If you haven’t yet heard of Pacific Rim, now is the best time to acquaint yourself with this fantastic new trailer released today by Warner Bros.
I cannot easily or calmly express how excited I am for this film.
From the production description:
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.
Today, May 7th, 2013, a man whose impact on the imagination of billions, rivaling only that of Jim Henson, who it could even be said was himself influenced by him, Ray Harryhausen, has passed on.
Ray Harryhausen was the Special Effects legend behind some of the most fondly remembered and influential creations of the past century. He worked on some of the most beloved fantasy films ever made. I don’t think anyone familiar with his impact on cinema would argue that if it weren’t for Ray, films today would be nothing like we know them. Perhaps they would even be decidedly less wondrous. His imagination and dedication will live on forever.
Here’s a partial list of his more beloved films;
We haven’t had a “Top 10″ post in a bit. Everyone seems to love those, but there’s so many out there, coming up with an original idea for them can be a bit daunting. But now I’ve an idea, and I’d like you, our readers to help out building this one. Why am I turning to you? Have you ever read the comments on the lists out there written solely by the authors? EVERYONE has their own advice. I don’t consider myself a definitive authority. Yes, I love comics, but I know there are plenty I’ve never read.
So, email me at info (at) nerd-base.com and let me know your favorite 1-shots!! Fantastic stand-alone comics that you’ve read that stuck with you. They could be part of a series, but not part of a story arc.
When submitting, please include a quick review, images if you have any, and a link to your own blog/page/twitter if you have one so I can add attribution to the entry. The team and I will check out the reviews and pick from there.
Oddly, it’s been quite a while since I posted one of these. Perhaps it’s because I tried to find some really weird or awful videos to watch that none have jumped out at me as good enough to post. Perhaps I’m a little jaded, I mean, the internet at large will do that to you. But anyway, I didn’t want to post just ANY old weirdness here, and thank goodness I waited because boy, did I find a doozy!! Continue reading
Legendary Pictures unveiled their newest poster for the upcoming Kaiju Vs Giant Robots movie Pacific Rim and if you don’t think you need one of these hanging up in a place of honor at your house, well…then…we have different opinions on things.
Do you know more about science and technology than the average American?
The PEW Research Center and Smithsonian magazine have put together a great online quiz.
They gave this 13 question quiz to 1,006 randomly selected people to see what basic science knowledge the general public had, and now it’s here for you to try!! Continue reading
If I have one giant pet peeve in any narrative story, it’s when smart people do really dumb things to help advance the plot. Sometimes I can turn my brain off and forgive certain things, but not when the entire plot of your film is predicated on bad mistakes. In a recent IO9 article, they asked Bruce Campbell about the secrets of great film-making. He responded
“I think horror movies are better if people give a shit, and make a decent movie. I feel like there’s lazy film-makers in general out there. I [would like] a little more industrious film-making, please. I just think they need to work a little harder, pay attention, and don’t treat audiences like they’re stupid.”
I wish director Fede Alvarez would have followed that basic rule in making this film. To be fair Evil Dead isn’t all bad. It has some great moments in the middle of the flick, but the beginning and the end surpass my ability to suspend disbelief.
If I was to ask you if you to choose between Stephen Sommers the director of the Mummy movies, and Van Helsing, or Jon Chu the director of Step Up 2, Step Up 3D, and the Justin Bieber documentary, to helm a G.I. Joe movie, chances are you would choose wrong. Jon Chu, known mostly for directing music related films knocked it out of the park with G.I. Joe: Retaliation. It completely wiped the craptastic taste out of my mouth that I had thanks to the Sommers movie, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra.
As a fan of the Larry Hama comic and the original cartoon, I had a lot of problems with Continue reading
Here’s a game that many of us played and loved….perhaps more than we realized.
I wasn’t a big fan of the mainstream Disney characters. To this day, if you were to ask me what my favorite classic Disney cartoons are, I’d still say The Black Cauldron, The Sword and the Stone, and Fantasia. Mickey Mouse never did it for me, Donald, Goofy, Pluto, etc. Not really a fan. But there was just something about DuckTales that clicked. It was a fun, well made series. The best thing to come out of it, however, was the video game that came out in 1989 for the NES.
Games based on popular licensed properties have RARELY been good. Sure, there are exceptions like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Chronicles of Riddick, and the recent Walking Dead titles. But notice…those are all *new* (do I need to mention the LOST game?). Back in the day, the NES days, production companies would license anything and everything. Just to make more cash. To them it was no more different or important on the consumer end than slapping a decal on a t-shirt. Little effort and less love was put into most of them. *cough*E.T.*cough*. DuckTales, however, changed that. Continue reading
This fine gentleman decided to drop a ball of super-heated nickel into a mug of honey….
Because SCIENCE!!!!! THAT’S WHY!!
I honestly don’t know, but it’s weird and mesmerizing to watch.