Having laid dormant for more than a decade, one of the most celebrated monsters of cinema returns to the big screen in Hollywood’s second imagining of Japan’s biggest import. Godzilla, the much anticipated new film in the long running franchise stakes claim as the preeminent city-destroying beast once again next May.
Starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn and Juliette Binoche, Godzilla is the “epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, a spectacular adventure pitting the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.”
The film is the spiritual successor to the 1998 Roland Emmerich film of the same name. That film, while doing fairly well at the box office, failed to impress critics and fans of the series with its hokey dialogue and much revamped monster. Next year’s Gareth Edwards-directed film however, looks to be true to the original Godzilla concept, with the monster looking more like the traditional Japanese vision. I am however, one of the few that enjoyed the 1998 version of the film, but this new movie certainly looks much larger in scale and far less comical than its predecessor. The trademark Godzilla roar at the trailer’s end was all I needed to be on board come next May.
The trailer unfolds in a strange serenity; a beautiful descent from the skies into the destruction, madness and chaos of a world torn apart by monsters. Straitharn’s narration gives the film gravitas, and the smoke-clad unveiling of Godzilla almost awe-inspiring.
Godzilla features a screenplay co-written by Frank Darabont, Max Borenstein and David Callaham. If we’re lucky, Puff Daddy and Jimmy Page will be nowhere near the soundtrack.
May 16th, 2014, Gojira returns.
Buster Keaton’s ‘The General’ gets 4K restoration
Buster Keaton’s 1927 film The General is hailed as one of the most culturally significant films in history. Now a 4K remaster gives it new, HD life.
Buster Keaton’s 1927 film The General is hailed as one of the most culturally significant films in history. Now, almost a century after its release, it is getting a 4K restoration that has given the classic new, high-definition life. Cohen Media has released the trailer for the 4K restoration of the film, which you can watch above.
The General is an American Civil War film based on the true story of the ‘Great Locomotive Chase‘, and sees Keaton in perhaps, his defining role. There are very few film classes you’ll take as a student that won’t at some point, feature Keaton and The General. In one of the film’s most iconic scenes, the train is seen crashing into the river- a scene done with no props- costing a then-staggering $42,000 to film. The General ended up costing $750,000 in 1926 money to make, with that iconic scene becoming the most expensive silent-era shot ever composed. Parts of the train and track were still found in the river in 2007.
The film is ranked as the American Film Institute’s 18th ‘Greatest American Film’ (ever made) and Orson Welles deemed it;
“The greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made.”
High praise from the man who made the greatest film ever made.