That’s One Big Ape – Rambling Thoughts on the Eighth Wonder of the World

So we step one step closer to the Rematch of All Rematches.   I’m excited, but then it’s a Giant Monster Movie; I tend to dig those bad boys.  Especially the ones with monsters fighting monsters.

A quick, amused thought: watching Kong go after the helicopters in the above trailer, I thought, This is Kong’s revenge for the Dino De Laurentiis flick.

I haven’t sat through the De Laurentiis Kong in years.  Decades.

The original Kong I own on DVD–it’s around my desk somewhere.  The Toho versions are there, too.  There might even be a Peter Jackson version hidden in the shadows somewhere.

No  De Laurentiis.

As a kid, we had a jigsaw puzzle that was based on the movie poster.  I had a Kong board game.  I think I even liked the movie; I know I regretted sleeping through it when Mom and Dad took Brother Eric and me out to the drive thru to see it.

And I haven’t watched it in decades.

My standard criteria for Godzilla films is “Please be better than Godzilla v. Megalon.”  If the film’s better than Godzilla v. Megalon, I’m generally happy.

I have no such criteria for Kong flicks.  Maybe I should.  King Kong Lives was wretched enough.  Maybe I should be hoping this new one is better than that.

No.  No, that’s setting the bar too low.

Anyways, enough rambling.  One step closer to Godzilla v. Kong the second.  I’ve said it before, and it bears repeating, the only way this could be better is if we were stepping closer to Godzilla v. Gamera.

Oh–dare I dream?–Kong v. Gamera

So How Did This Happen Again?

godzilla-2014-000I’m not going to say I’m the world’s biggest Godzilla fan, cause I’m not. Love the big guy to death, have a ton of his movies, have action figures, on and on. If his movie is playing in my theater, I’m there. I eagerly await the anime version.

Hell, I’ll watch the Hanna Barbara cartoon on occasion.

When I’m desperate.

So how did it happen that I didn’t move over mY Godzilla reviews over at the sister site?

I have, like, exactly two.  Out of a possible four movies that I reviewed for the site, I only have two reviews.  And only the dink minnow ones at that.

How did this happen?

I feel rather disgusted with myself.

So the movies I’m watching for the Sister Site are going to be Godzilla flicks.  I am going to try to review all the Godzillas (or at the very least all the Godzilla movies I have.)  I’m also going to see what needs doing to get the reviews I already have ready for reposting.

It’s a rough job, but some how… some how I’ll get through it…

I’m Probably Going to Go to My Grave Calling It Godzilla 1985, Aren’t I?

For the first time in, I dunno, maybe twenty years I watched Godzilla 1984/The Return of Godzilla.  Tomorrow I hope to get a Minnow up at the sister site on it (thus starting a hopeful trend of at least one review a month.)

Until that goes up, let me say that I liked it, despite it’s problems.  It’s not as good as some of the modern Godzillas (2014, say, or Shin Godzilla) but it’s not as bad as some of the others (1998 springs readily to mind).  It’s short of mediocre, really, which is too bad.  But I’m not sorry I watched it again and I’ll probably watch it again again.

Maybe twenty years from now…

Starting the New Year Right PROBABLY Should Involve Power Girl Pictures, But All I Got is New Godzilla

 

Over at Godzilla News, they have images of the new Godzilla from Godzilla Resurgence.  Which looks like this:

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Judging from the pictures, I don’t like the red, raw look.  Whether this will move over to the actual film, I dunno.  An actual trailer might give a better idea on the matter.

According to the site, this is most likely a puppet rather than a proper suit.  Which might mean a greater realism than before.

We shall see what we shall see.

New Godzilla Resurgence Poster

Godzilla Resurgance Poster

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Seriously.  I’m gonna have nightmares.

I Am, It Must Be Said, a MUCH Better Fan of Godzilla Than Power Girl

So over the past few months or so we’ve had news dribble out about the new Godzilla.  Not, it must be said, the sequel to the awesome 2014 version (which frankly is one of the best Godzilla since the Sixties) but for the new Toho version coming out next year.

Recently an article has come out giving a few more details.  Most of this deals with cast, something I can’t talk about as I’ve seen none of the actors in action.  However, it does give me an excuse to talk about what I have heard, which follows in bullet point fashion:

  • The two directors for the new Godzilla are Shinji Higuchi and Hideaki Anno.  The limit I know about Higuchi is that he’s directing the Attack on Titan movies, which, I’m sorry, can’t possible approach the series they’re based on.  Anno, however, was the guiding force behind Neon Genesis Evangelion, an anime series I have a degree of respect for.  Worse comes to worse, this will be a very interesting movie.
  • The new Godzilla is being billed as being bigger than the Hollywood one.  Look guys, this one-ups manship has to stop.  If it keeps up, the King’s going to have his head in the stratosphere.
  • It’s also going to be called the scariest Godzilla yet.  Which is great, because I always watched Godzilla films for the unbridled terror and not monsters fighting monsters.  It also suggests that the King is going to be the villain.  Not unexpected, all things considered, but a wee bit disappointing for me
  • Some commentators on the new flick (sorry, no links handy) have suggested the Toho Godzilla might have derisive jokes about the 2014 version.  Now the vibe I’ve always gotten was that the 2014 movie was fairly well received.  For instance, the Hollywood Godzilla was offered as a perk for preordering the new Godzilla game.  There were comments about the King being fat, but beyond that, maybe, I just don’t see it happening.
  • Finally, the Toho Godzilla will be called Shin Gojira.  Shin has many different possible meanings, such as “New” and “True,” which admittedly points towards derisive.  This article, however, also points out it also means “God”.  Now doesn’t that suggest possibilities.

As with the next American Godzilla, I’m dying to see this film.  Of my childhood heroes, Godzilla has been doing the best lately as far as I’m concerned, and I hope that continues.

Rematch of the Kings: A Possible King Kong v. Godzilla Remake

The news comes from this source, and, frankly, it doesn’t surprise me.  People were mooting the possibility from the moment Legendary mentioned its Kong Movie, Kong: Skull Island.

The interesting part of the subject is this line, emphasis mine:

It’s said that things are happening “very quickly,” with the deal stretching all the way to Japan, and Godzilla rights-holder Toho.

This almost sounds like Toho might be doing their own film.  Which begs the question: will we finally get (after a fashion0 the legendary duo endings the original King Kong v. Godzilla allegedly had?  Or will we have two flicks with Kong getting his butt handed to him?

What would be funny, assuming this idle speculation of mine came true (and I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t; I’m no doubt reading too much into this), if the US film had Godzilla win while the Japanese version has Kong winning?  Just the reverse of the way it was supposed to have happened back in the day.

Whatever happens, fun times for a Godzilla fan.  Only way it could be better is if the King finally got his match with the alleged friend to children everywhere…

HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY, GODZILLA!

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“For me? Why, you shouldn’t have. Really. Got plenty more of these back home.”

Godzilla Demotivator

I bet you think I’m going to do a lot of bad puns with this one, dealing with volt and amp and the like. Well ha! I currently conduct myself better than THAT!

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No he’s not trying to fly here. That’s another movie entirely.

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Godzilla considered doing Hamlet’s graveyard scene (“Alas, Poor Yorick”) but as there were no Shobinjin there to translate, he decided to do seven verses of “Barnacle Bill the Sailor” instead.

I can’t believe I almost let this day go by. Absolutely disgraceful.

Phat Godzilla or Fat Godzilla?

I really don’t understand American genre fans, so it should come as no surprise that Japanese fans flumox me. But I don’t understand how you can see this:

From the 2014 movie.  Natch.
From the 2014 movie. Natch.

and think, “Geez, he needs to lose weight.”

Yet according to Kotaku there are some who think a round of weightlifting might be in order. A few choice quotes follow:

Did he get fat?


His neck looks like an American football athlete’s.

Out of shape Godzilla

He’s gone Supersize Me.

That’s what happens when all you do is eat and lay around.

Did he gain weight?

Metabozilla…

He’s pudgy and cute.


That’s 1,000,000 tons of pure muscle right there, people!  He looks great!

You want a fat Godzilla, let me show you a fat Godzilla:

Phat or Fat Godzilla 001

Incidentally, in accordance with the previous essay, that’s not the American X; it’s the British one. It doesn’t deal with sex, just violence. Unless there’s a version of Godzilla out there that I haven’t heard of.

Quick last thought. There seems to be an awful lot of non Japanese in that poster. More so, I think, than in the American version. Wonder how many people were upset that the “cast of thousands” weren’t good, outstanding, cleavage exposing white people.