Capsule commentary, with clips and trailers, for GODZILLA. Read the full review here.
Here is an awesome glimpse of the upcoming reboot from Legendary Pictures, the company that gave us PACIFIC RIM. Scheduled for worldwide release in May of 2014, GODZILLA stars Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, Victor Rasuk, David Strathairn, CJ Adams, Richard T. Jones, Brian Markinson, Al Sapienza, Ken Jamamura, Patrick Sabongui, Yuki Morita, and Akira Takarada (who starred in the 1954 original). Gareth Edwards (MONSTERS) directed, from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, derived from a story by Dave Callaham (THE EXPENDABLES).
With any luck, this film will be the polar opposite of the misguided 1998 film directed by Roland Emmerich, which replaced the familiar Godzilla design with an over-sized mutant iguana. Regarding his approach to the new film, director Edwards told Shock Till You Drop:
“Godzilla is definitely a representation of the wrath of nature. We’ve taken it very seriously and the theme is man versus nature and Godzilla is certainly the nature side of it. You can’t win that fight. Nature’s always going to win and that’s what the subtext of our movie is about. He’s the punishment we deserve.”
See a larger version of the trailer below:
There are several fan-made montages of monsters from Ray Harryhausen films, but this is one of the best, thanks in no small part to its use of soundtrack music composed by Bernard Herrmann (who contributed to Harryhausen’s THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD and MYSTERIOUS ISLAND).
Magnet Releasing opens STORAGE 24 in limited theatrical engagements. The British monster movie, starring DOCTOR WHO’S Noel Clarke, is already available via Video on Demand. Johannes Roberts directed from a script by Clarke, David Fairbanks, and Marc Small. The story has a couple, undergoing a breakup, trapped inside a storage facility, along with a few friends and an alien. The cast includes Colin O’Donoghue, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Laura Haddock, James Thomas King, Alex Price, Ned Dennehy, and Robert Freeman as the creature.
- January 18, Gateway Film Center 8 in Columbus, OH
Note: IMDB lists the release date for the film as January 11, but Magnet Releasing’s website lists only the above engagment.
Step right up for this year’s opening edition of the Cinefantastique Laserblast Podcast – focusing its sights on all there is to cheer and fear in the world of horror, fantasy, and science fiction home video. Laserblast Episode 4.1.2 (following hot on the heels of the CFQ Spotlight Podcast regarding the new theatrical release TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D) not only runs down the Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and Digital Downloads available on Tuesday, January 8; the podcast also shines a light on a trio of pre-theatrical rentals – films available via Video on Demand prior to appearing in limited engagements on the big screen. STRUCK BY LIGHTENING (from GLEE’s Chris Colfer) open on Friday, January 11. STORAGE 24 (from DOCTOR WHO’s Noel Clarke) opens on January 18. JOHN DIES AT THE END (from PHANTASM writer-director Don Coscarelli) opens on January 25.
Also under consideration are A CHRISTMAS CAROL, the recent Blu-ray release of the 1951 film version starring Alistair Sim; KURONEKO, the black-and-white ghost cat movie now available through Hulu; and PLANET OF THE APES, whose fine Blu-ray release from a few years back is now discount-priced, benefitting those DVD owners who had been reluctant to upgrade. Listen in as Lawrence French, Dan Persons and Steve Biodrowski tell you all you need to know.
Note: This post has been edited to revise the release date for STORAGE 24, which (based on information from IMDB) was originally listed as January 11.
SUPER 8 – the highly anticipated science fiction thriller from writer-director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg – explodes onto screens this week. Naturally, the Cinefantastique Round Table Podcast – the podcast of horror, fantasy, and science fiction films – is here to tell you whether or not to get your hopes up; CFQ regulard Dan Persons, Lawrence French and Steve Biodrowski wiegh in, and Dan, who got a sneak peak months ago, opines that, yes, you should be excited.
Also on this week’s agenda: a look at some recent headlines, including news that Tom Cruise is signing on to appear in the big-budget futuristic would-be blockbuster OBLIVION and that directorial stylist Alex Proyas (THE CROW, DARK CITY) is developing a new science fiction film.
Here’s the full-length Trailer for DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT.
Dylan Dog is the world’s only paranormal investigator. He moved to New Olreans to escape a life of nightmares– however, nightmares will find him again. A missing artifact, a beautiful heiress and a brutal murder conspire to drag him back into the dark world of the undead… Have you ever wondered if the person next to you was really part of your world?
Starring Brandon Routh and Sam Huntington (both from SUPERMAN RETURNS), Anita Briem, Taye Diggs, Peter Stormare, Kurt Angle, Randal Reeder, and Courtney Shay Young.
Directed by Kevin Munroe (TMNT, 2007) , from a screenplay by Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly (A SOUND OF THUNDER), based on the graphic novel series created by Tiziano Sclavi.
Due in theaters April 29th from Hyde Park Films and Platinum Studios.
On Saturday, February 26 at 2:30pm, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater (8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents its fifth annual symposium examining the nominees in the category of makeup and hair styles. This year’s event will be moderated by Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch Governor Leonard Engelman. This year’s nominees include Rick Baker and Dave Elsey for their work on THE WOLFMAN. Also nominated are Adrien Morot for BARNEY’S VERISON and Edouard F. Henriques, Gregroy Funk, and Toylanda Toussieng for THE WAY BACK.
Admission is free, but advance tickets are required. Tickets will be available starting February 1.
From the website:
For the fifth year, Oscar Week’s culminating public event celebrates the achievement of the nominees in the Makeup category. This year’s nominees (schedules permitting) will discuss their creative processes and present film clips, photographs and models of their work.
We wrap up our sadly-too-brief coverage of New York Comic with a quick duck into the floor booth of Anchor Bay Entertain- ment. There, after gorging ourselves on copious free buttons and fliers (we’re all about the gimmes), we sat down with the company’s Kevin Carney and Erin Carter to find out what’s in store via their Manga anime division and live-action home video arm. Find out more about REDLINE, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE and the homevid release of AMC’s eagerly awaited THE WALKING DEAD by clicking on the player.
This is a slightly longer trailer, with additional scenes and dialogue not seen in the one previously posted here. Magnet Releasing will release writer-director Gareth Edwards’ giant monster movie via VOD on September 24, followed by a limited theatrical distribution starting on October 29. The initial salvo includes engagements in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles (West Hollywood), New York, San Diego, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. Subsequent screenings take place in Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit, Denver, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Sacramento. You might want to check out the official website, in case new engagements are added near you.
- OCTOBER 29
- Atlanta, GA: Midtown Art Cinemas 8
- Austin, TX: Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
- Dallas, TX: Magnolia Theatre – Dallas
- San Antonio, TX: Santikos Bijou Cinema Bistro 6
- West Hollywood, CA: Sunset 5
- San Diego, CA: Ken Cinema
- New York, NY: Sunshine Cinema 5
- Philadelphia, PA: Ritz at the Bourse
- Portland, OR: Hollywood Theatre
- Seattle, WA: Varsity Theatre
- Monterey, CA: Osio Plaza 6
- Santa Cruz, CA: Del Mar Theatre 4
- Berkeley, CA: California 3
- San Francisco, CA: Lumiere Theatre 3
- Sandy, UT: Megaplex 17@Jordan Commons
- Washington, DC: E Street Cinema
- NOVEMBER 19
- Chicago, IL: Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema
- Minneapolis, MN: Lagoon Cinema
- Detroit, MI: Burton Theatre
- Tucson, AZ: The Loft Cinema
- New Haven, CT: Criterion Cinemas 7
- NOVEMBER 24
- Little Rock, AR: Market Street Cinema
- NOVEMBER 26
- Denver, CO: Mayan Theatre
- DECEMBER 3
- Lansdowne, PA: Cinema 16:9
- Cleveland Heights, OH: Cedar Lee Theatres
- Kansas City, MO: Tivoli @ Manor Square
- Syracuse, NY: Palace
- DECEMBER 4
- Columbus, OH: Gateway 8
- DECEMBER 10
- Sacramento, CA: Crest Theatre
- Asheville, NC: Carolina Asheville 14
- DECEMBER 24
- Coral Gables, FL: Coral Gables Art Cinema