"Oh no, he's not dead--not yet, anyway..."
I've been away from DA for a while--and I'm sincerely sorry about that. Chalk it up to the fact that real life stepped in and pretty much dealt a few hands that had to be played. Dealing with the crappy winter and immense snowfalls I've experienced, a period of time spent in the doldrums (NOT fun at all!), keeping an eye on my niece--actually, that last one is not a bad thing; she's the closest thing I have to a daughter and at least she's into SOUL EATER and SWORD ART ONLINE. And I've been busy job hunting--rewriting/updating my resume and LinkedIn and Concept Art accounts. Plus I'm prepping to work on projects for two good friends of mine that might be solid stepping stones into an industry that I've been very interested in working in...but I can't say anymore than that.
So, no, I haven't shuffled off this mortal coil or kidnapped by Greys. I'm back, and I'll post new things in the gallery, including a few requests that I am finishing up/working on. Again, apologies on the long silence--hopefully nothing like this will happen again (or it will be a loooong time before it does!).
Writer/Director/Actor Harold Ramis died on February 24th from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis . It was a complete shock to find out about this, since fans of Ramis and his work never knew he was sick. And the disease that would kill him was very rare. Ramis was behind some of the best comedies of the past 30-plus years--ANIMAL HOUSE, CADDYSHACK, STRIPES, GHOSTBUSTERS (1 and 2), GROUNDHOG DAY, MULTIPLICITY, and ANALYZE THIS. One thing I have to say about these films was that they were _funny_, and they remain so to this day. If you can't crack a smile or laugh out loud while watching CADDYSHACK....you have no soul. Sorry.
And GHOSTBUSTERS? I remember loving that film as a kid and the animated series spun off from the film. That movie is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year.
More on Harold Ramis and his works:
Sixty years ago, a monster was born. This year, it's back.
If you haven't seen the new trailer for the new GODZILLA film coming out in May, see it here:
...Now that is a trailer. I know, I know....we're all still smarting over the 1998 G-film and wondering if there will ever be a good American Godzilla film. But so far, from what I've seen, it looks like the right steps are being taken. This is only the second feature that Gareth Edwards has directed, but his debut MONSTERS was a solid film that was as much about the human characters as the creatures. He's got a pretty damned good cast--and when was the last time you saw Juliette Binoche in a film like this?
(Sidebar: what many do not know is that there have been attempts by Hollywood to make a Godzilla film from as far back as the 1980s. The 1998 film was made following a previous attempt that would have been directed by Jan de Bont (SPEED) and written by Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN). If you can find their script online, give it a read. A very good script, but the film was never made due to several factors, including the cost. The irony is that the 1998 film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich ended up costing the same amount of money to make.)
Of course, some are crying foul and claiming that this film is all wrong when it comes to the Big G. I wonder if they have any idea what the hell they are talking about. Edwards and the screenwriters of this reboot are intent on following the template of the first film GOJIRA from 1954. And if you've seen that film, or the American version with Raymond Burr cut in from 1956, GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS, you would know that both films are serious, no nonsense movies. No cutesy stuff, no scenes of Godzilla doing the Lindy hop, no Godzookey. Both films are human-centered stories about people dealing with a monstrous threat unleashed by our own technology (the H-bomb), with GOJIRA being perhaps one of the strongest allegories about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
This new film looks like it's not shying away from the connection between Godzilla and nuclear weapons (then again, the 1998 film did include that). Also, Godzilla isn't being a hero here, but a force of nature smashing down on us--but as it turns out, since there are other monsters in this film, he might not be the worst. Nuclear weapons may not be on many people's minds nowadays, but global warming, major disasters like the 2004 tsunami, major hurricanes like Katrina and Sandy, the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the nuclear crisis of Fukushima (and the after-effects of Chernobyl from 1986), plus the recent floods in Great Britain...maybe a new Godzilla film is needed.
So yeah, I'm very interested in seeing this film. The trailers have been very good, and if the film lives up to the promise of the trailers, then this would be one hell of a 60th anniversary for a truly iconic monster. And finally, will people quit it with the PACIFIC RIM bashing? Christ, Del Toro was upfront about that film being an homage to the giant monster films and anime he loved as child and as an adult. Yes, it's lighter in tone than this year's GODZILLA (and 2008's CLOVERFIELD) but it was a great summer film that's just....well, fun.
What are your thoughts on the 2014 Godzilla film and giant monster movies in general?
"I sell my soul, but at the highest rates."
"The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in our control....and not the other way around."