Dec. 10, 2013 | 10:57 a.m.
The first full-length trailer for “Godzilla” was out Tuesday morning, revealing plenty of tension, copious destruction and an enormous, havoc-wreaking kaiju. “Godzilla” is directed by Gareth Edwards, whose ambitious independent film “Monsters” garnered critical praise for its mash-up of big visual effects and small art-house atmosphere in 2010. Despite the enormous scale of the remake, the trailer seems to emphasize the ordinary people who get caught in the monster’s wake. The teaser begins with a group of military troops preparing to jump from a plane and face off against Godzilla. “I realize not all of you have had hands-on experience, and frankly, none of us have ever faced a situation quite like this one before,” their commander tells them. “But I would not be asking any one of you to take this leap if I did not have complete faith […]
July 22, 2013 | 7:52 a.m.
If the Godzilla Experience offers any indication of the scope and, well, sheer size of the upcoming Legendary Pictures’ movie directed by Gareth Edwards, then the film’s feature creature may be just as impressive as Guillermo del Toro’s kaiju in “Pacific Rim.” Add in a mix of nostalgia and who knows what kind of destruction Godzilla could wreak on the box office. We lined up outside of a nondescript (except for the picture of a huge creature painted on it and symbols in Japanese) building in the Gaslamp Quarter to await our guide. During what starts out to be a tour of Godzilla memorabilia inside the building on a small set, complete with a malt shop/diner, our group was suddenly whisked from the showroom to the behind-the-scenes headquarters where it seems scientists are tracking Godzilla’s movements and all heck has broken […]
July 20, 2013 | 7:29 p.m.
“Godzilla” was king during Legendary Pictures’ panel presentation in Comic-Con’s Hall H on Saturday. Fans in the 6,500-member audience cheered during the bass-pounding “Godzilla” preview footage, which, in addition to showing off its titular kaiju, revealed a first glimpse of a winged monster that could be Mothra. The panel also featured presentations for “300: Rise of an Empire” and “Seventh Son.” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 “Godzilla” is directed by Gareth Edwards, whose ambitious independent film “Monsters” garnered critical praise for its mashup of big visual effects and small art-house atmosphere. It’s exactly what attracted “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston to the project. “It was fantastic because he was able to make a monster movie also into a character-driven component where you really felt for these people,” Cranston said of “Monsters.” “And that’s what he transformed this ‘Godzilla’ into.” […]
July 14, 2013 | 5:15 p.m.
Godzilla is heading to Comic-Con International, and Legendary Pictures, the company behind next year’s big screen reboot of the King of the Monsters, wants to make sure you’re keeping pace with his whereabouts. As pop culture enthusiasts prepare to descend on San Diego this week for the annual gathering devoted to film, television, video games, cosplay and, of course, comic books, Legendary released a new video with “Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”) promising that fans can expect something big and surprising relating to the film. (To see for yourself, watch the clip at the top of this post.) The new “Godzilla” stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen and Juliette Binoche, with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston, and the project will be one of two from Legendary and Warner Bros. that will get its share of the spotlight on the […]
July 06, 2013 | 3:38 p.m.
The Comic-Con International schedule for Saturday, July 20, is out, with projects including “The Hunger Games,” “Godzilla,” and “Thor: The Dark World” among the upcoming movies topping the schedule for Hall H, the event’s premier 6,500 seat venue. Legendary and Warner Bros. kick off the Hall H programming with presentations on the “Godzilla” reboot from director Gareth Edwards, which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen and Juliette Binoche, with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. “Seventh Son” will follow the king of the monsters onto the stage — the Jeff Bridges-starrer also features Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes. In the same session, Warners’ presentation will showcase a trio of its own projects without ties to Legendary: “300: Rise of an Empire,” “Gravity” and “The LEGO Movie.” “Rise of an Empire” is neither a sequel or a prequel to Zack Snyder’s […]
Jan. 05, 2013 | 11:30 a.m.
David S. Goyer has made a living inventing outsized mythologies for some of pop culture’s most beloved figures — Batman, Superman, he’s even working on a new Godzilla movie due out in 2014. Now, he’s giving Leonardo da Vinci the superhero treatment. Starz’s “Da Vinci’s Demons” presents the gifted Renaissance artist as a born-out-of-wedlock tortured genius with a penchant for opium who is branded as a heretic by the all-powerful church. All of which, Goyer points out, is true. The eight-episode series, which is set to premiere April 12, concentrates on Da Vinci (played by English actor Tom Riley) as a young man beginning at 25 and imagines his development as a free thinker in a rigid, often-secretive society. There is surprisingly little known about the Italian artist, often regarded as one of the greatest geniuses of Western civilization, during […]
March 28, 2011 | 7:25 p.m.
Reed Johnson is one of the most astute culture writers in American journalism, and as all of us have watched moments of calamity, courage and grief play out on the other side of the globe in Japan this month, his thoughts turned to the mirror moments of national disaster that have played out so famously in Japanese pop culture. Here’s an excerpt from his new article on the uncomfortable feelings and thoughts that come with this bundling of contemporary tragedy and pop-culture memory… The sublimely cheesy, enormously popular “Godzilla” films launched in the 1950s depicted a dinosaur-like monster, spawned by underwater nuclear detonations, crashing through the streets of Tokyo. The popular 1973 novel “Japan Sinks” envisions the island nation being physically split in two by a combined earthquake-tsunami. And in the landmark 1988 animated sci-fi film “Akira,” adapted from a manga epic, a nuclear […]
Feb. 23, 2011 | 9:30 a.m.
IDW Publishing down in San Diego is thinking big these days — especially when it comes to “Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters” and its 75 variant covers. That’s right, 75 variant covers. You can find every one of them above and you’ll see pretty quickly that there’s a retail method to IDW’s monster madness. – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED Godzilla’s legacy emerges from the depths Gamera never goes out of style Superheroes of Japan who predate Superman? Steve Niles scares up laughs with “Doc Macabre” Mignola on Kirby, Hollywood & strange night in Prague Grant Morrison: Evil is the new black Frank Miller: “I’ve taken Batman as far as he can go” Darwyn Cooke’s gamble: Rewriting “The Outfit”
May 17, 2010 | 11:47 p.m.
Hero Complex contributor Susan King is big in Japan, and so is Gamera. Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s, um … a giant turtle that spins and spews fire as it flies through the air? That’s right, it’s “Gamera: The Giant Monster,” which destroys everything that stands in its path — save for little children. Aww, hard shell — soft heart! On Tuesday, Shout! Factory releases a DVD of the original 1965 Japanese horror film produced by the Daiei Motion Picture Co. as a direct competitor to Toho Studio’s established monster, the mighty Godzilla. The competition didn’t really go so well for the massive sabre-toothed, turtleshell terror. While the Japanese version of “Godzilla” is actually a well-made, effective thriller, “Gamera” is pretty cheesy with all the seams showing — including visible wires and rinky-dink miniatures. […]
Sept. 22, 2009 | 10:48 p.m.
Randy Lewis is back writing for the Hero Complex. Here’s his look back at the Lizard King of Japanese cinema… The 2004 theatrical reissue of the original 1954 Japanese version of “Gojira,” which washed up on U.S. shores two years later in re-edited form as “Godzilla, King of the Monsters,” gave American audiences lots to rethink about the monster-movie classic. With the restoration of 40 minutes of footage deleted for its stateside release and partially replaced with 20 minutes of new scenes built around the insertion of American actor Raymond Burr, as reporter Steve Martin, the movie and its antinuclear theme come through more powerfully, even though Gojira remains an actor in a rubbery suit stomping his way through miniaturized Japanese cities and villages. The original “Gojira” comes to Blu-ray disc this week in a new high-definition transfer accompanied by an illuminating […]