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In Theaters This Week (4/6/2018): A Quiet Place, Blockers, Chappaquiddick

John Cena in Blockers

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.  After a parade of blockbusters, the first weekend of April offers three, well-reviewed, diverse pictures for moviegoers.   Continue reading In Theaters This Week (4/6/2018): A Quiet Place, Blockers, Chappaquiddick

Movie Review: Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018) *A Disgrace to All Jaegers*

John Boyega in Pacific Rim: Uprising
When Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim came out,  I didn’t initially love it, but over the years the earnest joy with which del Toro embraced his concept and owned it won me over.  While both Pacific Rim and Transformers feature giant robots, I honestly wouldn’t think to compare them, but Pacific Rim: Uprising reminded me of a Transformers sequel.  Eye-rollingly dumb and awful enough to diminish your appreciation for the original source material, and assuming more sequels without the capacity to even succeed in one.  This wasn’t just disappointing; this was the worst film I’ve seen in 2018 so far. Continue reading Movie Review: Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018) *A Disgrace to All Jaegers*

In Theaters This Week (3/30/2018): Ready Player One, Acrimony, God’s Not Dead 3

Taraji P. Henson in Tyler Perry's Acrimony

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.  Easter weekend gets a Spielberg film, and two vastly different other wide releases. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (3/30/2018): Ready Player One, Acrimony, God’s Not Dead 3

In Theaters This Week (3/23/2018): Pacific Rim: Uprising, Sherlock Gnomes, Isle of Dogs

Paul the Apostle of Christ

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 king looks like he may finally be dethroned as six new releases take on Black Panther. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (3/23/2018): Pacific Rim: Uprising, Sherlock Gnomes, Isle of Dogs

My Favorite Scene: Pacific Rim (2013) “Gipsy Danger vs. Leatherback”

Pacific Rim may not be del Toro’s best work, but you can’t help but admire the unabashed enthusiasm of it.  Like a little kid with a $100 million budget to make a film about giant monsters fighting giant robots, del Toro goes over-the-top all the way from beginning to end, and if you put your brain in a jar, it’s just a ton of fun.  It also doesn’t hurt he named the robots Jaegers, which happens to be MY name, so the sheer auditory rush of 30% of the lines of dialogue in this film is a very personal, very 10-year-old gone mad kind of glee.

The best parts of the film are-wait for it-the fights between giant monsters and giant Jaegers.  My favorite fight is the return to action for the hero robot: Gipsy Rose as it takes on the Kaiju nicknamed “Leatherback”.  Any fight where things the size of skyscrapers are pummeling each other with cargo containers is something that is just fundamentally RIGHT.  The film is also notable for containing perhaps my favorite character name of all time: Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost.  That character’s son (played by John Boyega) will star in the film’s sequel, which has-dare I say-Jaeger sized boots to fill?  RISE JAEGERS RISE!Gipsy Danger vs. Leatherback in Pacific Rim