Well hello there, New Year! Glad to see you join us. You sure have a lot to live up to, as 2015 left a pretty high standard for the movie-going experience, particularly of those about far away galaxies. So what movies can and should you look forward to in 2016? Well I certainly can’t force any particular choices onto your personal list, but I definitely want to tell you mine, in the hopes that we can celebrate their releases together!
So without further ado, let’s take a look at my picks for what movies I’m excited to see in 2016.
In 2014, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures teamed up to bring The King of the Monsters, Godzilla, back to the big screen. The results were mostly successful, and gave both companies the green-light to continue with their collaboration in creating more Monster Movies – and not just any creature features, ones that would all be linked in a shared universe. Yeah, that’s right, Godzilla and Universal’s King Kong, along with a ton of other famous Kaiju, are gonna be part of one cinematic saga.
San Diego Comic Con has just begun, and with it comes the incredible amount of moments that will either rock the internet world, or leave it yawning in its wake. So with that in mind, let us take a look at what could happen, and which of those moments I (and the rest of fandom) are anticipating the most.
As a child, I was raised on a fairy tale. It told of a green giant lizard, who roamed the country of Japan, equally destroying it and saving it with all his might. I was (cinematically) told countless tales of his adventures against other similar monsters of flight and fancy, especially those of a golden three-headed dragon he faced. And though these were never the conventional tales a child of my age would be told, they were the ones that stuck with me, and told me right from wrong. Of course, this wasn’t written by Anderson or Grimm, but many of you know to whom I speak of: Godzilla.
In the 90’s, Godzilla’s countless theatrical appearances were shown to me by my father. We’d watch the available VHS’s and the re-runs on various TV channels, allowing me the chance to learn more about my favorite giant monster. But regardless of the iteration, I loved seeing the Kaiju terror raid through Japan, stepping on any pagoda he could find.
Now we have arrived to 2014, where Godzilla has returned to the big screen, finally in a version that repairs the damage of the 1998 American film of the same name (which lacked any real connection to it’s Toho source material.) This new film though has a much stronger relation to it’s Japanese films of the past, which makes me eternally an 8 year old again.
My inner child is very satisfied tonight after seeing the new Godzilla remake that hit theatres this weekend. Directed by Gareth Edwards, it features all the monster on monster violence a girl could dream of. It also ditches the convoluted attempts at plot, terrible acting, and abysmal graphics that made the 1998 version unwatchable. Godzilla might not be thought provoking, it’s certainly entertaining. After all, who doesn’t want to watch a giant lizard smash up a city, really?
I am not a panel-goer. This is ironic, I know, considering I run panels myself, on occasion, but, when left to my own devices, my style of con-going generally doesn’t include more than one or two panels per convention…sometimes none at all. At New York Comic Con, or similar major industry-run events, I’ll attend panels featuring my favorite creators and celebrities, but when it comes to fan-run panels at cons like Anime Boston, despite my best intentions and even having a list of sessions that interest me, I tend to get distracted by friends, cosplay, meetups, and spending way too much money in the Artist Alley.
This Anime Boston, however, there was one panel on Friday that was just too awesome-sounding to miss: “A History of Kaijus with Doctors Geizler and Gottlieb”. The description:
“Join Kaiju-Science specialists Dr. Newton Geiszler and Dr. Hermann Gottlieb in diving into the history of Kaiju films! From Godzilla and the other original Monster Island and Toho characters, up through Cloverfield, The Host and Pacific Rim itself, we will explore the origins of the eastern monster movie and the effect it’s had on Western Sci-fi films, as well as how anime and Mecha come into play. Come on down and join the Kaiju groupie fun!”
As a fan of last summer’s monsters-versus-mechas hit, Pacific Rim, I was more than willing to drop all of my other plans to learn more about Godzilla and his extended family.
It’s been a while since the King of the Monsters has been featured in any American ads. Probably his most famous was during 1992, when NBA all star Charles Barkley dueled against the famous kaiju for Nike. Now Legendary, via their Facebook page, debuted the latest Snickers candy commercial which would feature the one and only Godzilla.
This new ad, part of their “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry” campaign, will be featured during this Sunday’s telecast of the Academy Awards. Joining the ranks of Robin Williams, Godzilla is shown in the commercial as your everyday kind of guy. Suddenly, we see what he’s like when he doesn’t get a bite of a Snickers, and trust me it ain’t pretty.
Though the commercial is clearly using an older design for the pop culture icon, it’s still nice to see him used in a hilarious, light hearted campaign like he was back in the 90’s. If you want more Godzilla action in your life, check out the movie hitting theaters May 16th.
The day has come, and the King of the Monsters has returned. Today, Legendary and Warner Bros. debuted the full trailer for it’s 2014 entry into the Kaiju epic franchise, Godzilla. It’s big, scary, and gives us a glimmer of the shear gigantic scoop director Gareth Edwards and company are presenting to us this coming May.
If I was excited before, this has really got my Monster rumble blood boiling with pure fangirl love! We get more of an idea of the plot, an interesting mix of the original 1954 film with an updated, expanded story. There are hints that maybe there is, like in the Toho films, a Monster Island, along with as hinted in many interviews, a new monster for Godzilla to battle. We even get a first look at Godzilla screaming in full motion. Even though its a very small and short scene, the terror evoked in it and the entire trailer has got me really, truly, freaking out.
Are you ready to Kaiju rumble? Godzilla stomps his way into theaters May 16th, 2014.