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A Giant Freakin’ Thanksgiving 2013

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Brent’s Thankful For…

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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.

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Pacific Rim Meets Power Rangers In This Opening Credits Mash-Up

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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.

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Pacific Rim: Everything Wrong With It In 9 Minutes Or Less

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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.”

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Pacific Rim VFX Video Breakdown And Lego Battle Scene

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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.

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Pacific Rim Faces A 260-Foot-Tall Honest Trailer

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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.

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Guillermo Del Toro Talks Pacific Rim 2 And Frankenstein

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pacific rimWhile Guillermo del Toro is currently in some phase of production with the TV pilot for The Strain, the vampire trilogy he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan, the great director is having an otherwise busy month with both the Blu-ray/DVD release of Pacific Rim hitting stores this week and the upcoming coffee table extravaganza Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions. As such, he’s come out of his memorabilia-laden belfry to talk a little more about some of his future projects that may never actually see the light of day, namely Pacific Rim 2 and his interpretation of Frankenstein.

While genre fans’ expectations for Pacific Rim were dashed by its U.S. box office, it’s still a worldwide hit and the most successful non-animated original property of the year. One might think that make its sequel inevitable, and del Toro points out that, regardless of how successful the home release is, the sequel is definitely getting written.

Travis Beacham and I are writing,” he told IGN, “so that is active. The decision to greenlight or not, that’s definitely above my pay rate.” To me, it seems impossible to imagine a world where Legendary Entertainment doesn’t throw money bags to get the sequel made. When asked if he thinks a second film would fare better now that viewers have already familiarized themselves with the world of Pacific Rim, del Toro says, “It does. To me, what was beautiful and flattering was how people saw the movie not once or twice but three, four times or more. People that love it, love it with great passion. So I would love to continue telling stories about that world.”