Pacific Rim, Tiny Waists, and Yelping with Cormac
Pacific Rim Makes you Appreciate the 3D Experience Again
Even though now there is a 3D movie coming out just about every weekend, I still remember my first experience, seeing Avatar in IMAX 3D nearly four years ago, and cinematically, no film has been able to live up to it since. Every aspect of the Pandora world was brought to life by the animation, from its fantastical animals to the phosphorescent plants. The IMAX 3D was an integral part of watching this film; it enabled the viewer to feel as though he or she was also visiting the far away moon.
In more recent times, utilization of 3D seems more like a ploy to actually get people into the theatres, since so often, films can just as easily be illegally downloaded and watched for free in the comfort of one’s own home. However, this weekend, I was pleasantly surprised when I went to see the new film, Pacific Rim, in IMAX 3D, of course. From watching the trailer, I was sure this movie wasn’t worth an expensive theatre outing (in the DC suburbs, IMAX 3D is $17.50). It was advertised as your basic, empty, Hollywood-driven, sci-fi action flick. But after reading the rave reviews from critics and viewers alike, armed with low expectations, I decided to give it a shot. In my opinion, from the incredible visual artistry of watching drops of rain fall from a spinning umbrella to the giant out-of-this-world monsters that burst off the screen and kept me at the edge of my seat, the film was cinematically breathtaking. Director Guillermo Del Toro wanted to approach this movie from a more artistic point of view and return to many of the “old school” elements of filmmaking that made the original King Kong so revolutionary, and in some ways, believably real. He addresses his approach to this film in two interviews I found particularly fascinating, a Q&A with David Fear in Time Out Chicago and a video interview with Jake Hamilton (where some other stars from the movie share their thoughts as well).
While I do not consider myself to be an apt movie critic, I am a lover of cinema, and Pacific Rim is worth a viewing on the big screen. Moreover, it is so masterfully done, it has the power to bring back those feelings of seeing 3D for the first time and being transported to another world as real, or even more so, than the one in which we live.
—Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Poetry Editor
The Pursuit for the World’s Smallest Waist and the Ukrainian Barbie
As humans, we are all rather complex, with our own perceptions and ideas about the way life should be, and a phenomenally large variety of things that may or may not give us pleasure. Though I understand and appreciate the fact that much of what makes me tick may be incomprehensible to some, and vice versa, I sometimes come across people whose passions truly boggle my mind and lead me to embark on hours-long voyeuristic journeys. This week has been one of those weeks, and all because someone in my Facebook feed posted an article about Michele Koebke, a 24 year-old German girl who strives to have the world’s smallest waist, and has spent the past three years living in a corset. Though her pursuit has left her unable to hold down most foods, and, according to doctors, may eventually inhibit her ability to walk, she is steadfast in her desire to have a smaller waist than the current Guinness World Record holder, Cathie Jung. (My advice to Cathie: QUICK, get a smaller corset!!) If you want to be a voyeur too, you can look at some more pictures of Koebke here. If you want to see someone that’s possibly even stranger than she is, you should check out the Ukrainian Barbie, a phenomenon you may already may be familiar with, but one I somehow managed to miss. (Please note that aside from possessing the puzzling ability to look plastic, Barbie is also a spiritual animal with an out of this world singing voice.)
—Masha Udensiva-Brenner, Editor
Yelping With Cormac
Ever wonder how Cormac McCarthy might review Red Lobster, IKEA, or American Apparel? While Cormac McCarthy “is out there somewhere pulling a novel out of a horse skull,” EDW Lynch takes on these and other reviews in his tumblr “Yelping with Cormac.” Be prepared for consumerism to meet convoluted syntax in tortured, riotous, ancient, bellicose ways. I highly recommend his taco trilogy which, in its own yelping way, rivals The Border Trilogy.
—Nicola Fucigna, Fiction Editor