Late Review : Pacific Rim

In which I engage my elbow rockets and go pew pew.

I love robots, and I love giant monsters, so the news that Guillermo del Toro is looking to add Godzilla to the Pacific Rim movie is the best official news I have had this year. You see Pacific Rim may be the greatest film I have ever seen. This isn’t a view based upon quality of writing, story or characterisation. It is based on the fact I have never been lucky enough to watch anything that has entertained so much. For just over two and a half hours I was in rapture.

Seriously, this is the most fun I have ever had in the cinema. I was worried after watching the trailers because I was so excited, the geek site reviews loved it, it was being billed as one of the best summer blockbusters in years. My own internal hype was maxed out, but I’ve been disappointed before (*cough* The Hobbit). As the lights went down and the trailers passed the music started. It was within a few seconds I knew this was going to be something special.

To get you in the mood here is the intro music, play it while you read it is now the soundtrack to my life.

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Late Review : Les Miserables

In which I’ll hear the people sing.

Dum dum dum dum dum de dum dum dum pa pa pa pa papapaaaa…At the End of the Day you’re another day older.

People will be heard singing, a lot of women will cry and there is a higher death count than a ninth episode of Game of Thrones; so goes Les Miserables the movie. Being stuck inside the movie means that you are going to have to deal with a lot of crazy than is not really in the stage show (although it is just as long as the novel adaptation of the film).

It is a world full of people staring and constantly getting new hats. So many hats and so much staring.

We arrive in the aftermath of Pirates of the Caribbean, and Jean VanWolverine is helping what I assume is the other X-Men to pull in a big ship into the dock. Everyone is singing and getting a bit wet and it all looks a bit unsafe. Keeping an eye on stuff is Maximus Decimus Javert, who seems to be looking very vengeful and rocking a pretty cool hat.

Les Miserables Javert wearing a hat
It may look like a night cap but it’s a ‘No Mercy’ hat really.

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A bit dusty in here

In which I’m just cleaning out my eyes with tears.

As a British male I have to hide my feelings, it is the stoic attitude which has led our emotionally repressed nation to greatness. Even being peppered sprayed in the face is an unacceptable time to cry, however there are few moments where I’ve had a huge piece of dust itching my cornea and I’ve had to moisten my eyeballs.

Strangely these mostly happen during movies, I think cinemas must need cleaning a bit more, and most recently during Pacific Rim where the tears rolling across my cheeks may have been those of joy. It was the most amazing thing I have ever seen and after a few crazy weeks was a fantastic release of emotion at a movie full of fun.

This was the first film that made me weep with joy, mostly I get hit by sentimentality. I’m a sucker for a scene of sweetness and brass soundtrack, it seems to hit me right in the Stevenus Spielbergium (the part of the brain that detects sentimentality). Here are a few of those scenes. Continue reading “A bit dusty in here”

Late Review : Gravity

In which I don’t let go.

Let’s say you bumped into someone from another world, other than trying to comprehend why you among seven billion others have been chosen for first contact how would you try to communicate what makes humanity special? In the past we have sent golden records into the depths of space (ignoring the fact that decades on most people on earth wouldn’t have the technology to play the metallic album) laden with the cream of culture.

With so much choice how could you narrow down some form of media to convince your new AFF (Alien Friend Forever) that we are worth spending time with. You are humanity’s Metacritic/Yelp/Zagat and you have to pick a movie or book or song to let them understand your species.

Which neatly brings me to Gravity.
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Movie and mine taglines

In which I sum up in one strapline.

The current tagline to this blog is “There are 10 types of people that understand binary” and I think this is quite apt for this site. Either you are going to understand what is going on here or it’s completely beyond your comprehension. It’s a bit better than the old one which was “No rounded rectangles” but then I decided that there is geometrically no such thing and if there is anything I strive for it’s Euclidean accuracy.

What though would be my tagline, the marketing message that would draw people to come and see me? How could I sum myself up in just a few words that would be both accurate and entertaining?

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People I want to be

In which I wish I could be the sum of other’s parts.

Jim Rohn (a guy I’ve just had to find about on Wikipedia) once said “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”. Based on that I’m looking at being a hybrid teacher/baby/work people. This would make me someone who sits behind a desk all day, has to tell people about stuff they don’t know and wants to eat and sleep all day.

Instead of dwelling on the circle I have (which is a pretty good circle), what if I could change that? What if I cold create a group that would make me an even better person? So that’s what I’m going to do, I am going to let my social imagination run riot and pick from the real and not-real world and select my new averages.

Looking at the list I chose, I’m going to be pretty badass.

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Fictional places to go

Fiction is a wonderful place to be, there are so many opportunities for wonder and amazement it’s unsurprising that they offer up a myriad of locations I would love to visit. Choosing just a few of the places I want to go to is difficult, I could choose some very easy places like Paris, New York or Rome. Yet where is the adventure in going on holiday? I want to be wowed by amazing architecture or events that I can’t experience in a photo or film.

I could go to the echoes of places that have been captured in fiction, whether it be Les Miserables or Gladiator, but somehow that feels even less real than completely imaginary locations. It is like being offered cheese and having to have processed yellow slices. Instead I am going for bacon.

So keeping that in mind here are just some of the places I want to go.

Fiction is a wonderful place to be, there are so many opportunities for wonder and amazement it’s unsurprising that they offer up a myriad of locations I would love to visit. Choosing just a few of the places I want to go to is difficult, I could choose some very easy places like Paris, New York or Rome. Yet where is the adventure in going on holiday? I want to be wowed by amazing architecture or events that I can’t experience in a photo or film.

I could go to the echoes of places that have been captured in fiction, whether it be Les Miserables or Gladiator, but somehow that feels even less real than completely imaginary locations. It is like being offered cheese and having to have processed yellow slices. Instead I am going for bacon.

So keeping that in mind here are just some of the places I want to go.
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Late review : The Hobbit

In which I go there and back again, and again, and again.

Doing a review of a recently released movie is fraught with peril. The chances are that not many people will have seen it yet so the likelihood of inadvertently divulging a spoiler is high. So I’m going to start of this review of the final part of The Hobbit saga with a huge big one.

If you see this movie it will spoil the whole of the Lord of the Rings.

There we go, that’s out of the way. I’m not talking about the shocking revelations that Sauron is back, or that Arathorn’s soon could become something special, but the fact that “The Battle of the Five Armies” is close to ruining the original trilogy and all the goodwill that they created. Thankfully is is the briefest of all visits to Middle Earth (which may be due to the fact is it based upon an A5 pamphlet). Continue reading “Late review : The Hobbit”