Monday, June 30, 2014

The Litany of Godzilla: Heisei Series Part Five- Diversifying Plans

Click here for  Mechagodzilla and Rodan!


Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
1994

A freaky big, and spiky crystal, meteor hits a pacific island and grows some spires there.

Completely forgetting the moral they learned last time out, G-force is building another piloted giant robot.  This one is called M.O.G.U.E.R.A. (Mobile Operation Godzilla Universal Expert Robot Aero-Type), has a lot of spirally pointy bits, and separates into two, equal sized, independent, transforming vehicles to make it even more Power Rangery/Voltrony than Mechagodzilla and Garuda were.

The UN Monster Stopping League has shortened its name to Counter-G and will be working with three anti-Godzilla plans this time around, none of which I am making up: 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Buy This Toy... You Have Fifteen Seconds to Comply




Whenever I buy a new action figure, which has become much less often due to the need to put my money towards frivolous things like food and shelter, I get over excited about getting to that new figure vinyl smell.  This leads me to forget to document the packaging, and destroy any chance of creating a proper and “official” review.  Either that or I wait so long for it to be on sale, that anything I’d have to say would be redundant and well after the fact.

Due to a combination of
A) A good performance review.
B) Some extra birthday money. (thanx Mom!)
C) A wife who is tolerant of occasionally unusual uses of the word “need.”

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Litany of Godzilla: Heisei Series Part Four- Reimagining Legacies


Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (II)
1993

In 1992 the world wises up and founds the United Nations Godzilla Countermeasures Center.  Miki is a member, obviously.

Side note:  I realize I tend to mostly name only the Kaiju, and use descriptions for the human characters. This comes from where I place everyone’s importance to the story.  A key exception is Miki Saegusa.  This is for two reasons.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

It’s Still the Word…and Not the Bird This Time


My sister and I took our kids to see Grease at the Paper Mill Playhouse this past weekend.

I like to bring these things up, not from any belief that I have the knowledge or ability to comment competently on this art form, but to point out that we’re not raising our child solely on a diet of stupid movies.  Therefore bear with me if this post veers between the confusingly pointless and the blisteringly obvious.

Warning:  I'm going to pick on the 1978 movie.  This is likely due to my folks seeing it when it first ran on Broadway (because they were that cool), and my Mom playing the original cast album frequently during my childhood as part of my in-depth cultural education.



In the interest of full disclosure, the reason we went was Bobby Conte Thornton, playing Danny Zuko, is my Mom’s cousin’s grandson.  That means he’s her cousin and mine too, right?  It’s one of those of Nth cousin Xce removed things that I can never remember how it works.

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Litany of Godzilla: Heisei Series Part Three- Battling Guardians

Miss the crazy time travel one?  Click here.

Godzilla vs. Mothra
(aka Godzilla and Mothra: Giant Battle for Earth)
1992

A year after the last sighting, a big meteor hits the Pacific Ocean.  It is in fact, FREAKY BIG and wakes up Godzilla, raises ocean levels, causes typhoons, and uncovers an excessively large egg with a familiar theme song.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bondlets: Doctor No

One of the reasons we were slow to start watching Godzilla films together was my daughter’s sudden interest in watching the James Bond franchise.  This started after she caught bits on the near constant marathons as the rights jumped from network to network.  There was no way I was going to discourage any leanings towards viewing the gold standard of Fun Action Adventure Franchises. 

Instead of doing full blown “Through a Kid’s Eyes” analysis on each one, I’m only going to hit the highlights. 

This is for several reasons:

1)  There’s a fair amount of repetition, due to the strong ties with popular culture and styles of the films’ times.  The Sixties can be difficult to explain, I’m expecting the Seventies and other decades to be similar.

2) I need short posts sometimes to fill in and allow me to finish longer rants. There are enough of these to fill that role quite nicely for a while.

Most Importantly:

3) Over analysis goes against the grain of these adrenaline juiced adventures.  Doing it this way makes it easier to kick back and enjoy the spectacle.


Time to go back to where it all began…


1962


Monday, June 9, 2014

The Litany of Godzilla: Heisei Series Part Two- Changing Continuity


Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
1991

Hey, Ifukube’s back again.  This is fantastic.  While the Eighties Hair Metal Guitar versions of themes in the last film were interesting, they don’t fit the new dark, brooding, and mystical Godzilla very well.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Litany of Godzilla: Heisei Series Part One: Reintroducing Kaiju

Click here to go back to the end of the Showa Era


Gojira
1954

An H-bomb test on Bikini Atoll mutates a dinosaur into the 50 meter tall living nuclear reactor Godzilla, who gets his name from some natives on Odo Island, also known for dancing in masks that look like caricatures of Richard Nixon.  He scares the boojeebers out of natives and visitors on Odo and creates many urban renewal jobs in Tokyo.  Doctor Serizawa creates a new horrible weapon, the oxygen destroyer.  He only tells Emiko, his betrothed who loves another, about it.  She decides that his alka seltzer of doom is preferable to a giant radioactive behemoth destroying the entire country and rats him out to her new squeeze Ogata and her Dad, Doctor Yamane.  The eye patch sporting Doc sets it off in the water (with an assist by Ogata as Doctor Yamane and Emiko watch) where it makes a lot of bubbles and disintegrates Godzilla, Doctor Serizawa, and its own secret (tragedy tragedy tragedy).  The film is released in the US two years later with added scenes of reporter Steve Martin (played by Raymond Burr) commenting dramatically.

Godzilla was not seen for the next thirty years.  All fourteen of those movies between 1955 and 1975 never happened.  No Jet Jaguar, no flying after the Smog Monster, no Berry Juice, no alien monkeys, cockroaches, or women who fall for Nick Adams. No Monster Island, no spin offs (Rodan, Mothra, the giant Frankenstein stories, Mechani-Kong, and the other one shot films that supplied all the guest stars in Destroy All Monsters)…

None of it.

You didn’t see it …

These are not the monsters you're looking for (Jedi finger wave).

Gojira
(aka The Return of Godzilla, Godzilla 1985)
1984