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Visionary director Nacho Vigalondo impressed audiences with his time travel thiller Timecrimes and his latest movie Open Windows has also been well-received (read our review here). While out talking the movie, Vigalondo talked about an upcoming project he wants to make – a low budget kaiju movie in the same vein as Ishiro Honda did with Gojira back in 1954.
“The script I finished and want to get financing for is a twist on the kaiju eiga genre, the Godzilla genre,” he told FilmDivider. “It’s going to be the cheapest Godzilla movie ever, I promise. It’s going to be a serious Godzilla movie but I’ve got an idea that’s going to make it so cheap that you will feel betrayed. You’re going to be so frustrated by it, it’s not even possible.”
“The way I wrote the movie – and I don’t want to explain too »
- Luke Owen
By Darren Allison
Following the break-up of Emerson, Lake and Palmer at the end of the 1970s, Keith Emerson ventured into the world of film soundtrack composition with his score for Italian director Dario Aregento’s horror film Inferno in 1980. This, in turn, led to Emerson being commissioned to compose and perform the music for the Sylvester Stallone film Nighthawks in 1981. From here a succession of film scores were to follow for directors in Italy, Japan and the United States. At the Movies gathers together Emerson’s music for seven movies including Nighthawks, Best Revenge, Inferno, La Chiesa (The Church), "Muderock, Harmagedon and Godzilla Final Wars.
Disc One (Us Movies) contains 2 full soundtracks. Firstly, there is Nighthawks (1981) an enjoyable cop thriller from Sylvester Stallone. The movie co-starred Billy Dee Williams as Stallone’s partner, Lindsey Wagner (of TVs Bionic Woman fame) as the love interest and Rutger Hauer as terrorist Heymar Reinhardt. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Producer: Tomoyuki Tanaka
Release Date: 1955
Appearing Monsters: Godzilla, Anguirus
Also Released As: Gojira no Gyakushu (Japan), Gigantis, The Fire Monster (USA)
Often in film history there are movies that have productions that are more interesting that the movie itself. Freddy vs. Jason for example has a fascinating near-20 year history which is inherently more interesting than what we actually got in the end. In the case of the Godzilla franchise, the idea of an interesting production and sub-standard conclusion is never more apt than 1955′s Godzilla Raids Again.
Iwao Mori, the Toho executive producer who gave Tomoyuki Tanaka the green light for Gojira, was away in Italy when the movie became the biggest box office opening in Japan. Upon his return, he gave Tanaka one simple instruction – make a sequel. »
BookExpo America is a massive event, hosting nearly every publisher on the planet. To walk into it and say, "I've got it easy... I'll just be covering horror and spooky-themed titles!" is Laughable. Team Dread hit the show hard this year, determined to squeeze it for all it was worth...
It took us two days to walk every aisle of the Javits Convention Center in the heart of New York City and find those 5,000 new zombie books you'll see on the shelves later this year. Yeah, zombies are still hot.. with no signs of cooling down anytime soon. I bet you're shocked.
We came back with over 100 images (shot by the ninja-like Galaxia Siandre), and so the challenge became how to present this pile to you in a way that will satisfy hard-core bibliophiles but won't give our editors night terrors for the next three weeks. So we've posted the crème de la crème here, »
Director: Ishiro Honda
Producer: Tomoyuki Tanaka
Released Date: November 3rd 1954
Appearing Monsters: Godzilla
Also Released as: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Us)
In the Spring of 1954, movie producer Tomoyuki Tanaka was going through some tough times. His war movie Shadow of Honor, which was to be one of Toho’s biggest releases of the year, had fallen through due to disagreements about the script and he needed to make a movie fast. While on a plane ride back from Indonesia (who were co-financing Shadow of Honor), Tanaka read a news story about fishing boat Daigo Fukuryu Maru [Lucky Dragon 5], which had been effected by the Us nuclear testing on the Pacific archipelago of Bikini. At the time, the 15 megaton thermonuclear weapon was the biggest man-made explosion and the radiation it created killed several »
- Luke Owen
Within Japanese popular culture, there are few, if any, icons as widely recognisable and enjoyed as Godzilla.
While the concept of giant monster movies was not new when Ishiro Honda, Shigeru Kayama, and Takeo Murata crafted the original film in May of 1954, there’s something about Godzilla’s ineffable charm and enduring quality (likely due to the longevity of the series) that sets him apart from any other movie monster, Kaiju, or legendary beast in fictional history.
As May comes to a close and we see the release of a new Godzilla film on the heels of the sixtieth anniversary of both the original 1954 Gojira as well as the nuclear accident that inspired it, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on this enduring Japanese figure.
Whether you are looking at the dark, brooding, deeply metaphorical 1954 original film, the campy, nationalistic, near-propagandistic flicks of the 1960s and 1970s, »
- Michael Greene
Towleroad Harvey Milk stamp unveiling live at 3Pm today!
John August's screenwriting podcast talks to the professionals about writing superheroes, masculinity and rebooting past franchises. Featuring: Conan the Barbarian, Captain America and Batman among others
The Av Club suggests that the only appropriate director for the Elvis biopic is... David Lynch?
It’s an almost biblical rags-to-riches tale infused with elements of horror, farce, and even science fiction, and while many have tried to bring it to the screen, there’s yet to be a definitive biopic.
Gawker more 'celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves' feat. Julia, McConaughey, and Emma Stone
In Contention I forgot to mention The Search in my Cannes collection last night, so here's Guy Lodge on »
- NATHANIEL R
Like all good summer blockbusters, Legendary Pictures “epic” reboot to the Godzilla franchise has split opinions. Godzilla fans enjoyed its dark and gritty tone as well as its obvious ties to Ishiro Honda’s 1954 b-movie masterpiece while others felt it was a bit of a bore with dowdy human characters.
But whatever your thoughts, the box office figures show that we want to see more of The King of the Monsters. As such, it was announced shortly after the movie’s release that a sequel was in the works.
You can read our reviews of Godzilla here and here and listen to the podcast here.
So, what would we like to see in the next Godzilla film? Let’s take a look…
The post Five Things We Want in Godzilla 2 appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Luke Owen
The Flickering Myth Podcast returns….
Flickering Myth co-editor Luke Owen and Rohan Morbey sit down to review the movie, talk about its dark tone, lack of character, superb effects and how it compares to the rest of the series.
Read Scott J. Davis’ ★★★★ review here.
An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
The episode is now live so if you refresh your iTunes or RSS feed it should automatically update. However, you can also listen to the podcast directly in the player below…
The post The Flickering Myth Podcast – Godzilla (2014) appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Luke Owen
The British director Gareth Edwards dares to aim high and doesn't disappoint
Back in 2005, the British Film Institute issued a handsomely restored version of Gojira/Godzilla, giving many UK cinemagoers their first chance to see Ishiro Honda's groundbreaking creature-feature as it originally appeared in Japan in 1954. Shorn of the post-hoc Hollywood scenes that gave Raymond Burr a starring role in the redubbed Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, the intact Toho Studio's production exhibited a depth and poignancy missing from international release versions a sense of apocalyptic melancholia fired by the legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and rekindled by the fallout of nuclear testing in the Pacific. A 1954 documentary short, The Japanese Fishermen, which appended the subsequent BFI DVD release, tied the fantasy of Gojira back to the harsh reality of life in nuclear age, with the fate of the crew of the ironically named Lucky Dragon 5 providing irradiated background »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Directed by Ishirô Honda, Japanese classic Gojira (1954) – or Godzilla – spawned 30-ish sequels, along with innumerable spin-offs and spoofs. You might have heard a tiny bit about one of them this week. Inspired by 1953's The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms and the 1952 re-release of King Kong (1939), Gojira started a lengthy stream of Kaiju ("strange creature") films leading right up to Cloverfield (2008). And yet, I wonder how many of Big G's new fans have seen the original B&W version, and whether it can possibly stand up to scrutiny 60 years later? Armed with a free DVD from a newspaper that Loves demonising imaginary monsters, I set about acquainting myself.
The film begins with the mysterious sinking of not one, but two, model boats. This causes great consternation at the Maritime Safety Bureau, where hysterical families await news of their loved ones. Could it be an underwater volcano? Floating mines? "Send more ships! »
One of the complaints that I continue to hear in some quarters regarding Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla" is that Alexandre Desplat's score is an overbearing one. I couldn't quite wrap my head around that idea given that we're dealing with a monster film here and a monstrous score certainly makes a lot of sense. Our own Drew McWeeny in his otherwise positive review, for instance, said the work was "heavy-handed and obvious in a way that really doesn't seem like [Desplat]," and that last bit maybe hits on why some people aren't liking what they're hearing. Desplat has picked up a slew of Oscar-nominations in a relatively short amount of time. He is easily the most ubiquitous composer working today, and he's become known for some really delicate, lovely work. Movies like "The Queen," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "The King's Speech" are great examples, or even non-Oscar-nominated »
- Kristopher Tapley
The most iconic of monsters returns to the big screen in Gareth Edwards’ larger than life “Godzilla”. Edwards, director of the unexpected, though satisfying “Monsters”, pays proper homage to the legendary Gojira, once he finally makes an appearance. Focusing more than past incarnations have on character development, Edwards’ rendition may not be consistently packed with action, but once the “king of the monsters” tramples front and center, it’s something impressive to behold.
Godzilla is a secret to the world, hidden in history under nuclear testing done by the U.S. in the Pacific Ocean that was actually an attack on the monster. The film introduces two scientists, Dr. Seriwaza (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins), who are investigating a massive mine in the Philippines where two large insect-like pods have been discovered. In Tokyo, Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) and his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) are working in a »
- Monte Yazzie
In 1954, the world was given one of its biggest cinematic icons in the form of Godzilla. The brainchild of producer Tomoyuki Tanaka, director Ishiro Honda, and special effects designer Eiji Tsuburaya, Godzilla was conceived as an anti-nuclear war film, a dark movie about destruction and human responsibility that would later go on to be the basis for a Saturday morning cartoon series. While the symbolism of the character might be lost on some of its later adaptations, the power of the monster is ever present throughout his 60-year history. Join us below for our latest "Origins & Evolutions" piece, in which we cover all the films and many of the other appearances of Godzilla. »
Godzilla is the movie monster with the mostest. King Kong may be just one gorilla-chest-hair behind, but not even the greatest of apes can quite match the half-dragon, half-dinosaur who first stomped and chomped his way through Tokyo in Ishiro Honda's 1954 Toho Co., Ltd., extravaganza Godzilla. In that picture — even more so than in the sliced-and-diced retelling, featuring Raymond Burr, released in U.S. theaters two years later — our hulking, scaly friend embodies the kind of existential rage most of us never dare to express. Bigger than life, sadder than the sea, he's a being created by man's mistakes: Nuclear radiation has made him what he is, an origin story with an all-too-vivid real-life parallel. And so he stumbles through the city on a mindless bender, thrash »
Across the six decades since his first appearance in 1954, Godzilla’s roar has echoed through dozens of sequels and spin-offs. The 1954 Godzilla was a moving, angst-ridden account of an uncontrollable beast wrecking havoc on Tokyo. For a nation living through the aftermath of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the parallels between Godzilla and the events of 1945 were plain to see. This, clearly, was more than just a mere monster movie.
16 years on from the financially successful yet hollow American incarnation made in 1998, British director Gareth Edwards takes the King of the Monsters back to the roots Ishiro Honda established in the creature’s debut outing. Edwards made his own impression on the genre back in 2010, with his debut feature, Monsters. A romantic road trip drama with an »
Elegantly updates the King of All Monsters for the 21st century in ways that have moved with the global zeitgeist. But Hollywood’s tedious myopia means the movie as a whole isn’t quite so beautiful. I’m “biast” (pro): I’ve been eager to see what Gareth Edwards would do with a budget
I’m “biast” (con): I’m increasingly leery of reboots
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s been 60 years since Ishirô Honda unleashed Godzilla, his cinematic metaphor for the dangers of nuclear weapons — and how they had already ravaged Japan — upon the world. As timescales for reboots go, two generations sounds about right. (We’re going to pretend that 1998 did not happen.) And 2014’s simply, elegantly titled Godzilla goes about updating the King of All Monsters for the 21st century in ways that work beautifully and have moved in tandem with the global zeitgeist. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
There are many reasons to be excited for the upcoming Dallas Comic-Con. For one, it's finally moving into a bigger facility that should better accommodate the growing crowds. Pair that with the most impressive guest list yet and it should equal an experience attendees will not soon forget.
After a few years at the Irving Convention Center, the event is making the big transition. It's re-locating to the larger and more centrally located Dallas Convention Center. In its 13th year, Dallas Comic-Con boasts over 600,000 square feet of media guests, vendors, and other geek-friendly attractions.
Comic book guests include the legendary Stan Lee. He'll be signing autographs, posing for photos, and greeting fans. Other artists appearing include David Finch (Forever Evil), Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western, Harley Quinn), Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Len Wein (Wolverine, Swamp Thing), Yanick Paquette (Swamp Thing), Greg Land (Iron Man, Mighty Avengers), Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing, »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
It’s May now, and with the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 last weekend, we are clearly in summer movie season proper. And in that spirit, this week’s Trailer Trashin’ takes another look at my most anticipated movie of the summer – Godzilla.
Premise: The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
My take: As I’ve said multiple times in this columns, I am ridiculously excited for Godzilla. And with the release only a week away, my anticipation is at a fever pitch. Recently, a new Asian trailer, which is in English with what I believe are Mandarin Chinese subtitles, was released. This is probably the last trailer we’ll get before the movie’s release next week, and it really underscores why I’m so excited for the film. (Warning: Potential Spoilers Ahead!)
In terms of the human cast, »
- Timothy Monforton
Forget 1998's ridiculous Roland Emmerich reboot. Forget the Godzooky-marred Hanna Barbera cartoon. Forget even 1968's ultimate creature feature Destroy All Monsters, great though it is. The real yardstick against which Gareth Edwards's forthcoming Godzilla movie should be judged is the 60-year-old original.
Even then, it's worth noting that there are really two incarnations of Ishirō Honda's 1954 film. For years, the better-known version was the Hollywood re-edit, Godzilla, King Of The Monsters! which added new scenes starring Raymond Burr to cater for American audiences. But today the unaltered Japanese version, Gojira, finds greater support.
Whichever version you favour, the star of the show is the oversized lizard unleashed by a nuclear explosion. The monster's native name, Gojira, is a portmanteau of two Japanese words, gorira and kujira which, when combined, mean 'gorilla whale.' That description freed the imagination of art director Akira Watanabe, who also threw in elements of »
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