Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla reboot left moviegoers – and some, if not most, film critics – generally unfulfilled, wanting more, more action, more Godzilla, and more kaiju-on-kaiju action. Godzilla spent the majority of his self-titled movie’s running time offscreen, shown only tangentially as an after-thought. When he finally made it onscreen, it was only briefly. Even the climactic battle between Godzilla and a no-name pair of generic monsters disappointed. Godzilla won the crown and/or title, of course, but humanity lost, not just lives or property, but the claim of ownership or dominion over the earth and its resources (cue environmental/climate change theme). In the 2014 reboot, San Francisco took the brunt of Godzilla’s final battle. By the end, thousands, if not hundreds of thousands had lost their lives, but in the Godzilla-verse, the human cost of kaiju battles usually gets sidestepped or simply ignored. The spectacle is all, the human drama, if any, always a distant second. That, of course, isn’t so much a criticism as it is an observation that also holds true for the direct sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, an unapologetically dazzling 200-million-dollar love letter to the Godzilla-verse that’s spanned more than sixty years (and counting). (more…)
To a lot of people, actor Kyle Chandler will be most fondly remembered as Coach Taylor in the TV series Friday Night Lights, but he’s had a long and accomplished career in Hollywood. For instance, he was in Peter Jackson’s King Kong remake as Bruce Baxter, the leading man of a film being shot on Skull Island before all hell breaks loose and the giant ape arrives, at which point he has mixed feelings about saving Ann Darrow with the Venture crew. Well Chandler just can’t see to get away from the monsters, because his next big role will find him face-to-face (so to speak) with another famous movie monster: Godzilla. (more…)
Wow does news travel fast! Just the other day I shared with you guys the full plot synopsis for the upcoming JJ Abrams flick Super 8. The film produced by Steven Spielberg has been receiving buzz for a while now and with the recent release of the plot now comes the full length trailer! And I gotta say holy shit does it look fantastic!
I know that I mentioned my theory that the secrecy of the film’s plot was part of the magic and what was so intriguing about the film, well… right now I’m pulling that theory off the shelf! Now that we have the whole scoop I want to know more! The full length trailer is action packed and finally reveals that the film will mainly revolve around the group of kids from this small town who in the late 70’s spend their time making a movie on a Super 8 camera. The film is reminscient of one of those buddy films from the 80’s like Stand By Meor The Goonies,where “rag-tag” group of friends have to band together to solve a problem. Well now that you guys know that I think this looks GREAT, what are your thoughts??
So when you first saw theSuper 8Trailer during the Super Bowl did you sit around pondering the idea of “what the fuck was that about?!” with your friends? Cuz’ that what I sure did. I mean we get this scene that looks straight out of Leave it to Beaver of some kid riding his bike then a fucking train crashes out of nowhere. Then suddenly a bunch of people in shock and awe are catapulted at us and we are clueless as to what has happened. Well, thankfully we finally have an explanation as to what is going on in this damn thing! A summary of the plot of J.J. Abrams upcoming film Super 8 has been released stating,
In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.
In addition to having our foggy vision of what’s going in the film cleared up we also found out who will be making up the cast. The list includes Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basson, Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills and Amanda Michalka.
Even though the project is in the hands of a great director and back by the likes of Steven Spielberg the thought still remains that maybe all the secrecy is part of the magic that makes the film so intriguing and that once that’s revealed it may let us down. What do you guys think??