Hot Picks

- There's No Such Thing as Zombies 2020

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- The After Dark 2024

- For Prophet 2024

- The Culture of Hip Hop: The Staten Island Story - Part 1 2024

- #ChadGets-TheAxe 2022

- The Guyver 1991

- Double Exposure 2024

- Live One 2024

- Queen Rising 2024

- The G 2023

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Midnight Feature 2024

- Deadland 2023

- The Red Lips of the Octopus 2023

- A Gangster's Kiss 2024

- Homework 1982

- Vindication Swim 2024

- Bermondsey Tales: Fall of the Roman Empire 2024

- As I Believe the World to Be 2023

- 2015: Future Uncertain 2024

- Guy Friends 2024

- A Rocky Mountain Affair 2024

- The Moor 2023

- Insane Like Me? 2024

- Grandma's Cookies: A Christmas Tale 2024

- The Keepers of the 5 Kingdoms 2024

- Arena Wars 2024

- Static Cling 2024

- Realm of Shadows 2024

- The Girl in the Trunk 2024

- Buying Time 2024

- 4 Minutes of Terror: Death Throes 2024

- Lost in Tomorrow 2023

- Ufologists 2022

- Rhapsody in Justice 2024

- Life of Belle 2024

- Unspeakable: Beyond the Wall of Sleep 2024

- Princess Halle and the Jester 2024

- Tormented 1960

- Sira 2023

- MR-9: Do or Die 2023

- Homesick 2015

- Exteriors 2023

- Brotherly Lies 2022

- Pandemonium 2024

- All the Fires 2023

- Isleen Pines 2023

- I Was a Soldier 2024

- The Seductress from Hell 2024

- Dreaming of the Unholy 2024

- Part-Time Killer 2022

- Cosmos 2021

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946


USA / Japan 2014
produced by
Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Brian Rogers, Thomas Tull, Yoshimitsu Banno (executive), Alex Garcia (executive), Kenji Okuhira (executive), Patricia Whitcher (executive) for Warner Brothers, Legendary, Disruption Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Toho
directed by Gareth Edwards
starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Carson Bolde, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Juliette Binoche, CJ Adams, Richard T. Jones, Victor Rasuk, Patrick Sabongui, Jared Keeso, Luc Roderique, James Pizzinato, Catherine Lough Haggquist, Eric Keenleyside, Primo Allon, George Allen Gumapac jr, Ken Yamamura, Garry Chalk, Hiro Kanagawa, Kevan Ohtsji, Kasey Ryne Mazak, Terry Chen, Mas Morimoto, James D. Dever, Akira Takarada, Yuko Kiyama, Takeshi Kurokawa, James Yoshizawa, Jason Furukawa, Brian Markinson, Ty Olsson, Al Sapienza, Gardiner Millar
story by Dave Callaham, screenplay by Max Borenstein, music by Alexandre Desplat, special effects by Double Negative (DNEG), Centroid Motion Capture, Legacy Effects, Lindala Schminken FX, Mist VFX Studio, Pixel Playground, The Third Floor, Weta Digital, visual effects by Moving Picture Company (MPC), Scanline VFX, Bubble Creations Digital Studios

Godzilla, American Godzilla, MonsterVerse

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Ever since he lost his wife (Juliette Binoche) in a grave nuclear reactor accident in Japan, Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) has been trying to find out what exactly has happened as he has always had suspicion that it was more than just the earthquake it was attributed to. So he and his estranged Marine son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) break into the perimeter of the disaster one day and ... find out that the area isn't at all contaminated as alleged and that the Monarch corporation led by Dr Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) is conducting some experiments with a giant fossil there to ... well, who knows to what end, but eventually that fossil comes to life and turns out to be a giant flying dinosaur-like monster. And that monster, dubbed a MUTO, doesn't really like humans. So it lays destruction to the whole area before flying off. So time the American army (even though this takes place in Japan) takes over, and while Joe hasn't survived the ordeal, his son Ford is hired - and really just by accident he has all the exactly right qualifications.

Soon, Godzilla is entering the scene. Nobody knows why, but Dr Serizawa thinks it's nature's way of keeping in balance. However, Admiral Stentz (David Strathairn) figures it's a better idea to nuke the monsters, especially when a second MUTO is reported to run rampage in Nevada. The idea is to use the atom bomb to lure the monsters out into the sea and then blow it up, destroying them by the mere blast. And of course, Ford, who happens to know more about atom bombs than anyone else, is to be on the forefront of this operation. But things don't turn out as planned whtn the MUTOs first mate in San Francisco, then steal the bomb to feed their offspring with - after all, they're nuclear monsters. But then Godzilla shows up and gives the two MUTOs a sound beating before annihilating them with his radioactive breath, and in the meantime, Ford burns the MUTOs offspring and then sees to it that the atom bomb, the timer of which cannot be stopped, is shipped out into the open sea to detonate with no casualties. Of course, everything ends happily and Godzilla is celebrated as the saviour of earth.

Elizabeth Olsen plays Ford's wife, a caring nurse and loving mother, who though hasn't much more to do than being a caring nurse and loving daughter.


After the Hollywood tried to introduce Japanese icon Godzilla to American audiences for the first time with Roland Emmerich's movie of the same name with less than breathtaking success (both creatively and commercially), they tried again in 2014 - and they did better the second time round: This Godzilla does much more justice to the original, both concerning his looks and his origin story (even if liberties were taken). That said, the second American Godzilla still isn't a very good movie: Basically, Godzilla is kept out of the picture most of the time, and when he does appear he's more of a do-gooder than anything else. And for some reason, most of the monster fights are kept so darkly it's hard to determine what's actually happening. And the whole concept of monsters destroying cities - a mainstay in the Japanese films - is really kept to a minimum and lacks the joy of destruction. Instead it's just background to disaster movie mainstays - and this brings us to key point: the "human" plotline. Most of it feels very generic, lifted from dozens of similar movies, but one of the key problems is the character of Ford Brody: This guy has zero character arc, he is introduced as a hero in the first scene (after all, he's a war veteran, and in Hollywood movies they're all either heroes of psychos) and stays heroic throughout, always doing the right thing, always having the necessary skills to save the world yet again, and never being riddled by doubt, let alone allowed to fail. Basically, it's just impossible to form an emotional bond to such a bland character who's so central to the movie, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson's performance just isn't strong enough to overcome this. And on a sideline, making Godzilla the good guy, like in the cheesier (if funnier) Japanese Godzillas doesn't seem like too good an idea, either.

In all, a bit of a missed opportunity, really.


Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

The Addams Family

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin



Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan



Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who


Edgar Wallace made in Germany

Elizabeth Bathory



Flash Gordon


Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu





El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim


Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution


Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III


Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong


The Munsters

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Philip Marlowe

Philo Vance


Robin Hood

The Saint

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes


Star Trek

Sukeban Deka



Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Three Stooges

Three Supermen


Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman




review © by Mike Haberfelner


Feeling lucky?
Want to
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results?
(commissions earned)

The links below
will take you
just there!!!

Find Godzilla
at the amazons ...


Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)

Germany (East AND West)

Looking for imports?
Find Godzilla here ...

Your shop for all things Thai

Thanks for watching !!!



In times of uncertainty of a possible zombie outbreak, a woman has to decide between two men - only one of them's one of the undead.


There's No Such Thing as Zombies
Luana Ribeira, Rudy Barrow and Rami Hilmi
special appearances by
Debra Lamb and Lynn Lowry


directed by
Eddie Bammeke

written by
Michael Haberfelner

produced by
Michael Haberfelner, Luana Ribeira and Eddie Bammeke


now streaming at


Amazon UK





Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner


Out now from