I am more than ready for Pacific Rim to hit the theaters! Finally the US gets its own Giant Mecha vs. Monsters kind of movie!
I have been waiting for Pacific Rim for quite a while, and finally It Is Gojira Season! We get to don our Giant Mecha suits and battle the monsters head on, at least in the virtual universe of the big screen. I fully expect to be completely entertained by this one, and will probably come home only to spend the rest of the day being fully immersed in more Giant Mecha excitement.
This is going to be a Canadian remake of the UK series, with Niall Matter (he played Zane on Eureka) channeling Connor and Sara Canning (she was Jenna on The Vampire Diaries) doing the Abby type persona. Right now they have signed up channels to show it in Canada and England, and I am personally hoping someone in the US agrees to air it. Amanda Tapping, Martin Wood and Andy Mikita (Stargate SG1 veterans all) are all signed up to direct various episodes, and Andrew-Lee Potts (the original Connor) will be showing up as a guest star. Thanks to the Hollywood Reporter for the heads up on this one.
If you have Turner Classic Movies in your cable or satellite lineup, they are running a Dino-marathon tomorrow starting at 8PM eastern (as always, check your local listings). They kick it off with the original 1956 Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, which pretty much began the whole monsters smashing Tokyo genre. They follow that with 1957’s Rodan, where a giant pterodactyl smashed up Tokyo, and then for something a bit different 1964’s Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, where Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and Ghidorah smash up each other and a lot of Tokyo. They round that out with 1970’s Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero in which aliens try to use Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra to take over the Earth, during which process Tokyo gets smashed up. Next they present two films in which Tokyo suffers no damage: Dinosaurus! (cavemen vs. dinosaurs in modern times) and the Valley of Gwangi (cowboys vs. dinosaurs).
I love Halloween, and all the monsters and ghoulies it brings out. But my favorite aspect of that are the heroes (of either gender) who slay the monsters for us, starting when I was a kid with Riki Tiki Tavi. I was thinking about putting together a best of list, but I didn’t have to, because once more the folks at io9 beat me to it. Ash and Buffy, Dresden and Ripply; what an excellent collection of my favorite people (and near people).