Now I thought this inscription on the back of the plates was really funny. So that's the picture of Haddon Hall and it's apparently famous because it's the scene of some 16th century elopement?!? How crazy is that!
GEEK ALERT! Stop reading if you are not a geek!
I guess by now almost every true geek in town has seen the summer movie Pacific Rim. I saw it by myself on opening day in a quiet little cinema which is just the way I like it, and absolutely loved it. And since I only try to blog bout stuff that I like, here's why Pacific Rim was just so amazing to me. It's definitely not a movie for everyone. Paper thin plot, cartoony characters but for someone who grew up on a regular diet of watching anime and Kaiju movies, it was like a dream come true.
I remember watching the live action Japanese series Ultraman but it was dubbed in Malay cos it was on a Malaysian channel. Our government thought it was a bad influence back then. I also got my little paws on some Ultraman comic magazines and I think they were in Japanese or Chinese. There was nothing else like that on TV when I was growing up expect for the old Ray Harryhausen movies in the afternoon. So you can imagine how it was for a little kid to be exposed to all that giant awesomeness during that all-important "informative years".
When I started learning (and flunking!) Mandarin in school, that's when they started screening dubbed-in-Mandarin anime over at our local Channel 8. Gatchaman was unlike anything I had ever seen before while Robotech was fun although a wee bit too soap-operaish for me. Just don't get me started what an awful mess Evangelion turned out to be.
Besides re-living all those childhood memories on the big screen, Pacific Rim works on another level when you know it's also a labor of love by super geek director Del Toro, and it's filled with all kinds of cool nods to geekdom like the Cthulhu-like monsters and video game references. It totally enriches the entire cinematic experience when you factor in all these geeky elements and ... aww hell, it just totally blew my mind!