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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David and Devindra are joined by Matt Singer of The Dissolve to discuss the latest Godzilla film. Plus, Dave reports back from his first few days at SIFF.
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With Godzilla in theaters, Legendary and Warner Bros. have revealed discussions for a sequel. We don’t know what the story will be (Mothra, perhaps?), and there is no confirmation that director Gareth Edwards will return, but given the performance of the first film, there’s reason to guess that the job of directing Godzilla 2 is Edwards’ to refuse. The fact of sequel development hardly comes as a surprise, but this is the first official nod acknowledging that something is in the works. Read More »
The new version of Godzilla, from Monsters director Gareth Edwards, is now in theaters. The film isn’t cut from the well-established blockbuster template. Edwards keeps things quiet, and really holds back when it comes to showing monster action. He gets to the big effects pieces, of course, but tries to ground all the setpieces in a relatable human point of view. We’ve talked about the film, and reviewed it. Now we’d like to know what you think .Talk about Godzilla in the comments section after the break. Full spoilers are encouraged to facilitate conversation, so don’t hold back. Read More »