In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “With anything this iconic and enduring, there’s always a reason for that iconic endurance that leads to easy watchability.”
The main reason I started this blog was to make me watch more movies, and to vary the kinds of movies I watched. The first part of that has been well and truly accomplished with me watching hundreds of movies for the first time, instead of falling back on old favourites over and over again. But l’m not sure if I’ve varied my selections enough. I still watch mainly American movies, with directors, writers and actors that make them a pretty safe bet. So this year, I’m forcing myself to seek out more international movies. With Foreign Language Weekends, every weekend(ish) during 2016, I’ll review two(ish) non-English language movies.
“Ogata, humans are weak animals. Even if I burn my notes, the secret will still be in my head. Until I die, how can I be sure I won’t be forced by someone to make the device again?”
At this stage, Godzilla has transcended the original movie that made the monster famous. The references and parodies of the shonky man-in-suit aesthetic of the old school Japanese movies, the huge flopness of the big budget American attempt in the late 90s directed by Roland Emmerich. The upcoming big budget, probable flop American attempt directed by Gareth Edwards. Nothing can keep this radioactive infused big bastard down. And it all started with a little ainti-nuclear weapons allegory, disguised as a schlocky B grade monster movie, 1954’s Gojira.
A fishing boat off a small Japanese island is attacked by something and sinks. Soon several rescue ships are sent to help before they also sink one by one. A little old dude tells his village it’s the ancient monster Godzilla. They all think he’s talking crazy, until they see monster themselves, in all his awkward, ill fitted rubber suit glory. Now it’s time for everyone to start thinking of ways to kill Godzilla while local scientist Dr. Yamane (Takashi Shimura), who had figured out it’s all due to nuclear radiation from the American attack several years earlier, tries to convince them to try to preserve the monster and study him. (more…)