Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Return of the King–of the Monsters, That Is

Rumor has it that a new Godzilla movie is coming in 2014. This rumor began at last year’s Comic-Con, which, if I remember correctly, featured a teaser trailer. It also has an article in the Internet Movie Database (, and I even came across some concept art. If this is true, it means this will be the first Godzilla movie since 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars (which was supposed to be the last movie in the series). Unfortunately it seems that the new movie will not have any connection to all of the old Japanese Godzilla movies; it is intended as a reboot of the original 1954 film and will have an American cast. I’m disappointed to learn this because only the Japanese can do Godzilla right…and if you don’t believe me, try watching the American Godzilla movie from 1998.

Still…the King of the Monsters is returning to squash a theater near you.


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Smeagol and Gollum

I was watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the other day and noticed something very interesting about the riddle game. For one thing, it was very evident that Gollum had developed a split personality after years of possessing (and being possessed by) the Ring. For another thing, it seemed his personalities switched back and forth whenever it was his turn to ask a riddle. But when it was his turn to answer a riddle, his “Gollum” side was silent. It was Smeagol who was playing the riddle game. I’m not sure if this was a result of Smeagol’s being reminded of his happier past and temporarily conquering Gollum or if Gollum was so corrupted that he couldn’t remember even the simplest of riddle solutions. Still, it served as proof to what Gandalf said in The Lord of the Rings–that Gollum wasn’t “wholly ruined”.

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A History Channel Miniseries on the Bible? How Good Can This Really Be?

Quite good, actually–at least going by the first three episodes. Okay, so 98% of the cast sports British accents (my favorite is Noah the Scotsman), but the cinematography is amazing. Their version of the parting of the Red Sea is jaw-dropping. And their angels aren’t your stereotypical white-clad, harp-toting variety. No, these angels wear armor and carry BIG swords. And they’re apparently well-versed in kung fu.

I think my favorite part, though, is that they aren’t trying to rationalize everything that happened in the Bible. With this being the History Channel, it would have been very easy to offer a more “realistic” portrayal or to give their own version of what “really” happened in the stories. But they’re not. And I give them a lot of credit for it.

Although I’ve only seen the first three episodes, I’m really looking forward to what the rest of the show has to offer…even if it comes under the guise of British-sounding Hebrews.

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