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*
Pacific Rim: Uprising does not have to be great cinema. It need merely be big, stupid fun for me to be completely onboard. It may not equal the del Toro directed first film, but if you think that’s going to prevent me, as a guy whose last name is Yaeger, from going to see a movie in which giant robots called Jaegers save the day…..you are sadly, sadly mistaken. It could be the worst movie of the year and still serve as a two hour self-affirmation journey for me. So when the Kaijus return in March….I shall be there! RISE JAEGERS RISE!…………..IN GLORIOUS IMAX!!!! Continue reading Pacific Rim: Uprising Trailer IMAX Trailer (2018) “Nothing Can Prepare You”
In an era where movies are heralded and marketed years in advance, the Cloverfield franchise is an outlier as the films tend to drop fully formed out of the blue with little to no warning. However, even for this franchise, it was a surprise during Superbowl LII to learn that the third film in the franchise was done, was being released on Netflix, and would be ready for streaming as soon as the game was complete. 10 Cloverfield Lane was one of the best surprises in recent years, so I was hoping that, despite Netflix’s touch with movies, the sci-fi anthology franchise would continue its hot streak. That….is unfortunately not what happens in The Cloverfield Paradox. Continue reading Movie Review: The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) *A Paradoxical Slog*
Andy Weir’s science fiction masterpiece, The Martian, was my favorite book of 2014. I love Matt Damon, I love Jessica Chastain, I love pretty much all the cast of the film and I know Andy Weir was directly involved in the adaptation, but I’m nervous. It’s not the trailers, which have looked spectacular. It’s Ridley Scott. I can’t remember the last film Ridley Scott directed that I liked, which certainly wasn’t always the case. I so hope this is a return to form for him, because this could be one of the best films of the year if it lives up to its source material. The Martian lands in theaters on October 2, 2015, kicking off the Fall Movie Season.
*Text courtesy of Rolling Stone
Matt Damon strikes a delicate balance between intensity and levity in the new trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Martian, in which the actor plays Mark Watney, an astronaut trying to survive after being accidentally stranded on Mars.