Monsters and robots are staples of fantasy and science fiction art. Whether they’re alone, together, or facing off with each other, giant organic creatures and mechanical mastery are both things that can spark anyone’s imagination.
You’d be correct to call Colossal a monster movie. But it’s not your standard creature feature; it’s a genre-defying indie film that’s ultimately a story not just about that 300-foot-tall monster stomping through Seoul, but also about battling our own personal demons, culminating in a fantastic, emotional ending.
I swear to god, you can’t make a headline like that up.
The first animated entry into the Japanese Godzilla canon is going buck wild, it seems. We already had hints that it wasn’t just going to be your standard kaiju movie thanks to the out-of-this-world concept art, but a newly revealed synopsis teases just how out there the movie is going to get.
Godzilla isn’t just a Kaiju that’s the king of the monsters. Godzilla doesn’t just spend its time mindlessly destroying the world with its atomic breath in brain-numbing American remakes that no one should spend two hours watching. Or, fine, Godzilla is that in America. But in Japan, Godzilla represents so much more.
In Colossal, Anne Hathaway plays an alcoholic underachiever who is forced to move back to her rural hometown. There, she realizes if she stands in a certain place at a certain time, a massive kaiju that mimics her movements spawns in the city of Seoul, South Korea. Yes, you read that right.
Clocking in at 118.5 meters tall, the latest incarnation of the king of kaiju seen in Shin Godzilla is the largest version ever seen on screen—even coming in above legendary’s monstrous take on Big G in 2014. But the very first Godzilla was less than half that size... and that wouldn’t help him much in modern Japan.
We’ve seen brief glimpses of Hideki Anno and Shinji Higuchi’s Shin Godzilla (a.k.a. Godzilla Resurgence) before, but we’ve barely seen the kaiju himself. But now new pictures of Toho’s first Godzilla film in over a decade have hit the web, giving us a look at a very gruesome King of the Monsters.
Of all Kaiju, it’s only natural that Godzilla gets the premiere treatment. After all, he’s the most famous, and has long held the title of “King of Kaiju”. That royalty now extends to Funko’s ever-expanding line of vinyl toys, as Godzilla’s is pretty damn fantastic.
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 114th birthday of Japanese special effects director Eiji Tsubaraya, who was one of the co-creators of Godzilla and the main force behind Ultraman. In his honor, Google has ten minigames you can play aping all steps required to make the practical effects Tsubaraya was a master of.
He may not be as famous as Godzilla, but Gamera is still one of the most awesome creatures ever created. And he's celebrating his 50th anniversary this month. To celebrate, Famous Monsters Magazine crafted a new cover by award-winning artist Bob Eggleton. See the whole thing below.
There are so many ways to celebrate the grandeur of the King of Monsters. But author Jo Walton may have just found the best possible way.
Pacific Rim 2 is still a long way off, but if you're hankering for some more hot Jaeger/Kaiju battles, you won't have to wait much longer: a new comic miniseries from Legendary will fill in the gap between the first movie and the previous graphic novel prequel. Update: Now with glorious High-Res art!
Late last month we got a new teaser for even more Pacfic Rim toys, including a huge new version of Otachi, the Kaiju that tears up a storm in Hong Kong during the movie's main setpiece - and now NECA have unveiled a bunch of new pictures of the figure, complete with the most adorable little Kaiju baby.
Take a deep dive into the sound design behind this year's Godzilla movie. The lengths this team went to was pretty spectacular. Including capturing that awful "hand-on-balloon" sound for the alien pulsing sounds, and recording with microphones that capture sounds above human hearing to make the creature's vocals. So…
The movie industry has been going all-out, for the past decade, to overwhelm us with incredible images of superhero battles, space action, and dragons. Movie budgets skyrocket. IMAX screens pulsate. It's all kind of overwhelming. And, you know what? That's kind of excellent.
All cities have their problems, but this city is perpetually dealing with a fire-breathing monster that forces people to change plans, ignore relationship problems, and—oh yeah—run for their lives. This short comedy follows a group of self-centered 20-somethings navigated life in the shadow of Gammatar.