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Re: Official Movie Thread
« Reply #1545 on: July 10, 2013, 12:16 AM »
If anyone is looking for an excellent Science Fiction movie, check out Europa Report.  It's sort of a found footage type movie, more akin to District 9's style...it even has Sharlto Copely in it, but it's well done overall.

It's out on Demand now with a theatrical release due sometime next month.
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Re: Official Movie Thread
« Reply #1546 on: July 12, 2013, 01:41 AM »
"Saw PACIFIC RIM earlier today. It's all right if you're into movies that are awesome and gut-punch you with brilliance." - Patton Oswalt

Seconded! I just got back and have zero complaints. I was as geeked for this as any movie since "Watchmen" and it did not disappoint in any way.

Highly recommend the 3-D version too. It was amazing, second only to the Hobbit IMO as far as a truly immersive experience. Kind of hyped to see the 3-D IMAX version now. My head might explode.

Good actors, good plot, freaking off the chain effects, just the right balance of humor/drama/etc. If I had to find something negative to say the worst thing I could think of would be that maybe it drags a little in the middle between robot fight scenes. But I could watch two solid hours of giant robots fighting huge monsters so that's just me.  ;)

Good popcorn flick for sure, action packed, yet not totally mindless. It has its share of occasional corn, but there were definitely more than a few "**** yeah!" moments in there. All the robots were freaking awesome, and the creatures too, although they seemed less unique as the movie went on. All the stuff in the breach was waaay cool.

Just conceptually brilliant stuff, del Toro has really delivered a future classic here. Five badass stars from me!
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Re: Official Movie Thread
« Reply #1547 on: July 12, 2013, 08:31 AM »
I was gonna pass it by because I'm tired of collapsing sky scrapers and Del Toro seems to excellence at concepts/style but less so at story (The fact that Blade 2 and Hellboy 2 are almost the same movie). But I might change my mind.


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Re: Official Movie Thread
« Reply #1548 on: July 12, 2013, 09:19 AM »
Box office results from Thursday early shows came in good  > $3 million.  That points to a fairly successful weekend.  I think this is a film we sci-fi geeks should support.  Del Toro indicated he'd like this to become a franchise, and given the great reception this has received I'm gonna pony up my cash to help that happen.
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Re: Official Movie Thread
« Reply #1549 on: July 12, 2013, 09:24 AM »
Box office results from Thursday early shows came in good  > $3 million.  That points to a fairly successful weekend.  I think this is a film we sci-fi geeks should support.  Del Toro indicated he'd like this to become a franchise, and given the great reception this has received I'm gonna pony up my cash to help that happen.

Really? Had not heard that...a franchise would be truly excellent though. Sleeping on it has not diminished my enthusiasm one iota - that was one kick-ass movie.

It works fine as a standalone film to be sure, but he's created an interesting enough world that there is a lot more they could explore. Even a Hannibal Chau spin-off movie would be freaking sweet.

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Re: Official Movie Thread
« Reply #1550 on: July 12, 2013, 02:22 PM »
Box office results from Thursday early shows came in good  > $3 million.  That points to a fairly successful weekend.  I think this is a film we sci-fi geeks should support.  Del Toro indicated he'd like this to become a franchise, and given the great reception this has received I'm gonna pony up my cash to help that happen.

I think that the international numbers for Pacific Rim will probably be very big.  The concepts are very much an homage to classic Japanese monster movies like Godzilla and Anime movies.  Some of the cast looks good.  And Guillermo del Toro has done some awesome work from a purely visual standpoint.  He also understands that those visuals should serve the story, and not the other way around.
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Re: Official Movie Thread
« Reply #1551 on: July 12, 2013, 02:25 PM »
You may be right...

http://www.deadline.com/2013/07/pacific-rim-opens-only-4-in-australia-and-begins-baffling-global-roll-out/

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Great news on the foreign front. Warner Bros says Legendary Pictures’ Pacific Rim opened #1 in all 7 Asian markets on Thursday grossing a total $3.7M from 2,157 screens despite a crowded international marketplace. Korea made $1.4M from 961 screens, Taiwan: $611K from 199 screens, Thailand $559K from 273 screens, Malaysia $348K from 207 screens, The Philippines $283K from 277 screens, Indonesia $249K from 168 screens,  Singapore $240K from 72 screens.
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Re: Official Movie Thread
« Reply #1552 on: July 13, 2013, 03:09 AM »
Just got back from Pacific Rim and am really surprised that it has been getting such good reviews from viewers and critics. The movie was ok, monsters were cool, but the acting was pretty terrible. Wasn't really that impressed overall.
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Re: Official Movie Thread
« Reply #1553 on: July 13, 2013, 04:51 PM »
Sounds like a great B-movie.
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Re: Official Movie Thread
« Reply #1554 on: July 14, 2013, 02:23 AM »
Just got back from Pacific Rim and honestly I wish I had wasted the money on Grown Ups 2 instead.

Terrible acting, terrible fight scenes, lame characters, cliche plot... literally the ONLY interesting thing about the movie was Charlie Day, and also Ron Pearlman, although he only interacted with Charlie Day so that's probably why. I would have walked out if I wasn't driving three people and didn't have an open tab at Alamo Drafthouse.

Hands down the worst movie of the summer out of all that I have seen. Even worse than Star Trek, which was actually good until the last 30 minutes.

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Re: Official Movie Thread
« Reply #1555 on: July 15, 2013, 07:11 AM »
I had the opposite reaction, maybe because my expectations were so low. I liked it better than IM3 and Star Trek ID. I agree that the acting was poor (as a fan of Sons of Anarchy, I now see that Charlie Hunnan has zero range), but as a sheer, mindless summer blockbuster/popcorn flick, Pacific Rim was guilty fun.
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Re: Official Movie Thread
« Reply #1556 on: July 15, 2013, 08:40 AM »
I found myself smiling throughout, but I agree there were missteps.  The two researchers were awful.  Pulled from bad caricatures of awful Saturday morning cartoons.  They were completely out of place.  Same for Ron Perlman, IMO.  Those characters were too over-the-top and really pulled me out of the film.  But I liked the principals.  I liked the Australians and the Americans.  I would have loved to have seen more of the Russians and Chinese.  If the film had focused solely on the teams I think it would have been a much stronger and emotionally impactful experience.

Still I thoroughly enjoyed a lot of the film. I'd love to see a sequel.
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Re: Official Movie Thread
« Reply #1557 on: July 15, 2013, 07:40 PM »
I saw it last night and really liked it.  I agree that Hunnam didn't show much range but I wasn't really there for the pilots, I was there for the gigantic mechs and monsters. 

I disagree on Charlie Day and Ron Perlman, this builds on a lot of the Japanese Anime and Godzilla type movies and those always have that one character that's annoying but thrown in for humor...that was Day and Perlman (to a lesser extent).

I would have liked to have seen more of the other pilots also, but that wasn't a deal breaker for me.

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Re: Official Movie Thread
« Reply #1558 on: July 15, 2013, 11:07 PM »
I saw it last night and really liked it.  I agree that Hunnam didn't show much range but I wasn't really there for the pilots, I was there for the gigantic mechs and monsters. 

I disagree on Charlie Day and Ron Perlman, this builds on a lot of the Japanese Anime and Godzilla type movies and those always have that one character that's annoying but thrown in for humor...that was Day and Perlman (to a lesser extent).

I would have liked to have seen more of the other pilots also, but that wasn't a deal breaker for me.

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That's a very good point. It's a nod to the genre. Also, you take those guys out and the movie is suddenly devoid of humor and levity. I think they needed those characters to keep some balance and not have the thing become too much of a robot-wankfest. (Not that there's anything wrong with that in my book)

Funny, for all the talk about Charlie Hunnan's range, it's Idris Elba's performances that always strike me as flat. Not just here but in The Office and Thor, etc. I guess The Wire buys you a lot of industry cred though.
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Re: Official Movie Thread
« Reply #1559 on: July 16, 2013, 09:42 AM »
I'm all for humor - but it needs to be kept in check.  The two researchers where just not in the same movie.  I actually really liked Charlie Day - except that he was about four measures too far over the top.  You can be funny without being slap-happy goofy ridiculous.  And Burn Gorman's character was just so, SO over-the-top awful... it's like he was out of an early 80's reanimation horror film.  I haven't seen that sort of over-acting in years.  Neither fit into the universe created here.
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