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Godzilla (2014): Aaron Taylor -Johnson, CJ Adams, Ken Watanabe, Brian Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins




Godzilla - 1954

Godzilla, King of the Monsters, 1956


Godzilla, King of the Monsters,  1956


Godzilla 2014 opens with clips from the famous 1950's films setting up the audience for a ride into the future with a new and refreshed version of this famous monster that is either good or bad.  Fans of the previous films of Godzilla will be excitedly and rapturously surprised.   And, for the new followers, the intensity of the film will provide a rush to want more of  the infamous Godzilla along with the sinister dinosaur moth monsters.   Godzilla is a mammoth monster that overshadows everything destroying all in its wake. This destructive villain appeared in Ishiro' Honda's 1954 film Godzilla.  The fall out from the film is a worldwide pop culture icon starring in 28 films produced by Toho Co., Ltd.   The Godzilla franchise has lasted over 60 years. The character is often suggested as the horror of all monsters possibly created from the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII.  Thus, Godzilla, or pronounced "Gojira" represents a metaphor for nuclear weapons.


Godzilla, 2014

The cinematography in the film seems familiar to movie aficionados of the Indiana Jones (franchise), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) or even Jurassic Park (1993). The actual tale begins with father, Joe Brody, Brian Cranston, working at a nuclear plant when strange recurrent electrical vibrations are noticed from the earth similar to an earthquake only with more force from the epicenter. Images of the meth kingpin Walter White known as Heisenberg and Jessie Pickman, Arron Paul, from Breaking Bad (2008-2013 - by the way the best television show to date!) come to mind as Cranston and Taylor-Johnson commands the big screen. After all, Heisenberg was a scientist too. Sandra Brody, Juliette Binoche, (without a drop of makeup looks awful but then this is a Godzilla movie) also works at the plant while young Ford, CJ Adams, is at school when an apocalyptic event occurs changing everything. The result is catastrophe and all is lost. 


Brian Cranston & Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad 2008-2013


Brian Cranston - Aaron Taylor-Johnson - Godzilla 2014
 

Fast forward fifteen years later, Brody's son, Ford, Aaron Taylor - Johnson a military bomb detonation specialist is living in San Francisco with his wife, Elle Brody, Elizabeth Olsen and son Sam Brody, Carson Bolde.  Joe is thrown into jail in Japan for trying to get into the quarantined zone, Ford flies out to Japan to rescue his crazy father.  And, herein, the real story of the resurrection of Godzilla and the iconic moth monsters almost Alien-like begins. Ford becomes Avatoresq by being the primary lead in the film and for telling the story.  Dr. Ishiro Serizawa, Ken Watanabe, and Vivienne Graham, Sally Hawkins, are scientists who were always aware of the possibility of life rumbling in the quarantined sites and now are faced with the actuality of a life form.  The audience is on pins and needles as the moth beasts take over and Godzilla appears with atom fire bomb force destroying everything in sight. The effect is riveting, acting believable and the story well told.


Photos of Godzilla & Moth Monster - 2014





Elizabeth Olsen - Godzilla 2014
























































The viewer is glued to the big screen and takes in all of Godzilla, the moth demons and the epic
devastation along with human drama similar to giving candy to a child.  The cinematography makes Godzilla seem organically real and believable.  References to previous films abound delighting Godzilla fans and enlightening the new followers of the infamous creature.  In other words, Godzilla, is the perfect popcorn summer blockbuster movie for the young and the old.  A nod to pure entertainment for the long days of summer.

 Godzilla 2014 - Movie Trailer




NEXT:   Maleficent - Opens - Friday, May 30, 2014


 

Kim Hardwick - Cinema Report

"Let the Dog Days of Summer and Movie Entertainment Commence!"


 




Cannes 67th International Film Festival 2014 - Red Carpet

 

Lights, Camera's & Fashion 

Cannes 67th International Film Festival 2014

May 14, 2014 - May 21, 2014

Fashion Finest Moments

 
Fashion apparel and movies are two forms of art that inspire and move the observer. Whether in a film or on a red carpet wearing a gorgeous gown combined with accessories, makeup and styled hair orchestrates a splendor in the sun for the fashionista and the designer. Where is the best examples of grace, poise and unforgettable beauty on the red carpet? Why in Cannes, of course!  The Cannes International Film Festival (French: Le Festival International du Film de Cannes or Festival de Cannes) held in Cannes, Frances in May is an annual event which previews new films and documentaries from around the world.   The correct pronunciation of "Cannes" - is like the word "can".  Originated in 1946, this yearly spectacle is the most awaited and prestigious film festival across the planet. Not only are the films eagerly anticipated but the fashion on the red carpet is also a moment to be remembered and recorded.  By invitation-only the celebrities and honored guests flock to the  ever red carpet in the latest dress designs.  After all this is France and dressing to the nines is not only expected but is demanded.


"A dress is a piece of ephemeral architecture, designed to enhance the proportions of the female body." - Christian Dior



Cate Blanchett, Eva Green, Jessica Chastain & Frieda Pinto


Nicole Kidman, Karlie Kloss, Jane Fonda

 
Sharon Stone, Marion Cotillard, Jessica Chastain, Bar Rafaeli, Rosie Huntington Whiteley


Forever Chic Style - "The Stylish"


 
 
 
 

 

Nicole Kidman - Effortlessly Glamorous - "Darling of the Festival" 

Kidman was stunning on the red carpet opening night of the festival in an Georgio Armani Prive' blue piece with detailed jewels of crystals, baguettes and pearls capturing the light while strolling on the red carpet.  Kidman the star in new film Grace of Monaco captured the night with the essence of Grace Kelly draped in the glorious concoction.  With nerves in abundance for the film to open the festival, this movie star was calm and elegant and a sheer joy to witness.  Additionally, Kidman appeared in a variety of dresses throughout the festival with a strong sense of style much like Princess Grace of Monoco.  The fashion images from the film were breathtaking though word on the street is the film is mediocre.  Only time will tell.
 
 

 
Giorgio Armani
 
Nicole Kidman - Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco  (Grace of Monaco 2014)

 
 



Cate Blanchett:  "Exquisitely Breathtaking"

Blanchett another red carpet favorite did not disappoint throughout the affair. The vast array of modern and romantic gowns noted sophistication and elegance.  No other can come close to Blanchett's flair for style.  Additionally, it is incredibly refreshing that Blanchett is aging with style by limiting the fillers and Botox.   All hail this incredible actress.   Lines are the essence of a life well lived.
 
Valentino
 
Givenchy

Armani Prive
 
Giorgio Armani
 
 
 

 

"I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men." -Marlene Dietrich

 

Marlene Dietrich - German Actress & Singer (1902-1992)
 
 


Frieda Pinto:  "Exotic Beauty" 

Pinto was a fairy princess in a Kors pale hue tulle frock with sequins and feathers.  The red lipstick and softly curled Veronica Lake hair was breathtaking.  This L'Oreal Lady and actress was sensational to behold.
 

Michael Kors
 
 
Pretty in Pink - Gucci
 

Suki Waterhouse: "Pale Pink Goddess" 

Waterhouse fresh from Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala in New York City May 5, 2014 was ready to step out in style in Cannes, France.  This youthful 26 year old beauty took the red carpet with elegance and panache.  The simple pale pink strapless gown with drop earrings, pointed toe pumps was sensational and memorable.  
 



 

Sonam Kapoor:  "Strikingly Scarlett O'Hara"

Sonam Kapoor attending the premiere of actress Hilary Swank's drama "The Homesman" stuck a pose in an Elie Saab dress with and updo and diamonds glittering at her ears.   Kapoor a stunning woman was a sight to admire on this night.  The full ball gown riveted on the red carpet signaling a  flashback to actress Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind" 1939 film. 
 

 
 
 
 

Elie Saab
 
 

Forever Chic Style - "The Lady in Waiting"  

 

 

Blake Lively

 
Lively glided down the French red carpet in a Gucci Premiere gown oozing Hollywood glamour. The black and white off the shoulders frock emphasized a perfect waist in eye catching black and white. The additional necklace with blonde hair elegantly styled and ravishing red lips were divine! Without a doubt, Lively was Queen for the night in this stunner dress.  Ryan Reynolds, husband, also wore Gucci.   The photo of the red smile with Reynolds captured a thousand flashes of light of this happy Cinderella and her Charming Prince.
 
 
  
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Forever Chic Style -  "The Queen"  

 

Jessica Chastain

 
 Jessica Chastain, captivated, stunned and commanded a moment of silence on the red carpet at every event during the Cannes 67th International Film Festival.  This 37 year old actress and fashionista has a strong sense of old style glamour.  Every dress donned by this beauty was simple drop dead gorgeous.  Perhaps it was the red hair, vibrant hues or the fact that Chastain's red lipped smile knocked the socks off the audience in attendance and internationally. Social media went insane when Chastain nailed the red carpet in the Atelier Versace blue concoction with an asymmetrical neckline and peekaboo slit for the premiere of "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" on Saturday, May 17, 2014.  Jaws dropped, camera's popped and social media clicked with joy.  This is one red head who doesn't ever disappoint.  Stand aside, Angie, Nicole and Cate for Chastain has a winning streak of capturing everyone's hearts and minds when it comes to fashion. Pop the champagne and toast Chastain for stealing the fashion moment of the entire festival.   All hail the Forever Chic Style QueenJessica Chastain.
 

Atelier Versace
 

 

 
 
Atelier Versace
 

Elie Saab
 
 

Elie Saab - Classic Black Frock
 

James McAvoy,  Jessica Chastain (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby 2014)

 
 
 

Forever Chic Style - "The Frumpy Frog Queen"

Elena Lenina 

Elena Lenina, a Russian actress, evoked Pebbles from The Flintstones (Animated Cartoon - 1961-1966) in a vibrant pink gown, with an addition of a gaudy rope of giant Christmas silver baubles. The over top ensemble definitely caught the eye and formed the question of will Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty be the next to arrive?  And, is it Christmas time?   The cartoonish outfit and ensemble are uniquely creative but unfortunately scream The Frumpy Frog Queen.   Yes, noticed and remembered though tragically will be known as the jester in the court rather than a Forever Chic Style lady or Queen.  Maybe next time if invited of course!
 
 



Pebbles Flinstone - Adult Halloween Costume



 "The dress must not hang on the body but follow its lines.  It must accompany its wearer and when a woman smiles the dress must smile with her." 

-Madeleine Vionnet (Haute Couture designer 1901-1992)

 

 
 

Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style

 
 

"Play the role, enjoy the moment and glide on the red carpet with panache! After all the world is a stage and you are the director of your life.  Inspire and enchant the world at large."