Godzilla Trailer Finally Officially Released

Official Godzilla Poster

Official Godzilla Poster

Official Godzilla Poster

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.

Here’s a link to the official Godzilla Movie site too.

Rose City Comic Con Kaiju of Pacific Rim Panel Discussion A Real Treat

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Crimson Typhoon from the Official Pacific Rim Stills on Facebook

Crimson Typhoon from the Official Pacific Rim Stills on Facebook

Those of you who read my movie reviews on The Geek Girl Project, or even have followed this blog for any length of time, will know that I am a huge Godzilla fan from way back. If you read my tribute piece on Pacific Rim you will know that it was my father who instilled in me this love of giant monsters by watching them with me when I was a small child. I recently learned that he got his love of Godzilla from his own mother, my late and beloved grandmother. So it was no small thing that there was, for the first time since I started going to Comic Cons (granted only in the past couple of years) that there was a panel discussion on Kaiju at the Rose City Comic Con.

Godzilla was the very first Kaiju (strange monster) or more accurately Daikaiju (giant strange monster) and all others have followed in the giant radioactive lizard’s footsteps. So with great excitement and anticipation I attended the Kaiju panel discussion at the Rose City Comic Con. They specifically focused on the Kaiju of Pacific Rim, which is, in my humble opinion, the best movie of the year (and yes I saw Star Trek: Into Darkness and I thought it was fantastic).

There were three speakers on the panel: Kyle Young of Kaijucast.com (shameless plug), Jeff and Brian. These guys know their Kaiju. They even gave me a couple of suggestions for movies I haven’t seen and I thought I was fairly up on my Japanese monster movies. Kyle specifically suggested a trilogy called Daimajin that was recently released in the US as an excellent example of feudal monster movies based upon Yokai, which is the Japanese equivalent of our mythological monsters like ghosts, the Loch Ness Monster, or Sasquatch.
They had a lot of interesting things to say about the Kaiju of Pacific Rim. For example Knifehead was patterned after a Goblin shark. Also that the names had meanings, like Otachi translates roughly as big sword or that Raiju is a reference to a Yokai.

Their final word of advice for Kaiju fans and specifically fans of Pacific Rim was to follow Travis Beacham on Tumblir. Something I intend to do as soon as I have 5 minutes to spare.

Overall it was an excellent panel discussion. My only quibble is that there wasn’t enough discussion of Godzilla or other classic Kaiju. Given that Pacific Rim is A) a fantastic movie and B) they only had an hour I can understand that they couldn’t cover all of the Kaiju they would have liked to. Since the panel drew a larger crowd than they expected and with a new Godzilla movie coming out in 2014 I am hoping to attend more like it at future cons.

Oh and one last thing. Kyle grabbed a bunch of promotional Godzilla posters from the San Deigo Comic Con and I was able to snag one. Thank you Kyle! K.

Godzilla 2014, Sharknado Sequel and Other Nerdish Movies Coming Up

Official Godzilla 2014 Trailer Screen Capture from godzilla-movie.com

Official Godzilla 2014 Trailer Screen Capture from godzilla-movie.com

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

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 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.