GODZILLA Review: Japan’s Famous Monster Makes a Triumphant Return

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No movie this summer has bigger shoes to fill than Godzilla. The original is more than a film classic; it’s both a cultural and historical statement. It speaks to its time, tells of the horrors of nuclear weapons from the only people to have lived through their use. Grim, yet cathartic, the 1954 film introduced the world to an enduring character that was part natural force, part warning, and part corporeal forgiveness.

Under Gareth Edwards’s steady direction, this new Godzilla returns the eponymous monster to its 1954 roots. After the spectacularly awful 1998 Godzilla, questioning the wisdom of giving Hollywood a do-over was justifiable. Would they learn from their mistakes? It didn’t look like it–not initially. Word leaked out that Godzilla would once again menage the U.S. instead of Japan. Las Vegas was mentioned as a location. Vegas? Ugh. Really? Next came the cast with American…

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KILL JOY: A Short Story

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James Oliver Young cracked his knuckles and leaned forward in his chair. The monitor before him gleamed invitingly as it always did; a window into opportunity, a chance for him to become someone else, someone people paid attention to. Today had been a particularly bad one for James — or Jimmy as he liked to be called. His boss rode his ass the moment he walked in to the moment he walked out. He couldn’t do anything right. He was powerless, a slave to The Man.

The end of the day was a blessing, or would have been if the ride home hadn’t added to his frustration. Thunderstorms rolled through the city making it hard to see; snarling traffic. He pounded his fist against the steering wheel. What had he done to deserve this? It was like he was cursed. Finally, an hour later than usual, he stomped into…

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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Review: Electrically Charged

I loved the Amazing Spiderman. I loved it so much I can’t bring myself to see this one.

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In 2012, Marc Webb and Sony Pictures revived the Spiderman film franchise with The Amazing Spiderman. With its sequel, Webb has attempted to lay the groundwork for one of the webslinger’s biggest struggles while holding true to the tone and aesthetic that make the source material so unique. The Amazing Spiderman 2 is a fast paced, high-flying action movie with all the laughs and emotions that are such a staple of this beloved character. It is safe to say: Marc Webb, you are the man.

The movie starts with Spiderman being Spiderman. Significant time has passed since Peter Parker acquired his powers and he has become comfortable with them. However, from the onset you know that Peter is struggling with the promise he made to his girlfriend’s father at the end of the first movie. This is an over-arching struggle in the movie, one of many, that bring…

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