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Godzilla: King of the Monsters Trailer #1 (2019) *Long Live the King*

WB’s film panel at Comic-Con continued Saturday with the first look at one of summer’s 2019’s big films.  Godzilla: King of the Monsters continues the story of Monarch begun in Godzilla and last year’s Kong: Skull Island.  Notes below from the panel from CBR as well as the official film synopsis from Coming Soon.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters took the stage proclaiming “Long Live the King” with a quick look at footage.

“I’m still a kid playing with Godzilla toys, they’re just bigger more expensive Godzilla toys,” said director Michael Dougherty.

Millie Bobbie Brown hadn’t seen any Godzilla movies prior to her casting, but once she got her role in the film she “dove in, I had too, I had too.”

Dougherty confirmed that he set a sound system up on set to allow him to play the monster’s roars for the actors in their scenes since they would predominantly be acting against CGI and visual effects.

“We’ve got the crown jewels of the Toho Monster kingdom in this movie. Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah, and a few more surprises along the way,” Dougherty confirmed.

“You’ll finally hear Godzilla classic’s classic themes, and possibly some other themes,” Dougherty said, “with composer Bear McCreary.”

 

Directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat, Krampus), the Godzilla sequel stars Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring films), and Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), both reprising their Godzilla roles, plus Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street, Manchester by the Sea), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) in her feature film debut, Bradley Whitford (Get Out), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Aisha Hinds (Star Trek Into Darkness), and Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs of a Geisha, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Dougherty directs from a script he wrote with Zach Shields. The film is being produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Brian Rogers and Thomas Tull, with Barry H. Waldman, Zach Shields, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira serving as executive producers and Alexandra Mendes co-producing for Legendary.

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, the sequel is set to stomp into theaters on May 31, 2019
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My Favorite Scene: Inception (2010) “Time”

When Alfred Hitchcock was gone, everyone asked who would be the next Hitchcock.  When Steven Spielberg lost his touch, people began asking who was the next Spielberg.  Christopher Nolan isn’t the next anything.  In an age when cinema has become largely cookie cutter, Nolan has risen to become film’s best director, and in 40 years people will be asking who the next Nolan will be.  Inception is, in my opinion, Nolan’s best film, and a film so original and yet filled with so many classic elements of different genres that Nolan was able to make his dense script a hook audiences were willing to push themselves to understand.  Combined with dazzling visuals, an amazing ensemble, Wally Pfister’s cinematography masterpiece, and a score from Hans Zimmer for the ages and you have one of the best films of the 21st Century…..and the best part is the very last scene. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Inception (2010) “Time”

Godzilla Blu Ray/DVD Date and Details

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Godzilla is one of the summer’s movies that has grown on me in retrospect, so I’m looking forward to giving it another try on Blu Ray and it looks like Warner Brothers has some cool special features  as to how they brought the big guy to life.  Godzilla hits stores on September 16, 2014 and you can read the full release from Warner Brothers below. Continue reading Godzilla Blu Ray/DVD Date and Details

Movie Review: Godzilla (2014) *Spoilers*

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Abraham Lincoln once wrote a book review, the entirety of which was, “Those of you who like this sort of thing will find this to be the sort of thing you like.”  That’s what Godzilla is.  Godzilla is,..wait for it….a Godzilla movie.  Every bit as much as the old black and white films, Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla falls right into that lineage and updates a classic movie monster for a new age.  It is a total success in that area and if you’re a hardcore Godzilla fan, you should be dancing in the streets.  Is it a great film?  Noooo.  But neither are any of the old Godzilla movies.  Try watching one.  REALLY watching one.  Edwards’ film is the grandchild of Gojira, Godzilla vs. Moth-Ra, etc.  It’s not trying to be a deep cinematic statement on anything other than giant monsters smashing things and, in that, it succeeds enormously.

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He does something very smart with Godzilla.  You barely see him until the final act of the movie.  Just a tease here and a tease there; deftly using water, fog, and cover to just show you how immense he is and then he’s gone.  This is the same theory that works best with the Hulk.  If you show him the whole movie, why is it special when he throws down?  Your monster fix is provided by two MUTOs (forget the acronym’s purpose already).  These radiation eating lovers are trapped on opposite sides of the world.  Daddy MUTO coming from the ruins of a Japanese nuclear facility (Japanese nuclear facilities: the safest places on Earth) and Mommy MUTO busts out of the mountain in Nevada where we throw all our nuclear waste (we really do that so  someone should be down there checking for spidery MUTOs toute suite).  The two need to mate (who doesn’t?), so they’re heading toward each other to converge on San Francisco (aside from New York and London, is there a city that gets blown to cinders more than Frisco onscreen?).

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Not the villain of this piece, Godzilla has only awoken because he’s an “alpha predator” who has sensed the MUTOs emergence as a threat to his status as BMOC.  The humans eventually figure this out after trying to kill Godzilla most of the movie.  Lucky are they that he has a remarkably patient disposition for a monster the size of a football stadium.

Godzilla catches up with the two MUTOs in San Francisco and the throwdown is epic.  The third act of the film is just pure gleeful monster chucking action.  Andy Serkis provided the motion for Godzilla and outdid himself again.  THIS is Godzilla, his movements, his look, everything harkens back to the old films, but updates it for the 21st century.

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This praise is not to say the film is great cinema, because it’s not.  It’s very slow going to Godzilla vs. MUTOs and the heavy lifting in the script…well, there isn’t any because the script would be laughable if it weren’t being delivered by Oscar-caliber actors and actresses.  Ken Watanabe stands out as the chief scientist, but Aaron Taylor-Johnson takes most of the film on his scarily chiseled back (HE’S HUUUUUUGE!).  The lines on their own are bad.  The actors manage to raise them to tolerable.  Gareth Edwards directing is good but you can tell he’s still getting better.  This film would have benefitted from a 20 minute cut to the finale, but he has style.  There are some shots in this film that are simply poster-worthy.

In the end, we hearken back to Abe.  If you like Godzilla films, you’ll like Godzilla.  If you think Godzilla films are stupid; you’ll hate Godzilla.  Me, I’m somewhere in-between.
7.5/10
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Trailer Time: Godzilla Trailer #3 (2014)

Trailer 1 I was skeptical.  Trailer 2 I was sold.  Trailer 3 has me elevating this to must-see.  I never thought I’d be saying that about a Godzilla movie.  Godzilla opens May 16, 2014.

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