The Best Films of 2013 | 5 Jan 2014 // 8:13 PM
After a shaky start, 2013 ended up a stellar cinematic year, covering subjects as varied as young love, '70s (and '80s and '90s) con men, our country's horrific history of slavery, and perhaps most importantly, giant robots battling equally elephantine alien monster.
The PopMatters Summer Movie Preview - July 2013 | 1 Jul 2013 // 9:00 PM
Dead policeman battling demons, giant monsters taking on equally elephantine robots, true crime, documentaries, and lots more CG kid fare. That's what July has in store for us, including a return of a certain masked man and his faithful 'Indian' companion.
Cinematic Kaiju: A Worm's Eye look at Filmdom's Biggest Monsters | 19 Jan 2014 // 8:30 PM
In the sagas of film's biggest monsters, what qualifies as a Kaiju? And does the giant monster have to be a Japanese creation to be considered Kaiju?
'Pacific Rim' Is a Visual Feast That's Heavy on Fluff, Light on Substance | 20 Oct 2013 // 8:10 PM
Pacific Rim serves up the kind of visual smorgasbord that those of us weaned on sci-fi and monster movies would have devoured when we were kids.
'Pacific Rim' Is Positively Godzillian | 12 Jul 2013 // 12:45 AM
The realness of Mako (Rinko Kikuchi)'s trauma functions on multiple levels, and the image of Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) visibly walking into it is multiply disconcerting.
'Pacific' Hmmm... | 15 Jul 2013 // 12:00 AM
Of course, there's still word of mouth and relatively weak competition in the upcoming days, but for the most part, it seems like Pacific Rim reached out to its prime demo (the geek) and then, strangely enough, stalled.
Dad Against the Apocalypse in ‘Pacific Rim’ | 12 Jul 2013 // 7:00 AM
By drafting in ersatz familial emotions (fathers and sons, soul-bonded brothers, little daughters lost) amidst the hi-tech glitz, Guillermo del Toro’s resuscitation of the kaiju monster-movie template marks a step up from his forgettable comic-book films.