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As the new year begins, it’s nice to have films to look forward to. Which is why we write lists of our own, personal, most anticipated films. Even more so than a top 10 list, anticipated lists showcase a writer’s personality. In an ideal world, these 10 movies would be 10 of our favorites when the year is over. More often than not though, the films we’re excited about are not the best we see. Most of the time, there are some really bad calls. Occasionally there are some really good calls. Which is why I like to own up to my list from the previous year and critique myself.

How right, or wrong, was I about my most anticipated films of 2013? Find out below. Read More »

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Max Martini and Robert Kazinsky in Pacific Rim

If Herc and Chuck were your favorite Jaeger pilot duo, Pacific Rim star Max Martini might have some good news for you. Also after the jump:

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The Top 5 Action Scenes of 2013

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All things considered, 2013 was a pretty great year for cinema. But it was a particularly good year for action film fans. With a few exceptions, most action that I saw in movies was pretty competently shot and edited. I was dazzled by the martial arts of Man of Tai Chi, gripped by the boat raiding of Captain Phillips, and temporarily entertained by the barrel-riding of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. But even beyond those moments, there were a few action scenes that really stuck out to me. I think of them as the scenes that gave me a “holy shit!” moment, prompting me to exclaim (internally or verbally) disbelief at what I’d just witnessed.

After the jump, you’ll find my personal top 5 Action Scenes of 2013. You will disagree with them! I know the other guys at /Film already have. Thus, I heartily encourage you to share your own choices in the comments, and celebrate the year of action films with me.

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On the list of recent properties you never thought you’d see recreated in Lego, Pacific Rim has to be on the list. Sure it has its devoted followers but the whole essence of the movie is scale and age. The kaiju are organic, dark and reptilian while the jaegers are beat up, rounded-off and well-articulated. None of those are characteristics Lego produces well. But, one talented fan has recreated a Kaiju attack in Lego and, as you can see above, it’s awesome. See more images below. Read More »

Rinko Kikuchi and Guillermo del Toro on the Pacific Rim set

Saving the world from a terrifying race of giant sea monsters is serious business. Making a movie about saving the world from a terrifying race of giant sea monsters appears to be a whole other matter.

Although the characters of Pacific Rim weren’t much given to smiling, giggling, or goofing off — they seemed pretty preoccupied with the whole “cancelling the apocalypse” thing — the cast and crew apparently found plenty of opportunities to laugh on set. Check out an adorable gag reel after the jump.

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Much as we like to bemoan the dearth of original ideas in Hollywood, it’s clear why the studios prefer to bet big on existing properties. The 2013 box office has been dominated so far by sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots, and adaptations — as was the 2012 box office, the 2011 box office, and so on.

Still, a handful of truly new films manage to break through each year, and this year none has broken through harder than Pacific Rim. While the Guillermo del Toro-directed sci-fi failed to make much of an impression domestically, its worldwide tally is the highest of any live-action movie released in 2013 based on an original idea. Hit the jump to read more about its box office ascendancy.

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Even people who didn’t adore Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim as a whole still tended to love the film’s prologue. That two-minute sequence set up a world unlike any other. A futuristic world where giant monsters have begun to invade Earth and humans develop huge robots called Jaegers to battle them. A real life company called Mirada, co-founded by del Toro along with his Pac Rim DP Guillermo Navarro, and Mathew Cullen and Javier Jimenez, conceived and created the sequence, comprised over over 80 special effects shots.

They’ve now released a video called “Before and Afters” which shows how the entire sequence came together. It’s pretty excellent. Read More »

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Pre-orders have opened up for Sideshow Collectible‘s collectible statue based on the popular Pacific Rim’s kaiju Slattern.

From the depths of the Pacific Ocean, the world’s most ominous threat rises. The first and only known Category 5 Kaiju, codenamed Slattern, will challenge mankind’s Jaeger defenses for the fate of humanity. With his deadly barbed tail and fearsome claws, the gargantuan monster is coiled and ready to attack. Developed in partnership with the award-winning filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro, Sideshow Collectibles Pacific Rim statues bring this epic battle between monster and machine from the big screen to your collection.

The statue stands 23 inches, and is situated on a base which is about a square foot in size. Expected to ship in May 2014, you can pre-order now for $469.99 or a monthly payment plan of as little as $70.50/month. See more photos of this beautiful statue after the jump.

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