Today in Movie Culture: The History of the ‘Godzilla’ Franchise, the New York City of ‘John Wick’ Movies and More

Today in Movie Culture: The History of the ‘Godzilla’ Franchise, the New York City of ‘John Wick’ Movies and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:


Franchise Recap of the Day:

Godzilla: King of the Monsters opens this weekend, and while the new movie is a direct sequel to the 2014 Godzilla, the history of this franchise goes back 65 years. To prepare us for the latest entry of many, Birth.Movies.Death presents a deep dive through everything that came before, starting with the 1954 original:


Fan Art of the Day:

In anticipation of the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Trent Shy Claymations created an alternate poster for the sequel in their very unique way. This one features a claymation version of Millie Bobby Brown’s character in the rain and a colorful title design that seems a little bright and cheery for a movie about giant creatures fighting each other:


Movie Science of the Day:

In the last seven decades filled with Godzilla movies, many of us have wondered what the world would be like if the king of the monsters existed in real life. Going further than the obvious, Watch Mojo looks at the the franchise and examines the science and plausibility and presumable ramifications of kaiju, including one with nuclear breath, existing in our world:


Cosplay of the Day:

How many of you are cosplaying as Godzilla when you go see the new movie in theaters? Cinemark has a cool video promoting the release of King of the Monsters showing what it’s like for the title character — or a fan dressed up as him — to go to the cinema to catch the sequel:


Classic Movie Trailer of the Day:

With Godzilla: King of the Monsters finally in theaters, let’s look back at the previous movie, which came out five years ago. Courtesy of Movieclips, here is the original teaser trailer for Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla remake, which kicked off the new MonsterVerse franchise when it opened in U.S. theaters on May 16, 2014:


Music Performance of the Day:

Could Rocketman, which also opens this weekend, be the next music biopic to win big at the Oscars? We won’t know until next year, but forecasting the possibility, here’s Elton John and his portrayer in the movie, Taron Egerton, performing “Tiny Dancer” at a viewing party during this year’s Academy Awards:


Actor in the Spotlight:

In honor of Ma hitting theaters this weekend, let’s recognize the awesome career of one of its stars, Juliette Lewis. Eclectic Method created a NSFW dance mix celebrating the actress using badass clips of her from the movie Natural Born Killers. It seems like it’s a bunch of different movies, though, because she’s so versatile in the role of Mallory Knox:


Easter Eggs of the Day:

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum has been out for a couple weeks now, so it’s time to dig into all kinds of spoilery details about the action sequel. ScreenRant covers everything from Easter eggs and other things missed, trivia and the potential premise of the next installment, tentatively known as John Wick: Chapter 4:


Movie Location of the Day:

The Big Apple is John Wick’s oyster, as the franchise is centered in New York City and uses the immense metropolitan location as something of a sandbox for its characters to play around in. In his latest video, Patrick Willems explores John Wick’s NYC, including fictional places such as The Continental and real landmarks like the New York Public Library as seen in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum:


Fan Build of the Day:

Tickets are now on sale for Toy Story 4, the latest entry of Pixar’s flagship franchise. We’ve still got a few weeks before the movie opens, so you can bide your time becoming intimately familiar with the new character Forky by creating your own replica of the spork-based plaything. Here’s ChrisCrossMedia with the DIY craft tutorial:

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