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Desc:Forgot about seeing this the other day
Category:Cartoons & Animation
Tags:kaiju, guillermo del toro, Mecha, Pacific Rim
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cognitivedissonance - 2013-07-17
If you don't express anything but absolute gratitude for this scrap they've dropped, your Facebook nerd friends will make sure you move to Alaska and live under an assumed name. Anything less and the nerdhive has you marked, you've been warned.

- Patriarch Gyorg Hanselov, King Salmon, Alaska
Kabbage - 2013-07-18
If you didn't like Pacific Rim then just fuck off
misterbuns - 2013-07-18
Imma go ahead and eat crow here.

I completely doubted this movie and was completely blown away.

garcet71283 - 2013-07-18
This movie is to Godzilla what Independence Day is to 1950s B movies and it is fucking glorious
kingofthenothing - 2013-07-18
When did people decide that rectangles with chopped off corners and bent line segments terminating in small circles represented the near future?

Was it 1998?
Aelric - 2013-07-18
Hexagons everywhere, man.

At least for hexagons and other geometric shapes I think it has to do with the fact that it's something that exists in nature (honeycomb) yet seems so constructed that it would require intelligence, thus seeming futuristic or alien.

The line with circle I think is taken from real world targeting systems on jets.

misterbuns - 2013-07-18
Some films should try to re-imagine the future, some shouldn't.

I think this was the right call.

fatatty - 2013-07-18
Well hexagonal honeycomb carbon lattices are the main form of carbon nanotubes and graphene which will likely be the foundation for a large number of future technologies, so they may be onto something.

Lines terminating in circles not so much, though I'll admit to have used both for adding a cheap thoughtless future look to UI and drawings. And now that it's in the artist lexicon it's now a self fulfilling prophecy.

Also this movie was tits awesome.

Millard - 2013-07-18
I liked this movie but I think it could've benefited greatly from a couple more writing passes and a leading man that wasn't a charisma black hole.
candyheadrobot - 2013-07-18
Yea, but Rinko, Idris, and Gypsy Danger...

misterbuns - 2013-07-18
White boy and Asian Girl are easily outshined by the world and cast around them, and I am okay with that.

The scale of the story would be wrong if the movie would have been more about them, and less about the world.

A great theme in Pacific Rim is the idea of humanity uniting for a common cause, Del Toro wrote an essay about how this separates it from so many other big action disaster movies that all tend to push an idea of nationalism or paternalism.

There wasn't room in this movie for a character piece, and what's more, this is consistent with the genre: the robots and monsters are the stars.

chumbucket - 2013-07-18
Idris Elba. 'Nuff said.
GravidWithHate - 2013-07-18
This was very nearly a perfect movie.

This does not mean I think it was a great film, I mean that the movie executed the basic concept of "Giant robots fighting giant monsters" as well as was possible.
misterbuns - 2013-07-18
That is a valid definition of a great film.

Genre is important, preserving genre is important. Preserving genre while every other genre blockbuster angles itself to subvert, contort and confuse genre

Simply being a perfect genre film with a budget like this in 2013 absolutely makes this a great film. I'd even say that being these things during Lindelof's and Nolan's debutante ball makes this film art, of a sort. Performance art, maybe. It certainly makes a statement about the state of the blockbuster.

This movie shows that fantastic ideas can be simply awesome. They don't need to be fraught with a realist uncertainty that laughably scrapes up the very premise of the story (batman). They don't need to be full of vague, meaningless ambiguity in a fraudulent trade of character and story for the promise of a philosophical message that is incomplete or incoherent pawned off to the audience as real by score, design and incredible effects: the hallmarks of the genre these cynical pretenses were designed to subvert (lindelof: prometheus, star trek) .

Del Toro made a perfect genre film at a time when only novelty reboots were being financed.

And it's awesome.

memedumpster - 2013-07-18
I was most surprised by the human interactions. I was pissed off that these were the people who had to save humanity, and felt really good when they accidentally got their shit together and did. Somehow, a Summer movie had a script written by someone that had interacted with humans before and it showed.

fatatty - 2013-07-18
And Grown Ups 2 kicked its ass. Yay America. Luckily we have the rest of the world to save this movie from us.


misterbuns - 2013-07-19
adam sandler and his audience will die, and there will be no one to take their place.

optimism is healthy.

asian hick - 2013-07-18
Cuts off right before the after credit scene :(

Still a wonderful film. Needed more Perlman/Charlie Day.
misterbuns - 2013-07-18
I loved this movie, but this looks like it was almost plagiarized from the Avenger's title sequence, which was done by Method, I believe --- not imaginary forces.

This is easy stuff: out of the box materials and a design and attitude already developed by another title house, models probably sent over from ILM. IF should not be getting props for this.


Amazing movie, though.

CREDIT DUE to imaginary forces for keeping their work in LA though. Method is subsidized by the Canadian government. I guess that just goes to show that in a world where everyone but LA is being subsidized by international governments, all an honest facility can afford to do is copy other people's work with simple materials.
memedumpster - 2013-07-18
Yeah, I thought the credits were the cheapest looking part of the movie too. These robots and monsters look so much better without the generic startup Blender shader on them.

Jet Bin Fever - 2013-07-18
I'm watching this tomorrow. I haven't been to the theater all Summer.
fatatty - 2013-07-18
You've chosen wisely. Saw Iron Man 3, Man of Steel and Star Trek and this was the most enjoyable for sure.

memedumpster - 2013-07-18
I enjoyed the hell out of this movie. It's not profound or anything, but it's unbelievably fun and goes by fast. See it in IMAX 3D if possible.

Charlie Day and Ron Perlman are worth the ticket.
takewithfood - 2013-07-18
So glad to see that other people enjoyed this as much as I did. Most enjoyable movie I'm likely to see all year. Saw it in IMAX 3D, totally worth it.

The story somehow avoids so many predictable pitfalls: I kept thinking that they would hammer home some sort of metaphor or aesop about climate change or greed or political corruption, or work in some crap romance plot, but they never did - they always kept the focus of the movie on giant robots punching the fuck out of giant monsters. It's a movie that only seeks to do one thing, and does that one thing so right.

Bad dialogue, feeble character arcs, huge plot holes, silly science, and some pretty bleh acting (the best performance was by an 8 year-old; best scene in the movie, really) somehow don't hold it back. It's just such a refreshingly positive, sympathetic, heroic film, when most movies these days are so damn bleak and cynical.
RockBolt - 2013-07-23
This movie made me dig up my copy of War of the Monsters and be mad anew that there was never a sequel
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