Oct. 21st, 2015

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The concept of Manhattan’s School for Visual Arts having a festival to highlight the accomplishments of its alumni seems kind of obvious. After all, it’s a bragfest for its notable alumni, an inspiration for its current students, and a way to give tangible form to the value of said students’ creative arts degree to anyone who might be funding said degree. But 2015 is only After School Special’s second year in existence, after 2014’s successful festival, despite the school opening its doors in 1947. It is by and, ostensibly, for the school, but the SVA was kind enough to open its doors to the general public, for which I was very grateful.

Largely because it allowed me the chance to revisit Pacific Rim for free on the big screen and get to hear one of the film’s visual effects supervisors, John H. Han, talk about his work on the film in a Q&A session following the screening.

I haven’t seen Pacific Rim since its theatrical run in 2013, but that’s not really on purpose. I am very bad at rewatching and rereading things, especially if they’re aren’t the top-tier cheese I take out for guests, like the glorious trainwrecks that are The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Rock of Ages, or The Three Musketeers (1993 or 2011, take your pick). But I have, after spending a year in spitting distance of an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (I MISS IT SO MUCH), developed a taste for rewatching films in theaters. It makes it more of an event and there’s a much higher chance that I can consume nachos while doing so. And Pacific Rim, with its logline of “robots fighting monsters,” was meant to be seen on a big screen.

Two years later, how does Pacific Rim hold up?

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