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Godzilla 2 Finds Its Screenwriter

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godzillaWhen Hollywood studios sit down to think about sequels to their films, I can’t imagine that they do much more than look at the final box office take before making their decisions, rather than lending an ear to the audiences that bought the tickets to the original movie. (A gross generalization, but one I’d love to be proven wrong on.) For proof on that, Legendary Pictures is bringing screenwriter Max Borenstein back to script what will hopefully be a monster-filled Godzilla 2.

We were pretty big fans of Godzilla around these parts, but much of that love was directed at Gareth Edwards’ classy direction and the way he made a disaster movie that felt more personal to audiences. What was keeping it most unpersonal, though, was Borenstein’s script, which combined monstrous coincidences with some of the most boring human characters in creature feature history. Don’t get me wrong, Bryan Cranston knocked his small part out of the park, and the first 10 minutes made it seem like this was a story steeped in humanity. But then Aaron Taylor-Johnson stepped in and dull-mugged his way through one should-have-been-more-exciting sequence after another.

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Godzilla’s Opening Credits Have A Breaking Bad Easter Egg

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Even though we thoroughly enjoyed Gareth Edwards’ recent Godzilla reboot (which you can now own on Blu-ray as of earlier this week), it is certainly an up and down affair. As far as the human side goes, the first act is just about all there is worth watching, and, until the end, the film simply muddles around not showing Godzilla. Still, monsters fighting monsters, it’s hard to go too wrong with that. One of the more inventive parts in a movie that is, frankly, not particularly inventive, is the opening credits sequence, and it contains a fun little Easter Egg that’s a nod to one of our favorite non-sci-fi shows (we do occasionally watch things that don’t involve robots, monsters, lasers, spaceships, or aliens, shocking I know, but we do enjoy it when our two worlds collide for a moment).

Building up to Godzilla, Bryan Cranston was a key component of the marketing strategy, despite the fact that he is only in the film for a short while. He, as an actor, is of course best known for his role on AMC’s hit meth-based drama Breaking Bad (which I’m finally watching, despite Seth Meyers spoiling the ending for me on the Emmys), and the opening credits of the film contain a fun little nod to that role. Watch the above video again and see if you catch it.

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Godzilla And Ghostbusters Are Competing For Your Blu-Ray Money This Week

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ZillaBustersIf you’ve got a movie-loving geek with a birthday coming up, or if you’re just in the mood to treat yo’self, you’ve got two bits of awesome to chose from this week on the home-video front. First up, Gareth EdwardsGodzilla reboot stomps onto shelves today, giving you the perfect excuse to see just how loud you can set the volume on your home theater before your ears start bleeding.

Like most major releases these days, Godzilla is available in several different combo-pack formats. You can grab the 3D Blu-ray for $27.99 on Amazon. That set includes the movie on a 3D Blu-ray disc, regular Blu-ray, and DVD, as well as an Ultraviolet digital copy. I’m guessing there are few of us out there who actually have a 3D TV, however, so you’ll more likely be interested in the standard Blu-ray combo pack, which includes all of the above but the 3D disc and is going for $19.99 on Amazon. And if you prefer all your movies to be stored in fancy metal tins, or you’ve just always wanted a button you could press that makes the Godzilla roar, you can drop $29.99 for the Limited Edition MetalPak.

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Godzilla Was Only In His Own Movie For A Few Minutes, Watch Them All Here

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As much as we thoroughly enjoyed Gareth Edwards’ recent Godzilla reboot, we can’t and won’t argue that it’s a great movie in many ways. The story is totally bogus, and anything that even tangentially relates to the human cast is a complete and utter waste of time, save for two lines from Ken Watanabe (the first time he says the King of the Monsters’ name, and later when he says, “Let them fight,” those are, admittedly, pretty fantastic moments). One of the biggest complaints we’ve heard about the film is that he title character, you know, Godzilla, is barely in the damn movie (there’s a similar problem with the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles revamp, among other issues). You may have noticed that, but it begs the question, just how much is the giant titular beast actually in the movie that bears his name? The answer is, not much.

This video by John Nemesis compiles all of the footage of Godzilla from the movie called Godzilla, a movie that is 123 minutes long, and it all adds up to just under eight minutes of screen time. According to the Honest Trailer we wrote about the other day, it’s 11 minutes and 16 seconds. The two obviously have different ways of counting (perhaps one took into account scenes where you can only see his back as he swims across the ocean and the other didn’t), but it doesn’t matter. The point is, whoever is correct, there’s not much Godzilla in Godzilla.

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Godzilla’s Honest Trailer Stares Into The Gaping Maw Of Mediocrity

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We loved this summer’s Godzilla, like a lot, but we’re not so bold to proclaim that it is a great movie in many regards. Hell, in some (read anything having to do with a human) it’s downright terrible. Still, there’s something about seeing a skyscraper tall monster stomp through a major metropolis that just makes our heart soar every time. That said, the folks over at Screen Junkies are back with their “Honest Trailers,” taking the piss out of Gareth Edwards’ resurrection of the King of the Monsters.

If you’re familiar with the Honest Trailer phenomenon at all, they you know exactly what to expect. Though they do make some good points, this is really just pointing at the most obvious flaws and saying “really?” It can be fun, but as with most of these videos, at least for me, it overstays its welcome. The best installments are when they’re actually clever, but in this case, the problems are so glaring and readily apparent to anyone with eyes that this is nothing particularly special.

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Godzilla Concept Art That Needs To Be Turned Into Posters, Stat

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godzillaOne of the biggest complaints about Gareth Edwards’ rebooted Godzilla is that the mighty beast wasn’t onscreen enough, and while we halfway agree with that assessment here at GFR, we don’t look gift radioactive monsters in the mouth. Thankfully, a slew of new concept art designs have surfaced online, and almost all of them are focused to the monsters, making us want to revisit the destruction that Godzilla and the MUTOs caused. Why hasn’t LEGO gotten on producing a ripped apart San Francisco yet?

Visual effects studio Moving Picture Company are the ones behind these images (via ComicBookMovie), almost all of which would look extremely wonderful on the walls of my house. (Sorry, family pictures, but there are photo albums dedicated to you.) Not a lot going on in the top picture, admittedly, but they get better, and there’s something about the black-and-white presentation that make them even more attractive. Maybe they should make Godzilla 2 a colorless affair.