Shin Godzilla (2016)

Hollywood producers, take note: Shin Godzilla is how you can reboot a franchise in bold, ambitious, stylish ways, opting for true creative vitality instead of simply box-office profits. Put into production in late 2014 (the same year that the American Godzilla made almost $530 million worldwide, though it displayed precious little innovation while doing so), … Continue reading Shin Godzilla (2016)

Rebirth of Mothra (1996)

Discovering the stand alone Mothra trilogy is like finding $20 in your pocket. It’s such an wonderful surprise being treated to something you never expected. That is what Rebirth of Mothra promises for any kaiju fan, with Mothra/Godzilla enthusiasts getting a particular kick out of it. Director: Okihiro YonedaWriters: Masumi SuetaniRun Time: 106 minutesJapanese Theatrical … Continue reading Rebirth of Mothra (1996)

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

It may sound like hyperbole, but Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) is one of the most fun movies I've ever seen: a blast of visual splendor, offhand bizarreness, and kaiju-fighting mayhem from first frame to last. It was Ishiro Honda's sixth Godzilla film (after directing and co-writing the original film that spawned it all) and … Continue reading Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Godzilla vs. Megalon epitomizes the "best of times, worst of times" period of Godzilla films in the early 1970s; it exhibits the pure kaiju camp that makes these years so memorable, while also displaying the human snooze-fest that renders them equally forgettable. Jun Fukuda returns as director, having previously helmed Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972), Son … Continue reading Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

The X from Outer Space (1967)

The X from Outer Space is another Godzilla-inspired entry in the Japanese kaiju craze of the 1960s. Unlike Gamera however, the kaiju featured in X – dubbed "Guilala" – offers little inspiration. No wonder then, that this represents the lone giant monster outing from Shochiku. Director: Kazui NihonmatsuRuntime: 89 minutesJapan Theatrical Release: March 25, 1967; Shochiku The X from … Continue reading The X from Outer Space (1967)

Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

Ah, Godzilla Raids Again. Considered by many the sophomore slump of the franchise. Considered by (at least) one, to be an underrated gem. Director: Motoyoshia OdaRuntime: 82 minutesJapan Theatrical Release: April 24, 1955; TohoUS Theatrical Release:  June 2, 1959 as Gigantis, the Fire Monster; Warner Bros. First off, the film is noteworthy for the introduction of Anguirus – … Continue reading Godzilla Raids Again (1955)