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Tokyo unveils Competition line-up

Competition section features six world premieres including titles from Koji Fukada and Yoshihiro Nakamura.

The 28th Tokyo International Film Festival (October 22-31) has unveiled its line-up with six world premieres in the Competition section, including Turkish director Mustafa Kara’s Cold Of Kalandar, Hao Jie’s My Original Dream and Thai film-maker Kongdej Jaturanrasmee’s Snap.

Also world-premiering in Competition are three Japanese titles: Kohei Oguri’s Foujita, Yoshihiro Nakamura’s The Inerasable and Koji Fukada’s Sayonara – the most local films in the main section since 2004.

The other selections are either Asian or international premieres. The topics of war or refugeeism are a common thread among some films, echoing current day headlines. “We were not conscious about choosing those types, it just happened that way and we noticed afterwards,” said Competition programming director Yoshi Yatabe.

“As much as possible we’d like to cover a wide range of geographical areas and genres,” he said of
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Tokyo International Film Festival unveils Competition line-up

Competition section features six world premieres including titles from Koji Fukada and Yoshihiro Nakamura.

The 28th Tokyo International Film Festival (October 22-31) has unveiled its line-up with six world premieres in the Competition section, including Turkish director Mustafa Kara’s Cold Of Kalandar, Hao Jie’s My Original Dream and Thai film-maker Kongdej Jaturanrasmee’s Snap.

Also world-premiering in Competition are three Japanese titles: Kohei Oguri’s Foujita, Yoshihiro Nakamura’s The Inerasable and Koji Fukada’s Sayonara – the most local films in the main section since 2004.

The other selections are either Asian or international premieres. The topics of war or refugeeism are a common thread among some films, echoing current day headlines. “We were not conscious about choosing those types, it just happened that way and we noticed afterwards,” said Competition programming director Yoshi Yatabe.

“As much as possible we’d like to cover a wide range of geographical areas and genres,” he said of
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El Rey Network Brings A Monstrous Holiday Season With Kaiju Christmas Marathon!!

Destruction!! Atomic Monsters!! Kaiju!! Fans of monsters, buildings being destroyed and just Kaiju films in general can rejoice, with the announcement of the El Rey Network’s “Kaiju Christmas Marathon”. Bringing fans a whole 48 hours comprised of Godzilla, Rodan and just about every other creature looking to step on people and business, the lineup looks to be one hell of a time! Read below for the complete lineup!

The marathon begins with the classic Gojira on Wednesday, December 24 at 6 Pm Et and culminates with “Godzilla Vs. Biollante” on Saturday, December 27 at 3:45 Am Et.

The “Kaiju Christmas” Godzilla films will air in the following order:

Godzilla King of the Monsters

Wednesday, December 24th

“Gojira” at 6 Pm Et

In the very first Godzilla film a 400-foot-tall mutant dinosaur called Gojira, awakened from the depths of the sea, becomes a rampaging nuclear nightmare, complete with glowing dorsal fins and fiery, radioactive breath.
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60 Years of Godzilla: A History and Critique of the Greatest Monster Movie Series in Cinema

**Massive spoilers for every Godzilla movie, with the exception of the 2014 reboot, and Mothra follow**

August 6th and 9th, 1945 forever changed the course of history. When the first nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, World War II ended, but a new fear was born that dominated the thoughts of all men, women, and children for decades to come. The Cold War, atomic bomb testing, a cartoon turtle telling children to “duck and cover”, and this new technology that had the actual potential to literally end the world changed the perception of what was scary. Art reflects life, so cinema began to capitalize on these fears. Gone were the days of creepy castles, cobwebs, bats, vampires, werewolves, and the other iconic images that ruled genre cinema in film’s earliest decades. Science fiction was larger than ever and giant ants, giant octopi, terror from beyond the stars, and
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60th Anniversary 24-Karat Gold Godzilla Figure Worth Nearly $1.5 Million

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For 60 years, Godzilla has taken on threat after towering threat, wrestling with the likes of the massive Biollante, grappling with King Ghidorah, and bathing other colossal creatures in atomic fire. Now the Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka is honoring the scaly protector of the human race with a 24-karat gold figure worth nearly $1.5 million, so start saving your allowance money.

Modeled after the King of Monsters’ appearance in the 1989 film, Godzilla vs. Biollante, Ginza Tanaka’s Godzilla statue is 15kg of pure, 24-karat gold. The collectible stands about 35cm tall, was released in late July and is currently on an exhibition tour of the Ginza Tanaka stores in Japan. The figure has been priced at 150 million yen, nearly $1.5 million Us dollars. We have a look at the pure gold Godzilla statue below (thanks to Fashion Press for the image):

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Son of Monsterpalooza Returns to Burbank September 12-14, 2014

Award-winning F/X artists, monster-related artwork displayed and sold, killer celebrity guests. These things and more will all be found at the 2014 Son of Monsterpalooza at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, CA, running September 12-14.

Boasting guests like Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Gunnar Hansen, Ed Neal and Terri McMinn as well as seminars, vendors, a costume contest and walk-through monster museum, Son of Monsterpalooza 2014 promises to be just as impressive as its predecessors.

Tickets are available here. Be sure to check out the full current guest list below, and then visit the official Monsterpalooza website and "like" Monsterpalooza on Facebook for more information.

From the Press Release

Award-winning FX artists, monster-related artwork displayed and sold, special presentations, a walk-through monster museum, and so much more will be available at Son of Monsterpalooza 2014 in the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, September 12-14.

Special guests from horror
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All The Cities Destroyed By Godzilla

Godzilla is one destructive creature. Over the course of 28 Japanese films and four American films, the monster (and the other kaiju that have appeared in the franchise) has nearly destroyed 19 cities in addition to fighting in space and underwater. Whether it’s intentional or not—sometimes Godzilla is nearly protecting us from alien creatures bent on destroying Earth—cities fall under the brute strength, physical size and eternal frustration of the mutated amphibian.

In the new film, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe, the creature expands his destruction count by rampaging Honolulu, Las Vegas and San Francisco. All three cities are a far cry from Tokyo, a city that has been destroyed more times than an other location in the long-running franchise. In a handy little guide to destruction, VH1 has compiled a complete list of cities destroyed by the monsters.

Tokyo

The capital of Japan has served
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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #22: Godzilla Vs. Destroyah (1995)

On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 8 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Takao Okawara,

Starring: Takuro Tatsumi, Yoko Ishino, Yasufumi Hayashi, Megumi Odaka, Sayaka Osawa, Saburo Shinoda, Akira Nakao, Masahiro Takashima, Momoko Kochi

Plot: A new theory suggests that Godzilla could explode in a terrifying nuclear breakdown. As humanity thinks of a way to save itself, a new villain also arrives as creatures mutated by the original Oxygen Destroyer begin to take over the land.

This is the end, at least until the next series of films came about a few years later. However, at the time this was expected to be Godzilla’s final bow for Toho until his 50th anniversary in 2004. Why? Because a little place known as Hollywood had acquired the rights for a trilogy of their own Godzilla movies.
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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #21: Godzilla Vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)

On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 9 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Kensho Yamashita,

Starring: Megumi Odaka, Jun Hashizume, Zenkichi Yoneyama, Akira Emoto, Towako Yoshikawa, Yosuke Saito, Kenji Sahara

Plot: A being from space, bearing a striking resemblance to Godzilla, is hurtling towards Earth. Meanwhile, the Un have created a new mechanized foe for Godzilla, while a soldier named Yuki is out for revenge.

The title doesn’t exactly instil confidence in the viewer. This time Godzilla is taking on a counterpart from space. Hardly original thinking on Toho’s part, although the original plot for the next film was even more barrel scraping. Luckily they changed that film around. Perhaps it’s the fact that Godzilla Vs. Spacegodzilla followed on from Godzilla fighting his mechanical counterpart in the previous film,
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The Noteworthy: "Psychos", In Conversation with Kent Jones, Critic Encyclopaedia

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During "The Noteworthy"'s three weeks on hiatus, a triptych of essential pieces by David Bordwell have appeared on his blog. One is a piece on the bridging of theory and practice in the cultural writings of Noël Carroll and others. The other two focus on the emergence of a new type of film criticism in the mid-20th century, signaled in particular by the great James Agee, Manny Farber, and Parker Tyler. Firstly, in what is already a sequel-article of sorts, Bordwell contextualizes the critical scene of the 1940s. Secondly, he hones in closer on Agee and his work:

"It’s terribly easy to be sentimental about Agee, and almost as easy to be hard on him. (Brutality, as Stroheim and Griffith knew, has its sentimental side.) But I think that reading him can do something rare in film criticism: He calls you to your best instincts. His dithering can be frustrating,
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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #18: Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 12 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Kazuki Ohmori,

Starring: Kosuke Toyohara, Anna Nakagawa, Megumi Odaka, Katsuhiko Sasaki, Akiji Kobayashi, Tokuma Nishioka, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Chuck Wilson, Richard Berger, Robert Scott Field

Plot: A UFO reveals itself to be piloted by humans from the 23rd century. They have travelled back in time to prevent Godzilla from destroying Japan in a nuclear holocaust.

Godzilla Vs. Biollante was considered a box-office failure. Whenever a film fails, it’s time to place the blame, and here the blame rested on Biollante himself. Being a fan-created brand new monster, it was decided he just didn’t have the draw of Godzilla’s other nemeses, even though Godzilla is surely the main draw for such pictures. It was decided
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Thn’s Godzilla Countdown #17: Godzilla Vs. Biollante (1989)

On 16th May 2014, Toho’s greatest monster will return to the big screen in an American reboot. With just 13 weeks to go, we here at Thn are counting down the Godzilla back catalogue.

Director: Kazuki Ohmori

Starring: Kunihiko Mitamura, Yoshiko Tanaka, Masanobu Takashima, Koji Takahashi, Toru Minegishi, Megumi Odaka, Toshiyuki Nagashima, Ryunosuke Kaneda

Plot: Godzilla cells left over from his previous attack are fused with plantlife in an attempt to creat a bacteria that will destroy Godzilla once and for all.

Godzilla had officially returned to the cinematic universe in 1984, but it took 5 years for a sequel to reach Japan (7 after the Us release). Not only that, but Toho producer Tomoyuki Tanaka had also called upon the creative input of fans, asking them to invent a new story and monster for Godzilla to face off against. This was quite a brave step, with the last attempt resulting in the arrival
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Comic Book Review - Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #8

Luke Owen reviews the latest issue of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth...

The biggest monster fight to grace the comic book page hits in this climactic issue! Lucy and Woods converge on the site of an epic monster brawl as the aliens launch a last ditch effort to rule the Earth!

As discussed in the review of Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #6 in which Godzilla did battle with Orga and Gigan, the team of Chris Mowry and Matt Frank clearly have a love for all things to do with the King of the Monsters. What has been refreshing about this series has been the duo's lack of fear in using so-called b-level (or even c-level) characters from the franchise and a quick glance at the cover for Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #9 will attest to this. But as you delve into the comic further, it becomes even more clear.

1989's Godzilla vs. Biollante
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Exclusive Look at Godzilla Classic 1989 Vinyl Figure Bank

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We’ve had a steady stream of Godzilla news this week and we’re not done yet. With the new movie being released early next year, plenty of companies are working on Godzilla collectibles, including Diamond Select Toys. Here’s an exclusive first look at their Godzilla Classic 1989 Vinyl Figure Bank:

“A Diamond Select Release! The This vinyl bank of the city-destroying and alien-fighting lizard called Godzilla is based on his appearance in the 1989 movie “Godzilla vs. Biollante”! Cast in sturdy vinyl, the bank features a coin slot hidden between the fins on his back, as well as an access door hidden inside his removable tail! Stands 12 inches tall and measures 18 inches to the tip of his tail! Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!”

The Godzilla vinyl figure bank is expected to be available in Spring/Summer 2014 and will retail for $34.99. In case you missed it, Godzilla vs. Biollante was released to Blu-ray last year,
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Top 5 Godzilla Villains We'd Love to See in a Sequel

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We here at Cinelinx can't wait to see the brand new Godzilla movie from Gareth Edwards, and have been anxiously anticipating it's release since it's Sdcc announcement back in 2010!  Now with the director already making comments about sequel ideas, we thought it was the perfect time to take a look at the greatest Godzilla 'villains' who we wouldn't mind seeing pop up in the rebooted films. 

5) Orga - First Appearance: Godzilla 2000 (2000)

Few here in the USA remember exactly who Orga was since his only film outing came in the form of Godzilla 2000, where he took on the King in one of his most brutal fights.  Able to absorb DNA and mutate himself, Orga began life as a UFO, mutated into a giant-squid like creature, then into his final form: an immensely powerful but physically unstable clone of Godzilla himself.  While Orga put up a hell of a fight,
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S.H. MonsterArts Biollante

S.H. MonsterArts Biollante
For Godzilla fans the S.H. MonsterArts line is the ultimate in classic kaiju collectibles. With each release building and improving on the one before, this line has become the end all for all things Godzilla. I’m a scale nut, and to see a line that is properly scaled makes me utterly giddy. And if you’re like me and want scale, Godzilla’s latest foe is nothing short of gigantic. Read on for more info about the meanest rose bush to have ever appeared on screen.

The largest Godzilla figure from Tamashii Nations to date, the massive Biollante joins the incredibly detailed S.H. MonsterArts line! Highly requested through consumer feedback, Biollante has finally been approved for release after extensive testing to maintain the quality fans have come to expect in the line. To further insure authenticity, the original creator, Fuyuki Shinada, of the Biollante model used in
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S.H. MonsterArts Biollante

S.H. MonsterArts Biollante
For Godzilla fans the S.H. MonsterArts line is the ultimate in classic kaiju collectibles. With each release building and improving on the one before, this line has become the end all for all things Godzilla. I’m a scale nut, and to see a line that is properly scaled makes me utterly giddy. And if you’re like me and want scale, Godzilla’s latest foe is nothing short of gigantic. Read on for more info about the meanest rose bush to have ever appeared on screen.

The largest Godzilla figure from Tamashii Nations to date, the massive Biollante joins the incredibly detailed S.H. MonsterArts line! Highly requested through consumer feedback, Biollante has finally been approved for release after extensive testing to maintain the quality fans have come to expect in the line. To further insure authenticity, the original creator, Fuyuki Shinada, of the Biollante model used in
See full article at Famous Monsters of Filmland »

Digital Fury: DVD Essentials for December

A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre releases for December.

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) 20th Century Fox Blu-ray and DVD Available Now

Six-year-old Hushpuppy (fearless newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis) lives in the “Bathtub,” a southern Louisiana bayou community far removed from the civilized world. Her father Wink (Dwight Henry), a poor fisherman, keeps her at arm’s length but ensures her well-being within the cultural confines of their rough-and-tumble society. Seen through the eyes of the feisty Hushpuppy, the lines between myth and reality are blurred. An impending storm coincides with the melting of the arctic ice caps (and the thawing of some mythical creatures), which changes the world of the Bathtub forever. This heartbreaking little fable came out of nowhere last summer after building some positive buzz on the festival circuit. Shot on 16mm film for under $2 million, Beasts is a true independent film: a fiercely original and moving
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Blu-ray Review: A Tiny Kaiju Fan Takes On Godzilla Vs. Biollante!

I was going to review this one, but I happened to come across a kaiju fan who is far more enthusiastic about the genre than I could ever be. My eight-year-old son, let's call him V Hurtado, wanted to write a report on Godzilla Vs. Biollante after we finished watching it, and I thought it was a great idea. I'll turn over the critique to him and I'll toss a few notes regarding the presentation at the bottom. Enjoy!Godzilla vs Biollante: This monster movie Godzilla Vs Biollante is an awesome movie made by Toho Ltd. In this movie, a monster named Biollante attacks Osaka, Japan and the only monster that can stop him is the Kaiju, Godzilla. From Rose Form to Final Form, Biollante (bee-oh-lon-tae)...
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'Dark Knight Rises', 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' and 'Finding Nemo' On DVD and Blu-ray This Week

The Dark Knight Rises It's obviously the "big" title of the week, but is it worth buying? Warner Bros. is releasing DVD and Blu-ray editions of The Dark Knight Rises as well as releasing a trilogy boxset with all three films in Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise, but we also know an "ultimate" boxset for the franchise will be released in 2013. So do you buy the boxset now? Do you buy the single disc now? Or can you save your money and wait until the big, bad boxset is released? I leave that up to you as I have to assume you have more than enough avenues to watch the film by other means until the set you want comes available... or do you simply have to own it for yourself?

 

Finding Nemo I gave this Blu-ray a watch and it is just as stunning as you would expect and
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