Movie Review > Pacific Rim


Note: This review contains spoilers.

I’m a fan of director Guillermo del Toro. I didn’t really follow his movies attentively until after I saw Hellboy, which was my first exposure to the character and launched several years of intense Hellboy obsession. But before Hellboy, I’d seen two other del Toro films in the theater – Mimic and Blade IIMimic was a surprisingly entertaining horror film about giant bug-men and earned a lasting place in my memory for a scene in which a pair of annoying kids are ruthlessly butchered by the monsters. Blade II was just a fun horror/superhero film with an interesting design aesthetic.

After Hellboy, I went back and watched del Toro’s smaller, more critically acclaimed films, Cronos and The Devil’s Backbone (side note – I hadn’t seen that cool Mignola cover for the Devil’s Backbone Blu-ray. Neat). Both are atmospheric, creepy films, though the latter film is the first one in which del Toro reveals some of his political and historical interests, which would play an even larger role in his masterpiece, Pan’s Labyrinth. Continue reading “Movie Review > Pacific Rim”

It Came From the Attic > JAWS: The Revenge by Hank Searls


Despite being old enough to own my own house, I still have a ton of junk in my parents’ attic. I’m slowly moving all of that stuff to my own home. Occasionally I come across something fun, weird or amusing from my past. “It Came From the Attic” is a series of posts about these odds and ends.

I am a huge JAWS fan. Once, I was a superfan of all things JAWS, including the original novel, all the movies and even the novelizations of the movies, all of which I read. Nowadays I’m mostly just a fan of the first movie, but JAWS: The Revenge holds a special place in my heart, for a few reasons:

  • It was the first and only JAWS film I saw in a theater;
  • I saw it with my dad;
  • I saw it during a big family reunion in Florida;
  • and the only JAWS Nintendo game was based on this movie.

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Off-Topic > Comics > Godzilla, Rulers of Earth #1


Godzilla, Rulers of Earth #1

Writer: Chris Mowry
Artist: Matt Frank

Word on the street is Godzilla: Rulers of Earth may already be in trouble, as the sales for the first issue weren’t up to snuff. That’s a shame, because this represents perhaps the best combination of creators on the ongoing Godzilla title yet. Continue reading “Off-Topic > Comics > Godzilla, Rulers of Earth #1”