9 items from 2017
Is it possible, in the grand age of visual and storytelling sophistication in which we live (the sarcasm is coming through, isn’t it?), to experience the exquisite delirium of an old Japanese kaiju movie, say, anything in the Godzilla-and-related-monsters series from roughly 1957 to 1975, without responding to it simply as inept camp, or as something to be immediately discounted or condescended to because of the “fakeyness” of its special effects? (In that time range I’ve deliberately left out the original Gojira, released in 1954, a movie that has always, and particularly since its original Japanese version was re-distributed in the Us in 2004, enjoyed a measure of respect from demanding genre audiences because of its status as a painful and powerful response to the devastation at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II.) Is it possible to enjoy these usually formulaic rubber-monster orgies of destruction precisely because of their artificiality? »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Movies that pit two famous characters against each other tend to have a problem: No one truly wins or loses. “Aliens vs. Predator,” “Freddy vs. Jason,” “Batman v. Superman,” and their ilk all tend to result in draws, leaving viewers wondering what the point of it all was (other than to set up a sequel, of course). According to director Adam Wingard, “Godzilla vs. Kong” will be an exception to the rule.
“I do want there to be a winner,” he tells Entertainment Weekly. “The original film was very fun, but you feel a little let down that the movie doesn’t take a definitive stance. People are still debating now who won in that original movie, you know. So, I do want people to walk away from this film feeling like, Okay, there is a winner. »
- Michael Nordine
Godzilla vs. King Kong director Adam Wingard has stated that there will be a "clear winner" in his monster battle set to hit theaters in 2020. Little is known about the movie currently, but Wingard has also said that he intends for the movie to be a dark affair, that will take the monster movie in a serious direction. The first Godzilla movie is plenty serious, but Godzilla has been portrayed in a bunch of different ways over the years, so we'll consider this a return to his roots like the first installment in the MonsterVerse.
Adam Wingard recently talked to Entertainment Weekly about his upcoming Death Note adaptation that is premiering on Netflix later this month, but the conversation eventually steered over to his Godzilla Vs Kong project. The 4th installment in the MonsterVerse is going to be a giant monster brawl with one monster taking home all of the glory. »
Fans of monster movies, and cinema in general, have to say goodbye to an absolute legend today. Haruo Nakajima, the actor who portrayed Godzilla in the suit in the original 1954 classic, has passed away at the age of 88. The exact cause of the actor's death has not yet been revealed.
As reported by Bloody Disgusting, Haruo Nakajima died at the age of 88 but leaves behind an absolutely tremendous and unforgettable legacy. Long before CGI could create just about anything one can dream up on screen, monsters were portrayed by actors in elaborate suits and the humans inside those suits had to bring them to life. Haruo Nakajima was tasked with bringing Godzilla to life for the first time in 1954 and thus created the most famous movie monster of all time. Even though he spent all of his time on screen in a costume, it is a performance that will never be forgotten. »
Diamond Comic Distributors and Medicom have revealed their latest Previews Exclusive Godzilla vinyl figure which is based on the image of the King of the Monsters from 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla. the collectible is set to go sale in October, priced at $59.99.’ take a look below…
Based of Godzilla’s appearance in the 1962 film King Kong vs. Godzilla, this Toho sofubi-style reproduction will hold a place of high honor in your collection. The figure is hand-crafted and hand-painted by some of Japan’s most talented sculptors.
See Also: X-Plus USA’s Mechagodzilla collectible figure from Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II revealed »
- Amie Cranswick
It’s time for a King Kong version of March Madness! Now that we’ve seen the newest iteration of the mighty King Kong, we’re going to put him in a hypothetical brawl against his forbearers to see who is the mightiest of the Kongs.
**Warning - Movie Spoilers!***
Whenever a film franchise goes through several remakes, sequels, and reboots, there’s always the question of which one is the best. King Kong is one such franchise that has returned to the big screen many times over the last 84 years in different variations and versions. The King Kong franchise revolves around its primary attraction, the giant gorilla known as Kong. While the movies have been of differing quality over the years, one thing that has been consistent is that King Kong himself has always been a formidable screen presence. To find out which version of Kong is the best, »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
King Kong has had his fair share of screen-time over the decades. Kong was introduced to the world in 1933's King Kong, followed by sequels, remakes, and even a monstrous crossover event in 1962, King Kong Vs. Godzilla. This month saw the release of Kong: Skull Island, featuring not only the world's favorite Monkey, but also an ecosystem of monsters and a large cast of humans who don't want to be eaten, smashed, or ripped limb from limb. In fact, the film seems to put less emphasis on Kong than any other project carrying his name, allowing these new creatures and characters some significant screen-time of their own.
Kong: Skull Island is actually the 2nd film in Legendary Picture's "MonsterVerse," kicked off in 2014 with the most recent remake of Godzilla. With Godzilla: King Of The Monsters coming up next in 2019 and a modern Godzilla vs. Kong set for release in 2020, there »
- Nick Doll
Maybe it’s my head-cold delirium. Maybe I’ve been injecting too much action awesomeness into my eyeballs recently. Whatever the reason, I can’t stop thinking about John Wick: Chapter 2. Specifically, who’s ass John Wick could kick next. Well, not exactly Kick, but fill with cold, hard steel – Bullets, talking about bullets here. You get where I’m going with this. Keanu Reeves’ reluctant hitman has become a household name overnight, and there’s no reason to retire his bulletproof suit anytime soon.
So, where does John Wick: Chapter 3 go from here? I say a crossover. Hear me out. Who doesn’t love a good heavyweight bout between familiar characters? Freddy Vs. Jason! King Kong Vs. Godzilla! John Wick versus – I don’t know yet! That’s the question I’m here to pose. What franchise could Wick and his nameless pup wander into, and then set ablaze? »
- Matt Donato
Initial looks at Kong: Skull Island are sounding pretty good. What’s more is that the King Kong reboot will eventually connect to the rebooted Godzilla franchise, which will continue with Godzilla: King of Monsters in 2019, and culminate with King Kong vs. Godzilla in 2020. So we’ll have plenty of huge monsters terrorize themselves and other people for the rest of this decade. Isn’t that nice? As Kong: Skull Island is getting closer to its release reporter Kellvin Chavez of Splash Report has a little extra information for fans about the monster flick. Chavez posted to his Twitter account: Kong
Kong: Skull Island Will Feature a Major After-Credit Scene »
- Nat Berman
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