Yes the sequel to Gareth Edwards Godzilla will be released in theaters June 8, 2018. The Sequel will also be directed by Gareth Edwards and I hope he does a better job than he did on his Monsters sequel: Monsters Dark Continent which was just awful on so many levels. In fact I consider myself a bit of a connoisseur of low budget sci-fi movies and this was so bad I couldn’t finish watching it. In fact I didn’t get much past the opening scenes. And I made it through two of three Sharknado movies so far. I haven’t had time to watch Sharknado 3 yet but it’s on the list to be watched. But I digress.
The recent deal between Legendary Studios and Universal means that Legendary now has access to other characters from Toho. Characters like Mothra, King Ghidorah and Rodan. These could now potentially show up in the next Godzilla movie. Squee! I really like the rumor that the Monarch organization will still be involved. It seems like a good plot idea to me.
As for the original Toho Godzilla, well Toho has given Shin-Godzilla an English title for the 2016 movie: Godzilla Resurgence. The initial filming has been done as of this post and effects work is now being done. Shin-Godzilla is due for theatrical release in the summer of 2016.
War In Flesh is off again and this time I am well pleased with how it’s going. I had to purchase a new computer and between that and working overtime lately I haven’t had any time for writing or blogging. Whilst setting up my new computer I went ahead and cruised the interwebz for some kind of editing software, with an emphasis on affordable (read “cheap” because I had just had to buy a new computer) and found something I kind of like.
I did make time this last weekend to read a novel. The first new fiction I’ve read in quite some time, as it turns out. I’m really glad that the novel I chose was The Martian by Andy Weir. It reminded me of how much I love reading science fiction. I’m also very much looking forward to the movie. In fact I’m going to put the trailer right here:
Casting Matt Damon as Mark Watney is brilliant. For my full review keep an eye out for it at Fangirl Nation
Also, Toho is planning on releasing a new Godzilla movie in 2016. This is in addition to the planned sequel to Gareth Edwards Godzilla due in theaters in 2018. Add Pacific Rim: Maelstrom into the mix for 2017 and we have monster movies coming out once a year for the next three years. Yay! That is, presuming everyone stays on schedule.
Alright, we’ve dealt with fiction, on to fish. Gipsy Danger died. I tried everything to diagnose and cure him but there was just nothing that helped. Looking back I think he came to me with a chronic columnaris infection that finally caught up to him. He had a mark on him that I thought was just a part of him but now, in hindsight I think it was the columnaris infection and I just didn’t know what I was looking at. Anyway I tried everything and nothing worked. Poor Gipsy fought a good fight but it was just too much for him. I did 25% water changes daily. I adjusted his heater, put aquarium salt in the aquarium and in the last days, desperate, I put antibiotics in his water. Nothing helped. 12 hours before he died he was riding the current from his filter like he loved to do. He couldn’t flare at Scunner because the snail climbed up to the top of the mountain decoration and refused to go back into the water after the antibiotics were added. I took him out of the tank and put him in another tank.
Gipsy Danger the crown tailed betta named after a Jaeger
The hour during which Gipsy died he wanted to be close to me. He swam up to the front of his tank and stayed near my hand. I put my fingers on the glass and he hung there near them. Then he died. We buried him underneath a rose bush. I miss him still.
I evicted all of the other residents, bleached everything with 2% bleach water and got the tank set up again. The next day we went out and got Kiryu. He’s no Gipsy Danger but he did need a good home. I didn’t realize how hungry he was when we bought him. He was starving. He’s been eating hungrily and getting more color every day. He was mostly white when I got him but now he’s mostly blue and red. He’s beautiful and he has also claimed the whole 10 gallons for himself. Also he discovered his reflection the other night and spent a good 20 minutes vigorously defending his territory from himself. It’s almost time to put Scunner back in the tank. We’ll see how Kiryu likes him.
Finally Flowers. The flowers have been gorgeous this year. I’ve gotten a bouquet of roses every week all summer long from my rose bushes. The lobelia bloomed and is still blooming. The mallow plant bloomed and the flowers lasted for the hummingbirds. There were two nests of hummingbirds this year and they had many chicks. They usually got up early and hopped around the clerodendrum having breakfast from the flowers for an hour before moving on. I loved to see them bounding around and chirruping.
Godzilla has grossed nearly $200 million globally on its opening weekend. With numbers like that rolling in it’s no surprise that Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures are already talking a sequel. Godzilla has opened number two, so far this year at the box office. There is already a Facebook page for the sequel, it appears that Gareth Edwards will be directing it, yay! Also the first tentative title is Godzilla II: Monster Island. Oh yeah. This is going to be good.
For the record, gentle reader, I am a fan not a critic. I generally aim for spoiler free reviews but this one will have some minor spoilers. That being said, I saw Godzilla for the second time in two days today and I like it even more having seen it a second time. There are so many things that I missed on the first viewing that I caught on the second one.
There are at least two shout outs to classic Godzilla movies, and I’d be surprised if there weren’t more that I just haven’t noticed with everything else going on in the film, scattered throughout the new Godzilla. In one scene there is a chrysalis in a terrarium and the end of the name of the nuclear power plant is covered by the first part of the word mother and the pieces together read Mothra. In another scene there is a clear reference to King Ghidorah from Giant Monsters All Out Attack.
Gareth Edward’s Godzilla has an advantage of technology that classic Godzilla did not benefit from. For that reason I am pleased that the new Godzilla is subtly different from classic Godzilla. It does not demand that you choose between the two. They are clearly Godzilla (unlike 1998 Not-Godzilla) but different.
One thing that struck me about the new Godzilla is the sense of massiveness the movie is able to convey. In this movie there is a visceral sense of how huge and down-right massive Godzilla is as a creature that simply cannot be replicated by a man in a suit. The constraint of having to work with a man sized monster makes it impossible to truly convey the great size and earth-shaking impact something that size moving across the land would have. With modern CGI technology this was portrayed in a way that had an instinctive impact upon the viewer. The way the feet spread when they set down upon the ground, just like a real animal’s does was just one small example of how well done, and how well thought out this movie is.
I absolutely love the new origin story. While it holds true to the spirit of Godzilla’s original origin story, it is subtly different and new and I find that I like it even better than the original. The writers came up with some brilliant pseudo-scientific explanations for how Godzilla functions and a long-standing joke I make about Godzilla turned out to be true! (Warning, mild spoiler ahead). People who are not fans have asked me what Godzilla eats and I’ve been known to jokingly reply: Nuclear Subs. Ok maybe not specifically in this movie but by implication.
Godzilla promo shot
Speaking of nice touches, and spoilers, working in the nuclear testing at the Bikini Atoll was pure genius. Godzilla has always been associated with nuclear weapons, Gareth Edwards just took it a couple of steps farther; to great effect. Another thing I really appreciated was the inverse format. By which I mean this was a Godzilla movie where Godzilla attacked San Francisco, an American city, and the main character was a man of Japanese descent who worked with a cast of Americans. In classic Godzilla movies released in the US, it’s usually edited so that there is an American lead working surrounded by a Japanese cast. I found this inverse relationship quite delicious and Ken Watanabi was excellent in the role.
Now before I make my next comment, I don’t like the casual use of the term “sexy.” People misuse that term if you ask me. If; however, Godzilla were in any way sexy, or would be considered to have a screen shot that could be called, “sexy,” it would be of his iconic and unique dorsal spines. This would be especially true if there were female Godzillii (Godzillas?) too. Gareth Edwards uses this shamelessly and effectively. For the first part of the movie the only glimpse of Godzilla we get is of his dorsal spines. I also like how Godzilla is referred to in hushed tones as, “Him,” before we ever learn his name. Pure suspense genius.
The monsters behave like higher-level animals we know would. They emote and react to their environment and to threats throughout the movie in ways that I’ve seen dogs and cats do. It makes the monsters more real, more relatable in a small way to see them greet one another, to see them become angry or weary as they battle one another. This adds to the suspense and horror. Let me tell you, monsters are bad enough when they are mindless and driven purely by instinct. When you have intelligent monsters, even if they’re only as intelligent as, say, a dog (and frankly dogs are pretty smart for non-humans) that is truly terrifying.
Old school monster movies had a great deal of suspense about them. They were not about gore or shock value and Gareth Edwards held true to that. The movie was suspenseful and it followed through with an appropriate pay-off. The movie is well paced. It builds and builds until a cathartic payoff at the end that is worth every minute of the wait. K.
This being the start of a new year I thought it might be apropos to share some of the movies I’m looking forward to seeing in 2014.
Of course Godzilla. I am in a state of heightened anticipation for the new Godzilla movie. Legendary Pictures, which did Pacific Rim–so you know the special effects will be superlative; has teamed up with Warner Brothers to produce a new Godzilla movie. Unlike the Sony/Tristar pictures Godzilla (Notgodzilla) of 1998 this Godzilla looks like Godzilla. From what I’ve seen of the trailer and the snippets of teasers released so cleverly at the Godzilla encounter web site, it looks like director Gareth Edwards and writers Max Borenstein and Dave Callaham have returned to Godzilla’s roots.
Once again Godzilla is a force of nature, an avatar for nuclear destruction and war. Also very territorial so that Godzilla doesn’t so much save humanity as defend his turf from interlopers and invaders. Rather than a benevolent and perhaps even friendly (ugh) creature as we saw in the 70’s, Godzilla is once again a terrifying titan stomping over the Earth. Due for theatrical release on May 16, I am already counting down the days. Actually I don’t have to, Godzilla movies.com is already doing it for me. Please enjoy the trailer. It played on the big screen before The Desolation of Smaug.
In Saturn’s Rings
Next up is a little independent film called In Saturn’s Rings. I wrote about this previously and I’m still excited about it. Filmmaker Stephen Van Vuuren has taken in excess of 1.2 million still photographs of Saturn and our solar system as taken by NASA’s Cassini, Hubble and other space craft and is threading them together in an amazing movie about the wonders of our universe that will culminate in a flythrough of the Saturnian system. It’s spectacular to watch and the beauty is not only a testament to the wonder of our universe but also the painstaking care of the filmmaker in putting these together with innovative visual techniques he invented himself. The film is being made in 6k resolution and will be shown on massive concert screens, IMAX and dome screens.
In Saturn’s Rings has already reached it’s Kickstarter goals but they can still use donations, this is an independent film. It is set for release sometime in 2014. I’ll be keeping an eye out for it because I’m really looking forward to seeing the completed film. This is the trailer and it is breathtaking.
How To Train Your Dragon 2
How To Train Your Dragon 2 is coming out in 2014 and I got goosebumps once again watching Toothless and Hiccup fly in the trailer.
Avengers: Age of Ultron. Oh yes. I’ll be seeing this one. Joss Whedon is once again at the helm and I’ve been a Marvel girl forever.
Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Anne Hathaway, looks like it could be a good science fiction romp. This movie involves a wormhole which space farers use to travel vast distances. With such a sparse plot overview to base anything on I’d have to give it even odds. If they play it straight it could become a classic of the genera. If they don’t trust the material or the idea and throw stuff in to make it more “exciting,” it’ll be another Sunshine or Event Horizon.
The Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise, also looks interesting, although with a premise that could lead to confusion and ruin the impact the movie is going for. If the writers and director handle it right it could be a classic, if they don’t it’ll sink. While that is technically true of every movie, any movie where time travel or reincarnation is a major plot point carries a higher inherent risk than more straightforward, linear movies.
Guardians of The Galaxy, yeah I’ll give that one a try. It always reminded me of the Justice League a bit and I never really warmed up to it. Speaking of the Justice League. There’s Supposed to be a Justice League movie coming out. I haven’t been as impressed by the DC attempts at making their comics into movies but Batman and Superman were good and it’s about time Wonder Woman made an appearance. Maybe this time DC will treat the woman like a human being as opposed to self-propelled eye candy for men ala Catwoman. That would be a vast improvement.
X-Men Days of Future Past also is on the list. I was an X-Man fan before I became a Marvel girl and I was very disappointed with what they did in the third movie of the first attempt to build a franchise out of this team. I hope they stay true to the characters.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Transcendence are others I’ll probably check out. Ant-Man rates a solid “Meh” in my opinion. I’ve never liked the character and I actually despised him when he beat and tried to murder Wasp. I don’t think wife beaters are heroes, I don’t care how you try to spin it and I don’t care what else they do, the fact is that they are bullies and monsters.
Now most of these movies I’ll end up watching when they hit DVD or Netflix. I don’t go to many movies in the theater so it’s kind of a big deal when I do. I will see Godzilla and In Saturn’s Rings in the theater and also the Avengers: Age of Ultron.
While not likely in 2014 I keep hearing whispers of a sequel to Pacific Rim. You can rest assured if that ever becomes official I will be all over it.
Those are some of my picks for movies to see in 2014. I hope everyone of you has a year filled with hope, love and opportunity. K.
Yes it’s the middle of the week and I was only going to blog on weekends but for Godzilla I’ll gladly make an exception.
Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures finally released an official trailer for the upcoming Godzilla movie. Feast your eyes on this:
From the looks of it Godzilla has returned to his original, force of nature, roots and I, for one, am very pleased. No more of the “cute” Godzilla please. The 1970’s were not kind to Godzilla and neither was the Paramount version. It looks to me, if this trailer is anything to go by, that Gareth Edwards has brought the classic Godzilla back to life.
Official Godzilla 2014 Trailer Screen Capture from godzilla-movie.com
News about Godzilla coming out of the SDCC is that the new Godzilla has a cobra head. I do wish I could be there this year. Long time Godzilla fans know that the suit gets redesigned for just about every movie and many have their favorites. Personally I think the Final Wars suit is the best with the Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla suit running a close second. That being said this Godzilla, while not a suit, is at least a clear Godzilla; not like the Not Godzilla from the 1998 movie fiasco. Feel free to chime in with your favorite suit in the comments.
With the breathtaking effects on display in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, produced by Legendary films; I have high hopes for Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, which is using the same production company. It should be, given what we’ve seen so far, gorgeous, stunning and everything Godzilla should be as far as visuals.
Things are happening so quickly I simply cannot blog about them fast enough! So far this week in nerd movie news:
Sharknado 2 has been given the green light. This is no surprise since Sharknado, which I reviewed here and had posted also at The Geek Girl Project, was a surprise phenomenon for the SyFy channel. Sharknado was in the top three twitter trends for several days last week. According to the Guardian UK during the peak of the most exciting moments of Sharknado the viewers were clocking over 5000 tweets per minute. Also it seems that SyFy wants your tag suggestions for the sequel, as you can see in the above link. Audience participation like this is sheer genius on the part of their marketing team.
Asylum Films, who is the production company behind most of the SyFy original movies has announced that New York City will be the setting for the sequel. Because what’s more fun than sharks in subways? Plus NYC is where the giant-alligators-in-the-sewers urban legends are centered and it’s the home of C.H.U.D.. It’s smart of SyFy to ride that wave for as long as they can.
Elysium Movie Poster
I’ve seen a few trailers for Elysium (in theaters August 9th) and I have to say that I’m not really taken by what I’ve seen so far. The really strange thing about that is that I should love this movie. It’s a great premise, the visuals look stunning and I adore Jodie Foster and Matt Damon. So what’s my deal? I have no idea. Something about it is pushing me away though and I cannot pinpoint just what. I hope you, gentle reader, have a more positive reaction to it because it looks like it should be fantastic.
Gravity Movie Poster
Gravity is another science fiction movie I’ve seen a teaser trailer for and that looks like it’s an old school science fiction thriller. To be lost in the endless void, alone, waiting for your oxygen to run out or the heating system to fail? How horrible is that? I love the premise of this movie. I love old school science fiction that doesn’t feel the need to apologize for what it is or throw in idiotic and unnecessary psychopath scenes because the writers understand the strength of the material and trust the audience to get it. This one is dicey though because any movie like this runs the risk of getting bogged down in intrigue, which drives me crazy. Of course I have no idea what this movie is really about since all I’ve seen is the teaser trailer but it looks interesting enough that I’d like to know a bit more. Also, and I know I shouldn’t but, I like Sandra Bullock. K.
Some of you may know that I am a huge Godzilla fan. I’ve been a Godzilla fan since I was a young child and watched those old (and sometimes awful) 70’s Godzilla movies on the Sunday Monster Matinee on the television with my biological father. This left me with a lifelong love of Godzilla movies, comics, you-name-it.
I am very excited about the forthcoming Godzilla movie in 2014. I’ve been deliberately avoiding the hype because I don’t want to ruin any of the experience by knowing things before they’re all put together on the big screen in movie form.
The last Godzilla movie I saw in a theatre was the Not Godzilla movie with Matthew Brodrick (whom I like as an actor), and that was at a brew-pub theatre. There were a lot of Jurassic Park wise-cracks made during that movie. This one coming in 2014 will be a real Godzilla movie and I’m hoping to get to see it opening night in one of the Cinetopias so I can have a beer and watch Godzilla.
For those of you interested in how things are coming along here is a link to the official Godzilla 2014 movie site. Godzilla is being directed by Gareth Edwards who seems to really get what Godzilla is all about. At least so far as I have seen. K.