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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Steve's Church-Less Movie Of The Week ...

The true triumphant return of our Jesus-less feature film of the week focuses on the big green guy yet again, only THIS time it's a relatively NEW film in the series. That means fast cuts, loud music and totally nonsensical science. Buckle up, buttercups ...

Yoinked from Wikipedia with dashes of IMDB ...

"Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, released in Japan as Godzilla X Mechagodzilla (ゴジラ×メカゴジラ ,Gojira tai Mekagojira?), is a 2002 Japanese film directed by Masaaki Tezuka and written by Wataru Mimura. It is the 26th installment in the Godzilla series of films. It is a member of the Millennium series of Godzilla films and is a direct sequel to the original Godzilla. Budgeted at roughly $8,500,000, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla opened in Japan on December 13, 2002, and earned $2,253,231 in its opening weekend. It went on to gross approximately $16,000,000 in Japan, making it the second biggest of the Millennium Godzilla films at the box office. It sold approximately 1,700,000 admissions.

Like others in the Godzilla series, this new entry establishes itself as a direct sequel to the 1954 original, even using digitally altered footage from that film, as well as clips from MOTHRA and WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS to once again illustrate Japan's troubled history with unruly giant creatures. When Godzilla once again threatens her shores, Japan's female prime minister (Kumi Mizuno) calls together her greatest scientific minds, including cyber-biologist Tokimitsu Yuhara (Shin Takuma), whose inclusion in this group gives his precocious daughter Sara (Kana Onodera) a backstage pass to witness the creation of a new bioweapon developed using the recently-uncovered original Godzilla bones. The monster is only referred to as Mechagodzilla three times in the film; for the rest of the film he is referred to by the nickname Kiryu. Mechagodzilla's nickname means 'Machine Dragon' or 'Mechanized Dragon'.

Famed Japanese baseball player Hideki Matsui, a member of the New York Yankees since 2003, appears as himself. He. hits the massive home run as Kiriyu is flown towards Godzilla for the first time and helps a group of children get to a safe place during the sequence when Shinagawa's population is evacuated to make room for the fighting monsters. Matsui's nickname in Japan is Gojira (Godzilla).

The Millennium Godzilla series, like those that came before, have always retained a comparatively simple modus operandi: appeal to the kids, and make the adults wish that they were still kids. On this level, GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA probably surpasses the previous three entries and at a lean, nicely paced 96 minutes (88 in its American incarnation), it's certainly the easiest to digest and quietly sets up the sequel, GODZILLA, MOTHRA, MECHAGODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S. (2003)."

Ok, so I couldn't find a proper trailer anywhere, so here's the next best thing. It's Cinemassacre's review from youtube ...

Steve's Snacks Of The Week:



Red Vines

Dads Root Beer

A Whole Bag Of Potato Chips All To Myself

Maybe Some Pot ... I Never Do That Stuff Anymore But I'm Feeling Kinda Wicked Today

Personally, I'm excited that I'm watching a NEW Mechagodzilla. But I don't know if I can truly get BEHIND this new incarnation of Mechagodzilla. See, my daughter and I are both incredibly HUGE fans of the ORIGINAL Godzilla Versus Mecha-Godzilla film from the seventies. Bela likes watching it when she wakes up, when she's eating, when she's tired and falls asleep on the couch.

Isabela is only three years old but she watches a LOT of Godzilla films. And usually she fades about halfway thru almost every one she watches. But not this film. It's her favorite film! She loves the girls, the space titanium, the cheesy acting, the two Godzillas fighting, Angirus getting his ass kicked, and the awesome music.

But she just ADORES King Caesar. And when Miyarabi gets on her knees on the beach and sings her prayer to King Caesar, Bela gets on her knees too and pretends to sing. She doesn't know the words, obviously, because it's in Japanese. But she knoes the chorus. She belts out her SEE-SAW, SEE-SAW, SEEEEEEEEEEE ... SAAAAAAAAAAAW!

This new film? No giant gay King See-Saw. What a fucking gyp.

Anyway, this is what I'm watching. I got a Blockbuster Video membership (They STILL have rental stores, how quaint!) ONLY because they had this movie. I'm psyched to see this. I honestly am. This is going to rock ass.

I might go into DOUBLE FEATURE mode later because the sequel is free online so we can all watch it together, so stay tuned for that. AND read the comments below this post because I'll be commenting about the movie as I watch it. Good stuff.

Anyways, here's what I've seen so far ...

December 7th: Godzilla VS Mecha-Godzilla

December 14th: Godzilla VS Mothra

December 21st: Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster

December 28th: Lord of the Rings (Rifftrack edition)

January 4th: Godzilla VS The Sea Monster

January 11th: Series 7 (The Contenders)

January 18th: House of Wax

January 25th: Police Story 3

February 1st: Left Behind the Movie

February 15th: Godzilla VS Megalon

February 22nd: Jesus Christ Superstar

March 1st (part 1): Duck Soup

March 1st (part 2): Godzilla Final Wars

March 8th (part 1): Godzilla VS The Smog Monster

March 8th (part 2): The Three Caballeros

March 15th: Sonny Chiba's "The Street Fighter" (free to watch)

March 29th (part 1): I Bury The Living

March 29th (part 2): Drive-In Massacre (free to watch)

April 15th: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (free to watch)


Reverend Steve said...

There are flashbacks from the original Godzilla film. And Mothra, too. It's pretty cool. I'm all up into this film now.

Reverend Steve said...

There's a working out-slash-hamster eating-slash-female prime minister montage. Not used to seeing montages in Godzilla films. What is this, Rocky?

Reverend Steve said...

I like this film. More action, less bullshit. Especially like it when they lose control of Mechagodzilla

Reverend Steve said...

Damn good movie. Kick ass special effects, good fights, less boring acting crap. It's short but that's good. Great movie. Can't wait to jump on to the sequel ...