Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Official ‘Pacific Rim’ Synopsis; Idris Elba’s Character Revealed

Further proof that the Godzilla movie from Legendary Pictures is probably on delay because of "Pacific Rim"...comes the official synopsis of the movie.

If this doesn't instantly remind you of a Godzilla movie...I don't know what does.

I still strongly believe this is why it's been so dead in Godzilla movie news.

Legendary Pictures is probably gauging what level of excitement this "Pacific Rim" movie will have, and the higher the level the more eager they'll be to spend $150 million to $200 million on a new Godzilla movie. 

Think of it this can have multiple superhero movies left and right because they generally have a mass audience appeal.

Everyone loves Batman...everyone loves Spider-Man, Superman, X-Men, Iron Man, etc.

Kaiju-type movies are MUCH more narrow in targeted audiences...the key is to appeal to the average movie-goer to ensure they become a success.

Sure it's got Guillermo Del Toro...but "Godzilla" 1998 also had the then red-hot team of Devlin and Emmerich and look and where things ended up there!

Conjecture? Sure, but it's always fun to speculate on these things!

In any case here's the official synopsis:

From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure ‘Pacific Rim.’ 

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse. 

Oscar nominee Guillermo del Toro (‘Pan’s Labyrinth’) is directing ‘Pacific Rim’ from a script by Travis Beacham (‘Clash of the Titans’). Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Mary Parent are producing, with Callum Greene serving as executive producer. 

The film stars Charlie Hunnam (TV’s ‘Sons of Anarchy’), Idris Elba (‘Thor’), Rinko Kikuchi (‘The Brothers Bloom’), Charlie Day (‘Horrible Bosses’), and Ron Perlman (the ‘Hellboy’ films). The ensemble cast also includes Max Martini, Robert Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Diego Klattenhoff, and Brad William Henke. 

Del Toro’s behind-the-scenes team includes Academy Award®-winning director of photography Guillermo Navarro, production designer Andrew Neskoromny, editor Peter Amundson, and costume designer Kate Hawley. 

Slated for release in Summer 2013, ‘Pacific Rim’ is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures. 

The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Godzilla #1 Review

A little late in the game on this...sorry but it's been a really busy week...but has a great review on the recently released Godzilla #1 from IDW.

They give the issue 4/5 stars, citing that ""Godzilla" #1 brings what a Godzilla comic should be: fun, action packed, creative and well delivered".

They also state that "this book is a little over the top, but it's an action comic. Godzilla doesn't ponder, the humans don't quip or make love, this book is about things being destroyed in exciting ways, leaving the reader smiling with a need to turn the page".

That's what I'm talking about!

No strange, unsatisfying multitude of pathways that the Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters took.

IDW took note of what worked and didn't work with past issues...and they made changes!

If you haven't picked up the issue yet I highly recommend to do so.

From what things sound like we're definitely off to a great start, and I can't wait to report on how well the issue sells later on.

For the full review you can check it out here: Godzilla #1 Review

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Whatever Happened to Good Movie Songs? has done it again, creating another fascinating article that this time deals with the lack of movie tie-in songs from summer blockbusters.

They wrote this article based on the recently released Men in Black III film, which no longer has Will Smith creating a song as he did for the first one.

They highlight the Puff Daddy song "Come with Me" from the 1998 Godzilla - The Album soundtrack as a perfect example of this missing phenomena.

There you had a major artist working with a studio to create a very recognizable pop song, one that would be released in and around the time the film debuts.

Said pop song would sell millions, it would create more buzz for the movie and its soundtrack, and the rest was history.

(On a side note, it was interesting to learn that this Godzilla album was the first one to utilize "music from and inspired by", which allowed them to showcase songs not featured within the film). 

It is true on what the article claims.

Sometime after the 2000's movie blockbusters no longer made the effort to do things like this.

It's difficult to gauge any particular reason best guess is that it became way to expensive to contract these major artists for a soundtrack that could potentially bomb.

In any case here's the article for further reading: Whatever Happened to Good Movie Songs

10 Things About Godzilla Issue 1

With Godzilla #1 just released this past week from IDW, this new ongoing comic book series once again features Godzilla loud and proud within a center role. has a pretty good article summing up ten new things found within the first issue and how they rate them.

From what I've been reading throughout the web this first issue seems to start off pretty I definitely look forward to reading it soon.

It definitely looks to be an improvement over their maligned "Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters series.

For the full article check it out here: 10 Things about Godzilla Issue #1