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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.
I liked Gojira, but the pacing was totally off, so it really dragged for me. It started off so promising, the just got straight in it, but then there was so much boringness in between.
I feel like this Hoop-tober has just been full of me insulting classic movie fans lol, well actually, I think its happened every year so far.
I love with Gojira started defending himself like a human, it made me laugh.
Will attempt a second watch at a later date, when I'm less exhausted.
The iconic monster known throughout the world began here. His roar, especially in this one, is probably the coolest noise ever invented by man. I thought the visual effects were really cool. The fire looked more like he was freezing instead of burning, but I still understood that it was fire.
Les humains du premier Gojira sont magnifiquement insignifiants. J'aimerais dire que tout ce qui compte, c'est la bête, son hymne, la noirceur de la nuit sur laquelle Honda plaque les flammes avec la même insistance que Kurosawa filme la pluie et le vent. Et si on oublie un instant la pléthore de kaiju-eigas qui suivra, ça reste surtout un des plus beaux et troublants poèmes de l'après-guerre, à mettre sans gêne aucune aux côtés de ceux de Resnais ou de Levi, à la différence qu'ici ce n'est pas l'expérience subjective de la guerre qui est mise en cause, mais l'expression collective d'un peuple qui fait face une fois de plus à l'inimaginable et qui se pose les grandes questions qu'on…
"Curse my scientific genius!" - Sirazawa
One of my personal favorite monsters, Horror movies and even all time favorite movies for a reason. Godzilla is the ultimate monster movie of the Atomic Age of Horror in the 50's. A well directed film with strong performances and special effects. The black and white and dark tone really add to the gritty feel of the film as well as the emotions.
This is one of those films that I've heard a lot about generally but very little specifically, so while I went in knowing to expect a few elements I was still held in suspense by the overall story and style of it. And while I definitely lack a lot of context I have enough to feel the impact of the more serious and dramatic human related content.
Yes everyone know rubber monster suits, sure, but honestly if you don't feel something by the time it gets to the very deliberate use of a children's choir then you probably shouldn't have been watching this movie just for the guy in the monster suit smashing things.
It was a pretty great sequence…
This was a film I pretty much knew the story to 100%, but I never sat down and watched it. At this point in time, to me, it feels more like a historical document rather than a film filled with social commentary that would go on to start one of the biggest sci-fi franchises globally that would go from cool to stupid to everything in between.
When I say it feels like a historical document, I mean I've studied Japanese for seven years in my life. That also includes a little bit of history and culture that comes with that. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were highly impactful and having to deal with the nuclear fallout these people went…
Godzilla. An icon born in the aftermath of nuclear horror. The monster brings forth dread wherever he goes, which is true more so than usual in the original classic. Serving as a haunting parable on the dangers of nuclear war and developing new weapons, the film finds a silent terror and tragedy in the monster's first awakening. So many scientific advances could come from it, but instead only death and destruction arrive, both to Japan and the monster itself. The script is sharp and the film is perfectly paced. Godzilla himself is a spectacular effect, at points even still convincing today. Godzilla is a truly epic film, a tragedy of mythic proportions and one that still resonates with great power today.
#432 GODZILLA (1954) - Not just an historical curiosity; legitimately good. Shimura is great in it. #DLMChallenge #366Movies #366Days ★★★★ twitter.com/junesongprovidr/status/788224196027572225/photo/1
also, a scientist with an eyepatch invents a fish nuke and suicide bombs godzilla. this is an awesome movie. #DLMChallenge twitter.com/junesongprovidr/status/788224395781308417/photo/1
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