“Dust”. Ecological quest in a post-apocalyptic world.

About this movie I don’t know anything but what I saw in this trailer. And that it is was crowdfunded via Kickstarter.
Seems poetical and promising ! I’m wishing for a Mushishi type of film, where obstacles are overcome by courage and understanding rather than the use of brute force. The later part of the trailer does not show that direction, but I cross my fingers. Maybe the creature is looking for something in the guy’s pocket and she’s going to leave by herself once he’s going to figure that out ? And the plot will move on, in a totally not Pitch Black-like direction ?
Because -cheech !- there is little to no big issues, ecological or else, that are solved with guns. Isn’t it time that fiction began to reflect that ?

Guillermo Del Toro, about his fondness for Kaiju

“There is something very pure and very full of love [nb : for the creatures], in monster movies. Even more so in Kaiju movies”

And, oh, does he love his creatures !
In a decade overall populated by rather dull monsters (yes, you read that correctly. I will show it maybe in a future article) -to the greatest despair of monster-lovers like myself- Del Toro’s really did stood out for their originality and personality.
Of course the fauna of El laberinto del fauno jumps immediately to the mind. But even back in Mimic could you feel that he didn’t shaped his monsters to just fill the need of something non-human for the good guy to shoot at, run away from and destroy in a gigantic explosion in the end.
Ok, that’s exactly what happens in Mimic but .. still !

Pacific Rim is no exception and his Kaiju are very neat.
-By the way. Small moment of pedantry : “Kaiju” doesn’t mean “giant monster”. As the actress Rinko Kikuchi explain it in the interview above, it means “monster” (“strange beast”). The word for “giant monster” is “Daikaiju”.
And while we are at it, “Jaeger” doesn’t means “hunter” in German either. My personal theory is that it’s a hidden reference to “Jet Jaguar” (“Jetto Jagā” in Japanese), a giant robot hero from Godzilla vs Megalon.-

First, they are quite diverse. As some of the protagonist points it, no two Kaiju are alike. Crab kaiju, shark kaiju, lizard kaiju, strange knife-headed kaiju … A real effort was put in there, even for creatures that only appears on screen for a split seconds.
And then, they are original in their own right; very well animated; somehow believable (no spoiling, but later in the movie we get a glimpse of WHERE actually they came from; and Del Toro managed to create for them a coherent background. A feat which no previous Daikaiju film ever managed to make quite right -save maybe for The Host).
Only sliiiight disappointment : not much play around the colours. I guess they wanted to keep a constant colour scheme in order to give them coherence despite the diversity of shapes, but doing this they cut for themselves a great deal of creative possibilities and it was not really needed.
I mean : they are giants and they are monsters. That’s all the unity we needed. What could we have mistook them with ?

Last note about this movie. A handful of years ago I heard about the adaptation on the big screen of a board game called Monsterpocalypse which featured giant monsters (some of them somehow familiar …) fighting other giant monsters and robots. Never heard of the project since, but I suspect it may be among the hidden inspiration behind Pacific Rim. Seeing the board game isn’t credited, it’s entirely possible they decided to run(away) with the idea cutting the “middle man”. It would certainly not be a first for Hollywood who hate intellectual property thief only as long as they are not the robbers.

Gremlin

On the canevas of Saint-Denis under the snow.

Here’s to you, who taught me how to create that kind of things, without Photoshop, without computers, just with a little grain of imagination.

 

A series about spooky intrusions into our world. Made without any digital image editing, not even for the contrasts or colors. Everything was made by hand with paper and scissors.

The Underwater Invasion

conquering the volcano

It began with the sudden appearance of strange geological formations.

magic mushroom

The authorities quickly sent a team of scientists to investigate …

toxic eggs

… which soon discovered that the formation was organic in nature and spreading at an alarming speed !

hermit crab attack !

The situation spiralled out of control, creating panic among the population !

bobbit worm

Armed forces were used to try to resist the ongoing invasion .. but in vain !

sewer workers

Not a single hole in the ground could be considered safe.

 train inspectors

Fortunately, with a bit of dialogue, the underwater creatures managed to reach an agreement and earn enough trust to be able to live peacefully together with the little people invaders.

Jason Isley is a photographer specialized in wild life and especially the oceanic fauna. Inexplicably, he grew tired of classic shots and came up with a nice twist by creating little dioramas using train miniatures (the like of Slinkashu) and the complicity of the sea creatures. I love it !