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Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
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:
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.
A) A good performance
B) Some extra birthday
money. (thanx Mom!)
C) A wife who is
tolerant of occasionally unusual uses of the word “need.”
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (II)
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.
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.
and Mothra: Giant Battle for Earth)
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.
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
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.
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…
vs. King Ghidorah
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.
Taking a moment here to congratulate my daughter, because she earned it.
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, Ogata, [Akira Takarada, who still has some appearances to come] 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 [Akihiko Hirata, who we're sadly done seeing in these films.] 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)…
These are not the monsters you're looking for (Jedi finger wave).
(aka The Return of Godzilla, Godzilla 1985)