#GODZILLA can't be stopped. #May16th http://t.co/MCPaYpiudN pic.twitter.com/SJXSBXZ2lC— Godzilla (@GodzillaMovie) May 8, 2014
You have to understand that I am inclined to like Godzilla from the start. I was, after all, the kid who would build giant cities made of cards in my basement and then smash them to bits. When I was young, it was before technology could deliver pretty much any movie ever made right to your computer or TV, and I had to stay up late to watch the old Godzilla movies that sometimes aired as the late night feature on the weekend. It was a treat, because how could a young boy not be excited to see giant monsters stomping the crap out of a city?
Having the chance to see the Godzilla franchise rebooted with modern special effects thrilled me, and I got to see it last night. Director Gareth Edwards stayed true to tradition with his mega-budget release for 2014. It was, in many ways, an homage to the decades of kaiju films churned out by Toho Studios and others since the original Gojira in 1954. The premise is simple enough: multiple monsters birthed from exposure to radioactivity battle it out while smashing buildings to bits. Edwards knows how to build up suspense and to keep the action from becoming a computer-generated special-effects orgy. This version of Godzilla is tense, action-packed, and fun. There was even a part where I had a lump in my throat when I was uncertain about Godzilla’s fate. I saw it on a regular screen, but I will return to see it in IMAX 3D before its theatrical run is over. And I will be recreating the train scene on my model railroad at home!
Another day, another list of Utah and our quirky characteristics. This time it's a list of the emotional and social scars growing up in Salt Lake has left you with. I suspect that even if you grew up here, but aren't from here you've been indoctrinated into fry sauce, dipping your fries in ice cream or that Utah accent.
It's not really your fault. It's your parents fault so blame them for everything, decide you were wrong, own your problems and read this list of the "12 Signs You Grew Up In Salt Lake" from the people over at Newscastic.
June 10th will be the day I duct tape my headphones to my head and take in Jack White's second solo album, "Lazaretto." I won't be indulging in any early streaming opportunities or will I surf the over to the Bay of Pirates. I was a completely new and enjoyable day of listening to Jack's new album...okay, so I'll break the rule once for this new track Rolling Stone debuted today, but after this that's it until June 10th. I promise. I swear. Click here to hear the new track from "Lazaretto" called "Just One Drink."
You can also pre-order the album on iTunes here.
So we are all polygamist drinkers...or something like that. If you have travelled outside of our state you know it's coming. Someone will ask you where you are from and once you say "Salt Lake City" or "Utah" you know other questions will follow. "Oh, are you Mormon?" "Do you know any polygamists?" "Wait, you like beer?" It's our burden and as there are missionaries spreading the religious word the rest of us have to debunk the assumptions that others have about us. Movoto has come up with a list of these assumptions and while it may not be complete it certainly is a good list of items some of us have had to straighten out from time to time. Read Movoto's list of Salt Lake City Stereotypes here.
Boba Fett kicked off festivities yesterday at The Leonardo to announce the 2014 Salt Lake Comic Con, which will be held September 4th - 6th at the Salt Palace Convention Center.
With the announcement of the when also came the who. The first six guests were announced yesterday had the room filled with applause as each name was announced. Fans can revel in the fact that Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, Hercules, Burn Notice), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Saw), Ernie Hudson, Sam Witter (Battlestar Galactica), John Barrowman (Doctor Who) and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, Angels in the Outfield, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and a hundred other movies) will be attending. These are just six of the over two-hundred guests organizers promised.
Salt Lake Comic Con Founder and Show Producer, Dan Farr, said, "The continued fan support of these events allows us to expand Salt Lake Comic Con, already the largest convention in the state, and continue to attract the best celebrities, comic creators and vendors to Utah." He also mentions they will be expanding cosplay features, a strong focus on comic books and their creators, premiers, Salt Lake Comic Con Film Festival, Video Games Live Night with the Utah Symphony, discounted passes and much more.
Speaking of tickets, they are on sale now by clicking here. There are three tiers of pricing. It's a good idea to buy now. You can get a multipass for only $30. There is a new gold pass this year and of course, the coveted VIP pass. There are also high school and college discounts.
Salt Lake Comic Con FanX, which was held in April, brought in over 100,000 people and last year's Comic Con pulled 72,000. If this trend continues the 2014 Comic Con could be the biggest party Utah has seen since the 2012 Olympic Games. Bring it on.
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