Of all the things I could say about Pacific Rim, and folks, I could say a lot – in fact, the thing I want to say most about it is, “SEE IT AT THE CINEMA!” followed by, “AT LEAST TWICE!” and then, “IN 3D!” though by this time I think it’s making its way out of theatres in Western countries, so get your skates on! – the thing I will say (okay, write) here is that there are very few specifically negative things people seem to be saying about it.
I reckon it’s a bloody entertaining film made with heart, mainly because at its helm from go to whoa is someone who loves the material it’s based on. I often find myself thinking that there are a legion of Transformers fans out there who want to strap Michael Bay into a chair and force him to watch Pacific Rim over and over until he gets it.
Huge thanks to the Irony is a Poor Master web log for this.
So it’s cool that all us nerds – who paradoxically have both the easiest and toughest time with suspension of disbelief – have so few “WTF?!” moments to complain about in Pacific Rim.
(lightbulb) Hey – is Whiskey Tango Foxtrot a great Jaeger name or what?
Blogging is about writing. Sharing your perspective on the world, your progress through it.
Yet there seems to be a line between sharing your perspective and explaining it, trying to justify it.
It’s this line between “here’s what I experience” and “here’s why I’m right in what I think about it.”
BE WARNED: There’s going to be a lot of “methinks the gamer doth protest too much” in this article, so brace yourselves.
See, this article is very much a ‘me’ piece. The video game, Halo 4, launches today. I’m backing-and-forthing on whether or not I’m going to buy it.
Look, I could rabbit on about how Halo is kind of the Star Wars of the home gaming console generation in an attempt to give you some historical background, but I’d say that its market weight is so heavy by now that just by mentioning the name, most people will have a vague idea that we’re talking about a video game.
I’ve had a lot of fun with the Halo franchise. Look at the article I wrote not too long ago about the original Halo: Combat Evolved as an item of evidence.
Yet I’m just not sure about whether I’ll even bother with Halo 4.
I won’t try and hold myself up as some kind of paragon of virtue when it comes to pirating material. I’ve occasionally indulged in using a download site to get my hands on things that I otherwise wouldn’t have had the chance to get.
Still, every now and again someone comes up to me and asks whether I’d like to get my hands on a cracked copy of Game X, or the whole first season of Game of Thrones, which neither my wife nor I have seen as we don’t purchase pay TV.
And I (mostly) say no.
The first reason is, despite my occasional lack of will, I stay clear of piracy in general. Now, I take the point of “try before you by,” but I also believe in “you pays your money, you takes your choice.” Sometimes you just have to take a risk with your hard-earned cash, and that, I think, is part of the point – you may be rewarding bad work with your money, but at least you’re still encouraging people to put the work in in the first place.
But then there’s the other point:
There are only so many hours in the day.
A little while ago, I wrote about how I’d chucked my Grand Idea of starting my own business doing PC support, and I’m ever more convinced that I made the right decision.
At the moment, I’ve got a Windows XP / Linux Mint dual-boot set-up. By default my PC starts up under Linux Mint, and it’s pretty good. It does the basics well; I surf the web, I organise my e-mail and I write.
But there are certain things I still can’t do under Mint:
You know, I’m becoming more and more impressed with the quality and diversity of stock that the Cairns Libraries have in. Books I wouldn’t have dreamed of searching the Hornsby Shire computer system for, like Callahan’s Con or Red Seas Under Red Skies, are present out here in what many would consider Hicksville. After getting the movie out on DVD from my local video rental place I decided to try my luck with the library. Right there on the G shelf was a copy of the novel Stardust by Neil Gaiman, but this was just a plain prose novel; I wanted the original with Charles Vess’ artwork. I hit the computer system and found that the library had three more Stardusts in stock, including one with the full title of Stardust: Being A Romance Within The Realms of Faerie at the Earlville branch. Figuring I had nothing to lose I put a reservation on it. Within a pair of days the library had e-mailed me with confirmation that it had arrived at the city branch, and when I went in this morning, there was the Vertigo graphic novel.
Just checked out the tailer for an upcoming SF film, UltraViolet, starring Milla Jovovich. Watching it, I couldn’t help but feel like I’d seen this somewhere before.
You know what? The same man wrote and directed both films.
It’s 2004, and the billionaire head of the Weyland Corporation (Lance Henriksen) is paying top dollar to gather a team of archaeologists, scientists, drillers and explorers from across the globe. Once aboard his ship in the Antarctic ice pack, Weyland explains his mysterious purpose – to be the first to reach a heat source that suddenly appeared deep under the ice. Satellite photos indicate the bloom is some sort of underground pyramid. Archaeologist Sebastian (Raoul Bova) believes the pyramid may be a missing link between three ancient cultures, while climber and Antarctic expert Lex (Sanaa Lathan) is only concerned with the lack of prep time the team is being given before they face the perils of an Antarctic expedition.
When the group arrives at the deserted whaling town atop the ice above the pyramid, they find that someone has already drilled a perfect tunnel down into the pyramid chamber. They start to explore, but it’s only a matter of hours before they realise the pyramid is preparing for the resumption of an age-old hunt – and before they know it, they’re being used as breeding stock for acid-blooded creatures, which the pyramid’s ancient hunting gods have returned to Earth to do battle with…
Check it out.
Me, I’m ambivalent. I mean, it looks sort of cool… and yet a little too ugly, if you know what I mean. The Aliens APC was ugly, but cool. This… I think it’s that front end. It’s hard to see, of course, but – for my taste, I think the front end needs a little more covering. I don’t like those exposed wheels; it looks like someone took the nose of an F1 racer and bolted it on. Just doesn’t look quite right. Heck, those levered plates on the back could almost be a mutated rear airfoil from an F1, too.
UPDATE: The back end doesn’t help either. You’d think the Batmobile, being a street vehicle, ought to move fast and handle well. Not with those four huge tyres, it won’t. And come now, does the studio think it needs to establish its hip retro cred by tacking the jet exhaust on in a nod to the TV series? It looked appropriate on the Michael Keaton “Stingray/Salt Flats Racer” Batmobile, but it just looks extraneous on this brick.
Actually, you know where this design ought to be seen? In a movie based on Neal Stephenson‘s Snow Crash. Seriously – you folks who’ve read the novel, isn’t this damned close to how Stephenson described the Deliverator’s car, massive tyres and all?