“I find it a sort of puzzling creature,” RifftTrax’s Mike Nelson tells me of the monster in “Godzilla” (1998). “You can never really wrap your head around what it’s supposed to be. It’s not attractive, nor is it repulsive in the right way. It’s just kind of a mess of a monster.”
Check out my interview with Mike in advance of next week’s “RiffTrax Live: Godzilla”!
Ghost in the ass
Free!: Eternal Ass
Attack on Ass
kuroko no ass
Full Metal Ass: Brotherhood
Hetalia The Beautiful Ass
We talked about her love of the source material, what it’s like to work with Michel Gondry and how the 36-minute-shorter American cut differs from the French version of the film.
Solomon Grundy, FTW.
Dear James Gunn,
Hey, James. I’ve got a couple of things I need to get off my chest, so I figured that a highly public forum was the best place to share them.
Here’s the short version: please, please let this movie be as good as I think/hope/dream it will be.
Full disclosure: while I’m conversational in the canon of Marvel, and have more or less enjoyed the majority of Marvel flicks that have come out so far, I’m more of a D.C. guy. Before you became attached to this flick, I had no idea who the Guardians of the Galaxy were. Now, I want to make them my best friends, thanks to you.
Since “Slither,” you’ve been very high on my list of directors to pay close attention to. Hell, you’re a Troma alumn (awesome) and you said “hey” to me when you were a special guest at TromaDance at my favorite bar a couple years back (double awesome). (By the way, that festival was held on the opening weekend of “The Avengers,” and during a panel discussion you gave your condolences to anyone who was planning on “making a movie about actual people” ever again. Man, that must be awkward now.)
And, you made “Super,” which is a damned brilliant deconstruction of the superhero genre and kicks the ass of “Kick-Ass” seven ways to Sunday. Well done, sir.
Then, Disney (?!) gave you the job to direct the biggest, weirdest Marvel movie yet in “Guardians.” The trailers have been great, the soundtrack is super-retro-cool, the cast is top-notch. And, following you on social media, you seen to be a genuinely good dude who’s friends with adorable animals. What’s not to love?
But, I’m scared, James. I’ve gone into movies with high hopes before, only to leave feeling foolish for having ever believed that a big, corporate spectacle could possess any sort of weird, funky magic.
Can it be different this time? Can this movie be as awesome as I think it can be? Because that would be totally cool of you, dude.
1. “Boyhood” (director: Richard Linklater)
2. “Jodorowsky’s Dune” (director: Frank Pavich)
3. “Coherence” (director: James Ward Byrkit)
4. “The Sacrament” (director: Ti West)
5. “Noah” (director: Darren Aronofsky)
6. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (director: Wes Anderson)
7. “Tim’s Vermeer” (director: Teller)
8. “Edge of Tomorrow” (director: Doug Liman)
9. “Maleficent” (director: Robert Stromberg)
10. “The Dance of Reality” (director: Alejandro Jodowosky)
Monthly mix-tape time! Here are 20 tunes for July, dig ‘em!