The summer movie season is officially over and that means its time to wrap up our 2014 Summer Movie Wager. If you are unclear, every year a group of us attempt to predict which films will be the top ten of the summer season. You get points for being as accurate as possible.
Like most summers, 2014 was filled with surprises and familiarity. The biggest surprise? Guardians of the Galaxy. In just four weeks, it outgrossed every other film of the summer including massive hits like Transformers: Age of Extinction, X-Men: Days of the Future Past and more. What wasn’t a surprise? Almost everything else. Of the three contestants (myself, Peter Sciretta and Jeff Cannata) we all got at least 9 of the 10 films in the top ten right. The order was another story and is what finally declared a winner.
Below, check out the final point totals and watch our wrap-up video podcast. Read More »
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Movie heaven comes to Austin, Texas during the third week of September. Not only is that when Fantastic Fest is happening (much more on that in the coming days) but the fine folks at Mondo are simultaneously hosting their first convention, MondoCon. But no, this isn’t going to be just a place to buy posters. As discussed a few months back, MondoCon will be a gathering for everything a movie fan or collector could desire.
Mondo has just released the full programming line-up, as well as a few small glimpses at the goodies. Among the highlights? A mini-gallery exhibition of work based on The Iron Giant, including that film’s score available on vinyl. The lost score to 2001: A Space Odyssey will be on sale along with a panel discussion. A never-made 1983 U.S. Godzilla film will be revealed through storyboards and concept images. Plus a screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with live score, the world premiere of a documentary on the 2000AD comic brand and much more.
And that’s just part of it. Will there be posters? You bet. Lots of surprise posters along with the first Alex Ross Mondo poster. Will there be guests? Tons, including newly annoucned names like Bryan Lee O’Malley, JC Richard and William Stout.
The event takes place September 20-21 in Austin and tickets are still on sale. Below, read the full programming press release. Read More »
With Summer 2014 approaching its conclusion, its time to look back and inventory the blockbuster season. For the last few years, the Summer movie season has been filled with a lot of disappointment. This year, however, a lot of great films hit theaters. My top twelve best movies of Summer 2014 list is comprised of a mix of big Hollywood blockbusters and some smaller independent films which played Sundance and other film festivals earlier in the year. Some of these may have flown under your radar. Which films made my top ten movies of Summer 2014? Hit the jump and find out.
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Legendary Pictures attempted to surprise the crowd at 2014 Comic Con with a teaser trailer announcing a King Kong-set film project Skull Island. We were given very little information about the project, but Monday we learned more about the writer developing the project and that Legendary has offered the movie to Attack the Block director Joe Cornish. But we still don’t know what the film is about. Is the Skull Island movie adaptation based on a King Kong novel, or an original tale set in the King Kong universe? Or is it possible that Legendary Pictures is working hand in hand with Universal Studios theme parks on making a movie based on a theme park ride that hasn’t even been constructed? I’ll explore both of these questions and more, after the jump.
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A couple years back, Legendary Pictures surprised San Diego Comic Con International with an FX test for Godzilla created by director Gareth Edwards. The footage was the talk of Comic Con that year, and in 2014 Legendary has once again surprised Hall H with a reveal of the potential Godzilla 2 monsters.
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Legendary Pictures is the production company behind last year’s Pacific Rim and this year’s Godzilla. They’re two very different movies featuring building-sized monsters battling other massively-scaled creatures. Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro is a huge Godzilla fan and Legendary CEO Thomas Tull obviously loves the idea of big monsters fighting. Since both films were produced by the same people, and released by the same studio, a crossover seems possible, right? Well, the filmmakers have jokingly toyed with fan notions of a possible crossover, and both films have sequels in development, but it’s very unlikely to happen.
On the Internet, though, anything and everything is possible. A really good trailer mashup of Pacific Rim and Godzilla, called Paczilla, is now online. Check out the Godzilla Pacific Rim crossover you’ve been waiting for below. Read More »
It’s been a year since we featured one of Mike Relm‘s video and music remixes, but he’s back with a new video. This one pulls from Godzilla, and chews up sounds, dialogue, and images from the film into a clanging, aggressive juggernaut that uses Godzilla’s roar like a snare drum. Check it out below. Read More »
Godzilla is stomping through theaters worldwide, but even with the mysteries of the new movie fully revealed on screen, there are still hidden bits of recent Godzilla history to uncover. For instance, two new pieces of concept art have surfaced showing ideas batted around a couple years ago. These were likely done before the current incarnation of the film really got rolling, but one in particular is eye-catching enough to merit a look. Read More »
Godzilla destroyed at the box office over the weekend, and Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have begun to release some cool behind the scenes videos to explain the creation of the movie magic we saw on screen.
First up, New York Times got director Gareth Edwards to narrate over the “Halo Jump” skydiving sequence (which was heavily seen in the film’s promotion) for their awesome Anatomy of a Scene video feature. Secondly, Yahoo talked to sound designers Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn to get details about how they created the Godzilla roar. You can watch both of these videos embedded after the jump.
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