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Teaser for Jurassic World arrives and it promises much

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The teaser for Jurassic World arrived today with the full trailer promising to hit televisions on Thanksgiving. The teaser looks a bit like the old, but with some new things here and there. It looks as though Hammond has tricked out the park just a bit more, before departing. Not a whole lot to see here, but it promises much.

Jurassic World is directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), who rewrote the script with Derek Connolly from an earlier draft by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). No plot details are available yet, but the film has been said to feature a new operational dinosaur theme park, just as John Hammond imagined over 20 years ago. The cast includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Jake Johnson, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan and B.D. Wong, reprising his original role from Jurassic Park. Universal Pictures releases the film June 12th, 2015.

The second trailer for Godzilla starring Bryan Cranston is extraordinary

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This is without a doubt one of the films I am looking forward to seeing this year. Directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters), this latest take on the iconic Kaiju behemoth, seemingly follows the original storyline of Godzilla as the radioactive result of human endeavor. This is great for several reasons because if you’ve ever watched the 1954 black and white film, then you already know how emotionally impactful that film was in comparison to what came after. This trailer lays it out so beautifully, I’m speechless. Enjoy!

Godzilla stars Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn. Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

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Guillermo del Toro’s new book Cabinet of Curiosities is a must have

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Every great auteur has a blue print or diary, of his or her plans to create something special. The director,Guillermo del Toro, is no different. He’s been drafting up ideas as long as Tim Burton has been sketching and now he’s releasing his ideas in a new book Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

If the tradition during Halloween was to give gifts, this would be the perfect one. The book contains tons of sketches and writings, that chronicle Guillermo’s thought process during such films as Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim.  But whether it’s Halloween or Christmas, this book is guaranteed to blow minds.

Press release:

Over the last two decades, writer-director Guillermo del Toro has mapped out a territory in the popular imagination that is uniquely his own, astonishing audiences with Cronos, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and a host of other films and creative endeavors. Now, for the first time, del Toro reveals the inspirations behind his signature artistic motifs, sharing the contents of his personal notebooks, collections, and other obsessions. The result is a startling, intimate glimpse into the life and mind of one of the world’s most creative visionaries. Complete with running commentary, interview text, and annotations that contextualize the ample visual material, this deluxe compendium is every bit as inspired as del Toro is himself.

Contains a foreword by James Cameron, an afterword by Tom Cruise, and contributions from other luminaries, including Neil Gaiman and John Landis, among others.

Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities releases on October 29 and will run you a cool 60.00. You can pre-order the book now on Amazon for $36

First looks at the Legendary Pictures Godzilla Encounter at Comic Con 2013

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Collider.com got a chance to check out Legendary Pictures Godzilla Encounter at the San Diego Comic Con 2013 and the images are incredible. Clearly Legendary is sparing no expense when it comes to the promotion of two of it’s biggest monster films this year…Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim and Gareth Edwards Godzilla. Makes me wish that they had pushed Pacific Rim back a couple of month’s, maybe we could’ve gotten a presentation like this for that amazing film, then perhaps Grown Up’s 2 wouldn’t have beaten it out on opening weekend….let me stop.

This kind of reminds me when Disney rolled out the exhibit for TRON: Legacy, I guess the studios are all going the way of these huge and uber-expensive displays to get those who know and those who don’t, involved in the hype machine. It does appear to be working for Godzilla, the feedback from this exhibit is all the buzz and yes I wish I could be there, but for those who won’t, you still can be in the know with all the Godzilla goings on by logging in to GodzillaEncounter.com or visiting their booth, provided your there, at (#3920).

I hear Legendary still has a few more surprises in store for the weekend and that website I just gave you will be giving you the play by play. Quick shout out to Collider for these pics…thanks guys!!

Photo’s compliments of Collider.com

Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olson and will arrive in theaters May 16 2014.

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Pacific Rim goes big by keeping it simple

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It’s been a long road for Guillermo Del Toro‘s Kaiju epic “Pacific Rim“, but it’s here and I got a chance to see it yesterday in a sparsely occupied AMC theater at 4pm. I had expected there to be more people in attendance on a summer Friday afternoon, but my wife and I were grateful for the space.

Right away Guillermo Del Toro, waste no time getting the viewer caught up on all the Kaiju goings on in the last decade, that ends in 2020 where we pick up. The attention to detail, is amazing! The world he’s created or should I say his VFX dept created, looks so believable and lived in, that he almost fools you into believing that something like this could happen. One point I’d also like to make is unlike most 3D films, Guillermo throws subtle visual tricks your way all throughout the film to let you know you are still watching a 3D film, which I appreciated very much. Nothing pisses me off more than directors who forget that fact and just rush the rest of the film.

Moving on….

What was deeply important about introducing this highly imaginative concept to the world was it’s level of tangibility. Guillermo knew this was a science fiction picture and not a fantasy film, so it had to be approached from a science-fiction standpoint. These weren’t martian robots or something that was taking place on a game grid, this was our world. So he needed to come up with a viable reason for these Kaiju’s ( a Japanese word for Monster) to attack and two, for us to combat them by unconventional means and this is when the film leans heavily on it’s Japanese predecessors like the hugely popular animes Evangelion, Gundam or Robotech, all of which have been talked about, but never fully realized on film. Sad to, for all intents and purposes they should’ve come out a long time ago. Maybe Guillermo petitioned for the rights to those films and was denied or he just wanted to create an homage…I don’t know, perhaps I never will, but believe me when I say “no ones ever gonna be able to make another film like this one without it being compared to Pacific Rim”. The effect was indelible.

SPOILERS:

The story follows Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunan) whom you see loose his brother and trusted Jaeger (A German word for Hunter) co-pilot, early on in the film to a brutal Kaiju. Devastated, Raleigh retires from piloting to become a steel worker on one of the biggest walls in the world, designed to protect the citizens from Kaiju attacks. Because of Raleigh’s last battle, that cost his brothers life and was considered a total failure globally, the Jaeger program get’s it’s funding pulled. That’s when the head of the Jeager program Stacker Pentacost (Idris Elba) gathers what’s left of the program from the four corners of the world and houses them in a new facility/rebel hideout.

A host of new characters emerge as a result of this reconstruction, among these Stacker’s adopted daughter Mako Mori played by Rinko Kikuchi,   Dr. Newton Geiszler played by Charlie Day and his partner Gottlieb played by Burn Gorman whom by the way were amazing as committed scientist and comic relief. Course the world gets even bigger when Kaiju black market organ dealer Hannibal Chau (Ron Pearlman) comes in as a well financed provocateur of Kaiju remains and no good summer film is complete without it’s ICEMAN and that’s the son and father Australian Jaeger team Herc and Chuck Hansen played by Max Martini and Robert Kazinsky.

Were there others? Of course they were…like the Chinese Jaeger team Crimson Typhoon, who hands down, had one of the baddest looking Jaegers, but like Darth Maul, got wiped out pretty quick. Also there was the “stereotypically” silent, but stoic Russian team, whom again were only there to move the plot along, but guess what? I didn’t mind. I’m all about focusing on the hero. Let’s like this guy first. Too many films want to inundate you with character’s they think can sell toys, but then don’t and they later wonder why. Well because no one knew who the fuck they were. So instead of insulting our intelligence Guillermo said there must be a focus and that was on Raleigh and those he came in contact with and how he’s going to come to grips with the lost of his brother.

I’m not going to ruin it for you, but Guillermo “in his genius” uses a clever technique to give us Mako’s back story, an idea I seriously said wow to, as I watched it unfold in front of me.

The film ends with a pretty amazing battle/race to the finish line, that delivered on desperation like no other. I was invested and as limbs are being torn apart left and right you realize that these Jaeger’s  aren’t like your typical super robots, these guys technically aren’t any match for the Kaiju, but it’s when cooler heads prevail, the pilots are able to survive by outwitting these beast instead of brute force…most of the time.

Now…as if this review isn’t already long enough, let’s talk about effects.

I was blown away by all the practical effects (non CGI) in this film. It looked like, as a rule of thumb, if Guillermo could build a realistic version of what he envisioned, he would build it. From the Jaeger cockpit, to the set’s or lack there off in some of the destroyed areas, to the science props and machines, to the Kaiju remains. He made this world more real by again, not undermining the intelligence of the viewers. As he stated before in one of the Pacific Rim featurette’s, it would’ve been real easy to slide the actors into mo-cap suits (Motion Capture suits) and placed them in a green room, but he said he needed to see the work these pilots were putting in to make this robots work and for that he needed to see resistance. So he built a torture chamber. It worked. These pilots are being put through the paces. When the monster strikes, they feel it and so will you.

The Kaiju themselves are highly imaginative critters. Most based in some way shape or form on animals we know like the shark or gorilla. This is Guillermo’s nod to Japan’s Godzilla films. They are over the top, but deadly and despite how badass these Jaeger’s are, they are without a doubt, formidable. The battles are like watching Greco-Roman wrestling minus the occasional cannon blast not to mention the scope and grandeur leaves no doubt about the size of these creatures. It was like watching huge buildings going at it in the water, the film is meant to make you feel small and it does.

And now the Soundtrack…

Composer Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones) and guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) do an outstanding job of nurturing that “Led Zepplin Cashmire” vibe to the Biblical proportions of Pacific Rim. The guitars are crunchy and the strings are…stringy.  It never got themey either, meaning, I never expected to hear certain things at certain times. The soundtrack was tasteful and did what any good soundtrack should do…lend itself to the visuals.

Man…I really want to see this film again.

This is why I say Pacific Rim goes big by keeping it simple. Things like story, practical effects,character development, patience, casting,art direction and above all…love, are simple concepts when you really think about them. It’s the root of all the great films of our time and it’s something we see too little of. It’s like the money makes people mad. This is why I commend Guillermo, with a budget like this film had, Pacific Rim could’ve fallen out of his hands and gone the way of Man of Steel. But it never does, his hand could be felt in every frame. Like he had been waiting all his life to make this film. The care is there to immerse you in something you’ve never seen before or at least you thought you had seen, but hadn’t…really.

You see, it’s not hard for directors to get people to believe their world exist, it’s getting people to come back, that’s the hard part.


When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

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Pacific Rim graphic novel “Tales From Year Zero” arrives along with character posters from the film and new “Build your own Jaeger” viral website

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While July 12th is still a bit aways, that ain’t gonna stop Warner Brother’s from dishing out some geek friendly promos. The first of which are some very cool character posters from the film that feature two of the stars Charlie Hunan as Raliegh Beckett and Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori of the Gypsy Danger crew. Idris Elba who plays Stacker Pentacost also has a poster.

Posters come via the Pacific Rim Facebook page

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Next up is a prequel graphic novel for Pacific Rim entitled Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero being distributed by Legendary Comics? I had no idea Legendary Pictures was in the comic book business.

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Hitting stores June 5, PACIFIC RIM: TALES FROM YEAR ZERO serves as a prequel to the highly-anticipated motion picture — Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures Pacific Rim. Chronicling the very first time Earth is menaced by incredible monsters known as Kaiju, these inhuman beasts rise from the ocean depths and threaten to extinguish all mankind! Witness the race to develop massive robot fighting machines called Jaegers, each one controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. This action-packed book features many of the key characters from the film as we follow them in their early careers. Written by Pacific Rim screenwriter himself, Travis Beacham, and with del Toro’s hands-on supervision, this volume is beautifully penciled by Sean Chen, Yvel Guichet, Pericles Junior, Chris Batista and Geoff Shaw; inks by Steve Bird, Mark McKenna, Pericles Junior and Matt Banning.

And Lastly, a cool little project for all you Jaegermiesters out there (like how I did that?) This program allows the user to create their own robot. Whether demure or armed to the teeth, you create a monster to fit your needs you can even post that monstrosity on Facebook or Twitter. Check it out here—> Jaeger Designer  WARNING: THIS SITE IS EXTREMELY GLITCHY.

Pacific Rim stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Clifton Collins Jr., Idris Elba, and Ron Perlman. Pacific Rim opens in 3D on July 12th.

In the near future, giant monsters identified as “Kaiju” have risen from a crevice in the Pacific Ocean, resulting in a war which takes millions of lives and quickly consumes humanity’s resources. To combat this new threat, a special type of weapon is designed: massive robots, known as Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. As time passes, even the powerful Jaegers prove almost defenseless in the face of a relentless enemy. On its last stand and on the verge of defeat, the remaining defending forces of mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to pilot a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the early trials of the mechanical titans. Together, they must stand as the human race’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse

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