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GODZILLA: King of Monsters

Godzilla (2014) – Directed by Gareth Edwards – Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston. If you’re new here – spoilers lie beyond this point. This is not a review that is going to try to convince you to go see or not see GODZILLA. I…

PACIFIC RIM: The Monsters at Our Door

Pacific Rim (2013) – Directed by Guillermo del Toro – Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Burn Gorman, Clifton Collins Jr., and Ron Perlman. Please be aware that SPOILERS exist beyond this point. For me, it was G.I. Joe and Transformers. And Crystar. Star Wars was in its…

MONSTER ZERO: Invasion of Astro-Monster

Invasion of Astro-Monster (original Japanese title, 1965); Monster Zero (original American title, 1970) – The 6th Godzilla Film – Directed by Ishiro Honda – Starring Nick Adams, Akira Takarada, Kumi Mizuno, Jun Tazaki, Akira Kubo, Yoshio Tsuchiya, and Haruo Nakajima. Originally titled INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER, the film was re-titled MONSTER ZERO for its American release…

MOTHRA: A Monster to Rescue the Girls?

Mothra (American Release: 1962) – Directed by Ishiro Honda – Starring Frankie Sakai, Kyoko Kagawa, Jerry Itou, and Hiroshi Koizumi. I love MOTHRA as much for what it represents as I do for the film itself. Growing up, Kaiju movies were, for me, nothing more than the occasional Saturday afternoon diversion from Red Sox games.…

KING KONG VS. GODZILLA: I Want My Own Monster!

King Kong vs. Godzilla (American version, 1963) – The 3rd Godzilla Movie – Directed by Ishiro Honda and Thomas Montgomery – Starring Michael Keith, Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Yu Fujiki, Arnold Johnson, Ichiro Arishima, Mie Hama, Shoichi Hirose, and Haruo Nakajima. This movie is insane. I love it. I watched the American version of KING…

RODAN: We Dug Too Deep

Rodan (1956; American Release, 1957) – Directed by Ishiro Honda – Starring Kenji Sahara, Yumi Shirakawa, and Akihiko Hirata. Some interesting facts about RODAN: 1. It was Toho’s first Kaiju movie in color. 2. It was a big hit in the United States. 3. I watched the American version. Okay, not the most interesting facts…

GOJIRA / GODZILLA: May We Live Without Destruction

Gojira / Godzilla (1954) – The 1st Godzilla Film – Directed by Ishiro Honda – Starring Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi, Akihiko Hirata, and Takashi Shimura. If you are of a certain age and grew up in the Boston TV market, you are well aware of WLVI-TV 56’s Creature Double Feature, a back-to-back Saturday afternoon block…