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Pacific Rim 2: 10 Things We Want to See

“Guillermo del Toro certainly seems optimistic about a sequel, having already dropped hints on several plot details he has in mind. And being a massive nerd, I have a few of my own. So in no particular order, here are ten things I’d like to see happen in Pacific Rim 2.”

Spring Breakers (2013) Text Review

“I’m not sure Spring Breakers is about much of anything, other than its own stunt casting. As the continuing fame of Miley Cyrus proves, there’s nothing the American public eats up quite as voraciously as former teen queens shedding their good girl images, and in that respect, Spring Breakers does not disappoint.”

The Wolverine (2013)

“It gets really, really dumb. It honestly starts feeling uncomfortably like a deleted scene from X-Men Origins: Cheap-looking CGI, nonsensical plot developments, and laughable execution. The only thing that prevents it from having the worst payoff to a mystery in a movie this year is the fact that Star Trek Into Darkness came out.”

Choke (2008)

Iron Man had come out a few months prior, but at the time, writer-director Clark Gregg was still best known for being on The New Adventures of Old Christine. Which is fitting, because Choke plays like Fight Club if Fight Club were a CBS sitcom.”

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

“Compared to most adaptations of the works of legendary sci-fi author Philip K. Dick (Total Recall, Blade Runner, Next, to name just a few), the animated film A Scanner Darkly is extremely faithful to its source material. But that’s not necessarily a good thing.”

Pacific Rim (2013)

“I’ve been looking forward to Pacific Rim ever since it was first announced. An American take on Japanese kaiju movies and mecha sci-fi directed by monster lover Guillermo del Toro? I was sold three times over before a single piece of advertising was released.”

The Box (2009)

“There’s not much to Richard Matheson’s original short story, but a movie version certainly could have expanded upon the premise and become a smart, taut conspiracy thriller… in the hands of the right screenwriter and director. Instead, the story was adapted by writer-director Richard Kelly.”

Man of Steel (2013)

The first flying sequence is worth the price of admission all on its own. The scope and sense of wonder it evokes is overwhelming, as Superman rockets across the globe, through the clouds, and into space, grinning all the while. Because how can you not have fun when you’re Superman? I caught myself unconsciously whispering, “make me believe, make me believe” in a disturbingly erotic fashion that I’m sure was very uncomfortable for those sitting next to me.

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

At this point, I am convinced that J.J. Abrams is the single greatest threat to good filmmaking today. The usual reaction to a statement like that is for people to rush and defend him by pointing out how “not bad” his handful of films are. The repeated use of the phrase “not bad” is really all I need to illustrate my point.

Iron Man 3 (2013)

So by now, most of you probably have had a chance to see Iron Man 3. Which is good, because I don’t want to just beat around the bush for four paragraphs and end up saying little more than “it’s really good, but I can’t be too specific on why”.

Evil Dead (2013)

“Horror remakes are not generally well-liked. I realize that’s about as obvious an observation as noting that some people aren’t terribly fond of puppy-killing, but it’s true all the same.”