Other Worlds Austin Film Festival Starts Tonight!

owa-logo-529x270We’re about to make the drive up to Round Rock for a weekend of scifi and horror films at Flix Brewhouse, courtesy of the Other Worlds Austin film festival, home of the Mary Shelley award.

Tonight we’re going to see the opening film, OMG, I’m a Robot!, and hopefully get into The Axe Murders of Villisca, written by Austin local Owen Egerton.

The email announcements have been making big promises of a party tonight that features excessive amounts of chips and queso and chicken tenders.  Ah, Round Rock, whirling vortex of Central Texas culture.

Godzilla Resurgence Will Probably Be Awesome

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Godzilla Resurgence will be released in Japan next week.

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The latest trailer is gorgeous, giving every indication that this will be a Godzilla film that goes back to the roots of the genre. A healthy mix of practical and digital effects, scientists and army alike helpless against the monster, and hints of a focus on a human story in the midst of all this horror.

There is no dialogue in the trailer, only haunting music. It has a disturbing modern beauty that has me excited for the film.

The soundtrack will be released next week, and I may pick that up right away. Composer Shirō Sagisu has taken up quite a mantle by following the grand symphonic works of Akira Ikufube (composer of nearly all the individual monster themes from 1956 to 1995). However, Sagisu previously worked with director Hideaki Anno on the Neon Genesis films, and I think he will add something truly great to the tradition of kaiju movie musical scores.

Watch the latest trailer below:

I personally am vibrating with impatience over the still-unannounced US release date, accurately represented by this charming scene from Godzilla versus The Sea Monster (1966).

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A Hong Kong release date of August 25 has been announced, as well as Taiwan and the Philippines.

I have to wonder something fantastic might happen at Fantastic Fest in mid-September, especially since they haven’t announced the theme yet…