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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #9: Destroy All Monsters (1968)

On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 21 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Ishiro Honda

Starring: Akira Kubo, Jun Tazaki, Yukiko Kobayashi, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Kyoko Ai, Andrew Hughes, Chotaro Togin, Susumu Kurobe, Haruo Nakajima

Plot: The world’s monsters have all been placed on Monster Land, an island that keeps them contained. But after a strange gas attack, the monsters are used to cause mayhem and destruction.

Take a few seconds to bathe in the glory of that phenomenal title. Destroy All Monsters has such a definite agenda that it’s hard not to be completely sucked in. This really was a big deal in terms of Godzilla films, as it was intended to be the final film of the franchise, but due to its success it breathed new
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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #8: Son Of Godzilla (1967)

On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 22 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Jun Fukuda

Starring: Akira Kubo, Tadao Takashima, Bibari Maeda, Akihito Hirata, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Kenji Sahara, Kenichiro Maruyama, Seishiro Kuno, Yasuhiko Saijo, Haruo Nakajima

Plot: A journalist arrives on an island to do a story centred around some secret experiments. He soon finds a world of giant insects and a mysterious egg which has been calling to Godzilla.

Just the title will make some fans wretch in disbelief. The huge, ferocious, destructive force that was once Godzilla is about to become a family man. Godzilla has been seen as many things over the years, but it’s kind of hard to imagine the epic sized lizard as an icon for Father’s For Justice. A single dad and proud,
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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #6: Invasion Of Astro-Monster (1965)

On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 24 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Ishiro Honda

Starring: Akira Takarada, Nick Adams, Jun Tazaki, Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno, Keiko Sawai, Yoshio Tsuchiya

Plot: After the discovery of a new planet, Planet X, two astronauts venture there and uncover a race of human-like individuals. However, their planet is terrorised by King Ghidorah and they ask if they can borrow Earth’s monsters, Godzilla and Rodan, in order to fight back.

Ghidorah, The Three-headed Monster proved that Godzilla’s name in the title wasn’t a prerequisite for success. Although he certainly hadn’t been demoted, it was clear that Toho was willing to share the limelight between all of their monsters. Coming in 1965, Invasion Of Astro-monster was a title that clearly acknowledged
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New this Week: ‘In Time,’ ‘The Rum Diary’ and ‘Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy (Bd)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Anonymous - Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis

In Time - Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy

Puss in Boots - Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis

The Rum Diary - Johnny Depp, Giovanni Ribisi, Aaron Eckhart

Movie of the Week

The Rum Diary

The Stars: Johnny Depp, Giovanni Ribisi, Aaron Eckhart

The Plot: American journalist Paul Kemp (Depp) takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1950s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the ex-patriots who live there.

The Buzz: Where to begin? Have you seen the trailer? There’s a lot to digest in there.

In all honesty, I’d be a lot more excited than I am, (presently my excito-meter is at about a 6/10) if I’d never caught wind of the many negative rumblings about this film (I have a close
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