John Ramos was born & raised in Southern California and joins RAW with many years of radio experience both in sports radio & talk radio.
John began his radio career in Riverside doing sports updates and covering high school sports in the Inland Empire.
He joined KLAC in 2007 where he did a little bit of everything including producing and running the audio board. He moved to the FOX Sports Radio Network in late 2009 as an editor and now runs the audio board out of the Sherman Oaks studios for Jay Mohr Sports and FOX Sports Primetime.
John loves talking sports and loves the opportunity that RAW is giving him, including his Observation Deck and Movie Review blogs.
He is married to his lovely wife Suzanne and is a proud dad.
The monsters have arrived and we must defend our world. The new movie Pacific Rim(opening Friday July 12th) is just that, Giant Robots built to save our planet from the new monsters that have risen from the depth of the ocean.
Pacific Rim(rated PG-13) tells the story of the fight for humanity between the monsters called Kaiju and the human built robots, the Jaegers. These monsters just showed up from beneath the sea from some sort of portal and have been wreaking destruction over man years. The human race begins to build giant robots to combat these monsters; the problem is with each passing year the Kaiju begin to get stronger in fact learning how to beat the humans with each successive attack. If the Jaegers can’t stop these monsters soon Humanity will be wasted.
We find our hero, Raleigh(played by Charlie Hunnam of Sons of Anarchy) trying to fight back from a devastating event earlier in his Jaeger piloting days to try and find a way to get his life back together. He has spent the last couple of years drifting around in meaningless jobs and now has been called upon again to pilot the machine. He’s paired up with a very raw but unique lady pilot Mako Mori(Rinko Kikuchi) who has been counting the days till she finally got her chance. They command the Gypsy Danger who has been around for a while in the Monster fighting days and is going to be tested again to try and bring a halt to this certain apocalyptic ending if the Kaiju get the upper hand.
Pacific Rim is an interesting movie built upon two different movies, the first being the crazy war between the Jaegers, the Giant Robots and the Kaiju, the monsters. The second being the human part of the movie and story. We get the standard people, the hard-nosed war commander Stacker Pentecost(Idris Elba) who has a heart but has to be the voice of reason. We get the cocky pilot Chuck(Rob Kazinsky) who doesn’t want the loose cannon Raleigh anywhere near him as they get ready to play out a last ditch effort to end this war. Then come the crazy scientists Dr. Newton(Charlie Day) and Dr. Herman(Burn Gorman) who of course are working hard to find the real reason the Kaiju Monsters are here and how we can stop them. Of course what end the world movie would be complete without the love interest of Mako who not only wants to be a Jaeger pilot but has an interest in Raleigh. Look this movie has every cliché’ in the book when it comes to saving the world movie, but where it excels is the reason why I was there. Monsters and giant robots kicking some ASS, that’s right and they do some serious kicking ass.
In every way that the movie fails in the light story and sappy dialogue, it wins you over with the supreme fighting and excitement. The first time you see the Kaiju monster and its attack on the mainland you are sold, sold on the ferocity and total destruction that these monsters can reap. The minute you see the powering up of the giant robots you fall hook line and sinker on the enormity of what they must do to defend the earth. The fighting is intense and the monsters really freak you out and give the sense that the world as we know it may really be ending if not for the help of the Jaegers.
Director Guillermo Del Toro does a great job of bringing you into the fight and sometimes scaring the heck out of you, there’s one scene that will definitely have you feeling the intensity of the monster and you. I thought the movie in whole could have been better in the story but succeeded big time in the reality of these great battles that were going on between these giants. Keep the little tikes away because of some really scary scenes that could linger with them and in that sense the PG-13 rating is definitely a very good gage. Go see Pacific Rim at least once because it will awe you but just know you are going in with a storyline that falls into the standard role of end of the world monster movies. Pacific Rim is a fun, adventurous and exciting movie that gives me just enough of what I need from the characters but gives me everything I need in Monster kick ass.