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2013-07-13 03:28:27 PM

Galileo's Daughter: Did anyone else think that Charlie Day's character looked exactly like JJ Abrams?


Apparently, that was intentional. His whole personality is based upon JJ as well.
 
2013-07-13 05:53:12 PM

Klaumbaz: Walker: Looks like a Power Rangers movie without the campy humor. Pass.

Power Rangers: Humans sit in giant robots and fight giant monsters.
Pacific Rim: Humans sit in giant robots and fight giant monsters.

Good god your young.

Robots fighting monsters...

G-Force, voltron? many many others. go get a history.

Ultraman.
Giant Robo aka Jonny Sokko and his Flying Robot.
Force Five aka Mazinger, Getter Robo G, et al.
Tetsujin 28 aka Gigantor.
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman aka Battle Of the Planets/G-Force/Eagle Riders
Even MMPR's original DNA goes back quite a bit as Super Sentai, and owes a nod to the Japanese version of Spider-Man.

And more recently you can youtube shows like GaoGaiGar, Gurren Lagann, Godannar, and oh so many other big honkin' robots beating the snot out of the monster of the week.  And like the three I just mentioned, they tend to throw physics out the window, then jump on it's gut.  While being over the top awesome.
 
2013-07-13 06:49:25 PM
Saw it today, and had lots of fun.

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/late to the party
 
2013-07-13 08:03:00 PM

Optimal_Illusion: Klaumbaz: Walker: Looks like a Power Rangers movie without the campy humor. Pass.

Power Rangers: Humans sit in giant robots and fight giant monsters.
Pacific Rim: Humans sit in giant robots and fight giant monsters.

Good god your young.

Robots fighting monsters...

G-Force, voltron? many many others. go get a history.
Ultraman.
Giant Robo aka Jonny Sokko and his Flying Robot.
Force Five aka Mazinger, Getter Robo G, et al.
Tetsujin 28 aka Gigantor.
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman aka Battle Of the Planets/G-Force/Eagle Riders
Even MMPR's original DNA goes back quite a bit as Super Sentai, and owes a nod to the Japanese version of Spider-Man.

And more recently you can youtube shows like GaoGaiGar, Gurren Lagann, Godannar, and oh so many other big honkin' robots beating the snot out of the monster of the week.  And like the three I just mentioned, they tend to throw physics out the window, then jump on it's gut.  While being over the top awesome.


This is exactly why I get really annoyed when people defend this movie by saying, "Hey, at least it's not a sequel, prequel or reboot of something!!!  It's a totally original idea!"

Nope; it really, really isn't.  Some of the details and history behind the story are unique, but overall, this is not an original idea.
 
2013-07-14 12:44:45 AM

Thurston Howell: Saw Pacific Rim last night and enjoyed the hell out of it.

Back in the halcyon days of Battle of the Planets, Starblazers, Voltron and Robotech, the characters were hilariously one-dismensional.  The big chief always gruff but occasionally fatherly; the male lead always a young hotshot gifted beyond any of his peers--but with a mile-wide rebellious streak; the scientists/doctors always bumbling comic relief...

No, it's not Citizen Kane, but it tipped its hat to the conventions of the genre and let me remember what it was to be 8 and watching anime shows that had a different sensibility than the ubiquitous Disney or Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

All you need to ask yourself is "Does seeing a giant mech punch a giant monster in the head sound like a good time?"  If the answer is yes, go see it.


Exactly. Exactly, exactly, exactly.

This movie is a pastiche of mecha anime genre conventions tailored to live action american cinema. It's jam-packed with subtle but loving nods to its source material. The quiet unassuming Japanese girl who's the gruff commander's adoptive daughter? She even has the realistic equivalent to Ayanami Rei's haircut and freaking blue fringes on her hair.

For what it's worth I was drunk off my ass, but I have never had this much fun at the movies in my adult life. It's not a deep, cerebral film and it's not trying to be--but there is so much more to it than explosions and CGI. It absolutely sings of a director who knows and understands the genre and the audience. It's very straightforward but it farking DELIVERS.
 
2013-07-14 12:47:29 AM
The first deployment of Gypsy Danger reminded me a lot of Mech anime and how they are shown being deployed.  It hit the right spot.
 
2013-07-14 02:39:17 AM
Well, there's a reason many people were getting a GLaDOS/Portal vibe from the clip. That's because it actually IS GLaDOS. The voiceover work is done by GLaDOS's Ellen McLain. It's not just her however, she's had her voice run through nearly the exact same alteration process as in Portal, which is why the two sound identical.
 
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