1. ” Why Aren’t Movie Monsters Terrifying Anymore?” History’s greatest on-screen creatures embodied specific human fears. With luck, Gareth Edwards’s Godzilla will save us from today’s glut of bland, interchangeable CGI beasts.
“Predictably, the overarching problem with the modern movie monster is that American pop culture is so saturated with franchises—which aren’t operating systems that typically thrive on empathy, metaphor, or textural specificity. Would something as quietly violent and hopeless as Alien even make an impression on multiplexes now? The occasional breakout success of something like Paranormal Activity keeps hope, however marginal, alive that audiences are still willing to go looking for something stranger (or, in Paranormal Activity’s case, something that at least started out stranger), and thus spur filmmakers to want to appease that hunger—not for newness, but for awe.”