Do the Mon­ster Mash

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THERE have been two very ex­cit­ing trail­ers out this month for two of next year’s most an­tic­i­pated films.

The new­est one is Godzilla, which is di­rected by Gareth Ed­wards (who did the low-bud­get, crit­i­cally-ac­claimed Mon­sters in 2010). Godzilla has been in the mak­ing for some time now, and this is the first teaser trailer we are see­ing.

A trailer that ends with the rev­e­la­tion of a gar­gan­tuan crea­ture, let­ting out a fear­some roar as its shape and size be­comes clearer as the dust around it set­tles. No doubt about it, this is a jaw-drop­ping mo­ment all right.

As shown in the poster re­vealed in this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, we see sol­diers jump­ing out of the plane while David Strathairn’s char­ac­ter is giv­ing his men a “last hur­rah” speech. We get be­hind the gog­gles of one of th­ese men fall­ing from the sky, and at one point we can make out parts of Godzilla.

We see the de­struc­tion this ra­di­a­tion-spawned mon­ster cre­ates, al­ter­nat­ing with the puny hu­mans’ re­ac­tion. Bryan Cranston and El­iz­a­beth Olsen de­liver shocked looks while Aaron John­son (with army hair­cut) looks a lit­tle lost. Ken Watanabe is also among the cast, and we fig­ure he must be the guy who dis­cov­ers the mon­ster’s ori­gins as he is wear­ing an anti-ra­di­a­tion suit.

The teaser al­ready looks bet­ter than the Godzilla movie di­rected by Roland Em­merich back in 1998. Let’s hope this is true of the fin­ished film.

Ear­lier this month, we also got to see the new­est trailer to The Amaz­ing Spi­der-Man 2, which runs

Cap­tain Phillips

ADAP­TA­TIONS of true events suf­fer from one com­mon prob­lem – a spoiled end­ing. But even that doesn’t take away from the fact that Cap­tain Phillips is eas­ily one of this year’s most grip­ping films. Based on a true story, the movie is di­rec­tor Paul Green­grass’ multi-lay­ered ex­am­i­na­tion of the hi­jack­ing of the US con­tainer ship Maersk Alabama by So­mali pi­rates. In other words, you’ll be do­ing your­self a huge favour if you have ab­so­lutely no clue about that par­tic­u­lar in­ci­dent. for 2mins and 40secs. It of­fers plenty of ac­tion (there are two Ma­trix slow-mo moves) with Spidey fight­ing more than one enemy.

Dane DeHaan ( Chron­i­cle) plays Harry Os­born – who seems to have a hand in the ori­gin of Elec­tro (Jamie Foxx). There is also the Rhino (Paul Gia­matti). In the synop­sis, it says that Os­corp – owned by Nor­man Os­born, a.k.a. the Green Goblin in the comics and Sam Raimi

De­spite its ti­tle, Cap­tain Phillips is a film that, more of­ten that not, stakes its plot on events rather than be­ing char­ac­ter-driven; which makes the cast­ing of Tom Hanks as the tit­u­lar char­ac­ter all the more baf­fling. But if any­thing, Hanks’ cap­ti­vat­ing por­trayal makes for one of his most mem­o­rable roles to date. — Ch­esterChin (

Frozen

FOL­LOW­ING the suc­cess of Tan­gled and The Princess And The Frog – which high­light the strength of their fe­male char­ac­ters – Frozen show­cases two “Dis­ney princesses” who are smart and in­de­pen­dent women who don’t wait for a Prince Charm­ing to save them. There is a bit of ro­mance, but that is cov­ered swiftly.

Elsa (Id­ina Men­zel) and Anna (Kris­ten Bell) are two sis­ters who drift apart af­ter an in­ci­dent; the re­la­tion­ship re­mains strained into their adult­hood un­til it fi­nally breaks one day. While the songs are un­even, the vi­su­als of a snow-cov­ered land are movies – is send­ing a slew of su­pervil­lains to fight Spidey.

Poor Peter Parker, he can never catch a break. But it seems Peter (An­drew Garfield) has made up with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Even though the trailer has its lighter mo­ments – thanks to the ro­man­tic pair – the film looks like it will have plenty of ex­plo­sive ac­tion and many tragic mo­ments. It’s a bit scary too, thanks to the trailer voice-over where Elec­tro de­clares his in­ten­tion to get rid of Spi­der­Man.

By the way, the suit Spidey wears has the same tint of blue as in the comics. Nice!

Both films are set to open in May. pleas­ing to the eye. The film also car­ries an im­por­tant mes­sage – of not let­ting your fears rule your life. — Mum­ta­jBegum (

The Hunger Games: Catch­ing Fire

FANS of the first movie and the books will not be dis­ap­pointed. Ku­dos to the cast and crew for stay­ing faith­ful to the soul of the books and char­ac­ters, while still mak­ing a great movie.

Al­though I still dis­agree with the choice of Liam Hemsworth as Gale, Jen­nifer Lawrence and Josh Hutch­er­son have grown into their roles su­perbly. Their chem­istry is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant here, as they not only have to pre­tend to be in love af­ter their tri­umph at the pre­vi­ous Hunger Games, but must go through the emo­tional roller­coaster of be­ing forced to par­tic­i­pate in the up­com­ing Games as well.

The film is visu­ally stun­ning and the emo­tional touch­points, spot-on. Non-fans might find it a bit long, but it’s still a good watch. — TanShiowChin (

‘the rock should just

re­tire now - *I* am the most elec­tri­fy­ing man in any form of en­ter­tain­ment,

pe­riod.’

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