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Episode 213

Pacific Rim

Published on: 22nd June, 2023

Guillermo del Toro loves Japanese cinema, no more so than his passion for kaiju films, and it's this joy that fuels a loving homage to kaiju cinema like Pacific Rim, and it's this movie that concludes Kaijune for this very reason.

A director known for his cinematic monsters, and his metaphors for man being the monster, was surely ripe for a kaiju movie. Pacific Rim is often misjudged and misunderstood as just a smashy smashy monster robot B-movie, but it's a beautifully made B-movie, a heartfelt attempt at making something wholly unique, with del Toro’s trademark world building.

It only happened, though, because del Toro's passion project fell through. Pacific Rim would be his consolation prize, but it would also become the most fun he'd ever have on any of his sets.

My appearance on Unequal Sequel, talking about my best, worst and dream sequel, can be found here. No guesses for the worst sequel. Surprise for my dream sequel, as it's very much linked...

I would love to hear your thoughts on Pacific Rim !

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The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.
Are you interested in how movies are made? Do you wonder how a film went from conception to completion? If so, Verbal Diorama, hosted by Em, is the podcast for you!

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Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

Episodes are audibly book ended by Jess. She sadly passed away in March 2022, aged almost 18. She featured in many episodes of the podcast, and that's why you can hear her at the end of every episode. The role of official feline producer is now held by the comparatively quieter Evie.

I love podcasts, and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.