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This week, we bring in our friend, DC Comics artist Christopher Jones, to talk with us about GODZILLA! We chat about the new film, the Japanese franchise, and other kaiju-related things.
Our wine pairing for this week is Bolla Sangiovese di Romagna, because a discussion about giant monsters needs a robust wine offering. However, if you’re more the cider type, Mr. Jones was drinking a Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple Hard Cider during our recording.
Oh, and here’s a .gif of Godzilla’s victory dance, in case you get to that part of the episode and don’t believe us:
Show notes behind the cut!
X-Men: Days of Future Past
King Kong vs. Godzilla
Godzilla: King of the Monsters / Gojira
Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (aka Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster)
Rebirth of Mothra I, II, and III
Ultraviolet (BBC TV series)
Destroy All Monsters
Mothra vs. Godzilla
Godzilla vs. Biollante
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
Man of Steel
Samuel L. Jackson
Dr. James Kakalios
There is also a mention of David Ehrlich’s article about Godzilla being the first post-human blockbuster. The article is here.
Melissa, in your exploration of all the Godzilla films (and it’s great to hear the wacky solo adventure of Mothra getting some love), I wonder if you’ve ever come across a pair of movies Toho made during the 80s-90s run where they attempted to use the same crews and technicians, and even the same leading man, as the Godzilla films to try to branch out into other genres:
Gunhed (1989) is a big ol’ Cameron-worshiping blend of Terminator and Aliens set in a world after the war against the machines has already been won, and Handome McLead has to pilot a sentient mecha tank against the computer core before it can wake up again. Trivia note: this was actually submitted during a big story contest Toho held when they were looking for the plot of their next Godzilla movie. The winner was Vs. Biollante. What became Gunhed (Godzilla vs. Khyron [aka Skynet]) came in second, and Toho decided to make it its own thing.
Yamato Takeru (1994, aka Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon) is a wild fantasy adventure epic adapting the mythic hero legends of Yamato, and is essentially Japanese Clash of the Titans, with a healthy dash of Krull.
I won’t argue either are great films, but if you enjoy that era of Godzilla, they’re definitely worth tracking down for a watch.
I NEED TO SEE THESE, STAT.