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Top 10: Movie Deaths That Pissed You Off

Even if I don’t always agree with their actual choices, I admire the ability of WatchMojo to churn out list topics like fortune cookies.  Character deaths are tricky.  On one hand, a great character death can be a defining moment not just for the story arc of the deceased character but also for every character around them.  On the other, if you botch it, people get maaaaaad.  WatchMojo hits a number of them in their Top 10: Movie Deaths That Pissed People Off.  The list is too heavily weighted toward recent films, and has some duds (is anyone really super incensed over Mortal Komat: Annihilation, Pacific Rim: Uprising, or Godzilla?).  It does also make the long-overdue argument that all Kate Winslet had to do to save us from one of the most annoying deaths of all time in Titanic was haul to Leonardo Dicaprio out of the water and spoon.  No matter what side of the debate you are on, you have to admit that the deaths of Luke Skywalker and Captain Kirk deeply peeved people.  What makes me maddest about character death is when characters die just to fill an unspoken death quota in bigger films.  I love Joss Whedon, but he is the absolute worst at this.  Whedon blood rage is the only explanation for why Quicksilver had to die in Age of Ultron or, even worse, why Wash & Shepherd Book were slaughtered in Serenity.  Which character deaths made you throw things for weeks?William Shatner in Star Trek: Generations

Godzilla: King of the Monsters Trailer #1 (2019) *Long Live the King*

WB’s film panel at Comic-Con continued Saturday with the first look at one of summer’s 2019’s big films.  Godzilla: King of the Monsters continues the story of Monarch begun in Godzilla and last year’s Kong: Skull Island.  Notes below from the panel from CBR as well as the official film synopsis from Coming Soon.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters took the stage proclaiming “Long Live the King” with a quick look at footage.

“I’m still a kid playing with Godzilla toys, they’re just bigger more expensive Godzilla toys,” said director Michael Dougherty.

Millie Bobbie Brown hadn’t seen any Godzilla movies prior to her casting, but once she got her role in the film she “dove in, I had too, I had too.”

Dougherty confirmed that he set a sound system up on set to allow him to play the monster’s roars for the actors in their scenes since they would predominantly be acting against CGI and visual effects.

“We’ve got the crown jewels of the Toho Monster kingdom in this movie. Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah, and a few more surprises along the way,” Dougherty confirmed.

“You’ll finally hear Godzilla classic’s classic themes, and possibly some other themes,” Dougherty said, “with composer Bear McCreary.”


Directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat, Krampus), the Godzilla sequel stars Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring films), and Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), both reprising their Godzilla roles, plus Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street, Manchester by the Sea), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) in her feature film debut, Bradley Whitford (Get Out), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Aisha Hinds (Star Trek Into Darkness), and Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs of a Geisha, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Dougherty directs from a script he wrote with Zach Shields. The film is being produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Brian Rogers and Thomas Tull, with Barry H. Waldman, Zach Shields, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira serving as executive producers and Alexandra Mendes co-producing for Legendary.

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, the sequel is set to stomp into theaters on May 31, 2019


10 Finalists Announced for Visual Effects Oscar



The ten finalists for the Visual F/X Oscar have been announced.  The list will be winnowed down to five by the time nominations are announced on January 17, 2015.  It’s surreal to start talking about Oscars when there really hasn’t been anything this year to laud.

Here are your ten finalists:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Transformers: Age of Extinction
X-Men: Days of Future Past

To me, there’s no contest here.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took motion capture to entirely new level.  What Andy Serkis and the other apes did was nothing short of revolutionary.  I’d love to see The Hobbit get some kind of recognition, but the Academy dismissed it after the first film.

Godzilla Blu Ray/DVD Date and Details

Godzilla is one of the summer’s movies that has grown on me in retrospect, so I’m looking forward to giving it another try on Blu Ray and it looks like Warner Brothers has some cool special features  as to how they brought the big guy to life.  Godzilla hits stores on September 16, 2014 and you can read the full release from Warner Brothers below. Continue reading Godzilla Blu Ray/DVD Date and Details

Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards Will Direct the First Star Wars Spin-Off Film!

Godzilla Movie Premiere

We knew we’d start hearing about the spin-off’s, but Lucasfilm dropped a bomb when they announced that red-hot director Gareth Edwards will be helming the first ever non-episodic Star Wars film.  Edwards, whose Godzilla opened huge last week, will be returning to do a sequel to the blockbuster, but not before traveling to the realm of Star Wars to tackle a yet-to-be announced standalone film.

The film will be released on December 16, 2016, so it looks like these are going to be Christmas releases, which I love.  I love that every year for Christmas I’m going to get a new Star Wars film.  I also tend to think that this is NOT the Boba Fett film.  Lawrence Kasdan has been writing that script and they pointedly announced another screenwriter.  This would negate the Hasbro Leak that we’ve been mulling over this week.  If I had to guess, I’d say Han Solo or Yoda; most likely Han.  They might even get Ford to do flashbacks if necessary if they do that one first so that’s my bet.

I’m excited that Disney is going out and getting young, pumped film makers instead of just recycling names.  Edwards sounds like he’s walking on clouds.  Abrams has been super enthusiastic with Episode VII and you need that kind of passion.  Find the directors who grew up idolizing these films and give them a chance to play in the sandbox.  I’m very intrigued by the choice and I’m so pumped that all this Star Wars is coming up SO SOON! Continue reading Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards Will Direct the First Star Wars Spin-Off Film!