Spooky Nerd in Fayetteville AR
writes way too much about kaiju movies
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.
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.
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…
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…