Month: March 2017

The Bigger They Come Part 14 (Godzilla 2000, 1999)

Right on the heels of the failed American-Zilla Toho answered back with…well, the most Traditional Godzilla they could imagine.  No computer generated lizard here (though, there are plenty of digital effects).  Just a good old man in a suit.  Unlike Godzilla 84, this is… Continue Reading “The Bigger They Come Part 14 (Godzilla 2000, 1999)”

Lost to An Alternate Universe?

So, the day Sony and Disney drop the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer (which was met with a pretty positive response) producer Amy Pascal drops the bomb. One of the things that I think is so amazing about this experience is that you don’t have… Continue Reading “Lost to An Alternate Universe?”

The Bigger They Come Part 13 (Godzilla, 1998)

Instead of  just re-editing existing films, American  studios got the rights to produce an actual American Godzilla feature.  And so, being an American feature, they thought they should rebuild Godzilla from the ground up.  So we get a totally new look for Godzilla.  But… Continue Reading “The Bigger They Come Part 13 (Godzilla, 1998)”

The Bigger They Come Part 12 (The Return of Godzilla, 1984)

This Godzilla film was released with a few different titles.  Return of Godzilla, Godzilla 1984, Godzilla and Godzilla 1985 (The American Edit).  The American Godzilla 1985 brings back Raymond Burr’s Steve Martin.  But if you watch the original version of the film (Godzilla 1984… Continue Reading “The Bigger They Come Part 12 (The Return of Godzilla, 1984)”

The Bigger They Come Part 11 (King Kong Escapes, 1967)

King Kong Escapes features King Kong fighting a robot version of himself created by an evil organization bent on taking over the world.  The leaders of this plot are Madame Piranha (Japanese Version)/Madame X (the American version) and a guy named Dr. Who.  While… Continue Reading “The Bigger They Come Part 11 (King Kong Escapes, 1967)”

The Bigger They Come Part 10 (King Kong Lives, 1986)

A direct sequel to 1976’s remake of King King, we discover that that Kong did not die from being shot up and falling from a tall building.  He merely went comatose. Linda Hamilton plays a surgeon who was part of a team seeking to… Continue Reading “The Bigger They Come Part 10 (King Kong Lives, 1986)”

You Take the Good, Take the Bad (Life, 2017)

A sci-fi thriller set aboard the International Space-station, Life is a competent film.  The effects are good enough to allow for suspension of disbelief.  The cast  is quite likeable.  The story is uncomplicated. A research team discovers a life form in soil samples from… Continue Reading “You Take the Good, Take the Bad (Life, 2017)”

The Bigger They Come Part 9 (King Kong, 1976)

In 1976, we saw the first King Kong Remake.  Producer Dino De Laurentiis had this made amid legal hassles over who actually owned the rights to King Kong.  The setting is moved to the 1970’s and it is a new batch of characters.  Fred… Continue Reading “The Bigger They Come Part 9 (King Kong, 1976)”

The Bigger They Come Part 8 (Godzilla: King of Monsters, 1956)

Filmmakers wanted to bring Godzilla to American audiences, and what they thought Godzilla needed was a white guy’s perspective.  Godzilla: King of Monsters was not so much a remake as it was a revision of the original film.  Adding footage of Raymond Burr, the… Continue Reading “The Bigger They Come Part 8 (Godzilla: King of Monsters, 1956)”

The Bigger They Come Part 7 (Godzilla, 1954)

In 1954 with fears of nuclear annihilation feeding filmmakers hearts, it is no surprise Japan provided the most memorable monster of all. The film begins with a series of mysterious freighter accidents.  As attempts to determine the cause turn up no answers, an unseen… Continue Reading “The Bigger They Come Part 7 (Godzilla, 1954)”