Okay, first the previews:

The new trailer confirms that “Elysium” will be this year’s “Avatar“. Because it will be a jaw-dropping special effects extravanza of science-fictiony goodness? No. Because it will be another piece of ridiculous Leftist tripe that I won’t watch.


Now, for the feature:

I won’t do any spoilers for Pacific Rim (I’m not really sure I could spoil anything). It’s a fairly predictable, big-budget science-fiction summer movie. That being said, it was not as bad as I feared it might be; it was even occassionally (but not often) clever. The real reason to see it is to watch giant robots fight giant monsters, and that it does extremely well. Some people (presumably bigger otaku than me) enjoyed it much more than I did; the Monday-night showing I attended actually received a standing ovation (I’m guessing from an anime/rpg club from one of the local colleges).

The natural comparison I find for this movie is Cloverfield. I think that the two form an interesting balance–yin and yang, if you will. Cloverfield is a thoughtful movie (an artistic homage to the original kaiju, Gojira, nestled in a framing-tale and done without needless exposition) which relies on a bit of spectacle (a giant monster caught with cutting-edge cinematography). Pacific Rim, on the other hand, is a spectacular movie (meaning that it relies on spectacle) which does only a little thinking (it’s more a tribute to Gigantor, and… well, there is some exposition. It’s bad. Also, at least two direct contradictions in the plot).

If you are looking for a fun action movie, Pacific Rim is probably worth the ticket price. If you are a fan of Japanimation, kaiju, mecha, etc., you will definitely want to see this movie.

Published by Little-Known Blogger

I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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