Media Update 4/8/21

Godzilla vs. Kong

I really liked King Kong: Skull Island and I have a lot of nostalgia for the Godzilla movies whne I was a kid. I watched every single one that I could get a hold of. This is the continuation of a franchise so there is a lot going on. This movie covers the inevitable clash of King Kong and Godzilla and I’ve become a fan of these versions of the monsters. The movie largely follows two intersecting plotlines. The first plot line is helmed by Rebecca Hall, a linguist working with Kong who is great as an insightful advocate. She is joined by Alexander Skarsgård who is great as a scholarly good guy trying to do the right thing. Kaylee Hottle plays a great character, one of the best child actors I have seen in a while. The other plot follows Millie Bobbie Brown, an inquisitive young woman, and Brian Tyree Henry, a paranoid engineer. They are dealing with Demián Bichir and Shun Oguri who are great as villains. The movie went along at a great pace and the human story never stood in the way of the monster story. The special effects and monster design were both really good. I recommend this movie.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Since I liked Kong vs. Godzilla, I decided to check this one out as well. I had not watched it yet because I disliked Godzilla (2014) so much. This was a mistake. The movie has a huge ensemble cast but we mainly follow two characters. The first is Millie Bobbie Brown, who is great as a troubled but highly intelligent young woman. The second is Kyle Chandler who is great as a man trying to pull his life back together. We also get Vera Farmiga who plays a brilliant but misguided scientist. We get other great performances from Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, David Straitharn, Ken Watanabe, and Zhang Ziyi. Somehow, the human parts flow without being too much and they all work to serve the Godzilla plot. Nothing gets in the way of the Godzilla and the monster plot. Again, I really loved the monster design and the fight choreography. I recommend this movie.

Destroy All Monsters

It was intensely interesting to go back and watch this movie. While it is by far not a perfect film, you can see direct through lines to the above movies (and other movies throughout the years). In fact, the movie came up with a lot of interesting plot points even if they are somewhat clumsily crafted. I like a lot of the interesting takes on global politics that this movie deals with. I really loved that this became more of a thing into the Godzilla movies of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and onward. Shin Godzilla in particular did a really good job on that sort of commentary. The special effects are, of course, not super great but still fun. This is “guys in rubber suits” era of Godzilla so all of the monsters move a little weird. You get weird frames where Rodan is doing the Shimmy and Godzilla is shadow boxing. Later films would do better with giving the humans more stakes by putting them in the same shot as the monsters and have better models for the monsters to destroy. I won’t really talk about the acting because it was all melodramatic dubbed over English and I imagine the Japanese is much better but I do not know. Still, I recommend this movie as something fun to put on in the background.

Music of the Week:

ParkingLotGrass -Rain Man

Yat-Kha – Charash Karaa

Playboy Manbaby – I Wish My Brain Was A Computer

dodie – Guiltless

Mashup of the Week:

Allen Riley – Surfin’ With Butterfly Wings

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Go Go Godzilla!”
I watched more Watcher videos
I watched a lot of Twitch and YouTube
i watched more Elementary Season 4
I watched more Teen Wolf Season 1
I started watching Q: Into the Storm
I watched more Allen v. Farrow

I also got vaccinated on Tuesday so that’s why this post is late!

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4 Responses to “Media Update 4/8/21”

  1. timsbrannan Says:

    I do love a good giant monster movie! And this one was a lot of fun really. I think I have seen every Godzilla / King Ghidora match up on film.

    Tim Brannan, The Other Side: 2021: The A to Z of Monsters


  2. Crackerberries Says:

    ♫♪Go Go Godzilla!♫♫ I saw BOC do this song live in concert with a fire breathing Godzilla….very cool, very cool.


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