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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*

Pacific Rim: Uprising Trailer IMAX Trailer (2018) “Nothing Can Prepare You”

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”

Movie Review: The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) *A Paradoxical Slog*

Ziyi Zhang and Daniel Bruhl in The Cloverfield Paradox
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*

Movie Review: Alien Covenant (2017) “Some Things Should Remain a Mystery”

 

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Here’s my advice to you: if you’re going to go see Alien: Covenant in the theater and you have not watched Prometheus since it came out, you will be vastly better informed if you give yourself a refresher course.  Now, if you hated Prometheus, that’s going to be a problem, because Alien: Covenant picks up 14 years after those events and the end of Prometheus spawns by far the most interesting parts of Covenant.  The quick and dirty of my opinion on Covenant, because I am going to have to get into spoiler territory a bit, is that I think two episodes into Ridley Scott’s demystification of the origins of the xenomorphs have convinced me the entire endeavor is a mistake.  Sometimes things become a lot less interesting the more you know about them (Wolverine’s origin should still be a mystery, for example).  Prometheus was gorgeous, dreamed big, was massively flawed, but was admirable in its ambition.  Covenant provides answers….eventually, but is criminally boring in getting to them with 75% of Prometheus‘ budget (no one will be calling this film “gorgeous”).  It’s not Aliens 3 or Resurrection….but, honestly, it’s not even Prometheus. Continue reading Movie Review: Alien Covenant (2017) “Some Things Should Remain a Mystery”

Trailer Time: Alien Covenant Trailer #2 (2017) “Paying the Xenomorphs a Visit”

I was not hugely impressed by the first Alien: Covenant trailer, and I thought Prometheus was a beautiful mess, so it’s a relief that the second trailer for the sixth film in the ALIEN saga (not counting AvPs) looks like a massive improvement.  We all know going to the xenomorphs homeworld is going to end even more badly than going to the builders’ homeworld did in Prometheus.  The only question is are qetting the Ridley Scott who knocked The Martian out of the park or are we getting his doppleganger who made movies under his name for ten years before that?  Refreshingly a movie not in March, Alien: Covenant is sandwiched in-between Guardians 2 and Pirates 5 in mid-May 2017.
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