Movies that are slightly off.
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.
Well here it is. The original Japanese version of the first Godzilla film.
What was my initial impression? A little disappointed.
Mainly, because it felt so different from all of the other movies (in a bad way). Not only do they play it way too seriously, but it didn't have the famous and hilariously bad voice dubbing either. I realize that these movies were never intended to be laughed at. At least, not in the beginning. So I'm probably not being fair in my criticisms. But the fact is, the majority of them are hilariously bad, but we still love them so get over it.
I'm not sure if I'm remembering this correctly but wasn't Godzilla the result of the…
WATCHED: The Egyptian Theater, DCP
REASON: TCM Festival 2014
Ich habe die amerikanische Version gesehen.
Die Nachgedrehten Szenen für die amerikanische Fassung nerven komplett. Der ganze Film wird nacherzählt von einem amerikanischen Journalisten, der nie die Klappe hält. Das nimmt sehr viel von der Atmosphäre.
Szenen mit japanischer Kultur wurden rausgeschnitten.
Daher Bewertung nur für die amerikanische Version.
Godzilla is such a beautiful and poignant movie. Every scene, even shot shows the anxiety Japan felt after WWII. A terrifying movie with an even scarier theme. Of all the Godzilla movies, this has the characters with the most depth. I'm surprised how well it works as a character-driven drama as well as a monster movie. You even start to feel bad for Godzilla towards the end. Another thing I noticed was how this movie actually shows the aftermath of an attack. Most other Godzilla/monster movies show the destruction and skip over what happens after. Just little things like that make Godzilla memorable.
P.S. The scene with the children singing the prayer is one of my favorite movie scenes ever.
A horrifying grim reminder of our nuclear mistakes made in an age fresh from the terrifying reality that is atomic weaponry. Still relevant today, still one of the greatest monster movies, and greatest films ever made. If you think Godzilla is basically just monster-bashing madness, then you need to sit down and watch this dark, depressing piece of cinematic achievement and a true masterpiece in its field, as well as film in general.
Anytime Godzilla wrecks stuff, it's awesome. But a lot of the remaining parts are very dated and average.
Look, I like the whole idea with the nuclear bombs still laying over Japanese heads being a really interesting piece of history, resulting in this kaiju representation of that nuclear fear.
Bu still, a lot of the effects are extremely dated and obvious currently. It doesn't really stand the test of time too well. Still, it's not bad though.
I would easily pay for 'The Godzilla Experience', where you get to destroy a huge miniature city pretending to be Godzilla for a short time.
I liked the part where Godzilla wrecked shit.
It is hard to convey just how surprising and shocking Godzilla is after all of these years. It is a film without any bloat or gratuitousness whatsoever, whose ambition is nothing less than to serve as a national exorcism, encapsulating the deepest fears of an entire nation and indeed, of the whole human race. Throughout, it reads like an elegy and a lament for the fundamental innocence of the Japanese people, destroyed by rampant modernization and the darker tendencies of the human spirit. Yet it is hopeful, retaining a core belief in the human spirit, its goodness, and its resilience in the face of immeasurable tragedy.
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