Monster of the Day #909 Updated on May 19, 2014 By Ken Begg 20 Comments I was well pleased. Tweet Pin It Related PostsMonster of the Day #1551 (Apr 19, 2017) Monster of the Day #1550 (Apr 18, 2017) Monster of the Day #1549 (Apr 17, 2017) Monster of the Day #1548 (Apr 14, 2017) Monster of the Day #1547 (Apr 13, 2017) By Ken Begg http://jabootu.net Gamera977 Hail to the king, baby! Cullen Waters I’m not going to say there weren’t problems here and there with it (it needed more humor, for instance), but even now I think that’s one of the best ones since the original. bgbear_rnh “Godzilla vs. Heisenberg” ? If that’s true, if you don’t know who I am, then maybe your best course… would be to tread lightly Gamera977 Speaking of ‘Pacific Rim’ if you’ll remember the Kaiju were classified by their size and destructiveness from 1-5. I saw on Ebay the other week someone has a tee-shirt with a big picture of Godzilla with the caption: CLASS 10 KAIJU. Gave me a good chuckle. Flangepart I have GOT to see this! I just wish I could find a theater that 1: Was not infestable by clods, and 2:was not packed up like Homer Simpson’s colon. Rock Baker Yeah, I actually made a trip to the theater to see it this weekend (likely the last time I will ever do so, since the digital projection system is so bad there’s little difference between going to a movie and watching broadcast television). Not a perfect film, but certainly the best Godzilla picture since the 80’s. (I do wish there had been a lot less hand-held camera work, but that’s a minor complaint.) On a side note, I screened a picture Sunday which was, and I’m not kidding, a remake of INVASION FROM INNER EARTH! Rebane should sue. Eric Hinkle Can anyone comment on my sister’s criticism that ‘they needed more than 10 minutes of Godzilla in it’? Ericb Godzilla is expensive. The Rev. We went to a non-3D, non-IMAX showing* on Sat. at 12:15 pm. There were quite a few seats open; I’m thinking most went to the other versions. You might consider that. (To be fair, everyone that was there were packed into the best seats, further back and dead center as much as possible.) The clods I can’t help you with; I got lucky in that regard for the most part. Even the kids there were quiet. *Having said that, I’m strongly considering going to see the fancy-schmancy version in a couple of weeks. The Rev. There was more than 10 minutes of Godzilla. More seriously, this is not unusual in giant monster movies. The monsters that are the threat to humanity often get more screentime. King Ghidorah, Megalon, Gyaos in Gamera: TGotU…heck, most of the Gamera movies are that way, with their formula of “bad monster appears, Gamera shows up, gets his ass handed to him, goes off to recover while bad monster continues to wreak havoc, humans maybe try something to stop monster and fail, Gamera FINALLY shows back up in the movie he’s the star of and murders the bad monster.” Godzilla vs. Megalon is most relevant here in terms of Godzilla’s appearance schedule. They’re already talking sequel; I have a feeling that’ll have more monster stuff since we need less character establishing. At least, that’s what I would hope. Petoht That’s a double-edged sword. Everyone wants more monster, but the more monster you get, the more likely you are to see flaws or goofiness. For all its faults, Cloverfield did a good job of keeping the monster mostly hidden. The Rev. Oh, and for anyone that didn’t read my forum post… I, too, was well pleased. I teared up a little at his proper appearance because I was so happy at that point; I laughed with sheer glee more than once (most notably when “the glow” first manifested); and I left a happy man who wishes nothing but good things for Gareth Edwards and everyone else involved in the movie’s making. Eric Hinkle “There was more than 10 minutes of Godzilla”. Thanks for letting me know this. It seemed odd to me that a Godzilla movie would barely show the Big Guy. Eric Hinkle True, but for some old-school fans like me the goofiness is part of the inherent charm of these movies. Acethepug Try this long weekend — X-Men: Days of Future Past opens and will hopefully take the edge off the crowds. That’s my plan, as I waited until this past weekend to finally see Amazing Spider-Man 2 (when I assumed the opening of Godzilla would take the crowds away from Spidey). Now I just have to wait to see X-Men … Flangepart First two original flicks, serious and well for that. 60’s flicks- sheer fun and likable. 70’s fare…defined by me as ‘oh, please…’ 90’s G- more old school attitude, better effects, yet goofy fun. 2000’s- hummmm… ‘Deanzilla’…best the let the Nostalgia Critic define that bad dog… This guy…Finally! There be hope HERE! Rock Baker What about the 80’s films? The Rev. I figured he included them in the ’90s ones, since there were only two of them and they’re part of the same series. I’m pretty much on board with Flange’s opinions…with one exception, and that’s the ’70s ones. The two Mechagodzilla ones are some of the best of the series. The first one is one of the few where the human parts keep me almost as entertained as the monster parts (which are great) and is just rollicking fun; while the second is one of the moodiest and most serious ones (which makes sense since they got the band back together for it), again with interesting human parts, and again some great monster action. Smog Monster is so weird and nifty (although I can completely understand why some might not like it much); and I won’t deny that Gigan and Megalon are bad, but goddamn are they fun, which is more than I can say for almost all of the Millennium series. Heck, half the Heisei ones aren’t as fun; some of those are pretty unentertaining until the end, where admittedly they do pick up. Rock Baker I think the 80’s films have a more somber tone which makes them stand on their own. Plus, they were trying some new themes. Come the 90’s films and the studio got increasingly lazy. As to the 70’s films, I’ve always felt GODZILLA ON MONSTER ISLAND to be one of the better entries. Sure, it’s plot is a re-tread of DESTROY ALL MONSTERS, but it has the most sustained monster action of any entry! Plus, you gotta love that best-of-Ifukube soundtrack! The Rev. I should clarify that I was being a little facetious; it’s more than 10 minutes, but to be fair, until the last 20-30 minutes his appearances are quite fleeting so I understand her frustration. The other monster causes the destruction for the most part, so it’s featured more. That last part, though, is pretty much pure monster mayhem.