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Godzilla – Review

4 Jun

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Ohh Godzilla. He first appeared in Ishiro Honda’s 1954 movie of the same name and has gone on to become the most famous movie monster of all time and a cultural phenomenon. There are more than 28 Japanese movies starring Godzilla and an American movie released in 1998 that was disappointing, and thankfully, forgotten.

Here we are in 2014 and an American studio has made its second attempt to reinvent the franchise. The film starts in Japan in 1999, where nuclear physicist Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) detects seismic activity in the Philippines that eventually leads to several deaths at his nuclear power plant, including his wife (Juliette Binoche). 15 years later, Joe still investigates the strange readings that killed his wife much to the dismay of his adult son, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Ford’s wife, Elle (Elizabeth Olsen). After Joe is arrested for trespassing at the old nuclear power plant, Ford is forced to go to Japan and realizes that something strange and ominous is happening.

The first hour of the movie doesn’t show Godzilla, but director Gareth Edwards attempts to develop his characters. The most likable and relatable character is Joe. Despite having a fairly good cast, Cranston steals every scene he’s in and pulls off the confused heartbroken man very well. Second best is Ken Watanabe, who plays a scientist investigating Godzilla’s origins and believes that the monster “brings balance” to the world.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen round out the main cast. Olsen is a great actress, but she gets lost in the shuffle and destruction of the movie. Taylor-Johnson seems to be a new leading man in Hollywood. Unfortunately his performance is flat and lifeless. His reactions to the deaths and chaos around him are disingenuous and wooden. By the time Godzilla appears, you lose interest in the cast and you just want the monsters to kick some ass.

Godzilla and the creatures he fights look amazing. The special effects are awesome and they did a great job of making Godzilla new, while still maintaining elements from the original Japanese movies.

Godzilla isn’t without its problems. There are some huge plot holes and hilarious one-liners, but it’s an entertaining summer movie and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

 

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Stargate Remake

30 May

A Stargate reboot/reimagining is in the works. The hope is that the remake will revitalize the franchise and be the start of a movie trilogy. The remake is being done by the original Stargate producer/director team of Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. The 1994 movie starred James Spader and Kurt Russell.

The reimaging by the original creative team is reminiscent of 2013’s Evil Dead remake that was produced by the original  director, Sam Raimi, and star, Bruce Campbell.

 

Carrie: Teaser Trailer

16 Oct

Director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) brings us a new version of Stephen King’s Carrie. Chloe Moretz (Kick Ass, Dark Shadows) stars as Carrie White, a shy high school student who is bullied by her classmates and  abused by her religious mother (Julianne Moore). After being pushed to the extreme, Carrie discovers she has telekinetic powers and uses them to take revenge against the people who have made her life miserable. Check out the teaser trailer below.  Carrie will be released March 15, 2013.

Videodrome

25 Aug

Universal Pictures has announced that they will be remaking David Cronenberg’s bizarre classic, Videodrome. Ehren Kruger who brought us forgettable movies such as Reindeer Games, Transformers 3 and The Brothers Grimm is working on the script. Music video director Adam Berg will helm the project.

The original Videodrome was released in 1983 and stars James Woods and Deborah Harry. Set in Toronto, the movie follows the CEO of a small television station who discovers a broadcast signal featuring extreme violence and torture. Slowly he unravels the mystery surrounding the signal, but loses touch with reality in a series weird and creepy hallucinations.

I’ve seen Videodrome and bizarre is the only word to describe it.  I have no particular attachment to the movie; however, it’s odd that Universal would trust an inexperienced director and a big budget screenwriter with rebooting a Cronenberg classic.

How do you think Cronenberg feels about the reboot?

 

 

Ryan Reynolds in Highlander

5 Jul

It’s official. Ryan Reynolds will play Connor Macleod in the Highlander remake directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later). The plot follows a race of immortal beings (though they can be killed by having their heads cut off) fighting throughout the ages.

The original Highlander movie starred Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. Lambert plays an immortal Scottish swordsman who must confront the last of his immortal opponents, a brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled Prize. The Prize is true immortality because in the end “there can only be one.”

In addition to the original movie, there was a couple forgettable sequels and a TV series in the early 90s, starring Adrian Paul who I was obsessed with for some reason.

Everyone is hush-hush about the plot details, but really how different can it be?

Highlander Series Intro

A Remake Worth Seeing: The Evil Dead

2 May

Oh sweet baby Jesus, The Evil Dead is being remade.  I’m sure when you think of horror movie remakes you cringe.  I know we’re still trying to forget the latest Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies and The Amityville Horror, but this remake will be helmed by veterans of the genre.

Original The Evil Dead director, Sam Raimi, and The Evil Dead star, Bruce Campbell, will be producing the new version.  Campbell’s cheeky hero Ash will not be featured.  Apparently, the only similarities will be a group of teenagers go to a cabin in the woods and find The Book of Dead.  I bet you’re asking yourself, is there still going to be a tree rape scene?  We can only hope.

The script is being polished up by screenwriter Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body and Juno) and will be directed by Fede Alvarez.  Who is Fede Alvarez you ask? He’s not anyone yet as he’s only directed a short science fiction film in Uruguay, but if he’s been chosen for The Evil Dead remake he can’t be all that bad.

I’m excited to see this.  I don’t think it’ll be nearly as good as the original, but I want to see what they do with it.  Will the movie be a straight horror flick or more slapstick like Army of Darkness?  Who knows, but you can expect to see The Evil Dead remake in Summer 2013.

Rebooting the Ninja Turtles

20 Mar

So you may have already heard this, but Michael “Ruins Everything” Bay has decided to do a remake/reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  According to Bay, the TMNT are going to be tougher, edgier, funnier and…aliens. Yup, aliens.  The turtles will not be radioactive teenagers munching on pizza.  Say goodbye to all the lovable and funny qualities the turtles had and hello to Michael Bay’s interpretation.

I want to write a letter to Michael Bay and ask him why he has no independent ideas and why he prefers to ignore all his source material.  The man is a moron and he needs to stop directing and producing.

Now join with me in prayer: pray this movie falls through or that Michael Bay’s A.D.D. leads him in a different direction.

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