Movie Review – Pacific Rim

pacific-rim-posterThis is one of those movies that I saw the trailer and made squeaky noises normally reserved for stuff involving hobbits. For someone who was never a huge Godzilla fan, I still have a soft spot in my heart for giant monster movies, as well as giant mecha anime. (That may be a holdover from loving Power Rangers as a kid.)

Pacific Rim is a movie that’s like a love letter to both of those genres. In fact, the dedication at the end is to Ishiro Honda, the original director of the Godzilla films, and Ray Harryhausen, stop-motion animation monster master. I walked in not expecting anything more than giant mechas fighting giant aliens from under the sea, and this movie ended up hitting so many happy nerd buttons for me I don’t even know where to start.

In Pacific Rim aliens called “Kaiju” have started emerging from an interdimensional rift deep within the Pacific Ocean. The Kaiju are massive, destructive, and hard as hell to kill. When it becomes clear the invasion isn’t going to stop, the world governments come together to fund the Jaeger Program, which gives humanity an army in the form of gigantic robots controlled by two human pilots.

After more than a decade of war, though, the Jaegers are deemed too expensive and the program is scuttled. With only four Jaegers and a handful of pilots left, the remaining members of the program prepare a desperate final charge that will either save our planet or doom it.

(minor spoilers follow)

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July #Writemotivation – Final Update

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.


Okay, it’s a day late, but since July ends tomorrow, I figure it’s not that big of a deal.

This was a great weekend, even if I didn’t get as much written as I’d hoped.

1) Write-in! Write-in weekends are always fun, and it was good to see some of the NaNo group, even if it was smaller than usual.
2) Pacific Rim! Giant mecha vs. giant aliens. It was everything I had hoped it would be and more. (A more coherent review is forthcoming.)
3) I actually figured out what’s going to happen between where I am and the end of the story. Like, ALL OF IT. Words cannot express how excited I am. Even though I’m probably not going to hit 30k, I know where I’m going, and that means I might actually be able to finish the draft before the end of August. YAY!

To the goal updates!

Mmm, s'mores and writing.

Mmm, s’mores and writing.

1) Camp NaNo! Write 30,000 words on the urban fantasy.
Word count goal for July 22: 29,032/30,000

My official word count: 23,305/30,000

Your unedited excerpt:

I filled up my truck and tried to avoid looking at anybody as I did so; I was pretty sure the look on my face would scare off children and the elderly at the very least. Then I joined the ranks of cars heading back to the front of the parking lot, where I could pick up Mick and Devan.

What was Lisa going to do next? I drummed my fingers on the steering wheel, trying to put myself in her shoes. Would she lay low during the day and make another stab at getting her reagents tonight? Or had she already gotten everything she’d need?

Or would she be walking out the front door of the grocery store, pushing a shopping cart full of bags of celery?

It took a full five seconds before the sight my eyes were sending to my brain actually registered properly.

I was not hallucinating. There was Lisa. Outside the grocery store. Shopping cart full of celery.

2) Complete upcoming posts for RRFS blog.
Both are done! One is already up, and the other is ready to go into the queue.

3) Read at least 2 books.
Actually finished a third this week: Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett.

4) Post to the BNC blog at least twice a week.
I think I got this every week except for last week, so mostly yay go me?

Trailer Park – Giant Mechs and Superman

First off, a couple of links if you’re interested in donating to help those affected by the tornadoes this past week:

Rebekah has a pretty comprehensive post with links, places to donate, and donation information, particularly if you live in Oklahoma.

And Becca is doing a query/first page workshop to benefit those hit by the storm. Basically, all you have to do is donate and then forward your receipt to her, and you get to have either your query or your first 250 words critiqued. Excellent, yes?

ON TO THE MOVIE TRAILERS.

So within the past week, we’ve had a couple of awesome new trailers hit for a couple of the movies coming out this summer: Pacific Rim last Thursday, and the newest trailer for Man of Steel yesterday.

I am stoked, you guys. STOKED.

Check them out below!

Pacific Rim

Man of Steel

The next two months are gonna be great.

What summer movies are you looking forward to?

A Contest, a Niece, and a Giant Mech

Why yes, I’ve seen The Hobbit. Why yes, you’re going to get a review. Why yes, it will be as soon as work stops looking like this.

But until then, some other news, shall we?

My friend and NaNo ML partner-in-crime, Rebekah, has entered the NaNo Virtuosos contest put on by Curiosity Quills with the novel she wrote for NaNo this year, Catalyst. (I begged her to use that title. I’m not ashamed to admit it.)

So go to the site, read her first three pages (featuring a character for whom “creepy” is too mild an adjective), and then vote!

Also, in honor of her 300th blog post, Rebekah is giving away some pretty cool prizes. Drop by her blog to enter for a chance to win some pretty delicious homemade goods or a feature on her blog!

You may remember helping me pick out books to give to my niece. Well, on December 10 at precisely 3 p.m., said niece decided to grace us with her presence.

Everybody, meet Lillian.

I might possibly have been singing Oogie Boogie's Song to her. Just maybe.

I might possibly have been singing Oogie Boogie’s Song to her. Just maybe.

She is about 20 different kinds of adorable. Also, I am going to spoil the everloving hell out of her.

And finally, we got a chance to see the trailer for Pacific Rim in front of The Hobbit. To say it looked “good” is an understatement. I’m REALLY looking forward to seeing how Guillermo del Toro handles a movie that is basically giant robots vs. giant monsters.

Again. Giant robots. Giant monsters. Fantastic.