A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Japan is thrown into a panic after several ships explode and are sunk near Odo Island. An expedition to the island led by paleontologist Professor Kyohei Yemani soon discover something more devastating than imagined in the form of a 164 foot tall monster whom the natives call Gojira. Now the monster begins a rampage that threatens to destroy not only Japan, but the rest of the world as well.
Following my love affair with Pacific Rim and after the news of the upcoming Godzilla reboot, I knew that sooner or later I would be walking into Barnes and Noble to pick up that b-e-a-utiful Godzilla Criterion BluRay.
And my prophecy came true.
Even when opening up the criterion and seeing the popup of the big Godzilla head unfolding in front of me, I was smiling. Reading the booklet I was smiling. At the menu I was smiling. I was never not smiling watching this massive reptile stomp around Tokyo. Even saying the name "Godzilla" gets my blood pumping faster and my imagination kicked into top gear.
I'm 150 feet tall. I am virtually indestructible. I'm strong. I can…
Of all the metaphors for nuclear holocaust, Godzilla was perhaps the most unlikely and indeed one of the more memorable in cinematic history. Developed by the now iconic Toho Studios in Japan, Ishiro Honda's legendary introduction to the titular 'monster' spawned an enormous franchise of creature features that have since spanned decades, and look in no danger of abating in their various forms. Honda's film may of course be dated sixty years on when it comes to effects but it remains a striking and effective piece of work in many places, a towering B-movie shot like a black & white film noir and touching on several universal themes that give the piece a level of depth missing from many other movies…
All hail the king of the monsters.
Overflowing with Japanese postwar paranoia, Godzilla is without a doubt the king granddaddy of the modern monster movie. Without this gem, millions of kids would be deprived of the simple thrill of watching a 100-foot tall mutated lizard crushing a house with a swipe of his tail. But what's more, so many standards of the monster movie genre would probably be set a lot differently, if not ending up completely nonexistent. There is a specific formula present in this Godzilla that so many other disaster monster movies follow nowadays, but none ever managed to touch the greatness that this film achieved.
I was one of the few avid supporters of Gareth Edwards' Godzilla…
I'm a newcomer to the original Godzilla flick and seeing it on the big screen for my first time was the perfect experience for such an amazing film.
Seriously can't wait to see what Gareth Edwards brings to the remake next week.
***Long Live the King - G-Marathon 2014, Film 1/30***
Few films could claim to have the legacy that Godzilla has. 60 years and almost 30 sequels and remakes later, and the big guy is still going strong. You'd be hard pressed to find someone who hasn't at least heard of Godzilla, even if they've never seen a single one of his movies. With all that history and pop culture penetration it would be easy to loose sight of something important, before he fought epic battles, before he saved the world from aliens, before he came to America, Godzilla was featured in one of the greatest films ever made.
It started with a simple idea, a few men wanted to make…
I showed this to my dad for the first time tonight, and this was his response after the final frame:
"Well, that wasn't about Godzilla at all."
I think I may have a new convert on my hands.
A lot of human drama.
A monster movie that has something to say. The first half hour can be a bit dull at times, but the moments of destruction and pure terror more than make up for it. The effects can be a bit dated at times, but they are mostly held together by creative shots and cinematography. The aftermath scenes from Godzilla's destruction were particularly somber and heartbreaking. The films message is in your face throughout, but perhaps it needed to be. Even after the monster is destroyed we are not left with joy and happiness, instead we feel regret that this will probably happen again. 8.5/10
CHRONOLOGICAL GODZILL-A-THON FILM #1:
A very much of its time but still very good sci-fi film with some very effective horror elements and an allegory as subtle as a one hundred and sixty four foot dinosaur kicking over buildings.
Dr. Sherizawa, a badass scientist who cuts an iconic figure in his eyepatch and labcoat, is totally awesome and should have been reoccurring in this series. Godzilla could have used a Van Helsing or Loomis.
I'll just say now that I'm very reluctant to start this review series and I don't really understand why I'm making myself do this. One thing, however, is for sure; Godzilla rules.
Godzilla is Amazing, it is completely different than all other Godzilla films as it plays out more like a horror film than the campy Sci Fi type films that followed it. Godzilla is terrorizing ships in the ocean around Japan and causes the Japanese people to start to make plans of a super weapon to take the monster out of commission. The effects are what you'd expect from a monster film from this time, but the tone and feeling of this film transcend it from just being another atomic monster flick. The terror and reaction of the Japanese people in this film play off the real horror of the atomic bombings of Japan during WWII make the film even that more unsettling.
It took me three days to watch this.
The girl in it annoyed me.
Godzilla was a funny cookie monster-looking motherfucker.
Maybe I'm a philistine, but I still like the 2014 Godzilla better. The 1954 Godzilla is a more somber movie, and it possesses a compassion for human suffering in the wake of a cataclysm that modern blockbusters would do well to internalize and even imitate (as opposed to making collateral damage a purely abstract plot point). To it's credit, I actually think this Godzilla is a scarier film than the 2014 one, mostly because it captures how helpless one can feel in the midst of an ongoing tragedy in a more personal way. But where the 2014 film is about humanity being disabused of any illusions of control and recognizing our own hubris, this film is more about what our…
One of the best nuclear testing PSAs I've ever seen.
The special effects were a lot of fun to watch & they held up pretty well for the time period except for Godzilla's eyes were a bit wonky.
It didn't pull any punches as it showed families being torn apart, people falling from television towers, and documented the grief left in Japan following the nuclear strikes.
Still very watchable.
The name of this month is Kaijuly! In preparation I'll be watching pretty much everything Kaiju related I can get my hands on in preparation for the upcoming Godzilla Resurgence (known as Shin Gojira in Japan, not sure who came up with that English title).
The original, 1954 Japanese version of Godzilla, directed by Ishiro Honda, is an immaculate classic of postwar cinema. The story begins in the Pacific Ocean where numerous Japanese fishing boats have gone missing, leading to a nationwide investigation on what could have caused their disappearances. Soon enough the mystery reveals the very horrific truths, that stalking the ocean is none other than a giant, irradiated monster that has been disturbed by the H-Bomb testings in…