A goodly length in times past, I was born between salt and smoke during a stormy night.
I'm the ham that was promised. The hero of bananas.
Hailing from Mexico, I present myself to thee.
The name's Valdred, and I think I lost my mind after betting it during a poker game with a pizza-eating squirrel.
I lost the game, of course.
23 years have passed since I first appeared in this chaotic world, full of rainbows and corgis. Mine platform of choice is a Xbox 360, and a Pikachu Nintendo 3DS is hidden in my underpants.
Fear me and despair, ye mortals.
I'll admit it. I'm a big Guillermo del Toro's fanboy.
Remember Mimic? The scene in the subway, when the two kids find a half-eaten dog and end up being cockroach food scarred my ten year old mind, hahaha. I ran away from the TV screen and didn't finish to see it.
The first Del Toro movie I saw (complete) was Hellboy, and boy...I was instantly enamored of that movie. Sure, some things changed in the transition from comic to screen, but the spirit was there. Mignola's creation really came to life.
After Hellboy, I went to a video store to look for Guillermo's filmography. Cronos was pretty awesome (Federico Luppi delivers a great performance, and Ron Perlman is funny as hell), I also enjoyed Blade II, even if he only made that one to convince the studio of making Hellboy. The Devil's Backbone...I didn't like that one very much. It was kind of boring, and I never understood why the ghost couldn't just pass through the door instead of trying to force his way through. Maybe it deserves another chance.
And I returned to Mimic, oh yeah. I hate cockroaches with a passion. And to add insult to injury, it seems like I have the power of attracting them. Like, seriously.
Everytime that I'm alone in the house, the damn things choose to appear. "O hai, friend-o, we're your roachy friends and we are here for you".
Anyway, I thought Mimic was pretty decent, though the fact that the studio interfered with Guillermo's vision and kicked him out makes me sad. The recent director's cut is way better than the theatrical version, but we'll never see the original vision he had for this movie.
Pan's Labyrinth...it's a masterpiece. I could spend hours talking about it, and why it's so fascinating, but also terrifying...because there are real monsters, like the film's cruel captain Vidal. They existed and still do. And always will. But there's also people with pure hearts and big imaginations. It may be a tiny light in a sea of darkness, but it's a really valuable treasure.
Hellboy II...It generated mixed reactions everywhere, I know (oh, hi, infamous Tecate beer scene), but I really love it. It has a special place in my heart. I'd say it's worth seeing just for the Troll Market scene (and the scene before it, with the canary. Makes me laugh every time). It's full of heart and creativity, and some wacky designs.
Then came the fantastic announcement of GdT being selected to direct The Hobbit. It was like a dream team, with him and Peter Jackson working on one of my favorite stories ever. But then, as we all know, the project fell and Guillermo dropped out, after spending years on it. I liked Peter Jackson's version, but I can't help but to wonder how del Toro's version could have been.
Then, from the ashes of The Hobbit (GdT's version anyway), Pacific Rim was born.
I can't express with words how excited I am about this. I love giant monsters, like Godzilla and Gamera, and many others.
Even if the concept is a bit 'childish' (giant robots beating the crap out of giant kaiju), aren't summer movies childish anyway? I mean, people love watching men in funny costumes saving the world, alien invasions, freaking sparkly vampires, talking teddy bears and Michael Bay movies. Seriously. Transformers 3 made more than a billion dollars, and if this movie flops...well, that'll just prove that there's no justice in this world.
I'm in love with the designs, of the Jaeger and the Kaiju. Reminds me of japanese monster movies, with men inside rubber suits. And I'm betting they were designed with that in mind. I'm not expecting terrific dialogue, in fact...I'm sure there'll be a bit of technobabble and silly stuff, but that's part of the charm.
I just want to see kaijus wreaking havok in big cities, without the silliness that followed poor Man of Steel ("b-but the people inside the buildings!!"), and gigantic robots putting them in their place.
One of the kaiju, Leatherback, reminds me of the Elemental of Hellboy II. Every monster is very del Toroish. You can tell he and his team had a lot of fun creating them and then releasing them to do their thing.
There's always talk and complaints about how Hollywood never takes risks and how they're creativally bankrupt. No new ideas, no original products, only sequels, remakes, reboots, or adaptations of a famous book or comic. Well, here's something new.
I'm kinda worried about Pacific Rim's performance in the box office. Everyone thinks that it will flop big time, that it'll be dead on arrival. And that would be a crying shame.
I personally want to think that it'll succeed. It is what every summer blockbuster movie should be: it's crafted with love and passion, and looks like an absolute fun time at the cinema. I haven't been this excited for a movie in years. If you are not looking forward to it it's probably because you've killed your inner child </3
Here's to hoping that Pacific Rim will go big and not extinct!
I must add...probably the videogame won't be good, but I'm still looking forward to it. And also...it's worthy of mention: the soundtrack is sweet. Ramin Djawadi really shines. If you've enjoyed his work on Iron Man or Game of Thrones, please check his new work. You won't regret it, I'm sure.
It has been a long while since I saw a dinosaur in a videogame.
Many years ago (man, that makes it sound like if I was an old man), when I got a PlayStation for Christmas, the very first game I wanted was The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
Granted, it wasn't a good game, but I have fond memories of it. Controlling a Velociraptor or a freaking T.Rex and nomming everything wasn't something that every game could offer. The same can't be said of the titles of this generation.
Every game can offer you weapons, enemy soldiers and places to hide behind. Or the same "over-the-shoulder" Gears of War-esque model.
But how many games give you the chance to terrorize people as a dinosaur?
I know. There are some indie games here and there, but they're mostly FPS, and not very well rated.
Apart from not being able to control a dinosaur, these fascinating extinct creatures have disappeared from action/survival games as well.
I loved Dino Crisis, and I enjoyed its sequel even more. Dino Crisis 2 is still one of my favorite games ever. Extra Crisis was the most awesome thing ever created, man (and to think it was an unlockable after finishing the game. If Dino Crisis 2 ever gets a remake, I'm sure Extra Crisis will become a DLC).
But the Dino-mania wouldn't last, sadly.
After the horrid Dino Crisis 3, Capcom buried the franchise, for reasons I don't yet understand. All right, it wasn't a best-seller, but it wasn't the fault of the game per se.
People wanted to continue the adventures of Regina, not to change everything for dudes in space fighting alien dinosaurs. The camera didn't help either.
So, after Dino Crisis 3 tanked, they just pretended the franchise never existed and smothered it.
The complete abscense of Regina in recent "Capcom vs. X licence" games makes me think that they really don't care about the character and the franchise anymore. Of course, Mega Man or Onimusha fans could say the same, but I don't want to derail this and turn it into another Capcom hate post.
It's like dinosaurs went extinct a second time. Since Jurassic Park III I don't remember if there has been another big movie with dinosaurs in it (well, there was Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong, but the star was the big gorilla).
And I really wonder why. Some people surely think they're childish. Well, of course children love dinosaurs! They were like real life Pokemon. An endless variety of colors, sizes and shapes. And more are discovered every day!
I'd sure love to battle as the Dracorex hogwartsia, or kicking ass with the Crichtonsaurus. Hell, I'm sure there's a dinosaur out there, named as Miyamoto or Reggie (can you imagine the Reggiesaurus Bodyreadasia?).
So, why developers have stopped to use dinosaurs in their big AAA-Games is something that puzzles me. Hell, I'd play an Assassin's Creed game set in prehistoric times, with Desmond's caveman ancient relative if the game lets me ride a Velociraptor and eat templars Conker's Bad Fur Day style.
I was hoping Jurassic Park IV would re-ignite the fire, but after it was postponed my hopes sank to the bottom of the ocean.