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The MonsterVerse is a Hollywood franchise and shared fictional universe focusing on giant monsters duking it out, an impactful visual statement on how division wreaks inherently destructive and grotesque consequences and also an impactful visual statement on how cool it is when big monkey punch dinosaur.

Produced by Legendary Entertainment and co-produced and distributed by Warner Bros, the series most prominently features two of the most famous monsters in popular culture: Godzilla and King Kong, culminating in the recent release of Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs Kong, pay-per-view knockout / Hollow Earth conspiracy propaganda. A fun, proudly stupid monster beat em’ up that knows exactly what it is trying to be, the film nevertheless prompted a lot of questions, including ‘is Eleven from Stranger Things in QAnon?’, ‘if Kong Kong can learn sign language, can Godzilla learn sign language?’ and ‘did they get the idea for this film’s climax from The Simpsons?’. One particular question grew and grew in this writer’s mind though, like an ancient sea monster awoken by nuclear radiation: Is Fungie the Dolphin a Titan?

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For monster movie fans on these shores, the anticipation for Shin Godzilla has been building and building for some time. The 31st installment in the Godzilla franchise and the 29th put out by Japanese studio Toho, Shin Godzilla (or Godzilla Resurgence) is a reboot to the series that has received plenty of praise. And now, finally, the film will be showing here, with a select number or screenings taking place in Dublin this August.

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Great cakes inspired by your favourite movies

Everybody loves cake, that’s a fact. There are loads of great bakeries in Dublin, but POW! Cake That!  is one of the most unique bakers in the city. The cupcakes and celebration cakes of POW! Cake That! are inspired by all things nerdy, with something sweet and super cool looking for fans of everything from comic books to pro wrestling to of course, movies. Over the years the Phibsboro-based baker has made some amazing treats based on your favourite movies and regularly supplies the likes of Cineworld and Dr Sketchy’s with some great selections of cupcakes, doughnuts, cake pops and more. Check out some of the best and check out the baker herself on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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