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.
At G-Fest back in 2000, I had the honor of the original, uncut Gojira being the first Godzilla movie I ever saw on the big screen at the Egyptian Theater. As a 22-year-old southern-born American boy at the turn of the new millennium, that's not something I say lightly. Walking to the theater in a hurry from the convention center at the Roosevelt Hotel, somehow I overshot the Egyptian by several blocks. I'd bought tickets in advance, but the Egyptian oversold. I couldn't find an empty seat in the house, so I watched the movie sitting on the concrete stairway of the aisle. I'm reminded of Richard Kind's guest programmer night on Turner Classic Movies and his story about movie…
Gosh this is so cute I can't resist.
A literal and symbolic commentary on the post war paranoia of Japan.
I'd say it's pretty much essential viewing for film buffs.
Also, it was a pleasant surprise to see Takashi Shimura.
-Number representative of said film's ranking on my IMDb list-
Man merkt sofort wenn Spielzeug zu sehen ist anstatt "echte" Landschaften und Objekte aber heutzutage fällt auch CGI noch sehr oft auf. Die Augen von Godzilla sind lächerlich und sein Atomic Breath sieht aus wie ein Dampfstrahler. Dafür gehen die Häuser und dergleichen ziemlich geil zu Bruch und wenn Godzilla durch die Straßen trampelt und die Menschen vor Ihm fliehen sieht das sogar besser aus als im so manchen neuen Film. Schauspielerisch ist das ganz schöne Grütze, ebenso die deutsche Synchro. Boah ist das mies. Auch leicht störend sind die harten Schnitte.
Ich bin leider paar mal ganz kurz eingenickt :(
This is still one of the best kaiju films to date. The original Japanese version is preferred but the American alterations are surprisingly bearable if you can't or won't watch the original. The effects hold up reasonably well and were solid for the time. It isn't your run of the mill monster throw down but a meaningful film with a lot of heart. One of the few I would recommend even if you aren't a fan of the genre.
They don't make good kaiju (strange beast) in Japan like they used to in the 1950s and 1960s. kaiju used to be cool & interesting before the studio known as Legendary Pictures invented the "monster film" (knockoff kaiju) genre in the year 2013 with the creation of the well-known flick (amatuer film) "Pacific Rim". Kaiju (strange beast) have not been the same since, and will never return to the CLASSIC GOLDEN AGE (1954 ~ Showa 28) of the industry when only cool kaiju (strange beast) such as "Gojira", "Gamera" and "King Kong" have been made. Modern day "otakus" (KAIJU* fan) only enjoy "monster film" (knockoff kaiju) flicks* such as "Pacific Rim" and "Monsters: Dark Continent" -- This is direct evidence of…
When I was a kid, I thought it would be the funniest fucking thing if I ever went to Japan and in the middle of a city pointed to the sky and yelled, "Godzillaaaaaaaaaaa!"
I'm glad I didn't do that when I visited Japan because now I know I would've just some uncultured American tourist asshole.
Also, this holds up really well.
After "Them!", I decided it'd be fun to check out another 50's creature feature, and what better is there than Godzilla?
This movie seems to have almost the exact same message as the ant movie, but obviously the Japanese would be able to tell a tale regarding the results of nuclear war in a much more personal way.
The models in this movie are so amazingly obvious, but there'a great charm to them that I just love. Wouldn't it just be the most fun day ever if you could get in that big rubber suit and just crush all those little toy trains? I'm sure this was the best they could do, given the circumstance, but I really don't know…
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…
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…