Godzilla Review

Note: We’re bumping this review as the film is now in theaters.

Godzilla, the remake directed by Gareth Edwards, gives you everything you could want in a big summer monster movie. It just takes its sweet time getting there.

A reboot of the classic franchise, Godzilla was constructed with a clear eye cast back to similar monster movies, such as Jaws and Jurassic Park. Films, in other words, that build character and suspense by holding back the creature. In fact, in this film, we don’t see Godzilla himself for almost an hour. And while that very conscious decision will make some people uneasy, the work by actors Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and others give the film a humanity and drive that keep it interesting until things get monstrous. Read the rest of our Godzilla review below. Read More »

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The Beauty and Grandeur of ‘Godzilla’

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Gareth Edwards Godzilla hits theaters this weekend (see Germain’s review here). I thought the film was good, but not great. It doesn’t have as much action as other “Big Monster” movies such as Pacific Rim or even Roland Emmerich’s terrible 1998 version; instead, it chooses to focus on the human dramas that result from Godzilla’s appearance. The only problem is that aside from Bryan Cranston’s character of Joe Brody, none of these characters are very compelling, nor do they offer much to root for. Many of them feel like cardboard cutouts, existing only to spout exposition or serve a brief plot purpose before the movie forgets about them until the next time they are necessary.

But one thing that is undeniable is how incredible Godzilla looks.
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See Five Alternate ‘Godzilla’ Designs

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After years of secrecy about the look of Legendary’s new take on Godzilla, the giant lizard’s current form has been seen round the world via marketing materials and screenings of the new film. But the big guy wasn’t just born like that. Many concept designs were produced and considered as the folks at Legendary, along with director Gareth Edwards, decided on the proper look for their film. Now, some of those alternate Godzilla designs are out in the wild, too. See a few below. Read More »

air force godzilla

After Pacific Rim last year, and Godzilla this year, it’s about time the United States military finally figured out a plan to fight giant monsters. And that’s exactly what they’ve done. In a very joking way, of course. Who would win in an Air force Godzilla fight?

The Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine interviewed members of the U.S. Air Force stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan to ask them how they’d combat Godzilla. Check out the answer below plus see an infographic of just how big the new Godzilla is. Read More »

Pitch Perfect

Treble comes for the Barden Bellas again as Adam DeVine joins the Pitch Perfect sequel. Also after the jump:

  • Will Mothra make an appearance in Godzilla 2?
  • David Spade would like to bring you Joe Dirt 2
  • Now You See Me 2 will shoot later this year, probably
  • The Smurfs reboot gets pushed back a year
  • Hear Jon Snow in a How to Train Your Dragon 2 clip
  • Check out the trailer for the Rurouni Kenshin sequels
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction gets a Chevy commercial
  • See pics from the making of the Transformers soundtrack

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two Godzilla clips

Want to see more of Godzilla? New clips and a big collection of behind the scenes shots will give you more of a look at the revitalized lizard. You can see Gareth Edwards directing Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, among others, in eleven minutes of behind the scenes B-roll. In addition, two of the film’s better scenes have been excerpted as clips. Check out the two Godzilla clips and other footage below. Read More »

Godzilla fat

If anyone was safe from the horrors of fat-shaming, you’d think it’d be Godzilla. After all, he’s a massive, terrifying monster whose only real job is to be as massive and as terrifying as possible.

Nevertheless, Japanese fans are reportedly mocking Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla for being “an American fatty.” “He’s gone and supersized himself,” one snarked. Hit the jump to see what else they had to say about the poor giant.

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godzilla The 2014 Summer Movie Wager

Its that time of year again. Jeff Cannata (formerly of the Totally Rad Show, now host of NLB and DLC, and a frequent co-host of the /Filmcast) has thrown down the gauntlet, and once again challenged /Film to compete with him in what has become an annual tradition: the Summer Movie Wager. Every year in the past I would make a guest appearance on the Totally Rad Show for this segment, but with that show now disbanded we have taken on the job of hosting this contest on /Film.

This year the contest includes Germain Lussier, Jeff Cannata and myself in a game is to decide what will be the highest grossing films of the Summer. It’s a free-for-all; the person with the best score wins. But it isn’t just that easy — not only do the participants need to predict what 10 films will be the highest grossing films domestically, but we need to place them in order. After the jump you can watch the full episode of the show with our predictions.

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