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Hotel Artemis Trailer #1 (2018) “Visiting Hours are NEVER!”

Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, Hotel Artemis is an original, high-octane action-thriller starring Jodie Foster as The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only hospital for criminals. Jodie Foster is joined by an all-star cast that includes Sterling K. Brown as Waikiki, Sofia Boutella as Nice, Jeff Goldblum as The Wolf King/Niagara, Brian Tyree Henry as Honolulu, Jenny Slate as Morgan, Zachary Quinto as Ilya, Charlie Day as Acapulco, and Dave Bautista as Everest.

The film was written and directed by Drew Pearce. The producers are Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Stephen Cornwell, and Simon Cornwell.

Hotel Artemis opens in theaters on June 8.
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Jeff Goldblum in Hotel Artemis


Pacific Rim 2 Announced; Will Release in 2017

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We all kind of had a feeling this was coming when earlier this week Guillermo del Toro announced he was writing a script for the film with Zak Penn, but Legendary Pictures and Universal Studios have officially announced the return of Pacific Rim. Continue reading Pacific Rim 2 Announced; Will Release in 2017

Pacific Rim Blu Ray/DVD Release Date and Details

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Pacific Rim didn’t quite do it for me.  I went in and for whatever reason it just didn’t connect.  Anything in a Jaeger/Kaiju scene I loved, but the through plot felt like it had nothing of del Toro in it.  A bomb at the box office in the States, the picture may still get a sequel because of the film’s enormous popularity in China.  I’ll give this one another chance.  It seems all the elements are there: giant robots, monsters, my own freaking last name as the giant robots and giant robots.  Also giant robots.  Blu Ray/Specs:

The 2-Disc Standard Definition DVD Special Edition contains the following special features:

– Audio Commentary by Guillermo del Toro
– Drift Space
– The Digital Artistry of Pacific Rim
– The Shatterdome
– Focus Points
– Deleted Scenes
– Blooper Reel

In addition the Blu-ray editions of the film will include all of these and an exclusive featuerette titled “The Director’s Notebook.”

On October 15, the movie will also be available for download in HD or standard definition from online retailers including but not limited to iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon, Vudu, CinemaNow and more.


Movie Review: Pacific Rim (2013)

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Monsters have arrived on Earth; not from the stars, but from an interdimensional rift at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.  These behemoths (called Kaiju) wreak havoc on the human race until the humans band together and build skyscraper tall combat robots called Jaegers to fight back.  Pacific Rim is the story of the war (it also kind of steals most of its plot from Independence Day…which is not a compliment).

Pacific Rim is Guillermo del Toro’s first film since 2008’s Hellboy II, largely due to the time he spent on The Hobbit before bolting.  I was so hoping this was going to finally be the summer movie home run we’ve been awaiting all year, but I can see absolutely nothing of del Toro’s style or elegance in this film.  He’s credited as having co-written the script, but I can’t imagine dialogue as bad as that in PacRim could have been his doing.  I think he wanted to make a movie about giant robots fighting giant lizards and that’s as deep as it went.

The cast has some great actors in it (Idris Elba), but it’s mostly carried by Charlie Hunan and he’s just not a leading man out of the confines of the ensemble of Sons of Anarchy.  Ron Perlman wanders in as a dealer in black market kaiju body parts.  There’s also a large role for Charlie Day, which isn’t good news to me, because I find him one of the most irritating people on the planet.  How can you look like Christian Slater and manage to be more annoying than him?  Side trail.  The cast would be fine if they had any kind of material to work with in-between battles, but they don’t.  It’s wooden and staid and you just prayed another kaiju was going to show up so it’d be Jaeger time.

What’s good about Pacific Rim?  It looks freaking amazing.  If you want to see huge robots (they’re not Transformers, guys, that’s irritating; every robot is not a Transformer now) beating the living snot out of lizards the size of Guam, then you are in for a treat.  When the fight sequences are happening and you’re seeing combat on a scale you’ve never seen before, the film is summer popcorn awesomeness.  The Jaegers have a weight and presence to them that makes them feel like functioning mechs and not CGI creations.  But even this wears a little thin without any kind of personal stake in the war, and the final solution is like a reverse of the Independence Day resolution.

It’s ok.  If you have any interest in seeing it, go in the theater, because the scale demands it.  You’re not going to get the same experience watching this film at home and the scale and fights are the only reason to see it.  The F/X are the ones to beat for the Oscar, but from a del Toro film I expect a lot more.  Overall, it was another 2013 letdown for me.

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Four Mondo Pacific Rim Posters

Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro, Jaegers, Monsters, KaijuCourtesy of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, Mondo has released four awesome posters for Guillermo del Toro’s summer movie of all summer movies: Pacific Rim.  If you’re lucky enough to be going to ComiCon International next week, Mondo will have prints of these for sale at their booth along with all the other fine work they do.  Rotten Tomatoes has Pac Rim running at about 80% right now, so things are looking promising for a good time this weekend.  Check out these prints and prepare to take the side of the Jaegers on July 12, 2013!
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