I made it out to see five different Summer offerings last month! They were a mixed bag but with the much anticipated PACIFIC RIM I now have my favorite film of the year so far. I am an unabashed fan of Guillermo del Toro and have enjoyed each of his movies so far and have hopes for him to finally produce his much talked about Lovecraft adaptation THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS as well as one more HELLBOY just to make me smile.
I loved almost everything about PACIFIC RIM from its amazing designs to its stunning action scenes to its heroic sweep. Del Toro knows how to tell an emotionally involving story that also delivers the thrills. Topping this achievement is that he is able to make a great popcorn movie that isn't insulting to your intelligence and or retrograde in its attitude toward women, minorities or anyone else. The humor in this film comes from the characters and doesn't degrade them- it illuminates their nature and shows us how they relate to the world around them. What an idea- use the dialog in your big monsters versus robots story to make the audience care about the humans being menaced by the world shaking violence being depicted.
I could ramble on and on about how terrible the TRANSFORMERS movies were but I also know that the only reason PACIFIC RIM got Green Lit was because of the massive success of those awful monstrosities. I think that the upshot of this is that those movies now have a reason to have existed- they gave us a GOOD giant robot film!
I also caught the disappointing LONE RANGER film but I want to wait to dig into that one. I have a few things to say.
THE HEAT (2013) - 6 (sloppy but funny female buddy cop story)
THE LAST EXORCISM (2010)- 7 (rewatch)
LIFEFORCE (1985)- 9 (rewatch)
WORLD WAR Z (2013)- 5
HEAD (1968)- 8 (the mad Monkee movie!)
TRANSATLANTIC TUNNEL (1935)- 7 (fascinating early SF)
TARZAN AND THE AMAZONS (1945)- 6 (standard but entertaining)
NIGHT OF THE EXECUTIONER (1992)- 5
THE LEGEND OF THE LONE RANGER (1981)- 3
CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE (2011)- 9 (very well done comedy/drama)
IDENTITY THIEF (2013)- 7 (very funny and well played)
THE CALL (2013)- 8 (excellent thriller)
ZERO DARK THRITY (2012)- 8
DEAD MAN DOWN (2013)- 7
PACIFIC RIM (2013)- 9
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA (2013)- 9 (fantastic tale of Liberace and his lover)
THE LONE RANGER (2013) - 4
THE CONJURING (2013)- 7
UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING (2011)- 6