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Dude. Let me know if you watch any and what you think. My personal recommendation is to just give the original '50s one a watch. It's a little campy, yes, but it also comes across as very serious and it's just a very well put together movie. If you want something more modern, Godzilla 2000 is hard to beat.





psychoticmilkman  ·  1475 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm definitely a "start a the beginning" kinda guy. So I started with the original Godzilla. And... you're right. It'a a very well made.

I guess I was expecting it to be even more campy than it is. It was fun. Godzilla came off a little silly, but I was still invested in most of the characters and their drama.

A good movie that I'll probably start recommending to people. Good enough I jumped right into Godzilla Raids Again.

Which...I think I probably liked better that the first. I was way more invested in the human characters in this film. It had an even more silly monster for Godzilla to fight, and possibly because it was just a shorter movie. The first was great, but did drag a little in a few places.

And, because I didn't have work today, I also watched King Kong VS Godzilla. This one I was a little excited for, because I love me some King Kong. However, not a super great portrayal of Kong. His movements kept distracting me, like, very obviously just a person in a particularly ugly gorilla suit. I disliked most of the human characters in this one, which is not a bad thing, I was still very invested in their story, just negatively.

I did still enjoy the 3rd Godzilla movie, but my biggest issue was actually the color.

So i'm kind of obsessed with black and white things, and I loved a lot of the cinematography of the first two movies, and that mostly had do to with the fact that it was black and white. I think a lot of early color movies and television ignored lighting that could have provided good depth. And by "ignored lighting" I mean, everything was lit as brightly as possible so the colors would show through and everything just kind of looked flat. Plus the actually flat backdrops, model miniatures and monster costumes just looked more fake.

In all the films I found the fight scenes pretty fascinating. In modern film, if there is a monster/giant or generally massive moving object, it's movements are generally slowed, which gives the sense of mass and weight behind huge monsters. All three of the first Godzilla movies have sections in the middle of fight scenes that have been sped up slightly. I don't think this ruined anything, but I found it interesting as we don't seen that type of effect for those types of scenes anymore.

Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my first encounters with Godzilla. Tomorrow is Mothra!

Also, wtf, the 2014 Godzilla was directed by Gareth Edwards and has Bryan Cranston in it?! How did I miss that? That one I REALLY want to watch, but I'm considering going through the other 26 films that come before it.

user-inactivated  ·  1474 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Man. I'm geeking out right now that you're enjoying Godzilla, seriously.

The original film does have some slow points and I think that's one of the biggest criticisms I've heard about it. Which, when you take that for face value, that actually kind of speaks for how well the film really is done, doesn't it? You're like the fifth person in my life who I've told to see the film and say "No, it's really good. Trust me." Only to have you come back and say "Oh wow. You're right. That was pretty decent."

I have so much to say. Where to begin? If you were actually able to watch Godzilla Raids Again and Godzilla x King Kong, you'll actually be able to watch almost any Godzilla film and enjoy it. While I personally think watching them all in order is a bit of a trek, (though I literally over the course of two days watched all of the Heisei films on Hulu in order), if you do do that, you'll get to see how the character has evolved over the years.

For the Showa Era, as the franchise goes on, Godzilla will become less of a monster to be feared and starts becoming a protector of Japan/Earth. The suits change to make him look friendlier and the films will tackle other issues such as pollution, bullying, what have you. I promise you that color balancing gets better much quicker as the films go on, and the special effects get cooler and weirder and more creative. You'll also pick up on things here and there, like for instance, to save money Toho would recycle shots for films, so they'll re-use footage for two different films like Godzilla X Gigan and Godzilla X Megalon and you can see how sometimes when they bring suits out of storage for a second film there's notable wear and tear from a previous production. One of the things I'd recommend, after (or even during) you finish a film, look up the goofs and trivia for it on websites like IMDB. You'll find some pretty cool stuff. You'll also find that as time goes on, Godzilla gains and loses new powers all the time. Flight. Psychic abilities, what have you.

A lot of people really like the Heisei era, for it's continuity, but it's probably my least favorite era. Like I said before, the monsters look FANTASTIC all throughout that era, but a lot of them are very limited in motion and to make up for that, you're gonna get beam battles galore. Everything might look better than the Showa era, but some of the energy and enthusiasm seems to be missing.

The Millennium Era is probably my favorite. Favorite suits, favorite stories, just fun all around. I also think it strikes the right balance between special effects and monsters just going at it. Just trust me when I say, Godzilla X Megagurius is a bit of a mess and Godzilla: Final Wars is only fun if you're willing to turn off your brain.

As an aside, one of the best things about watching all these films, is because they're all pretty dated now, you get to see trends in technology and fashion and cars and such evolve right before your eyes. It's a little something extra that kind of makes shit fun.

Dude. Yeah, keep watching and if you wanna talk Godzilla shout me out and I'll totally join in on you. If I were to offer two bits of advice, it'd be first maybe don't try to watch the entire franchise in order, for fear of you getting bored or tired of it. Jump around. Most of the stories are self contained and continuity doesn't matter that much for Godzilla. Second, and more importantly, there are two American Godzilla films. There's the Matthew Broderick one from the '90s which is Godzilla in name only. It's basically a whole movie about a giant lizard playing hide in seek in New York City from a military that couldn't find its own butt if they were drawn a map to it. If it was named anything else, it'd be a decent Kaiju film, but for something carrying the name of Godzilla, it's disappointing. The 2014 film though? IT'S KICK ASS! Watch it on the biggest screen with the best sound you can get. Sadly, Godzilla actually only shows up a bit here and there in the movie, but when he's on screen, SHIT IS EPIC! Watch it once, then wait a few months, and watch it a second time. For some reason, the movie is better on the second watch.

Godzilla is awesome.

/rant

psychoticmilkman  ·  1461 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've only gotten through a couple more so far.

Invasion of Astro-Monster was definitely more of the silly campy monster movie I was expecting from this franchise...I loved it!

I'm having a hard time finding a free copy of Ebirah, Horror of the Deep and Son of Godzilla, so I may have to abandon my original plan of going through every movie in order. I'm probably going to skip ahead and check out Godzilla (2014), I'm still the most excited for that one.

user-inactivated  ·  1461 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Invasion of the Astro-Monster/Godzilla X Monster Zero ended up being a real treat for me because I didn't ever see the movie until after I saw episodes of The Rebel on television. Nick Adams is the actor that plays the American in the movie and in The Rebel he's a man named Johnny Yuma roaming the country side with a sawed off shotgun doing cowboy shit. The entire time I watched Monster Zero, I couldn't help but imagine Nick Adams character was an astronaut Johnny Yuma.

You're starting to get to the point where the Showa era starts to let loose a bit more and have more fun. It's honestly been so long since I've seen either Godzilla X Ebirah or Son of Godzilla that I don't remember much of either. They're all fun in their own way though. Lots of people really enjoy Godzilla's Revenge and Godzilla X Hedorah just because they're pretty wild departures from your regular films.

So, out of curiosity, do you have a favorite monster yet?