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In Theaters This Week (4/14/2017): Fate of the Furious, The Lost City of Z, Spark

The Lost City of Z, Charlie Hunan

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  The reign of terror by the animated middle management baby genre will come to an end this weekend as a box office juggernaut, a highly-acclaimed adaptation of a nonfiction classic, and another horrifyingly bad animated film hit the screens. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (4/14/2017): Fate of the Furious, The Lost City of Z, Spark

Trailer Time: King Arthur – Legend of the Sword Trailer #1 *What the What?*

So many of the trailers that came out of Comic Con got me excited for films next year.  The only one I saw that left me dumbfounded at how amazingly bad it looked was King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.  Guy Ritchie may have been able to turn Sherlock Holmes on its head successfully (the first time), but the Arthurian legend and he seem to have been on different planes passing in the night.  Charlie Hunan was a great fit on Sons of Anarchy, but it’s become clear in every role since that he’s got absolutely no range.  His accent is so all over the place in this trailer, I honestly was laughing by the time it was done.  Ritchie’s hyperkinetic offbeat style is not working in this venue, and the special effects look like they cost a fortune.  In short, I think this film is going to be one of 2017’s biggest bombs.  King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is scheduled for a March 24, 2017 release.  That puts it head-to-head with the Power Rangers reboot, two weeks after Kong: Skull Island and a week after Beauty & the Beast.  In a crammed March, this is going to get flattened.  The smartest move would be to reschedule it in a desolate corner of late summer/early fall 2017 when it might even have a chance to win its weekend.
Charlie Hunan, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Pacific Rim 2 Announced; Will Release in 2017

Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro, Jaegers, Monsters, Kaiju

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

Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro, Jaegers, Kaiju

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.
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Movie Review: Pacific Rim (2013)

Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro, Jaegers, Monsters, Kaiju

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.
6.5/10

Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro, Jaegers, Monsters, Kaiju