Did you know that both Spider-man and Godzilla make an appearance in the original version of the Mega Drive classic The Revenge of Shinobi? No? You didn’t care? oh… sorry. Was just trying to tie this review into Godzilla Season. I mean, this film has just kind of appeared right in the middle of my efforts to review as many Godzilla films as I can. Kind of a dick move Sony. Anyway, I just got back from seeing Amazing Spider-man 2 and after the link is my thoughts. The review will discuss spoilers but I’ll keep the most important of them at the bottom of the post and clearly signpost the, first. There is various small plot details littered throughout though. Click the link below for the full review!
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We’re now Six films into the Godzilla series and, already, we’ve moved away from what the original film was drastically. The dark thematic elements regarding Japan’s fear of the Atomic bomb has been replaced with cursory discussion. Godzilla is no longer the villain but has become almost an anti-hero fighting to protect Earth. Gojira was very much set in the real world, in this film the Earth in invaded by aliens from Jupiter’s recently discovered moon, Planet X. The change in tone and style over the first 6 films is so grand that, if were not for the iconic design of Godzilla himself, you’d think thee films were entirely unrelated. This would be akin to making a sequel to a film like RoboCop and giving him a jetpack or having him fighting ninja robots or something equally stupid. Thankfully that fate has never befallen RoboCop. Godzilla, on the other hand, is only part of the way through his Showa era transformation. Click the link below to see if I think these changes have worked out for the best.
Notice a trend with the last few Godzilla film’s I’ve reviewed? He still hasn’t been given top billing in any film made since 1955. Ghidorah, The Three Headed Monster isn’t even the last of these early films to keep this trend up either. The next film is Invasion of the Astro Monster. After that is Godzilla Vs The Sea Monster, except that’s the US title. The actual title is Ebirah, Horror of the Deep. After that is Son of Godzilla, where he’s playing second fiddle to his irritating offspring. It’s not until 1971s Godzilla Vs Hedorah that we get a definite film where Godzilla gets top billing. It is kind of strange for the main attraction of these films to never get his name in the title. None of that really matters though. I was just trying to find something to fill this opening paragraph with before asking you to click the link below for my review of Ghidorah, The Three Headed Monster.
Why yes that is the poster for the Americanised version of Mothra Vs Godzilla. For some reason they opted to called it Godzilla vs The Thing and decided to hide just what “The Thing” was. Hell, looks like it’ll be some tentacle monster there. God bless the Hollywood B-Movie studio system of the 1960s. Anyway, this film is Mothra Vs Godzilla and it’s about Mothra fighting Godzilla. Well, there’s some stuff about an egg and some crooks… also some tiny little ladies… but mostly it’s about a giant moth fighting a giant dino-lizard guy. Click the link below to read what I hilariously call a review!
King Kong Vs Godzilla is a little bit of a big deal. It may not have been the most successful film of all time but it does hold the honour of having the highest box office attendance of all the Godzilla films in Japan. It also sent a message to Toho that big monster fights were a commercial draw and, more so that Godzilla Raids Again, it was this film that pushed the series in the direction we mostly regard Godzilla as having. The film almost didn’t happen. Back in 1955 Toho had put Godzilla on ice (That’s a pun you’ll get later) with no intention of making any new films. In the early 1960s the studio was working on making a Japanese King Kong film and intended to have Kong fight against another of their monster movie stars, Frankenstein. Frankenstein is 50 metres tall in Japan by the way. This was eventually scrapped when Toho learned they no longer had the license for Frankenstein and so they decided to defrost (also a pun) Godzilla after 7 years and create a battle of East Vs West with two of the biggest monster movie stars of the time. Click the link for my review.
So my review of Gojira went up yesterday and right after I was done with that I moved straight onto watching its sequel, Godzilla Raids Again. I had never seen this entry in the series before. There’s quite a few Godzilla films I haven’t seen, to be honest. Not surprising considering how much off a ball-ache it is to actually acquire these things. Godzilla Raids Again is the film that laid the groundwork for the monster Vs monster films that would come to be the main focus of the series from this point onwards. I believe, off the top of my head, only 2 Godzilla films made after this point didn’t feature a second monster. And one of those was the Roland Emmerich film that didn’t even feature Godzilla. This film features Godzilla though, so it’s all good. Click the link below or something.
Back when I was a youngster of some variety formerly decent British TV Channel, Channel 4, set up a film sister channel called Film 4. This was back in 1998, which means the variety of youngster I was would have been a 16 year old. Early on they did a few nights of Godzilla films and it was then that I saw the original Godzilla. Before this point I had seen the 1998 abomination “starring” Matthew Broderick and a number of random Godzilla films on VHS. The original Godzilla, or Gojira as it probably should be referred to in order to differentiate itself from the previously mentioned US film and the upcoming reboot, was a very different film to the ones I had seen before. It was slower paced, darker and there was no other monsters in sight. Also it was in Japanese. At this point, if you did see a Godzilla film, it would have likely been the English dubbed versions which often edited down from their original versions. This was the first Godzilla film I had seen without it being presented through the distorted lens of a US film studio. This was the real Godzilla experience. I watched the film again last night for the first time in a long, long time. How did it hold up? Click the link below.
So a while back I figured what type of films got me the most views. It seems that the formula basically involves reviewing a film that is full of sexiness and stuff. This was figured out when I noticed that my review of Showgirls was by far and away the most viewed review I have ever done. Also, my Blue is the Warmest Colour review pulled in a load of views in its first day. That had sexy ladies in it too. So, before I start Godzilla month (oh yes, that’s happening) allow me to introduce you to one of my favourite sexy films of all time. That film is Barbarella. Which you probably guessed based on the title of this review… and the fact there’s a pic of Jane Fonda as Barbarella up there… Also, there’s a good chance you Google searched for “Barabarella with shirt off” to find this site. Click the link below to see if I provide such a pic!
I am going to start by saying that I cannot promise I won’t spoil something. I am going to try as hard as humanly possible to not spoil the film though. A fair amount has been shown in trailers already so anything to do with that is fair game as far as I’m concerned, but man… they’ve really made it hard to not mention all the cool stuff that happens in this film. This is… and I’m asking you to brace for hyperbole here… the exact Captain America film my nerd brain has been wanting to see for years. It may be the best film in the Marvel cinematic universe. I can’t decide for sure right now. Click the link below and I’ll try to explain… hopefully without spoiling too much, just why The Winter Soldier is such an excellent comic book movie.
I’ve been writing about various incarnations of RoboCop a lot recently. I’m afraid this isn’t going to ease up just yet. This is because I decided, on a whim, to watch RoboCop 2 a few days ago and, as the rules do state, I must now write a review of it. At least it wasn’t RoboCop 3 I watched. I’m not actually sure I could even get through that film. RoboCop 3 gets all the flak it deserves. It is a terrible, horrible film. RoboCop 2 gets a lot of flak too. This is mostly unjustified. Click the link below for me telling you why I’m right and you’re all wrong.