The original Pacific Rim is a giddy and eye-popping popcorn movie. While director Guillermo del Toro‘s lavish Kaiju movie was noticeably divisive online, it was embraced worldwide and became a modest box-office hit. The Legendary Pictures production earned enough cash in China to produce sequel, Pacific Rim Uprising, which didn’t live up to the charm and personality of the first movie.

Recently, we asked screenwriter and Carnival Row creator Travis Beacham what he initially had in mind for the franchise following the 2012 movie, since the sequel went in a very different direction than what was initially planned. A part of Beacham’s hope was to go to another world, and more specifically, to the other side of the rift where all the ‘lil blue creatures are cooking up Kaijus.

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pacific rim theme park ride

Pacific Rim may have first begun as Guillermo del Toro’s cinematic love letter to mecha anime, but it seems destined to be turned into some kind of franchise by Legendary. While the feature film sequel Pacific Rim Uprising didn’t succeed in this cause, perhaps the franchise’s future is in theme parks.

Pacific Rim theme park ride is being developed as the star attraction at the upcoming Trans Studio Cibubur theme park near Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta. Touted as the “next generation dark ride experience,” Pacific Rim: Shatterdome Strike will pit Jaegers against Kaiju in a ride designed and built by Legacy Entertainmen and Lay-Carnagey Entertainment.

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Cheers Opening with Pennywise

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how Pixar’s animation has evolved significantly since the original Toy Story in 1995. Plus, find out how much creepier the beloved 90s sitcom Cheers gets when Pennywise the Dancing Clown slides into the opening credits, and take a look at a size comparison between some of cinema’s most famous robots. Read More »

netflix anime

Things are bad out there, and sometimes it feels like the actual apocalypse could be knocking on our doorstep at any second. So it’s good then that a Pacific Rim anime is coming to Netflix to cancel it.

The streaming giant has announced the development of five new Netflix anime titles, led by Pacific Rim and Altered Carbon, both anime adaptations of live-action properties. However, it’s coming full circle for Pacific Rim, the anime-inspired Guillermo del Toro property which is returning to the medium from which it drew inspiration.

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Pacific Rim Uprising VFX

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a look at the impressive visual effects work that went into creating the giant monsters and robots of Pacific Rim Uprising. Plus, take a look back at Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 25 years after the imported series debuted in the United States, and watch a short film by Pixar behind the scenes documentary filmmaker Erica Milsom. Read More »

Tomb Raider and Pacific Rim Uprising Honest Trailer

The folks at Honest Trailers have no problem singling out movies and making fun of them mercilessly. However, in the case of two releases from the spring of 2018, neither of them is apparently worth enough of their time to get their own Honest Trailer.

That’s right. Both Pacific Rim Uprising and Tomb Raider are so down the middle of the line that they’re being put into a single Honest Trailer double feature. They both just to happen to be movies that exist because Warner Bros. Pictures need to do something with the video game intellectual property they inherited, and Pacific Rim Uprising just so happened to rake in box office bucks in China. Read More »

Pennywise Robot

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, director Steven S. DeKnight breaks down part of an action sequence from Pacific Rim Uprising. Plus, go behind the scenes of Broadway’s “secret laboratory” where all the latest musicals like Frozen are rehearsing for the stage, and check out a massive Pennywise the Dancing Clown robot that will haunt your dreams. Read More »

Pacific Rim Anime Recommendations

From the beginning, Pacific Rim has been a franchise built on the hopes and dreams of Japanese Animation and pop culture fanatics. Filled with tributes and references to anime, director Guillermo del Toro took his passion for Gundam and Kaiju films and smashed it all together into an explosion of ridiculous antics, one-liner friendly characters, and tons of pure popcorn fun. And with the new installment in the series, Steven S. DeKnight’s Pacific Rim Uprisingthe love for celebrating the legacy of Otaku friendly titles hasn’t stopped in the slightest.

It’s time for a quick crash course on some anime you should check out after seeing the new movie. If you dug what you saw on the big screen, these will not disappoint.

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Pacific Rim Uprising Charlie Day

It’s fair to say that Charlie Day has carved out a niche for himself as an actor. He tends to play the same kinds of characters over and over again: goofy, nervous, guys who aren’t always super confident about the decisions they’re making. In 2013’s Pacific Rim, he switched things up a little by playing Newton Geiszler, a fast-talking scientist with an academic appreciation of the monstrous kaiju emerging from another dimension.

Day is back to reprise that role in Pacific Rim Uprising, and at the movie’s press junket, I spoke with writer/director Steven S. DeKnight about working with Day and the evolution of Geiszler’s character in the sequel. Read More »

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Pacific Rim Uprising Spoiler Review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Steven S. DeKnight’s Pacific Rim Uprising.)

When it was announced that Guillermo del Toro wouldn’t be coming back for a sequel to his 2013 sci-fi action adventure Pacific Rim, fans of the original movie were understandably worried. Sure, the idea of giant monsters called kaiju battling against giant pilot-controlled robots sounds like it sells itself, but del Toro brought his signature style and passion for monsters and epic fantastical imagery to bring it to life in spectacular fashion.

Pacific Rim Uprising is certainly not a Guillermo del Toro movie, but it benefits from taking place in a world he created that’s rich with mythology. Thankfully, Steven S. DeKnight, along with co-writers Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder and T.S. Nowlin, jumps into this sandbox with an engaging expansion of that mythology, advancements of the wild sci-fi concepts introduced in the first movie, some scrappy new characters, and tremendous action sequences that surpass the thrills and excitement of the first film’s monstrous battles. Read More »