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By: Jeff Ford
By: Jeff Ford

Previewing Pacific Rim and Grown Ups 2

 Another short week as I need to get back to work on my other project.  I did want to point out a couple of articles I read concerning the lackluster Man of Steel and the future of cinema.  These three were pointed out to me on the Youtube channel comicbookgirl19.  All three are fascinating reads.  They are:

Badass Digest: Film Crit Hulk Smash: THE IMPORTANCE OF DRAMATIZING CHARACTER 
http://badassdigest.com/2013/07/03/film-crit-hulk-man-of-steel/

Steven Spielberg and George Lucas predict 'massive implosion' in film industry
http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/13/4425486/steven-spielberg-george-lucas-usc-film-industry-massive-implosion

A Hilarious i09 article about logic problems in Man of Steel. 
http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/13/4425486/steven-spielberg-george-lucas-usc-film-industry-massive-implosion

 

I especially enjoyed The Importance of Dramatizing Character.  You just have to get past an ALL CAPS style and must set aside a large portion of time as it is about 17,000 words long.

 

It’s time to get back to the grindstone.  Two major releases are coming out.  Which one deserves your dollar (hint: not Adam Sandler).

 

PACIFIC RIM

 

As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.  *

 

Brief Thoughts – It’s big robots battling monsters.  It’s a big screen version of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, or any number of Japanese anime’s.  It’s this year’s Transformers but with one difference.  The director is not a hack like Michael Bay.  Guillermo Del Toro is one of the best director’s working in Hollywood today.  If there’s any doubts, I simply point towards Pan’s Labyrinth and that should satisfy those non-believers.  His movies are visually fascinating but he still takes the time to get the characters just right.  The two Hellboy movies show fine examples of this.  I’ve yet to see a movie of his that has disappointed (I’m including Mimic in this as well).  But with the dwindling box office returns of would-be blockbusters The Lone Ranger, White House Down, and After Earth, I’m not sure if audiences will share my same expectations.  Two of those were supposed to be sure things.  Instead, they won’t make back their over-indulged budgets.  Here’s hoping Pacific Rim can buck that trend.

 

Pacific Rim is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language.

 

GROWN UPS 2

 

After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny (Adam Sandler), finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, and 400 costumed party crashers sometimes crazy follows you. *

 

Brief Thoughts – Adam Sandler has entered a very rare category for me.  Namely, one couldn’t pay me to see one of his movies in theaters.  Last year’s That’s My Boy put it over the top.  After wanting to gouge out my eyes after seeing that abomination, I swore him off for good.  I don’t care if this does end up winning the weekend or if it ends up with a Rotten Tomato rating of 100% (it won’t, just for the record), I’m not going to see this.   I avoided the first film.  I’m going to avoid this one as well.

 

Grown Ups 2 is rated PG-13 for crude and suggestive content, language and some male rear nudity.

 

That will do for this weekend.  Tune in next time when Bruce Willis tries his best to make us forget there was a terrible Die Hard film earlier this year.  Until then,  it’s Morphin’ time!

 

*all movie summaries taken from IMDB.com

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