Zach Wilhite

Zach Wilhite

Spooky Nerd in Fayetteville AR

writes way too much about kaiju movies

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  • Gamera: Guardian of the Universe

    Gamera: Guardian of the Universe

    ★★★★★

    I'm too often tempted to drop the hot take that these Kaneko Gamera movies are overrated as hell, mostly to spite some of the more aggressively snobbish kaiju fans that use the Heisei Gamera trilogy to endlessly trash the Heisei/Millinieum Godzilla movies and the Showa Gamera films.

    But gawd dang, this movie is pretty frickin' awesome.

  • Repo! The Genetic Opera

    Repo! The Genetic Opera

    ★★★★★

    For most of 2009 and 2010, I lived and breathed Repo! The Genetic Opera. This movie was my everything.

    I'd like to think I will eventually be able to forgive Humanity for failing to turn this into the massive phenomenon it deserved to be, with all the sequels, revivals of the stage show, and the widespread fan community that such success would have made possible.

    But I'm still not there yet.

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  • Shin Godzilla

    Shin Godzilla

    ★★★★★

    Oustanding in every way.

    In hindsight, it's easy to pinpoint a lot of Shin Godzilla's influences: the political drama of The Return of Godzilla, the apocalyptic real world-inspired imagery from the original 1954 Godzilla, and a lot of Hideaki Anno's Evangelion-isms are just a few obvious ones.

    But while watching the movie, everything feels extremely fresh, and often very weird.

    This was by far the boldest reworking of the Godzilla movie Toho had ever produced at this point. In many…

  • Godzilla

    Godzilla

    ★★★★★

    Criterion Godzilla Showa Box Set again.

    The original Godzilla.

    I'm not sure why I'm bothering to write about this movie.

    Endless numbers of people that are more educated, respected, eloquent, and intelligent than myself have spoken or written at great lengths about this particular movie, this Godzilla movie that even the most snobbish and elitist of film enthusiasts can usually muster up a kind word or two about. What can I possibly add to the conversation that would be worth…