Posts Tagged ‘Godzilla’

Thoughts On Shin Godzilla

Posted: October 13, 2016 in Uncategorized
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So the family went to see Shin Godzilla last night, and we all emerged delighted. I managed to go without knowing anything beyond the teaser trailer, and I was glad to hit it cold. I’m going to try to avoid spoilers here, but if you’re planning to go, don’t even read this. And yes, you should go.

So, just for the hell of it, in the wake of a conversation on Twitter, I’m putting this up for your amusement: my very first paid publication. From Amazing Heroes 165 (May 15, 1989): “Urban Renewal: A Hero History of Godzilla.” So yes, my obsession was already of long-standing 27 years ago.Urban Renewal – A Hero History of Godzilla

That’s the title of a guest post I’ve done for Shaun Duke of The Skiffy and Fanty Show, over at his site. Read it here. It’s all about why giant monsters smashing everything to hell is A Good and Joyous Thing.

Meanwhile, you can also check out my semi-coherent contributions to the panel discussions about the marvellous Pacific Rim and the abominable World War Z.

Please attend to my tale of woe.

In 1992, it first came to my attention that a big-budget American version of Godzilla was in the works. This, after the abortive efforts to get the project off the ground in the 80s. I am a Godzilla fan of long-standing (I still have the Aurora glow-in-the-dark model kit that I bought when I was eight or nine), and the news of this film was exciting beyond words. I held my breath, awaiting further developments anxiously.

Needless to say, I turned blue, but finally the film became a reality in 1998. After six years of build-up, I was going to let nothing spoil what I was convinced would be an experience that would make the Second Coming seem a mere Full House rerun by comparison. Hell, I was getting my PhD that summer, but THIS was the Big Event. I closed my eyes during every trailer. I didn’t read a single review. I managed to avoid even finding out what the monster looked like.

You all know where this is going, don’t you? (more…)