Lying somewhat quietly between two of David Fincher‘s most beloved works is The Game (1997) starring Michael Douglas. Although it failed to reach the level of critical and box office success enjoyed by Seven (1995) or the cult classic status of Fight Club (1999), after watching its Criterion Collection DVD release this past week I came away thinking that it may actually be one of Fincher’s best directorial efforts. Working from a script by John Brancato and Michael Ferris (2/3 of the writing trio that helped bring you the 2004 Catwoman screenplay that you enjoyed so much), Fincher’s cold/muted color palette, striking visual style, and fantastic pacing help elevate the interesting, albeit occasionally absurd, screenplay to another level. The result is a haunting work that expertly sets up and tears down the callous, calculated world of corporate wealth by forcing Douglas’ Ebenezer Scrooge archetype to see the shell of a life he has outside of his work and possessions. The Game may go off the rails at times, but with Fincher’s steady hand guiding the story it does so in all the extremely dark, right ways.
My Fincher recommendation aside, I should mention that the Top 5 will take a quick week hiatus to allow me to travel next weekend. In the meantime, this week’s installment highlights the Star Wars: Episode VII casting news involving Adam Driver, the new trailer for director Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla, a review and interviews for Non-Stop, worlds colliding as Brendan’s Cinemath meets Adam’s Oscar Beat, and our Veronica Mars set visit coverage. As you’ve come to expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
New images have been released for Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla. Although we recently got a new trailer, plot details remain scarce beyond the eponymous monster running amok and helpless humans trying to figure out how to deal with him. These new images don’t provide any more details, but I’m glad we’re not at a marketing overload point. There’s just enough mystery here to keep it interesting without being gratingly coy about the whole affair.
Hit the jump to check out the images along with a size chart for how all of the various Godzillas stack up against each other. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn. Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.
With director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming monster redo Godzilla opening May 16th, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have recently started amping up their promotional campaign by releasing a new poster last week. If you thought that was cool, you’re going to love what they released today: Godzilla’s new roar. As you can hear after the jump, it starts with almost 10 seconds of monster fury and I cannot wait to see it on the big screen in a few months. Check it out.
Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, and Elizabeth Olsen, and the film “pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s arrogance, threaten our very existence.” The film also stars Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn.
Update: WB has also sent over an animated roar. We’ve embedded that as well.
Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have released a new poster for director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming monster redo Godzilla. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, and Elizabeth Olsen, the film “pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s arrogance, threaten our very existence.” Thus far the marketing materials have (wisely) only focused on the titular monster, but it’ll be interesting to get a look at these other “malevolent creatures” when the film hit theaters. For now, though, this poster does a fine job of conveying the enormous scale of Godzilla as well as the immense amount of destructing left in his wake.
Hit the jump to take a look at the poster. The film also stars Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn. Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.
Before Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla lands on our shores this May, a new prequel graphic novel will act as a lead-in to the story. Titled “Godzilla: Awakening”, the 72-pager will take a look at the dawn of the atomic age, decades before the events of the film take place, back to a time when monstrous lifeforms were woken from their slumber. Co-written by Max and Greg Borenstein, “Godzilla: Awakening” features artwork from Eric Battle, Yvel Guichet, Alan Quah and Lee Loughridge, with cover art by Arthur Adams.
Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Sally Hawkins, and opens May 16th. Hit the jump for more on Godzilla and the upcoming graphic novel, “Godzilla: Awakening”.
What began as a way to keep my mind off of my upcoming fantasy football playoff matchup has blossomed into a full-on love affair. Over the past week I’ve watched a considerable amount of Parks and Recreation via Netflix and I couldn’t be happier with my time killer of choice. I’ve made it through the first three seasons, all of which have delivered consistent laughs and excellent character moments (Ron’s inability to resist his ex-wife and Leslie’s attempt to stay awake during Pawnee Cares’ diabetes telethon come to mind). I’ll admit that my television viewing is often marred by my own skepticism. When Parks debuted, I watched the first few episodes and wrote it off as cutting and pasting The Office‘s format into a small town, local government setting. These last few days I’ve realized that’s almost exactly what Parks is and yet I couldn’t care less because it’s smart, funny, and endearing at nearly every turn.
My new found love of Parks and Recreation now officially on the record, this week’s Top 5 includes The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug interviews and review, the first trailer for director Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla, a recap of Steve’s visit to the set of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Pompeii, several bits of news out of the Terminator reboot camp, and the first trailer for The Wachowski Siblings‘ latest Jupiter Ascending. What comes next is a brief recap and link to each of the above.
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released the first trailer for director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla along with a new poster If you want to see the titular kaiju, you’re going to be in for a bit of a disappointment, but you should be encouraged by the style Edwards is bringing to the movie. There are some great-looking shots, especially the opening halo jump and the red smoke clouds following the paratroopers. And when Godzilla is finally “revealed”, it’s in a stunning, smokey silhouette. It’s an effective teaser trailer, and I don’t mind waiting to see more while the special effects team attempts to recreate one of cinema’s most memorable monsters.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the new poster. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Sally Hawkins. Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.
We got an early look at the monster design for Godzilla during Comic-Con, but news from the Legendary picture has been relatively quiet since then. But thanks to the modern miracles of the internet and product placement, we have a new look at the title beastie thanks to a new book that’s on the market for pre-order.
Director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn, and opens May 16, 2014. Hit the jump to take a look at the new image.
While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, actor Bryan Cranston and filmmaker Gareth Edwards talked about their new take on the classic creature Godzilla. The sci-fi action-adventure epic pits the world’s most famous monster against creatures who threaten humanity’s very existence. The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche and David Strathairn.
During the interview, Bryan Cranston and Gareth Edwards talked about what it is about Godzilla that still resonates with people, how the film is structured, dealing with the special effects, the biggest challenges of the shoot, and the tone of the films. Edwards also said that he’d definitely be interested in directing a sequel, if the possibility came up. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are bringing the classic monster Godzilla back to the screen next year, and the pic comes with some fairly lofty expectations from longtime fans of the character. The studios surprised last year at Comic-Con by showing a reel of test footage shot by Gareth Edwards, teasing his take on the monster. Godzilla returned to Hall H again this year, but this time it came with some actual footage from Edwards’ filming, revealing that Godzilla will indeed fight other monsters in the new movie. Edwards took the Hall H stage with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston to talk about Edwards’ intimate take on the story, filming in Canada, balancing the monster aspect of the film with the human element, and much more.
Hit the jump for my full recap of the Comic-Con panel for Godzilla.
Last week, Warner Bros. and Legendary began their Comic-Con viral campaign for Godzilla by painting a building in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, and then a few days later by revving up “godzillaencounter.com“, which sounds like a kaiju dating site. Now, Godzilla director Gareth Edwards has added to the film’s marketing campaign by not only offering the update that principal photography has almost wrapped, but that fans in San Diego should keep their eyes open and stay tuned to the viral website as well as Legendary’s twitter feed. I don’t know what WB/Legendary have planned, but I’ll be curious to see how effective it is in rounding up curious convention-goers.
Hit the jump to check out the video message from Edwards. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Richard T. Jones. Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.
Production is currently underway on director Gareth Edwards’ reboot of Godzilla, and a new behind-the-scenes image has been unveiled by Legendary. While we previously got a look at the crew shooting inside an airport, this image is quite a bit more exciting as we get to survey some of the damage done by the titular creature. Needless to say, it doesn’t look like Godzilla is exactly tiptoeing across the country. At Comic-Con last year, I got a look at the test reel that Edwards shot to showcase his vision for the film, and if the finished movie is anything like that, then there is going to be a massive amount of destruction. The design for the creature—at least in that test reel—is absolutely huge.
Hit the jump to check out the new image. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Crantson, Sally Hawkins, and Ken Watanabe. Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.
Check out the latest casting news below:
- Sally Hawkins (Submarine) has joined the cast of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot, featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen.
- Adewale Akkinuoye-Agbaje (The Bourne Identity) has boarded Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii, starring Kit Harington, Emily Browning and Kiefer Sutherland.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
Filming is currently underway in Vancouver on director Gareth Edwards’ new take on Godzilla, and the production has been rather generous to the legions of curious fans thus far, giving fans peeks behind-the-scenes of the pic. Edwards previously shared a video greeting from the first day of filming a couple of weeks ago, and now Legendary Pictures has released a new set photo that reveals that OG star Akira Takarada will make an appearance in the upcoming redo. Takarada was the lead in Ishiro Honda’s 1954 original film Godzilla, which spawned countless sequels, offshoots, spinoffs, and remakes. It’s unknown how big of a role Takrada will have in Legendary/Warner Bros.’ new film, but it’s certainly neat to see Edwards paying tribute to the original Godzilla.
Hit the jump to check out the set photo featuring Takarada and Edwards. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Crantson and Ken Watanabe. Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.
It was just yesterday that we received word that Gareth Edwards‘ (Monsters) new take on Godzilla had begun filming in Vancouver. Today, we get a video greeting from the man himself that is short but certainly sweet—sweet in the sense that Gareth’s a good chap—plus, a batch of tantalizing photos from the set.
Hit the jump to check ‘em out. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Crantson and Ken Watanabe, with a script from Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont, and Dave Callaham, Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.