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“Godzilla Minus One” Sets Box Office Record as Director Takashi Yamazaki Eyes Star Wars Venture

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In a remarkable feat for Japanese cinema, “Godzilla Minus One“, directed by Takashi Yamazaki, has shattered box office expectations in the United States with an impressive $11 million domestic debut. This record-breaking opening not only marks the highest for a Japanese live-action movie in U.S. theaters but also signals the enduring appeal of the Godzilla franchise, which celebrates its 70th anniversary with this latest installment.

The film’s success is further underscored by its critical reception. Garnering rave reviews for its homage to the original Godzilla, “Godzilla Minus One” is lauded by many fans as a masterpiece in creature features. It currently stands with a staggering 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, surpassing the ratings of its predecessors and being touted as one of the best Godzilla movies ever made.

Behind this monumental achievement is director Takashi Yamazaki, whose vision has breathed new life into the iconic kaiju narrative. Yamazaki’s directorial prowess, evident in the film’s nuanced storytelling and cutting-edge visual effects, has not gone unnoticed. Gareth Edwards, director of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and the 2014 “Godzilla” movie, praised “Godzilla Minus One” as a candidate for the best Godzilla movie of all time.

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Yamazaki’s aspirations, however, extend beyond the realm of Godzilla. In a recent interview with Slashfilm, he expressed a deep-rooted desire to venture into the Star Wars universe. Citing “Star Wars” as a pivotal influence in his decision to become a filmmaker, Yamazaki is keen on offering a Japanese or Eastern take on the globally revered franchise. His extensive experience in adapting anime, manga, and video games to the big screen, coupled with his expertise in visual effects, positions him as a unique candidate for such a venture.

“I watched Star Wars, and that’s how I ended up being a filmmaker. I’m really hoping I will get a call and they will bring me on Star Wars. I think a more Japanese or even just Eastern take on Star Wars would be really, really interesting, so I hope they call me up.” – Takashi Yamazaki

Yamazaki’s previous works include the live-action adaptation of “Space Battleship Yamato” in 2010, showcasing his capability to handle space opera narratives. His diverse directorial portfolio, which spans across various genres and formats, reflects a versatile talent that could bring a fresh perspective to the Star Wars universe.

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Another Creepy Spider Movie Hits Shudder This Month

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Good spider films are a theme this year. First, we had Sting and then there was Infested. The former is still in theaters and the latter is coming to Shudder starting April 26.

Infested has been getting some good reviews. People are saying that it’s not only a great creature feature but also a social commentary on racism in France.

According to IMDb: Writer/director Sébastien Vanicek was looking for ideas around the discrimination faced by black and Arab-looking people in France, and that led him to spiders, which are rarely welcome in homes; whenever they’re spotted, they’re swatted. As everyone in the story (people and spiders) is treated like vermin by society, the title came to him naturally.

Shudder has become the gold standard for streaming horror content. Since 2016, the service has been offering fans an expansive library of genre movies. in 2017, they began to stream exclusive content.

Since then Shudder has become a powerhouse in the film festival circuit, buying distribution rights to movies, or just producing some of their own. Just like Netflix, they give a film a short theatrical run before adding it to their library exclusively for subscribers.

Late Night With the Devil is a great example. It was released theatrically on March 22 and will begin streaming on the platform starting April 19.

While not getting the same buzz as Late Night, Infested is a festival favorite and many have said if you suffer from arachnophobia, you might want to take heed before watching it.

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According to the synopsis, our main character, Kalib is turning 30 and dealing with some family issues. “He’s fighting with his sister over an inheritance and has cut ties with his best friend. Fascinated by exotic animals, he finds a venomous spider in a shop and brings it back to his apartment. It only takes a moment for the spider to escape and reproduce, turning the whole building into a dreadful web trap. The only option for Kaleb and his friends is to find a way out and survive.”

The film will be available to watch on Shudder starting April 26.

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Part Concert, Part Horror Movie M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Trap’ Trailer Released

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In true Shyamalan form, he sets his film Trap inside a social situation where we aren’t sure what is going on. Hopefully, there is a twist at the end. Furthermore, we hope it’s better than the one in his divisive 2021 movie Old.

The trailer seemingly gives away a lot, but, as in the past, you can’t rely on his trailers because they are often red herrings and you are being gaslit to think a certain way. For instance, his movie Knock at the Cabin was completely different than what the trailer implied and if you hadn’t read the book on which the film is based it was still like going in blind.

The plot for Trap is being dubbed an “experience” and we aren’t quite sure what that means. If we were to guess based on the trailer, it’s a concert movie wrapped around a horror mystery. There are original songs performed by Saleka, who plays Lady Raven, a kind of Taylor Swift/Lady Gaga hybrid. They have even set up a Lady Raven website to further the illusion.

Here is the fresh trailer:

According to the synopsis, a father takes his daughter to one of Lady Raven’s jam-packed concerts, “where they realize they’re at the center of a dark and sinister event.”

Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Trap stars Josh Hartnett, Ariel Donoghue, Saleka Shyamalan, Hayley Mills and Allison Pill. The film is produced by Ashwin Rajan, Marc Bienstock and M. Night Shyamalan. The executive producer is Steven Schneider.

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Woman Brings Corpse Into Bank To Sign Loan Papers

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Warning: This is a disturbing story.

You have to be pretty desperate for money to do what this Brazilian woman did at the bank to get a loan. She wheeled in a fresh corpse to endorse the contract and she seemingly thought the bank employees wouldn’t notice. They did.

This weird and disturbing story comes via ScreenGeek an entertainment digital publication. They write that a woman identified as Erika de Souza Vieira Nunes pushed a man she identified as her uncle into the bank pleading with him to sign loan papers for $3,400. 

If you’re squeamish or easily triggered, be aware that the video captured of the situation is disturbing. 

Latin America’s largest commercial network, TV Globo, reported on the crime, and according to ScreenGeek this is what Nunes says in Portuguese during the attempted transaction. 

“Uncle, are you paying attention? You must sign [the loan contract]. If you don’t sign, there’s no way, as I cannot sign on your behalf!”

She then adds: “Sign so you can spare me further headaches; I can’t bear it any longer.” 

At first we thought this might be a hoax, but according to Brazilian police, the uncle, 68-year-old Paulo Roberto Braga had passed away earlier that day.

 “She attempted to feign his signature for the loan. He entered the bank already deceased,” Police Chief Fábio Luiz said in an interview with TV Globo. “Our priority is to continue investigating to identify other family members and gather more information regarding this loan.”

If convicted Nunes could be facing jail time on charges of fraud, embezzlement, and desecration of a corpse.

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