A Busy Week

On Sunday I figured I’d be well stuck into the first story from my vampire collection but the week is turning out to be a busy one. I had a flake out on Monday (I think i had a little heat stroke) and last night I was at the cinema with a buddy watching Godzilla. Today I got home to find that my new iMac had been delivered so I’ve spent the night setting this up and getting my files transferred over. Tomorrow I’m off out to dinner with a couple of friends so there will be no work done then either. So it’s down to Friday to make some progress and get some red penning done on the first story because come Saturday I’ll be down Owen’s to make sure that we are both on the right track with Project Apollo. If we are then I’ll be streaming into the next chapter of that.

We do have a bank holiday weekend here in the UK so I’ve got Monday to spend working on writing as well so I’m sorely tempted to focus on a vampire story then. I have nothing else planned so I can’t see why not. I do have to sit down and brainstorm this series out a little before I get too stuck into any further work. I have a lot of ideas bouncing around and a lot of notes scattered through various note books as well. I need to sit down and collect all of those and see what they all come up with and see if I do still know where I am going with these stories. Okay, to be honest i know roughly where I want to go but I need to decide just when I get there. At the moment I have about five completed stories but I want at least ten for the first collection, and I have to lock down what I want the overall arc of that first collection to be. So I think a brainstorming session might be a good idea.

Movie Monday: Pacific Rim

It’s been a while so I thought I’d write a Movie Monday post! Now how do I do one of these again…….lol

This Movie Monday post is all about Pacific Rim. The new movie by Guillermo del Toro where giant aliens on the scale of Godzilla are coming out of a portal at the bottom of the pacific and tearing cities apart. To solve this problem humanity came up with giant robots that are controlled by two pilots through neural pathways (I’ll admit I need to watch a couple of the details to be clear on them) this means the pilots are totally in sync with each other and feel the pain when the mechs are damaged by the Kaijus which come from the pacific. The film focuses on the attempt to shut this portal for good.

Now to me this sounded like Heaven! It has giant monster battling with giant mechs, not robots as I called them earlier (I can make excuses for wrong description 😛 ). What more could a geek like me want? A decent storyline for one and Pacific Rim has it. It’s not overly complicated which is good. The characters feel well developed and their back stories are dealt with well. Charlie Hunnam is very likeable as the lead but has great support from the deep Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, who looks like he had a lot of fun with this role and I especially liked Rinko Kikuchi who looked to have a lot of strength on screen. Burn Gorman and Charlie Day both deserve a mention as scientists who have differing opinions on the Kaiju.

The effects were great. All these battles were obviously CGI but not once did I think this was CGI because it was done that well. I would have preferred more of the action to have been in the daylight but that’s a minor quibble.

One thing I would like to mention is that this did not feel like a del Toro movie. I don’t mean that in a bad way but with del Toro you know what you as going to get and this surprised me because he’s taken a chance and pushed himself to do something that maybe is not in his safe zone. It has the depth that we expect and the right amount of humour with seriousness. The action scenes were just the right amount. Quite often I’m left feeling a little short changed with movies that have these sorts of CGI but Pacific Rim gave just the right amount of action.

All in all its a movie I really enjoyed and I will be buying the DVD when it comes out. If I’m honest I could quite easily go and watch it again at the cinema 🙂

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I would just like to make a quick mention about the 3D in this movie. I’m generally not a huge fan of 3D because it rarely compliments the movie. The best example of good 3D that I have experienced was the movie Dredd and this is probably the best use of 3D I’ve seen in a movie since then.