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It wasn't until I saw and loved Pacific Rim that I realized how much I disliked Man of Steel. And the reason is simple: Man of Steel does not feel alive. Some would use the word "organic" instead, but joy is really what Pacific Rim brought. Pacific Rim was messy in places, it was funny in places, it was flat-out exciting and fist-pumping in places. Comparatively, Man of Steel was one long power chord turned up to eleven. In that way, it felt very market-tested to me, as if every moment of the film had to be "fucking awesome". It reminded me of Stephen Soderbergh's anecdote in his "future of cinema" commencement speech(?) where he watched a guy fast forward through all the dialogue of a movie on his iPad to just get to the explosions and gunshots. "Mayhem porn" he called it, and that is Man of Steel. (*plus, talk about undeveloped scenes, characters popping out of nowhere, unnatural time jumps! yeesh!)

Also, complete side note, but a couple months back you guys introduced me to Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. It was an off the cuff remark from Tucker, I believe during his Undisputed 3 craze. Allow me to simply say... Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, a million times over!

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