Yesterday came the news that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards was cashing out his cache and buying a rocket ship to that galaxy far, far away to make the first Star Wars spin-off film in time for a December 16th, 2016 release date. The immediate thought was “awesome!” but the second thought was “what about the next Godzilla movie?” Obviously, much of Godzilla’s success comes from what Edwards brought to the film in terms of its tone and style, so they’d have to be crazy not to find a way to bring him back for a part 2. So to prove they’re not crazy, the folks at Legendary Pictures today have confirmed that Edwards will by back for Godzilla 2. And maybe 3 and 4. (more…)
Deviantart artist Warriorking4ever, like a lot of us, wanted to see Godzilla take on one of Pacific Rim‘s Jaegers, so he worked up the picture above. It was only a matter of time until one of the very creative video geeks on the Internet put together a mashup video pitting those two giants against each other. Wanna see them duke it out? (more…)
Gareth Edwards‘ new rendition of Godzilla opens tonight in theaters everywhere. But before that he was the guy known for making a micro-budget monster movie that looked like a blockbuster, and did it all on his friggin’ laptop. Monsters was one of a number of low-budget genre movies that showed that indie filmmakers could play with the big boys, and more often than not, put them to shame, and as it turned out, it was a proof of concept that showed Edwards was up for the job of making a new Godzilla. But now that Edwards has moved on to the big time, will we ever get a look back into the Monsters world? Good news! A sequel is on the way. It’s called Monsters: Dark Continent, and we have the trailer below. (more…)
Godzilla has had a career unlike any star of the silver screen. Debuting in 1954, Ishirō Honda’s Gojira was a somber, bleak and quite realistic depiction of the sheer destructiveness of nature (itself an allegory for humanity’s own penchant for destruction). From there, some 27 films later, the franchise has gone through many iterations. Sometimes Godzilla’s simply a monster, sometimes a hero, sometimes he’s truly terrible and frightening, and other times a chintzy, campy joke. Yet though all of it, Godzilla endures. [Minor SPOILERS follow.] (more…)
Welcome back to our newly revamped “Retro Reviews” column, where we explore both the movies you know and love, as well as the oft overlooked gems you should be spending more time with. Our fifth entry acts as a brief refresher on one of the pivotal moments in Japanese cinema, Ishirō Honda’s Godzilla (1954)…
Picture Godzilla in your head. What do you see?
For most, the image is simple — men in rubbery monster suits battling one-another amidst a chintzily built model, stepping on toy cars willy-nilly in an effort to put forth the feeling of destruction on an apocalyptic scale. To the average cinema-goer Gojira – excuse me, Godzilla — is an icon of pugilistic campiness; a towering figure akin to a scaly Macho Man Randy Savage, wrestling other goofy kaiju for ninety minutes while tiny Asian people point and scream “the monster is attacking the city!”
Like most successful franchise frontmen, the weight of Godzilla’s initial appearance has been watered down by subsequent sequels (twenty-seven, to be exact), to the point that many have forgotten the iconic monster’s original metaphorical meaning: a walking mushroom cloud, the fantastical representation of holocaust. Ishirō Honda’s monumental piece of Japanese filmmaking still stands as one of the greatest cinematic responses to the psychic trauma caused by war, ranking with Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove as a defining piece of pop art derived from the utter devastation of the nuclear bomb.
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The marketing folks behind Legendary Pictures new Godzilla remake have been teasing the king of the Kaiju in its trailers and spots. Leaving star Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad’s Walter White) to voice over cuts of destruction and humanities defenselessness to sell the picture. If that hasn’t been enough to fill your eye holes, maybe this latest trailer detailing the story and featuring a number of money shots will get you to throw money at the screen. And if that still isn’t enough, we have the films first featurette spotlighting the giant creatures epic roar.
Strangely titled “Nature Has an Order” (which would lead one to believe that it’d just be thirty seconds of Gojira stomping on that ass), the latest TV Spot for Gareth Edwards’ redux of Godzilla features more narration from Bryan Cranston. Only this time, instead of warning us about the government’s lies (in his best Ozymandias tone), he quickly illustrates the inherent human tragedy the apocalypse carries with it. Yet again, Warner Bros. and Legendary have put together an incredible piece of marketing that continues to sell Edwards’ film as the must-see movie of Summer 2014.
The legacy of the almighty Godzilla is such that most hardcore fans keep our minds occupied by the lovable picture of a giant, rubber monster with a man lurking inside. Such was the Japanese way of creating their iconic bane of Tokyo. Now, however, things are a little bit different. The 2014 reboot of the classic lizard is stepping things up a bit and turning Godzilla into something a little more realistic. Will it work out? Listen to what director Gareth Edwards has to say on the matter in the video below. (more…)