December 22, 2012
Continuing my Godzilla movie marathon next up was a movie I could remember well from childhood, ALL MONSTERS ATTACK , or as it was very poorly named for its U.S. release, GODZILLA’S REVENGE. This tenth movie in the series was very firmly geared toward children. A young boy named Ichiro (funny now that that name is famous in the U.S.) gets bullied by his classmates and escapes into his imagination and vivid dreams of hanging out on Monster Island with his buddy Minya, aka Godzilla’s son. [Read more]
December 9, 2012
I do not ever really recall seeing SON OF GODZILLA before, as I continue my Godzilla movie marathon with this lighthearted 1967 installment that introduces Godzilla’s apparent offspring born from a giant glowing egg. [Read more]
December 1, 2012
I continue my Godzilla marathon with a title that has always stuck in my mind, DESTROY ALL MONSTERS . Although the title was well remembered, it seems I remembered nothing of the plot which involves aliens (seemingly all beautiful females) from a small planet between Mars & Jupiter deciding they want to take over Earth. They have a good plan involving controlling Godzilla, but they seem to have learned nothing from history as we all know Godzilla simply cannot be controlled! [Read more]
November 4, 2012
GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER  was a surprisingly good Godzilla movie. It is not considered in very high regard in general in the overall Godzilla movie pantheon, but I found the human characters and storyline to be interesting enough and once Godzilla finally got screen time his battles with Ebirah, a giant lobster monster, were satisfying. [Read more]
October 13, 2012
GODZILLA VS MONSTER ZERO is perhaps the Godzilla movie that I remembered most from my childhood, or images from it were burned into memory. For example Godzilla and Rodan (see above) being pulled from a lake in an energy bubble for transport to Planet X. I was really looking forward to this installment in the Godzilla franchise, however, I found it to be one of the weaker Showa era sequels. [Read more]
September 15, 2012
I thought I was about to see a wrong be righted that has been scarring me for 30 years. It turns out it was all a myth. As a kid watching KING KONG VS. GODZILLA  I saw my hero, Godzilla, inconceivably lose to King Kong at the end of the movie. I just could not fathom it. Godzilla was way bigger and has thermonuclear breath. How could it be? Later I would hear that in the Japanese version, Godzilla, in fact, wins. Thus, this afternoon I queued up the Japanese version with 30 years of vindication ready to be felt, only to see my hero Godzilla lose again! Had I still not seen the proper version? A quick trip to Wikipedia told me yes, I had seen the real Japanese version, but it was only a myth that persisted for decades that there were two different endings to the movie. There was only one, and in it, King Kong emerges victorious, though Godzilla is likely to have lived.
August 18, 2012
MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA  is a movie that has haunted me for 30 years. I can clearly remember when I first saw it as a young child, that it crushed me that my childhood hero, Godzilla, could be defeated by two larvae just shooting cob webs onto him! I could not accept it. For 30 years I could not. I thought, why did Godzilla not use his thermonuclear breath more? Why couldn’t he just rip off the webbing? I anxiously rewatched the movie this afternoon hoping for answers to these questions. Thankfully, I got them as viewing the movie with a more skilled movie watching mind, I could understand there were mitigating factors. [Read more]
June 23, 2012
What I started in 2007, picked up on in the summer of 2010, I fully intend to finish to the end in the summer of 2012, which is to watch all the Godzilla movies (semi) in order all the way through the modern ones I have never seen before. The Showa era movies bring me back to my childhood, when I used to watch them on Saturday afternoons as part of the “Creature Double Feature” series. Thus, I only watch them now on Saturday afternoons too. This afternoon was GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER  in color and dubbed in English.