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PiercingMetal Sees “Shin Godzilla” aka “Godzilla Resurgence” @ AMC Empire 25

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“Shin Godzilla” is the latest film featuring the King Of The Monsters and the 31st to feature the famous Kaiju. 29 films came care of the Toho Studios people while two were American made features. You might recall the dismal “Godzilla” with Matthew Broderick from 1998 along with the 2014 reboot of that which was also called “Godzilla”. That wasn’t as bad by comparison. Now I got to see this film a couple of weeks ago at the VIP Screening that was held before the NY Comic Con thanks to Funimation but since it was not opening to the public for a few more days I held back on the personal overview since I knew it would have some spoiler stuff in the narrative. Now that’s its opened and run the course, I can safely do that. Here we go.

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Our adventure begins with a sort of Japanese Coast Guard examining an abandoned boat and while they are looking around the vessel, something appears to attack them and while it seems unexplained to the masses back on land, we viewers know in our hearts that its Godzilla giving a first “hello”. We then find ourselves in a conference room in Japan where so much back and forth discussion is given. The film is almost entirely in Japanese (there are some English moments but not many) and as result we have sub-titles to read as it all goes by. Is it a volcano is it an underground earthquake or some kind of explosion are par for the course in the discussion and there is a whole lot of discussion going on. There is almost 20 minutes of straight discourse with not a single piece of destructive action. I tell you my eyes were keeping busy reading all the sub-titles. This film is considered to be a reboot of the classic film that starred Raymond Burr so the people of Japan were seeing the monster for the very first time in these now modern 2016 times. I guess everyone’s Facebook status was pretty troubling to read and their Instagram’s on the terrifying side.
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Check The US Trailer For “Shin Godzilla” aka “Godzilla Resurgence”

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The new film by Toho Studios called “Shin Godzilla” or “Godzilla Resugence” here in the USA has just released the US Trailer for us to enjoy. The film will open in a limited run in October and be shown to some lucky attendees at the upcoming NY Comic Con.  Check it out below and I’ll return with more information about the film afterwards.

About The Film: Shin Godzilla (シン・ゴジラ Shin Gojira?, also known as Godzilla Resurgence) is a 2016 Japanese science fiction kaiju film featuring Godzilla, produced and distributed by Toho. It is the 31st film in the Godzilla franchise, the 29th Godzilla film produced by Toho, and Toho’s third reboot of the franchise. The film is co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, with a screenplay by Anno and visual effects by Higuchi and stars Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, and Satomi Ishihara and reimagines Godzilla’s origins where he emerges in modern Japan for the first time. In December 2014, Toho announced plans for a new domestic Godzilla film. Anno and Higuchi were announced as the film’s directors in March 2015 and principal photography began on September and ended in October with the special effects work following in November that year. Shin Godzilla was released in Japan on July 29, 2016 in IMAX, 4DX, and MX4D to positive reviews and was a box office success, becoming the highest grossing live-action Japanese film for 2016. (thanks Wiki).
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Opening Today: “Godzilla” (5/16/2014)

Run for whatever shelter you can possibly find because the Big G has arrived and I am talking about none other than the mighty Godzilla, who’s new film, and a bit of a modern take on the mighty monster opens today. I will admit that I am super stoked for this one. Here’s the poster.

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Brief Premise: Reinvisioning Toho’s iconic Godzilla, the new film pits the “world’s most famous monster” against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s “scientific arrogance”, threaten our very existence.” (thanks official Wiki entry)

It was cool to see “Breaking Bad”‘s own Bryan Cranston as a part of the wide cast and while this is interesting I am most focused on how they are bringing Godzilla into our world and of course the destruction of everything in his path. You know that is going to be happening but the only question is how soon. With “Pacific Rim” we got right into the action in the first five minutes so would “Godzilla” avoid the same and keep us hanging on. I plan on attending this film today at one of the early showings.

The Cast:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson as US Navy Lieutenant Ford Brody
Ken Watanabe as Dr. Ichiro Serizawa
Elizabeth Olsen as Elle Brody, Ford’s wife
Juliette Binoche as Sandra “Sandy” Brody
Sally Hawkins as Dr. Vivienne Graham
David Strathairn as US Navy Admiral Stenz
Bryan Cranston as Joseph “Joe” Brody, Ford’s father
Patrick Sabongui as Master Sergeant Marcus Waltz
Victor Rasuk as Major Tre Moralez
Richard T. Jones as “The Colonel”
Jared Keeso as Jump Master
Al Sapienza as Huddleston
Brian Markinson as Whalen
CJ Adams[14] as young Ford Brody
Carson Bolde as Sam Brody
Jake Cunanan, Warren Takeuchi and Yuki Morita were cast as Akio, his father and mother, respectively
Ken Yamamura, 1954 Godzilla film actor Akira Takarada, Garry Chalk, Christian Tessier, Anthony Konechny, Primo Allon and Jeric Ross were cast in unspecified roles.

Here are a number of Godzilla related items that fans might enjoy. I tried to span a wide gamut for your mediaphile appetite. There are some great trade editions and of course the classic films that brought me so much joy as a youth.

Opening Today: “Pacific Rim” (7/12/2013)

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Having grown up on the giant monster movies of Toho’s time honored past and fondly recalling the days when I would rush home from school to catch the 4:30 Movie’s Monster” week, I can safely say how excited I am about this particular film. Yes, I was one of those kids that was raised on the Godzilla, Gamera, Ghidorah and the assorted King Kong films so the idea of similar monsters going head to head against giant robots for the control of the Earth excites me to no end. For those who might still be sleeping, the movie “Pacific Rim” finds giant monsters or “Kaiju” gaining access to our planet via some sort of inter-dimensional rift and laying waste to a lot of it once they get here. In response, humanity bands together and builds giant robots known as “Jaegers” to fight this menace and hopefully put an end to it. Will we prevail? I guess we have to see the film to know for sure. As I complete this sentence I look up and see my long owned Shogun Warriors figures standing high above my other stuff on the bookcase (I am a geek so there). The Legendary Films feature comes care of director Guillermo Del Toro and he does this kind of stuff really well so I am confident about being entertained throughout. This little post is here as a reminder of the coolness because you know we are big fans of this kind of stuff as much as we are about the comics industry. Will you be seeing this one?
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Check Out The Trailer for “Pacific Rim” (2013)

I am only just now hearing about this film, but after seeing the trailer I just had to toss it into a posting to help broadcast it and line out my excitement about what it is. Please tell me I am not alone in the being unaware about this one. If not, oh well, I guess that happens from time to time.

The film will come courtesy of Guillermo del Toro and find the world attacked by giant monsters or Kaiju if you are up on your Japanese monster lore (you know, Godzilla, Ghidrah, Gamera etc). The only to defend our world from this menace is to create monsters of our own in the form of giant robots that are controlled by trained soldiers. I have to say that this one reminds me of the Voltron stuff, Shogun Warriors and obviously the Gundam Wing adventures so it should be super cool. Check out the trailer below and let me know what your thoughts or expectations are for the film. I will admit that I am already more interested in this one than the upcoming “Man Of Steel” film.

Official Website: http://pacificrimmovie.warnerbros.com/