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Film Review: Pacific Rim: Uprising (USA, 2018) is a glorified B-movie that’s entertaining in all its wild stupidity

Given his penchant for dark, more gothic views on material, Guillermo del Toro‘s foray into big budget filmmaking – 2013’s Pacific Rim – always seemed a little odd.  Capable of delivering so much more than what that film ultimately was able to, del Toro may have injected some of his usual fantastic-ness into proceedings, but a procession of sequences featuring giant robots fighting mythical creatures interspersed with questionable acting resulted in a destructively silly actioner that was more trash than treasure.... Continue Reading

Interview: Pacific Rim: Uprising director Steven S. DeKnight on the trials and triumphs of navigating his debut feature

Spearheading a $150 million dollar movie sequel would be daunting for even the most experienced of directors, so you can only imagine how Steven S. DeKnight felt when he was handed Pacific Rim: Uprising following the departure of original director Guillermo del Toro.  Best known as the creator, head writer, and producer of the Spartacus series, as well duties on such fan favourite shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Daredevil, DeKnight is no stranger to the demand of the devoted audience, so how did he feel putting his own stamp on a world of Gods and monsters?  Peter Gray chatted with the director during the Australian press run for Pacific Rim: Uprising to discuss how such a large production came to be.... Continue Reading

Interview: Scott Eastwood on Pacific Rim Uprising, drifting with John Boyega, and Hollywood action sequences

In 2013 a sci-fi fantasy action film called Pacific Rim took us all by surprise, combining classic monster movie giant creatures called Kaijus fighting against Japanese anime giant robots called Jaegers. Guillermo Del Toro brought his unique style and aesthetic to the feature, so when a sequel to the film was announced fans were suitably excited for more. Helming the follow up, Pacific Rim Uprising, is director/co-writer Steven S. De Knight, and starring as the two main leads are John Boyega (Star Wars, Attack The Block) and Scott Eastwood (Fast and Furious 8, The Longest Ride). Recently the stars and the director dropped by Sydney to kick off the film’s press tour. ... Continue Reading

Eight Things We Learnt At The Pacific Rim Uprising Fan Event

Pacific Rim the 2013 Guillermo Del Toro giant robots punching giant monsters movie took the sci-fi fantasy world by storm. Blending classic monster movie mayhem with modern Japanese anime aesthetics and dialling the visual effects up to a whole new level. Five years later its sequel, Pacific Rim Uprising is about to be unleashed and it’s hoping to deliver the goods on being bigger, bolder and brasher than the first. ... Continue Reading

Photos: John Boyega & Scott Eastwood in Sydney for the Pacific Rim: Uprising Fan Event

In partnership with Supanova, earlier tonight Universal Pictures presented an exclusive fan event with global superstars John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Detroit), Scott Eastwood (Suicide Squad, The Fate of the Furious and Snowden) and Director Steven S DeKnight (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Smallville and Daredevil) .... Continue Reading

Film Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (USA, 2017) is loaded with emotional battles to win and lose

With every new Star Wars film comes the obvious comparisons to its predecessors. Yes there are epic space battles between X-Wings and Tie Fighters. Yes there are wild twirling lightsaber fights. And most importantly there is the deep, spiritual and emotional journey of our characters (some more than others). These have always and will always be the staple of Star Wars films. Where director Rian Johnson succeeds is in trying to balance the good versus evil and the light versus the dark and for a film in the middle of a trilogy that can be tricky. And oddly enough it’s the middle of this movie that seems to be unsettled whilst its beginning and ends seem to stick the landing. ... Continue Reading

Pacific Rim: Uprising reveals its first action-packed trailer

The Pacific Rim franchise is back with Pacific Rim: Uprising, which has recently released its first official trailer. For those of you that don’t know, Pacific Rim takes place in a world where alien giants have risen from the oceans, and our only defence against them are huge robots powered by human pilots. It was also filmed here in Australia!... Continue Reading

Aussie actor Ben O’Toole among new cast members for Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riots film

It’s an international affair as English actor Will Poulter (The Revenant, The Maze Runner), Aussie actor Ben O’Toole (The Water Diviner), and Irish actor Jack Reynor (Sing Street) have been announced to join John Boyega (The Force Awakens) in Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming film regarding the 1967 Detroit Riots. The news was first reported earlier this week, exclusively by Variety.... Continue Reading