Movie Review – Pacific Rim

I imaging Jaegers give the greatest of high fives.

It has been 20 years in the making since I fondly remember battling monsters with my transformer action figures when I was like 8.  Pretending that these two plastic toys are really engaging in some sort of world-wide destruction battle, I just wish that it was something for real that we could see.  Not real in the sense like there was an actual attack on America by Godzilla, but something more live action than my young, developing brain could imagine.

Now that I am a little older, a little wiser and still have the mindset of wanting to see giant mech battles with giant monsters, I think I have found the movie of my youth.  That movie is Pacific Rim.

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Movie of the Day – It Came From Beneath The Sea

So this month at the Alamo Drafthouse, my lovely place of employment, our programming is geared towards a singular genre, that is Beasts vs. Bots.  An entire month devoted to monster, kaiju, robots and all things kick ass will be the focus of our month of July programming in anticipation of Pacific Rim.  Showing at the Drafthouse today was one of the early classics of a young Harryhausen, It Came From Beneath The Sea.  Let the stop-motion animation octopus attack begin!

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Movie of the Day – Atlantic Rim

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Awesome!

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Movie of the Day – Mama

One of the best experiences that I can have at a movie theater is when I am in a packed theater during a scary movie.  It doesn’t need to be a gore flick, but a moody, jump scare film.  Now there are plenty of those flicks getting released that offer a bare minimum thrills because apparently making horror movies is a cheap and quick way to make a buck.  There are too many that get released that just come and go, but sometimes there is a movie that sticks out of the muck of gore, violent, and jumpy movies.  Mama managed to be one of those movies that made for a great view in a crowded theater because it relied on something that a of horror movies are missing, true old school scares.  Nothing beats a well timed and rightfully placed “boo”.

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In Honor of Ray Harryhausen – Clash of the Titans

If you are expecting to read about the atrocious remake with Sam Worthington, you should be ashamed.  I am talking about the “classic” (relative to whom you talk to about this movie) mythical adventure film that gave us one last fan fare send off by dynamation creator (a form of stop-motion animation) Ray Harryhausen.  I remember watching this when I was little and being floored by seeing these fanciful creatures coming to life on screen.  A winged horse, a mechanical robot, fucking Medusa and the Kraken all coming to life on screen.  Sure, looking back on the movie now, the effects are cheesy and look downright comical at times.  You have to understand and appreciate the old school techniques that Harryhausen pioneered to give us this creature fest and memorable film.  Yeah it doesn’t hold up very well to time, but it’s cemented in history for the effects and story telling (again my opinion).

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Movie of the Day – Blade II

So good and campy that I had to go ahead with the second one in the franchise.  I certainly won’t be pushing any praise on that craptastic third Blade film, Blade Trinity, cause fuck that sucked.  No I want to go into the often crapped on, but ultimately pleasing sequel to the breakout hit Blade with the sequel directed by Guillermo Del Toro.  Yeah, he ended up making a wildly satisfying flick that gave us more of what made the original fun to watch, but neglected to give us anything in terms of plot, dialogue, or anything else that could have made this flick.  But fuck all that, lets get to the Daywalker goodness of vampire hunting.

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Movie of the Day – Blade

So Wesley Snipes got out of prison this past week, which means a Blade 4 or whatever is probably going to be in the works as we speak.  Now I liked the first two Blade pics, not the last one with Ryan Reynolds and something about a super vampire or whatever, but the Blade series has always been this campy, fetish style horror, action flick that delivered on what it wanted and that is about all you can ask for.  I am not looking for something deep or prophetic, just Blade going around town, killing vampires, playing techno music and always betting on black.

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Movie of the Day – Inframan

Oh my god yes!  This is what cinema is for folks.  Movie like Inframan are the reason that I go to the movies, watch untold hours of movies and generally love everything about movies.  Infra-Man is basically something that a 10 year old version of me would make if given the opportunity to take my adolescent ramblings about robots and karate and turn them into a reality.  A completely off the wall action film the likes you have never seen before and I am going to talk a bit about this movie today in preparation for my chance to see it on the big screen next week at the Alamo Drafthouse.  This is the shit folks.

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Movie of the Day – The American Scream

I will admit, as I have done many times over the course of writing on this blog of mine, that I am not a big big horror fan.  Horror movies are not my jam and the amount that I watch horror movies dwarfed by an average horror movie watcher.  That much is certain, but I have particular tastes when it comes to the scares, blood, gore, and other aesthetics of the genre.  That lack of horror movie watching even extends to Halloween itself, where I hand out candy from time to time and will dress in costume on occasion.  Maybe it’s because I don’t have that passion for the holiday or genre that reflects said holiday, but I will tell you what, I am glad there are people out there like the one’s in today’s post who embrace their love of the spirit and holiday.  The American Scream is a scary, lovely, labor of love.

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Movie of the Day – The Deadly Spawn

Ah yes, The Deadly Spawn, a movie that truly embraces it’s B movie qualities and low, low budget fair in order to craft an unforgettable horror flick.  I think the trailers over exaggeration of this being the movie that sci-fi fans were waiting for, might just be a bit of a reach.  I certainly enjoyed the general terribleness of this movie and I adore this even more since I got the coolest thing in the world that only enhances my enjoyment of the movie…which you can view after the jump.

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