numerous inspirations on its robotic sleeves. And while some of its homages were more obvious than others, the fact that the whole flick felt like a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers episode was lost on almost no one. And it’s as unsurprising as anything on Earth that someone, in this case YouTuber The Unusual Suspect, has mashed together Pacific Rim‘s visuals with the Power Rangers opening title theme. Sure, people have added the theme music to the trailer before (which was pretty cool in and of itself, as you can see below), but this is the real deal.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim is a strange beast. While some genre fans consider the science fiction monster movie one of the year’s best, many also decried it as one of the dumbest films of the summer. There’s no arguing that the film was full of imagination with its creature and robot design, but it lacked conviction and an engaging story. Was Pacific Rim just a dumb action movie, or a middling film with serious storytelling problems? Like clockwork, the people at CinemaSins have put together a new video for us: “Everything Wrong with Pacific Rim.”
While Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim enjoys the spoils of crossing the $400 million mark, the science fiction film is starting to build a bigger audience on Blu-ray/DVD. While we wait to hear whether or not Pacific Rim will get a sequel, take a look at visual effects house Rodeo FX’s VFX breakdown of Guillermo del Toro’s film.
It’s amazing to see how much CGI is actually in Pacific Rim. Of course, the Jaegers and Kaiju are completely CGI, but at times the visual effects look seamless in moments where you wouldn’t think there would be CGI, such as exteriors on landing pads. I guess that’s just part of movie-making in the 21st Century. Although some critics felt lukewarm on the film, there’s no denying that Pacific Rim looks very convincing and believable.
It’s almost unfair to give Pacific Rim the “Honest Trailers” treatment, as it’s one of the first big movies I’ve watched with a “YouTube video that points out all of a film’s faults in humorous ways” on my mind. Obviously I’m capable of processing and accepting the hammy and erroneous details that blockbuster films chunk at us in high speeds, but it’s a whole other thing to have the voiceover guy’s stoic voice rattling through the brain, anticipating jibes against names like Newton Geiszler and Stacker Pentecost, and wondering what was to be said about the inane ways in which characters treat the importance of drift compatibility needed in order to run a Jaeger. It made for something of an aggravating experience and speaks to the culture we live in and the job that I do, when I can’t watch giant robots fighting giant monsters without thinking about what other people are going to say about the terrible dialogue scenes between Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi.