GODZILLA VS KONG

Directed by Adam Wingard. 2021. United Kingdom/Germany.

Now that the Warner Bros. and Legendary MonsterVerse has ostensibly come to a close, we can look back with some degree of impartiality on how it all played out. As a lifelong fan of Godzilla and his monstrous adversaries since childhood, I was extremely excited for Gareth Edwards’s 2014 American adaptation. And I say “adaptation” because that is precisely what the first trailers led us to believe it would be, a call back to the 1954 original GOJIRA with its radioactive beast destroying everything in his path. We got the requisite vistas of destroyed cities with Oppenheimer quotes playing over top of them. “Now am I become Death, the destroyer of worlds”.

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RESIDENT EVIL - PART 2

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. 2002. United Kingdom/Germany.

RESIDENT EVIL the film opens by spoiling one of the major mysteries of Resident Evil the game. We are told right from the start about the Umbrella Corporation, the largest pharmaceutical company in the United States. Their public-facing image as a simple drug company masks a clandestine enterprise involving bioweaponry and military technologies. We then see a group of Umbrella employees, none of whom seem particularly menacing or evil, going about their day-to-day in the laboratory. No one in the lab seems to have any clue their employer is engaging in dangerous activities. Someone enters a laboratory room and snatches up a case of what appears to be a toxin...

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RESIDENT EVIL - PART 1

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. 2002. United Kingdom/Germany.

Resident Evil was released by Capcom in 1996 for the Sony PlayStation. The development particulars don’t matter much here. It’s enough to say that series creator Shinji Mikami drew heavy inspiration from the zombie films of George Romero and classic PC games like Alone in the Dark. It’s the legacy and innovation of Resident Evil that matter more. Not only did Mikami’s creation give birth to a new wave of horror-infused third-person action games, it single-handedly birthed an entirely new genre of video game: survival horror. It was with thundering financial returns that buzz began building about the possibility of a Resident Evil film adaptation...

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URBAN LEGEND

Directed by Jamie Blanks. 1998. United States.

I don’t think it’s possible to discuss a 1990s or early 2000s slasher film without mentioning SCREAM, Wes Craven’s 1996 critical and financial darling. In terms of ripple effects, it was massive, launching not just a wave of self-referential and self-aware horror films, but whole swaths of smarmy teen oriented television shows. SCREAM didn’t just give us I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER. It gave us JAWBREAKER and Dawson’s Creek. It did for the under 25 audience what PULP FICTION did for everyone else. It gave them an attitude and a vernacular they enjoyed and the Hollywood meat machine started grinding its gears...

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