The amazing effects of recent films like Downsizing and Ant Man &The Wasp, show how far Hollywood has come in making a convincing reality that is grounded in science fiction. Where the MCU Ant Man films have brought the idea of shrinking into modern pop culture and Downsizing gave us a new vantage point to view our culture and how mankind has mistreated the planet we call home, they were not the first films to deal with making people little.
Some of their predecessors were full on fantasy films, while others were the predictable mad scientist tale of power and control. There were even a few that were written and intended to be funny (and many that were unintentionally funny).
Here is a brief look at the history of shrinking in the cinema up through the 1950s.
With the hype train going strong for Kong: Skull Island, March sure does feel like a long way away. It is bound to be packed all sorts of mythical monsters, dinosaurs and of course, the main attraction himself: King Kong. If you’re like us, you simply cannot wait to get your taste of all the chest-beating, Sam-Jackson-yelling action that awaits you. Fortunately, for those of you looking to get a taste of the action before it hits the big screen, you can get an incredible appetizer on the all-new Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride at Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure.
The Warner Bros panel at SDCC is still going strong. After sizzling trailers for Wonder Woman, Justice League, and LEGO Batman, it’s now off to Warner Bros less interesting but just as popular properties starting with Kong: Skull Island. Much like the rest of the Warner Bros panel, the trailer for this just dropped too. Watch it below and discover discover how Kong became King. (more…)
Those who have followed the King Kong franchise over the years know that filmmakers have had a rough ride trying to (re)make the giant ape interesting enough to both attract moviegoers and please critics alike. But there’s a solution to this problem and it’s now right in our faces – Turn King Kong into an interactive world. Universal Studios, Orlando has done just that with Skull Island: Reign of Kong. And now, finally, this part of the park is getting ready to open to the public. (more…)
There has been a kaiju movie boom over the last few years with more on the horizon. We unfortunately will have to wait a little longer for some of those giant monsters to hit the big screen it seems. Legendary and Warner Bros. have been working slowly on their own little mini-Toho universe starting with the 2014 reboot of Godzilla. A sequel has been in the works and was originally slated for summer 2018. News today has a shift in that date, but also a set release date for the followup Godzilla Vs. Kong. (more…)
This year’s MTV Movie Awards revealed all sorts of secrets. From additional glimpses at the upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, MTV did not disappoint. (One can argue MTV not playing music videos continuously disappoints.) A behind the scenes look reared its head for Kong: Skull Island. Set in the Vietnam conflict era, it has a star cast including Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman. For people interested in an origins story this movie might tickle their fancy. This film is rumored to honor Kong films of the past and create a new distinct timeline. Check out the video below to catch a glance of of the cast and crew of this film. (more…)
It’s almost like we never abandoned you for two months.
Jeremy and Jason have returned, but where were they and who have they become?! Learn about their harrowing tale (busy working and playing Playstation) and also learn about their thoughts on Stephen Colbert‘s late night takeover, Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s takeover of The Apprentice, Batman V. Bourne, Godzilla V. King Kong, the almost Pulp Fiction cast, the unkillable Fantastic Four franchise, gritty Mary Poppins, sex bot ethics (RIP HitchBot), plus Donald Trump: herald of the end times.
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Before American audiences were taught the word “kaiju” (or, daikaiju, for that matter), they had already fallen in love with King Kong. The 1933 film became an instant classic, thanks to its (at the time) cutting edge special effects, a strange but somehow relatable creature, and the actress who stole the heart of the beast, Fay Wray. One of the most memorable scenes of the film, as well as its 2005 remake, is a battle between Kong and a Tyrannosaurus on the long hidden Skull Island. Over 20 years later, in 1954, audiences would fall in love with another reptilian giant, Godzilla. After witnessing the spectacle of Kong vs. dinosaur years before, monster movie fanatics were chomping at the bit to see the giant ape take on this new threat and in 1962, it finally happened. Now, over 50 years later, the big screen behemoths will be sharing some screen time again, for the rematch of the century. (more…)
The major movie story of the summer of 2015 is “Look at all the money Jurassic World made!” It zoomed past almost all the box office records in the book and has only Titanic and Avatar to take down for the all-time box office crown. Although that seems exceeding unlikely, the billion and a half made by the dinosaur movie has had the side effect of making the major players involved all hot commodities. So if you’re working on a movie about a mysterious tropical island filled with monsters and you need a writer… Well, you know the drill. So in the case of the trouble production of the King Kong spin-off Kong: Skull Island, they’ve decided to bring in a ringer. (more…)
2005’s King Kong was brilliant on many levels. Director Peter Jackson was able to create a world that seemed realistic and beautiful while giving audiences a near perfect monster to rally behind. Considering the success of the movie, both financially and critically, it was surprising to many that a sequel wasn’t immediately greenlit. Nine years have passed since Jackson’s new vision of the beast with a huge heart but Legendary Pictures is hoping that audiences will still flock to theaters to see what’s in store for them with the recently announced movie, Skull Island. Months have passed since the announcement of the movie brought on thunderous applause at San Diego Comic-Con but it looks like things are beginning to move swiftly now. Thanks to a press release from Legendary, audiences can now begin to get excited for the project with the announcement that Tom Hiddleston will be joining the movie, which will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer). (more…)