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Gareth Edwards


Sunday, September 14 2014

'Godzilla' Is Paint-By-Numbers Monster Movie Making

This reboot is a pretty pedestrian affair, managing to pull out all the tropes you've come to expect from monster movies without offering anything new.

Friday, May 16 2014

Getting Down, Deep Down, with 'Godzilla'

Godzilla takes us "down there". Down there in corporate cover-ups, down there in human greed and fear, down there in immorality and militaristic overreaching.

Thursday, March 10 2011

'Monsters': Like an 'African Queen'-Inspired Romance

If the Italian neo-realists had made sci fi, it would have looked a lot like Monsters.

Thursday, March 10 2011

'Monsters': Agents of Political Expediency

Two Americans attempt to get back to the US, making the trek through the dangerous 'infected' zone an obvious political allegory.

Thursday, November 18 2010

'Monsters': Imprisoning Ourselves

Curiously, the protagonists suffer no physical injuries -- walking incarnations of American exceptionalism.


Wednesday, May 14 2014

'Godzilla' Is an Old Fashioned Blockbuster... and That's a Good Thing

A lot of early reviews claim that "nothing happens" in the first hour of this film. Those opinions couldn't be more wrong.

Friday, October 22 2010

'Monsters': After the (Almost) Fall of Man

A dialed down approach to the otherwise apoplectic action film that easily wins over those tired out by the continuing Michael Bay-ing of the genre.

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