Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Danging Baby Groot Figure

Cool Stuff is your geekarific pop culture holiday shopping guide published all year round. In today’s Cool Stuff we take a look at Hasbro’s foot-tall Dancing Baby Groot figure from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2., LEGO Brick Headz of Belle and Beast from Beauty and the Beast, Patrick Wong’s Star Wars-inspired vinyl art release ST-60, ApeMeetsGirl’s awesome 80’s inspired Totoro giclee print, an awesome Batman: Arkham Origins statue, a limited edition Beauty and the Beast “enchanted rose” glass from the Alamo Drafthouse, NECA’s new 12-inch Shin Godzilla figure, and a series of Peanuts prints for Valentine’s Day.

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fantastic fest 2016 awards

You never know what you’re going to get at Fantastic Fest, the Austin-based genre film festival that takes great delight in immersing attendees in the strangest, wildest, and most unique movies from around the globe. Over the course of eight days, I saw 27 movies. I saw some of the best films I’ve seen all year. I saw oddities I will never forget. I saw some things I wish I could forget. As is always the case, I missed a few big titles, like Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, the divisive The Greasy Strangler, and the crowd-pleasing Bad Black.

But now, it’s time to put a bow on this year’s fest. Sure, the festival itself has juries on hand to recognize films in the line-up, but there’s only one awards ceremony that really matters here – the one that I create out of thin air to throw imaginary accolades at my favorite movies from the line-up.

So, without further ado, let’s dive in the best, weirdest, funniest, oddest, scariest, etc. movies to emerge from Fantastic Fest 2016.

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It’s been almost a week since I saw Shin Godzilla at Fantastic Fest 2016 and I haven’t stopped thinking about it. As I explained in my review, Toho’s 29th Godzilla film is fascinating and frustrating in equal measure, deliberately sidestepping what everyone expects from a kaiju movie so it can deliver something truly unique. Those hoping for a traditional monster movie may be disappointed by Shin Godzilla, but anyone looking for a Godzilla movie that that is weird and dense enough to inspire actual conversations will be delighted.

And that brings me to today’s piece of news: I’m proud to debut a new still from the film, offering an up close and personal look at the king of the monsters himself.

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Everything We Saw at Fantastic Fest 2016

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When the smoke cleared, I ended up seeing 27 movies over eight days at Fantastic Fest 2016. The Austin-based genre film festival always has a strong line-up of odd, unusual, and unique movies from around the world, but this year was truly exceptional – I saw very few movies I wouldn’t recommend in some capacity. I even saw a handful of movies that are in serious contention for my end-of-the-year top 10.

For the sake of completeness, I have compiled all of my Fantastic Fest coverage into one place, with links to my reviews and smaller capsule reviews for everything that didn’t get their own post. If you’re looking for a something terrifying or unique or action-packed or tear-jerking or just plain unusual, there is something here for you.

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What is Shin Godzilla?

Known as Godzilla: Resurgence in Japan, it is the 29th Godzilla movie produced by the legendary production company Toho. It is directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi and no connection whatsoever to Gareth Edwards’ 2014 film or the giant monster universe Warner Bros. is currently building.

But that doesn’t really answer the question, because Shin Godzilla isn’t what many viewers think it will be. So, what is Shin Godzilla? That’s a difficult question to answer because Anno and Higuchi have really made four movies in one package and each one is fascinating and frustrating and genuinely revealing about what this iconic, and wholly Japanese, series actually represents in the year 2016.

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Shin Godzilla Trailer

Godzilla already made a comeback in the United States with director Gareth Edwards taking a stab at the king of monsters. But now the creators of Godzilla are giving him a revival of their own with Shin Godzilla, formerly known as Godzilla: Resurgence.

FUNimation is bringing the Japanese sci-fi flick to the United States for a limited engagement, opting to keep the original Japanese title. And when you see the Shin Godzilla trailer, you’ll see that this is a Japanese Godzilla movie through and through, however, there does appear to be a slight touch of Cloverfield in there as well. Watch below! Read More »

Godzilla Resurgence US Release Date

Toho Company Ltd. has already brought back Godzilla in a big way over in Japan. Shin Godzilla (or Godzilla: Resurgence as it’s known in the United States) marked the 31st film the long-running monster movie franchise (the 29th produced by Toho), and the film has been quite the hit overseas. In its opening weekend, the film pulled in $6.1 million, which was triple the previous Godzilla film from Toho, and since then it has grossed a total of nearly $51 million, making it the highest grossing live-action film of 2016 in Japan to date.

Now Godzilla fans will get a chance to see the return of the classic movie monster in the United States as Funimation Films, who acquired the rights to the film during San Diego Comic-Con this past summer, have just set a release for this fall. Find out when you can see Godzilla: Resurgence after the jump. Read More »