August 19, 1997 |
Everyone who has seen "Men in Black" - as long as they got to the theater 10 minutes before it started - saw a preview for an upcoming movie called "Godzilla. " The preview - movie people also call them teasers or trailers - ends with an announcement that "Godzilla" will open on Memorial Day 1998. This is not what most people would describe as "coming soon. " The Godzilla teaser - which shows a monster foot crashing through the skylight of a museum and crushing a T. rex skeleton on display - is surely one of the earliest ever.
August 11, 1995 |
You came. You saw. You destroyed Tokyo. Daily News readers whipped up a slew of suggestions - 70 in all - for our Pitch a Godzilla Movie Idea contest, which asked entrants to come up with a treatment for the next Godzilla feature. Godzilla has gone into retirement, but we're convinced that if Toho Studios takes a gander at some of these concepts, they'll orchestrate a comeback for the big guy similar to George Foreman's renaissance. Valerie Hanssens of Frankford won a collection of Godzilla videos for her suggestion: "Regarding Godzilla" "In 'Regarding Godzilla,' " she wrote, "Godzilla sustains a serious head injury and loses his memory.
April 6, 1998 |
Here's the bare-bones plot of Tri-Star Pictures' $100 million sci-fi blockbuster "Godzilla," scheduled for release May 20: A huge lizard with big spiked plates down his back - a dead ringer for a dinosaur - shows up in the middle of New York City. It's up to Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno and Hank Azaria, among others, to stop the creature before it whomps and stomps Manhattan - as well as the rest of the world - into dust. Does this sound familiar? Of course. After all, there have been 22 previous movies about Godzilla.
May 15, 1998 |
"The reckless ambitions of man are often dwarfed by their dangerous consequences. " - Raymond Burr, "Godzilla 1985. " There are things into which no man should delve. Excavating 1970s pop culture, for example. Or, from the Japanese perspective at mid-century, atomic power. Godzilla, whose 23rd and most expensive movie opens Wednesday, was born of a national psyche freshly wounded by the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The monster, an obvious metaphor for atomic destruction, debuted in 1954 in director Inoshiro Honda's cautionary tale "Gojira.
November 3, 1996 |
Tokyo has been trashed throughout the century. An earthquake laid waste the first time. A world war, the second. A radioactive reptile is responsible for the rest - Godzilla. Ever since the baby boom's biggest boomer made his film debut 42 year ago today (Why not celebrate an odd anniversary?), Godzilla has delighted in mashing the architectural monstrosities that blight the city's skyline - destructive rampages some see as not-unreasonable forms of urban renewal. Godzilla has always been an acute social critic.
May 19, 1998 |
If the 1954 Godzilla - dreamed up by Japanese producer Tomoyuki Tanaka as he flew over the nuked Bikini atoll - can be read as an allegory about atomic-age anxiety and dread of the Bomb, what is Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich's new Godzilla an allegory for? How about modern-day media hype and marketing overkill? With its mega-mantra "Size Does Matter" affixed to buses and billboards, Taco Bell TV spots and four-foot promotional pencils courtesy of TriStar Pictures (I'm writing this review with one)
May 17, 1998 |
The big lizard is under heavy wraps. Only disembodied glimpses are permitted: a scaly foot on a T-shirt, a set of angry eyes on a billboard, a tail, a claw, a taxi dangling from its cruel jaws. By not allowing anyone to see Godzilla in his 22-story glory before Tuesday night, Sony Pictures is sacrificing advance merchandise sales. Licensees have signed promises not to display any product that shows the full monsty until the movie finally chews up theaters. That's because Godzilla is no mere movie, says Peter Dang, executive vice president of consumer products for Sony's film arm. It's a franchise.
May 15, 2014 |
DESPITE his long and storied career spanning decades and continents, Godzilla is a notoriously press-shy celebrity. But to celebrate the release of "Godzilla," in theaters on Friday, the Daily News sat down with the monster of mass destruction (as translated by Molly Eichel) to talk foreign films, enemies and which city he wishes he could destroy. Daily News: You get to work with Bryan Cranston. "Breaking Bad": Were you a fan? Godzilla: Yes! Binge-watched it over a long weekend with the missus, but, can you believe it?
March 9, 2007 |
"The Host" is like a South Korean version of a Japanese monster movie. The cultural differences make it something the Japanese creature features never were: a nearly great film. Packed with politics, family conflict and satiric references to some of the more absurd aspects of Korean cinema, "The Host" never forgets to be a scary, icky, over-the-top fright fest, either. Directed by emerging genre masher Bong Joon-ho, whose 2003 "Memories of Murder" turned the police procedural inside out, "Host" starts with a neat-freak American military scientist insisting on flushing experimental biohazard material into Seoul's Han River.
August 19, 1997 |
Exactly what the American-made "Godzilla" will look like is a big secret. Although TriStar Pictures plans a mega pre-release advertising campaign, it has decreed that the image of Godzilla will not be a part of it. Which leaves us to speculate about various ways in which this "Godzilla" will differ from the 22 previous Godzilla movies made in Japan, as well as ways in which old and new will probably be alike. HOW AMERICA'S 'GODZILLA' WILL BE DIFFERENT It will be fancier.