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« Reply #3555 on: February 22, 2014, 06:25:38 PM »
But man, that shot of a sword in space (obviously stronger than any other arsenal including guns, cannons, or death rays) made it worth it.

Didn't make it worth it for me, but if the whole movie was like that scene then it would great.

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« Reply #3556 on: February 22, 2014, 09:04:14 PM »
I enjoyed Pacific Rim myself.  I especially liked the music. 
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« Reply #3557 on: February 22, 2014, 09:17:23 PM »
Pacific Rim

If there was anything to gain from it, it's proof that giant robots and monsters can be boring.

Definitely thought this movie was overrated like you. It was ok, but I found it too long and boring as well.

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« Reply #3558 on: February 22, 2014, 10:34:49 PM »
Pacific Rim

If there was anything to gain from it, it's proof that giant robots and monsters can be boring.

Definitely thought this movie was overrated like you. It was ok, but I found it too long and boring as well.

I agree, but I'm thinking the budget for an *all* robot movie would be pretty high...  As is, it was at about the 200m mark to make (I actually wonder how a giant robot film did in Japan; iirc the film did better overseas).
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« Reply #3559 on: February 23, 2014, 08:49:13 AM »
Call me crazy, but I prefer either fast-paced or suspenseful action.
I generally prefer fast paced hyper-kinetic action myself. That doesn't change the fact that Pacific Rim did "realistic" giant robot combat perfectly, at least as far as I am concerned.

Pacific Rim

If there was anything to gain from it, it's proof that giant robots and monsters can be boring.

Definitely thought this movie was overrated like you. It was ok, but I found it too long and boring as well.
I find it interesting that you think it was overrated when it basically bombed in the U.S. If I remember right, it didn't even make its budget back in the U.S.
I agree, but I'm thinking the budget for an *all* robot movie would be pretty high...  As is, it was at about the 200m mark to make (I actually wonder how a giant robot film did in Japan; iirc the film did better overseas).
Sadly it didn't do too well in Japan. I am really curious as to what the advertising was like Japan because the movie did better in Mexico than Japan. China was oddly the best market for Pacific Rim getting 10 million more in gross than in the U.S.

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« Reply #3560 on: February 23, 2014, 11:44:51 AM »
Overrated in the sense that it got pretty solid reviews from critics and every person I talked to said it was amazing.


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« Reply #3561 on: February 23, 2014, 11:34:54 PM »
Considering how hard it is to make a decent monster movie, Pacific Rim knocked it out of the park. Of course, they couldn't just do 2 hours of monster battles, as the budget would have tripled. As is, the characters were all genre cliches, except for Mako, and that was pretty much what I expected. Del Toro is a huge old monster movie fan, and simply wanted to make his version, but with modern tech. I feel he succeeded, but understand why some people may have a problem with what he made.
I liked the music, too, Din, and bought the ST. It fit the movie perfectly.
The sword moment was amazing, and had me geeking out big time! Loved it.
This was a total bonding movie between me and my son.

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« Reply #3562 on: February 24, 2014, 12:05:26 AM »
Do people really like Pacific Rim that much?  Maybe it's because I watched it during the same time I was playing The Wonderful 101, but PR just seemed to have no heart to it.  Some of the designs were cool, but the battles didn't utilize any of that creativity.

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Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back
« Reply #3563 on: February 24, 2014, 12:22:01 AM »

This was a total bonding movie between me and my son.

Aww. :')

Do people really like Pacific Rim that much?  Maybe it's because I watched it during the same time I was playing The Wonderful 101, but PR just seemed to have no heart to it.  Some of the designs were cool, but the battles didn't utilize any of that creativity.

Action.  Giant Robots.  It's a "win-win" scenario I think.  It's not going to be everyone's jam, but it gets something people like and the effects pull it off well.  I agree it's flawed, but I also like shutting off my mind and enjoying a flick.  I haven't rewatched/bought the film since but I did enjoy what I saw of it.  Plus, it's nice to see sci-fi/action that ISN'T a superhero flick (which seems to have otherwise replaced all other types of action flicks for the most part besides the "80s revival" going on with 'The Expendables' series).

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« Reply #3564 on: February 24, 2014, 12:33:50 AM »

This was a total bonding movie between me and my son.

Aww. :')

Do people really like Pacific Rim that much?  Maybe it's because I watched it during the same time I was playing The Wonderful 101, but PR just seemed to have no heart to it.  Some of the designs were cool, but the battles didn't utilize any of that creativity.

Action.  Giant Robots.  It's a "win-win" scenario I think.  It's not going to be everyone's jam, but it gets something people like and the effects pull it off well.  I agree it's flawed, but I also like shutting off my mind and enjoying a flick.  I haven't rewatched/bought the film since but I did enjoy what I saw of it.  Plus, it's nice to see sci-fi/action that ISN'T a superhero flick (which seems to have otherwise replaced all other types of action flicks for the most part besides the "80s revival" going on with 'The Expendables' series).

Ah well, maybe you'll like this: http://youtu.be/V10KeJgjgCw
Most of that video points out problems in the logic of the film and its non-action scenes.  I'm fine with all of that.  I have no problem turning my brain off and enjoying giant things fighting and blowing up, but I just found PR to be dissatisfying in that sense.  It seemed to be in between over the top and serious, which overall felt mediocre.  I would have preferred it to go all the way on one end or the other, but that's just me.

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« Reply #3565 on: February 24, 2014, 01:17:36 AM »
I actually agree with you, Elegance.  I thought Pacific Rim was pretty bad to be honest.  It felt to me like they were just going through the motions, ripping stuff off without any clear sense of why they were doing it.  And there was zero chemistry between the characters in the film, the whole thing just left me feeling icky.

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« Reply #3566 on: February 24, 2014, 07:08:26 AM »
Do people really like Pacific Rim that much?  Maybe it's because I watched it during the same time I was playing The Wonderful 101, but PR just seemed to have no heart to it.  Some of the designs were cool, but the battles didn't utilize any of that creativity.
Honestly it is my favorite movie of all time. I was grinning wider than I can ever really recall grinning throughout basically the entire movie. As for the movie having no heart, I really didn't see that. To me the movie did its action scenes perfectly because Del Toro understood what the....point of giant robot fights is. No two fights in the movie are exactly alike, which is sort of the point. Giant robots should be adaptable and should be altering how they approach the situation because they aren't just limited to a single task. Gypsy Danger improvises constantly in the movie making the fights interesting. I mean come on, a freaking ship as a staff. I don't get how you can think the movie was lacking heart.

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« Reply #3567 on: February 26, 2014, 02:45:06 AM »
Kon-tiki:  Damn some people sure go to great lengths for something they believe in.  I applaud the real men the film was based on.  It's streaming on Netflix, so check it out.

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« Reply #3568 on: February 26, 2014, 03:00:34 AM »
I love the original Carrie, it's such a solid movie. Sissy was better because she was, I guess, uglier? Plainer at least. She looked like a girl that everyone would make fun of and treat like shit every day of her life.

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« Reply #3569 on: February 26, 2014, 03:05:49 AM »
My bf said the same thing.  Chloe is too cute.
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