The General Godzilla Thread

Allio

DAIMON PAWNCH
We have stuff for Ultraman, Super Sentai, and Kamen Rider; which is suprising since I bet most of us here first Toku was Godzilla (not including Ranger/Sentai adaptations)... so we need at least one for the final of the Toku Big Four (five including Metal Heros)

So, General Godzilla thread

What are some of your favorite movies?

I myself have only seen a few

Godzilla vs Destroyah, Godzilla 2000, and Godzilla Final Wars
 

MattComix

Super Moderator
Out of what I have seen I tend to favor the Heisei movies. I like of few of the classic ones to as goofy fun in a Saturday morning/MST3K kind of way.


Godzilla 2000 was alright, but I haven't really enjoyed much of the Millennium stuff except for Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla and Tokyo: S.O.S. ..and then Final Wars just for the total insanity of it.

I recently had the pleasure of seeing the restored version of the original Gojira with Japanese language track and minus Raymond Burr. I definitely prefer seeing it non-Americanized. It's a slower and more thoughtful film but I think with the Japanese version it's much easier to see why it spawned a international phenomenon.
 
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The Analyzer

New Member
I've been collecting all of Godzilla DVDs, which is fun! I'm up to Son of Godzilla and can't help but notice some subtle notes of continuity.

My favorite movies change depending upon the mood. My favorite monsters are Anguirus, Mothra, Biollante, Megaguirus, among others.
 

Toku Prime

Well-Known Member
Around this time last year I decided to watch the Millennium era movies and really liked them. The only thing was, as they all act as alternative sequels to the original film, which I hadn't seen, I felt I was missing some understanding of them. So I decided to watch the original, and before I knew it, I'd decided to work my way through the whole series. I've also seen 'The Return of Godzilla', the first film in the Heisei era, but I decided I should really watch the films in chronological order to get the best understanding of how the series changed as it went along. I also decided I'd watch all the other Toho films that would get somehow "absorbed" into the Godzilla continuity. Not just the obvious ones like 'Rodan' or 'Mothra', but the less well-known ones like 'Varan The Unbelievable' and 'Atragon' too. I think that way you see how Toho's way of making the films changed, and get more of a feeling as to how popular these films were back then. You also get to see how the ideas were changed as they were pulled from their original films into the world of the King of Monsters, which I find just as interesting as seeing how Godzilla himself changes over the years.

So far I've only got up to 1965, but that's already 14 films! I'm not even halfway through though; by my reckoning I've got about 22 films still to go. I'm not in any hurry to get through them though. I watch a lot of Sentai and Kamen Rider, and I find that when I try and speed through episodes they all blur together and my memory starts to skip over a lot of the smaller details. I like keeping the Godzilla films as something a little different; I'll throw one on every couple of weeks or so and it makes a refreshing change from the more modern toku shows. It may be early 2014 before I finally reach the finish-line with 'Godzilla vs. Destoroyah', but the relaxed pace keeps them special. After that, who knows? I'll probably have to dive into the Gamera series and the DaiMajin trilogy just to keep getting my regular daikaiju fix :sweat:
 

Ziginz Zegell

No Fear, No Pain.
Godzilla was one of my first Toku experiences, and one of my all time favorites. There is just something about a gigantic, radioactive dinosaur beating down all manner of other gigantic, radioactive monster when he isn't trying to force a country to find alternative, clean running fuel sources that just turns me on the right way.

That being said I have seen alot of films...but I still have alot more to go. Two of my favorites are movies which I can't remember the names of. One involved a giant, slime monster, and the other involved a mutating monster that had three or four forms during the movie before the big showdown at the end of the film. Any ideas what films these were?
 

Allio

DAIMON PAWNCH
just realized the release of the Godzilla american reboot movie falls on the year of the franchise's 60th anniversary
 

Ivanhobe

The Extraordinary Fan(boy)
Oh this brings memories of my (still going) youth when i was a little kid who was also the biggest Godzilla geek you had ever met.....

Well, since this thread is here i might as well ask, what is the general concensus on Godzilla 1985/The Return of godzilla?

I ask because it´s one of my favorite Godzilla movies and i have never heard people talking too highly about the film, so i am curious.
 

XenonVincent777

School Days
I love the Godzilla movies. Some of my favorites are from the Showa series like the original Gojira, Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster, Godzilla vs Hedorah and the Mechagodzilla duology. :thumbs:

Anyone got a favorite monster from the series? Biollante and King Ghidorah are my favs
 

Ziginz Zegell

No Fear, No Pain.
Oh this brings memories of my (still going) youth when i was a little kid who was also the biggest Godzilla geek you had ever met.....

Well, since this thread is here i might as well ask, what is the general concensus on Godzilla 1985/The Return of godzilla?

I ask because it´s one of my favorite Godzilla movies and i have never heard people talking too highly about the film, so i am curious.

I rather enjoyed it. It was a direct sequal to the U.S. version and had a nice feel to it. Of course it has been some fifteen odd years since I last saw it :laugh:.

My favorite monster is probably...Jet Jaguar, or Rodan. Oh and I really like M.O.G.U.E.R.A. mainly because, well, he's a mecha. In that case Mechagodzilla is on the list as well. Do love my giant, unorthadox, monster fighting machines.
 

Ziginz Zegell

No Fear, No Pain.
Hedorah was pretty badass. Definatly worth some attention. Course I'm a schmuck for biological abnormalities.

Edit: Huh...turns out I have seen Godzilla vs. Destroyah. Cool.
 

Judge Faiz

I am the law
I love all of the Millennium series Godzilla movies. I haven't seen the early Heisei series since I was a wee tyke and the most I know about the Shōwa era is what they've had on MST3K.

I also LOVE me some Gamera as well...especially the Heisei era of those films.
 

Bigdog

New Member
Oh this brings memories of my (still going) youth when i was a little kid who was also the biggest Godzilla geek you had ever met.....

Well, since this thread is here i might as well ask, what is the general concensus on Godzilla 1985/The Return of godzilla?
.

I watched the majority of the Showa lineup [Save for KOTM, Gojira, Raids Again and King Kong] alongside Fox Kids, Nick and the old Disney Channel when I was a little kid. When I finally got to see the Heisei, the quality of the video was like watching the older Power Rangers , video wise. That's why I knew it was Japanese and propelled me to tokusatsu.

I HATED 1985 as its the worst pile of garbage I have seen since Airbender and Evolution. Never mind Fatburr or any American cast members not interacting with the characters or pretending to with doubles, it was like I was watching an episode of Power Rangers Samurai or like watching two entirely different films within one.

Almost wish Steve Martin had a heart attack in the film to provide morbid entertainment on the American side as he and the other useless lazy men felt really unneeded. If they wanted to make a film, they should have just spliced American actors into the Japanese destruction footage and made their own movie. Their attempt to make a sequel of the 1956 mashup was a failure in my eyes because it ignored all of the reasons why the first was a hit.... not to mention Dr. Pepper.

On the other hand, I like The Return of Godzilla. While not impressive in of itself, the reboot without the garbage fared far better and I can watch that over and over again.

KOTM and Gojira are both enjoyable to me because the former had expert shooting and editing skills in it as a scifi pulp film while the latter is a horror monster film that is reminiscent of King Kong or the other older monster eiga.

If there's era I do prefer it is the Showa because although the Heisei had superior stories, the former had imagination and the monsters didn't shoot beams at each other for the whole length of the film like a giant monster version of Star Wars.

Godzilla better move and fight his opponent in the reboot because if its just beam wars, I am walking out and banging my head onto a desk, because I could care less if Godzilla looks like an iguana if Godzilla can actually fight.
 

Bad Wolf

Skreeong!
I love Godzilla, I love everything about him, He is my most favorite hero I don't even assign him a number, he's above number one for me. I can go on for hours talking about him much to the distaste of my family.

I've seen every movie about a billion times with my favorites rotating every two months or so(currently its Godzilla vs Biollante). I really have a love/hate relationship with Final Wars.

I really like Godzilla 1985, mostly for following up on Mr.Martin and that awesome narration at the end.

My favorite monsters are:
Angilas
King Ghidorah
Mothra
MechaGodzilla '74
Gigan
Hedorah
Megaguirus
SpaceGodzilla
Biollante
 
The Showa era of Toho is pure gold in my book. With a handful of exceptions, everything from 1954-1975 is exceedingly entertaining. After Biollante, however, the quality of their tokusatsu movies took a huge nosedive in quality. Basically anything made in the 90s is a huge pile of garbage. The Millennium series is a visual improvement but the writing continued to be kind of stale.

Showa all the way for me.
 

Bigdog

New Member
The Showa era of Toho is pure gold in my book. With a handful of exceptions, everything from 1954-1975 is exceedingly entertaining. After Biollante, however, the quality of their tokusatsu movies took a huge nosedive in quality. Basically anything made in the 90s is a huge pile of garbage. The Millennium series is a visual improvement but the writing continued to be kind of stale.

Showa all the way for me.

I agree with your assessment, Dai, save for I liked the concepts in the 90's stories save for Destoroyah, which I liked the best out of them all. The dubs kinda sucked though.

The Millennium series was stale tho, because while I mildly liked 2000, GMK stood out the most aside from the Mekagojira duology from 2002-03, which was like an anime.

Final Wars was just crazy.
 

Ziginz Zegell

No Fear, No Pain.
I HATED 1985 as its the worst pile of garbage I have seen since Airbender and Evolution. Never mind Fatburr or any American cast members not interacting with the characters or pretending to with doubles, it was like I was watching an episode of Power Rangers Samurai or like watching two entirely different films within one.


What's wrong with Evolution?
 

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