Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pacific Rim Review


     At last after waiting an entire year it is finally here! Today we are looking at Pacific Rim! Holy shit I cannot tell you how long I have been waiting for this movie well actually I kind of did but that is beside the point because now its here and by Thor's iron chin its is glorious!

     Pacific Rim is directed by Guillermo del Toro who had also directed Pan's Labyrinth and the Hell Boy films which were movies that were dark and surreal in their presentation and tone(The latter being lighter at times) so when I learned some time back that he was making a giant monster movie I was surprised yet excited. Del Toro wanted to create a film that would introduce the genre to a new generation of children while also paying homage to classic Mecha and Kaiju movies and franchises while having its own identity.
                            

     Just by looking at the trailers you can instantly tell that one of the movie's strong points is it's detailed visuals and action sequences. The battle are fast paced and brutal but at the same time you can actually tell what is going on compared to the messy and rather chaotic fight scenes in the Michael Bay Transformers films. It helps that each combatant(robot and monster) has their own unique design and fighting style. This is the type of movie you would need to see on the big screen to get the full experience but I would avoid going to see it in 3D if I were you.

     A lot of creativity went into this film and you can see much of Del Toro's influence especially when you look at the monsters( referred to as Kaiju in the movie) that are both pretty freaky and yet have their own sense of "elegance" to them. The director put a lot of heart into this movie and it shows but while its a lot of fun it does have its problems and this is coming from someone who really enjoyed it.

      If you have seen plenty of monster movies or just a lot of science fiction you will notice a lot of recurring themes and cliches from other movies and shows in addition to character archetypes. This is not necessarily the product of lazy screen writing. As I said the movie is made as a homage so its kind of expected to see some shout outs here and there so its up to the viewers as to whether or not this is going to be an issue.

                       

     The cast is a bit of a mixed bag. Our leads are played by Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi who play Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori respectively. Their characters are nothing new although their biggest assets are their scenes together in which they try to bond and work together to overcome their own struggles as well as finding the strength to face the wrath of the terrible behemoths rising from the ocean. The guys who really steal the show are definitely the side characters. Idris Elba plays four star badass Stacker Pentecost who I really wish got to do more in the movie. Ron Perlman plays a Kaiju organ trafficker which I thought was simply awesome ham and cheese. We also got Charlie Day from "Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia" playing a monster fanboy and Burn Gorman playing a wacky over the top genius some of you guys might find these two either a joy to watch or grating but I will seriously take these two over Skid and Mudflap any day of the week. Overall the cast gets the job done and whether or not they leave an impression will vary from viewer to viewer.

      Strangely enough I found myself wanting to see more fighting and action. Usually I put story and characters above most other things but since those are a sorta hit or miss I was hoping for more of the battles between the monsters and the robots because those moments are the real highlight of this film. But I was happy with what I saw so I cant really complain here.


                          

      I feel that Del Toro has something here. One part of me wants to see this world expanded on with a sequel or perhaps a TV series(Maybe animated?) with more Kaiju, new characters, deeper character development, and more badass robots. On the other hand it maybe best that it remains a One Hit Wonder considering that he has already tied things together and I feel that he should(for at least the time being) work on other projects and save up his ammunition before attempting a sequel. The reason? Well for one thing it seems that today's audiences have become disinterested in big in your face action flicks with some people comparing it to Battleship or Transformers so that isn't helping. Also it has some competition from the new haunted house flick The Conjuring and....Adam Sandler's Grown Ups 2(*Pukes blood in mouth*). These two films have really garnered a lot of attention and while I understand the appeal of The Conjuring which I had saw yesterday actually but I will never understand why people think deer piss is comedy gold. I don't think Pacific Rim will bomb  since I sure that it will at least break even but no more than that.

     In the end Pacific Rim is an epic blockbuster that is intense, fun, and exciting and I whole heartily recommend you go see it as soon as you can. Kids will certainly get a kick out of it and if you grew up on monster movies or maybe anime then it may spark some fond memories. So head out to the nearest theater and get ready to Go Big Or Go Extinct!

Thank you for reading everyone and stay tuned for my review of The Conjuring. See ya later! 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

IMBb: The site of idiocy and trolling



     Oh my fucking god...Well folks I am really flabbergasted. As you probably tell from the title above what the topic of today's article is. Yep IMDb(Internet Movie Data Base) and if you have never heard of it then this must be your first time using a computer so in that case welcome to the Internet! LOL I'm joking.

    IMDb is a site where you can look up films and/or TV shows from different eras both recent and those from the past giving you a detailed summary of when it was made, the actors, the budget, what it made at the box, and other good stuff. That's really all that its really useful for at this point.

    Today the site has turned into a silly battlefield for trolls, snobs, 11 year old brats, morons, and any poor bastard that gets caught in the middle and trust me there is no neutral ground here. While most of the data is handy the reviews and ratings are quite the opposite.

    As I mentioned above the site is constantly engulfed in little flame wars on the forums at the bottom of each movie some are minor but then there are those that turn into bloody infernos burning everything in its path. When ever a movie comes out in theaters there are those that become obsessed with either the movie becoming a success or to see it fail miserably. Its almost impossible to talk about a film or TV show without some cock monkey spamming you or some asshole just out right attacking you whether its your taste in movies or your character. I cant understand what is wrong with people sometimes. Do folks really have this much time on their hands that there is so little going on in their lives? This is one of the biggest reasons why I never made an account.

    The rating system is a complete joke and is really unreliable. The reason for this is that people will often down vote movies for various(and often stupid) reasons whether its to deliver a blow to a movie that is "competing with a movie they like or they will do it simply for the LOLZ. Sometimes I will come across a movie that was a 7.7 or something and with a week it would be down to a 6.8 or even lower some of them being perfectly decent movies while movie that are rather low browed started shooting up in their scores. Honest opinions and trolling get so mixed together that it becomes hard to determine the average consensus. Scores shouldn't really be one's guidelines to choosing movies since taste varies from person to person but you get my point.

     IMDb has just serious fallen and yeah its not really hurting anyone its just so frustrating that a site that was meant to inform its visitors has essentially devolved into a bloody playground. If you do visit this site just go there to get the info you came for and get out fast. Do not sign up! You don't need an account believe me you will thank for this later. Better yet just go to Rotten Tomatoes instead or anywhere else!

     I'm going to stop ranting now. Thank you once again for dropping by and stay tuned for my review of Pacific Rim. Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to grab me some aspirin....

Monday, July 1, 2013

The Critic


    Ah yes The Critic how you died from the air so soon. Back in the 1990s during the growing reign of the Simpsons there were a number of similar shows trying to grab a piece of the action in hopes of becoming just a successful or even surpass the growing popularity of the yellow all star. How many of them failed to win over the audience and were soon canceled. One series however did not go down that road(In the beginning) and tried to have its own identity to set it apart from the Simpsons and the many fallen wannabes.
     The Critic was creation of Al Jean and Mike Reiss who were both known for their work on the Simpsons and was considered to be the first non-family animated sitcom. It followed the life of Jay Sherman; a New York movie critic as he deals with the seemingly endless misfortunes that befall him. Actor Jon Lovitz lends his voice to the character which I thought really fit well as it gave him that stereotypical snootiness that people seem to associate with film critics. The show relied on a combination of dry humor, pop culture references(Mostly of films) and cut away gags a comedic technique used often in Seth MacFarlane's series Family Guy.
     The show has several recurring characters aside from Jay among them his young son Marty, his sister Margo, his rich oddball adoptive parents, his boss Duke, his make up artist Doris, and Jeremy Hawke an Australian actor and Jay's best friend despite the fact he stars in movies that Jay hates. I really liked the characters since they play off of our main character really well and really I wish I could have seen more of them had the show survived its first two seasons. Yeah you heard right just two seasons but we'll get into that in a moment.
    While I really enjoyed the Simpsons something just clicked when I watched an episode of the Critic. Maybe it was the fact I was had a growing love for cinema during 90's or it was as I mentioned before its dry and sarcastic humor that I tried to adapt into my style of writing. I felt that it was the show's style that lead it to it early cancellation...well one of the reasons.
      As I stated previously The Critic only had two seasons before its cancellation in 1995. The show just couldn't snag a large enough audience as Simpson fans just weren't impressed and it didn't get much attention. It received moderate reviews and became the victim network politics plus it was being aired on ABC of all places which has a strange fascination with crappy sitcoms.
     After being shot down the first time The Critic rose again this time on FOX with some changes. Jay's design became smoother to make him more appealing and then they gave him a girl friend in the form of Alice Tompkins. While Alice was mostly created to be a love interest she wasn't a bad character and she did have her moments. I guess the creators were thinking that a bit of romance could help keep the series alive. I noticed that the jokes in this season were busted out faster with a lot more wit than in the first season and it seemed that the show had finally grown the beard. But unfortunately Lady Luck decided to blast the show in the face with a shit cannon and once again it was canceled.
     I suppose that since I talked about the Seasons 1 and 2 that I should probably mention the web series..."It stinks".  The episodes were short with a average running time of 3 to 5 minutes, just about every other character was gone, and most of all it was not funny. So big surprise it got canned as well.
     It looked like the end for Mr. Sherman and it seemed that the show was going to be buried beneath the sands of media world. However due to its cult following the show was released on DVD in 2004 which included all 23 episodes and even the web episodes.
      In the end The Critic was a great show that was canceled way too soon. It's a shame too because if it had aired now I'm definitely certain it would have thrived much better considering the direction movies are going these days. But who knows maybe one day the Critic will rise from the ashes and return to snark at Hollywood's ridiculousness or maybe I'm just overly enthusiastic and should wake the hell up and smell the fucking coffee...
     So ends another review here on a Reeler Movie Reviewer thanks for reading and come back soon for more reviews and news. Until next time everyone!