SHOGUN WORLD! Hell, yes! This week, Westworld finally takes us into Shogun World, and we learn that it's...basically almost exactly like Westworld—same stories, different tropes. "Akane No Mai" also finds both Dolores and Maeve exercising control over fellow hosts in increasingly questionable ways. Oh yeah, and there's an awesome use of Wu-Tang Clan. [**SPOILERS AHOY!**]Read More
One of the things Westworld fans are looking forward to the most is the introduction of an all-new park in Season Two. We caught a glimpse of it—samurai hosts battling, an "SW" logo—in the Season One finale, and have been speculating about it ever since. Now, creators and showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are ready to reveal a little more about the new park: Shogun World.Read More
Let's cancel the apocalypse again!Read More
The official synopsis for Pacific Rim Uprising has been released. Prepare for an "all-out assault on humanity."Read More
Today saw the release of some concept art revealing three brand new Jaegers from Pacific Rim: Uprising, and if I'm being completely honest, they look like something right out of your childhood. Seriously, though!Read More
Interview: Guillermo del Toro on the Future of Pacific Rim 2, His Dream to Make a Noir, and Why He Flipped the Gender Script for Crimson Peak
In which I am a nervous goober, and he is a delight.
One of the most resonant things Guillermo del Toro said during his interview with The Mary Sue is "these decisions have a weight." He was speaking specifically about the decision to give Tom Hiddleston the only significant moment of nudity in Crimson Peak, but also generally about making art that ignores conventional gender roles.Read More
I was expecting Pirate Booty.
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter isn't what I expected it to be (just based off the name and a few promotional images, I thought I was settling in for a swashbuckling steampunk adventure story), and that's great.Read More
The Mary Sue Interview: Rinko Kikuchi Talks Pacific Rim 2, Star Wars, and Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Whether she's slaying as Mako Mori in Pacific Rim or breaking hearts in the new drama Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (look for our review tomorrow!), Rinko Kikuchi is someone you want to see more of--and if her Star Wars dreams come true, that just might be the case.Read More
The dismal state of this summer’s blockbusters is multidimensional: not only did big-budget films generally perform poorly, but they also were conceptually and emotionally hollow. The Lone Ranger didn’t seem to understand why Johnny Depp in redface could possibly be a bad thing, and the failure of the Smith-Smith-fronted After Earth to draw in crowds boggled the minds of film studios everywhere. When the promising prospect of Elysium turned out to be a moralistic bull in a china shop, the summer sci-fi set seemed doomed.
Is there anything to salvage from this black hole of summer cinema? I think there is: Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which stands out from the crowd of half-baked action/sci-fi juggernauts for one reason: it knows what it is. It knows that it's a visually-amazing action flick-- but what's even more interesting is that it knows how to subvert pieces of the genre other films blindly pay homage to. In particular, Pacific Rim has a way of smashing gender-based action movie tropes like they're Kaiju skulls.Read More
Guillermo del Toro Geeks Out Over Gundam In Japan, and Everyone Geeks Out Over Guillermo del Toro [VIDEO]
Pacific Rim wouldn't exist without the nerdy enthusiasm of director Guillermo del Toro, and now that the movie has finally opened in Japan, we can watch footage of del Toro visiting the birthplace of the Kaiju and Gundam that inspired the film. This clip of del Toro, and the two Mako Mori's of the film, Rinko Kikuchi, and Ashida Mana, walking around Odiaba, Japan is adorable, from the ice cream del Toro buys for the three of them, to the television host who has a fanboy moment over del Toro, to the director's reaction when he encounters a giant Gundam in real life. Giant robots abound, and dreams come true for all.Read More
And All Was Right With the World
"I was very careful how I built the movie. One of the other things I decided was that I wanted a female lead (Babel’s Rinko Kikuchi) who has the equal force as the male leads. She’s not going to be a sex kitten, she’s not going to come out in cutoff shorts and a tank top, and it’s going to be a real earnestly drawn character...One of the decisions we made as we went along in the process of the movie was, let’s not have a love story. Let’s have a story about two people." Director Guillermo del Toro on how Pacific Rim deviates from typical summer blockbusters, and how Mako Mori, played by Rinko Kikuchi, will be a formidable, complex character. Pacific Rim continues to be compared to blockbusters like Transformers, but, if the focus on characters in the most recent commercials wasn't evidence enough, Guillermo del Toro has set the record strait in his interview with The Star. Pacific Rim is not a movie set to exploit its female lead or compromise her character any more than it will its male lead, and del Toro stresses that he made decisions at every turn to make sure his Kaiju versus Mecha movie didn't become just another summer movie. It's looking more and more like Pacific Rim will focus on adventure and interesting characters, without falling into the glorification of violence and two-dimensional characters that movies like Transformers lead us to expect in our giant-robot-filled summer films. Finally we can watch giant monsters fight Mecha and watch an interesting story unfold!Read More
Almost Totally Excellent
Watch Guillermo del Toro talk about how he grounded and humanized his kaiju v.s. mecha movie, and learn more about the characters played by Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Charlie Hunnam in this new featurette for Pacific Rim. After all, if anyone can give heart to two of the most over-the-top types of sci-fi films, it's Guillermo del Toro. In case you thought you were just imagining things, that is in fact GLaDOS at about 1:20. (via Collider)Read More