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Godzilla = Winzilla

Posted in Asian Horror, Asian Sci-Fi, Classic Horror, Foreign Horror, Giant Monsters, Godzilla, Nature Gone Wild, Science Fiction with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2017 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Shin Godzilla

With a mere four Oscars™, the gore slasher flick La La Land (2016) has nothing on Shin Godzilla (2016), which stomped away with SEVEN Japan Academy Prizes in Tokyo on March 2, 2017.

Shin Godzilla

Besides pocketing over $72 million fun coupons, which converts to over eight BILLION yen, Shin Godzilla snagged the awards for Best Picture and Best Director. I should’ve been for nominated for Best Fan. Since Godzilla has so many awards, maybe he’ll let me have one. That, or scrunch me into sidewalk paste.

Shin Godzilla

And to make your day even better than it was before you read that last sentence, Shin Godzilla is releasing here in the States on March 22, 2017. There’s a plus and minus to this joyous news: Comicbook.com reports that it won’t contain English sub-titles. (Toho™, who owns every radioactive/copyrighted particle of Godzilla’s DNA, is notorious for this jerk maneuver.)

Shin Godzilla

However, Funimation™, located in Flower Mound, Texas (that town name sounds naughty for some reason), will be releasing Shin Godzilla with all the pronounceable bells and whistles in October of 2017. The price? Who cares? It’s Godzilla, man! Even at eight billion yen, it’ll still be a bargain.

Kaijus, Bigfoot and Future Cephalopods

Posted in Asian Sci-Fi, Bigfoot, Foreign Horror, Giant Monsters, Godzilla, Nature Gone Wild, Science Fiction, Slashers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2017 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

 

Colossal

The butt-numbing cold and saturating winter rain of 2017 in Seattle has been conducive to staying indoors and watching horror movies. You could couch out to other types of movies, but horror/sci-fi seems to vibe with the doom and gloom outside. While there are no sharknadoes or lavalantulas shooting out of our local volcanoes (we have several), just the thought of going outside and getting my hair messed up by the wind and/or rain goons me out. Call me indoor face. I’ll come out of my burrow when the sun arrives, which is usually around July.

Here’s some upcoming bad weather movies to watch indoors…

Colossal

COLOSSAL (April, 2017)
“A woman moves back home after losing her job and being dumped by her boyfriend. Her life takes a sudden turn when a giant kaiju-like creature appears in South Korea and she begins to suspect she may be connected to it.”

The trailer makes this one look like a comedy. Giant monsters are not funny, dang it. Unless its the Giant Claw, who looks like a puppet made by someone on drugs. The hook for Colossal is that whatever the main chick (Anne Hathaway) does, the monster mimics it. Let’s hope she doesn’t start doing kegels.

Attack of the Cyber Ocotpuses

ATTACK OF THE CYBER OCTOPUSES (Kickstarter/in-progress)
Neo-Berlin, 2079. A dark, rain-soaked city held by mega corporations where the only enjoyment in life is connecting to cyberspace and taking ‘Binary Trip,’ a cyber drug that fries your neurons but promises a feeling better than a hundred orgasms at once. In this setting, a team of crack cyberspace detectives are investigating a new menace: an army of cyber octopuses that are terrorizing the city.”

This one’s trying to crowd-fund its way into your hearts and homes as of this posting. Checking under the couch cushions for spare bitcoins. I’d donate real money, but I live in Seattle, which is built around the super wet Elliott Bay, which is teeming with our own octopuses. They’re quite friendly. Just be careful when petting them; They might act all buddy-buddy and squishy, but while they’re hugging you, one of their spare arms always goes for the wallet.

Laundry Man

LAUNDRY MAN (Available now/Amazon Prime/VOD)
Laundry Man is the story about a clumsy serial killer. It is partly based on the crimes committed by American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and those committed by the Belgian-Hungarian pastor, Andras Pandy.”

Watched the trailer — more splatter on the platter. The main chick appears to not be wearing a bra. As such, you’ll need permission from your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to watch this. Wonder where they got the idea for their ad art? Seems vaguely familiar…

Carrie

Primal Rage: The Legend of Oh-Mah

PRIMAL RAGE: THE LEGEND OF OH-MAH (post-production/2017)
“A newly reunited young couple’s drive through the Pacific Northwest turns into a nightmare as they are forced to face nature, unsavory locals, and a monstrous creature known to the Native Americans as Oh-Mah.”

I live in the Pacific Northwest. How dare you call we locals unsavory? We’re loaded with savor. As for the monstrous creature Oh-Mah, never heard of him/her/it. Bigfoot/Sasquatch/Wood Ape/Harry Henderson, of course. But this other pretender to the throne should do what we tell tourists to do — buy our locally made goods and then get the truck outta here. A little rough? Nope. For us it’s quite savory.

Godzilla – King of the Box Office

Posted in Asian Horror, Asian Sci-Fi, Classic Horror, Foreign Horror, Giant Monsters, Godzilla, Nature Gone Wild, Science Fiction with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2016 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Godzilla

According to Variety.com, keeper of box office hits and mrs. (marriage comedies suck), Shin Godzilla (aka, Godzilla: Resurgence) crushed earning projections and stomped its way into a Week #2 win…

Shin Godzilla, Toho’s reboot of its iconic monster franchise, roared to its weekend win at the Japanese box office. It is now projected to finish its run far north of the distributor’s initially forecast $40 million. Reviews from critics have mostly been raves, while fans have been filing into theaters multiple times to pick up the nuances of the dialog-heavy-storyline.”

Dialogue heavy storyline? I didn’t know screaming counted as dialogue.

Too Hard To Translate

Variety.com goes on to say that new entries Kamen Rider Ghost the Movie: The 100 Eyecons and Ghost’s Fateful Moment and Animal Sentai Zuohger the Movie: Heart-Throbbing Circus Panic! were also included to Japan’s Top 10 box office winners for that week.

With movie titles that long, how could they possibly miss?

The Thrill’a Godzilla

Posted in Asian Horror, Asian Sci-Fi, Classic Horror, Foreign Horror, Giant Monsters, Godzilla, Nature Gone Wild, Science Fiction with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2016 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Godzilla: Resurgence

As the days stomp closer to July 29, 2016 and the release of Godzilla: Resurgence (re-titled from Shin Gojira for we American round eyes), what do we exactly know about 31st movie starring the world’s greatest monster/franchise?

Godzilla: Resurgence

For starters, I wasn’t asked to be in the movie. That I have no acting experience (except in front of a judge) and am basically unknown to all of Japan’s movie-making industry is beside the point. I’ve spent half my life watching and re-watching Godzilla movies; If that doesn’t qualify me for a starring role, I don’t know what does.

Godzilla: Resurgence

A new trailer, while cooler than shiitake, doesn’t offer any clues other than how the military and government frantically strategize on how to protect their taxable real estate. All it shows is Godzilla playing in his wreck room.

Godzilla: Resurgence

One thing announced is that Godzilla: Resurgence will feature 328 cameos and supporting appearances, including, Kengo Kora, Ren Osugi, Akira Emoto, Kimiko Yo, Jun Kunimura, Mikako Ichikawa, Pierre Taki, Takumi Saito, Keisuke Koide, Arata Furuta, and Atsuko Maeda. Like you can pronounce any of that.

Godzilla: Resurgence

They can fit in every person in the world with too many consonants in their names, but ignore my easily spelled birth title? Heck, I’d only need round trip airfare to Japan, seven nights in a five-star hotel (the Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo would be lovely), and a few yen to spend while I prep for my movie moment.

Godzilla: Resurgence

As reported by myself in a first report (September 23, 2015) of Shin Gojira/Godzilla: Resurgence, the new G will be 118.5 meters (389 ft) high – over 10m taller than 2014’s Godzilla. That’s close to the same height as Six Flag’s Sky Screamer amusement park ride in Dallas, Texas. If I was on that ride and Godzilla showed up to watch, the people below better have umbrellas.

Godzilla: Sky Screamer

Godzilla: Resurgence is being released in IMAX, 4DX, and MX4D formats, whose screens are a mere 72 feet tall. Pffft – I’ve been on kiddie rides bigger than that. And I don’t scream on them nearly as much as I used to.

Godzilla Hotel

Posted in Giant Monsters, Godzilla, Nature Gone Wild, Science Fiction with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2015 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Godzilla Hotel

Godzilla, the world’s most iconic monster who has dominated all other monsters and related merchandising for decades, is about to conquer another foe: the hotel industry.

Godzilla Hotel opens April 17th, 2015 in monstrous fashion in Shinjuku, Tokyo, with an 80-ton, built-to-scale, radiation-spewing G-Head atop the 31-story Shinjuku Toho building. (For hotel purists, the life-size head was based on his face from 1992’s Godzilla vs Mothra.)

Godzilla Hotel

From the press release that arrived with no free tickets to Japan OR complimentary five night stay with mini-bar privileges: “There are two viewing rooms, which overlook the massive head of the King of Monsters that erupts from the roof of the theater, while the third is a Godzilla Room boasting its own statue, movie posters and a gigantic claw over the beds. The hotel also offers Godzilla-themed memorabilia and treats.”

Godzilla Hotel

And the price to stay at what is now the best hotel in the world? $334 to $417 a night, depending on the date. The $125 view rooms are a less wallet destructive.

Godzilla Hotel

All this comes on the heels of Toho re-booting the Godzilla franchise for a 2016 release, no doubt re-energized by the American 2014 Godzilla movie blockbustering in $528.7 million worldwide. That would buy a lot of nights at Godzilla Hotel.

I wonder if the concierge is Rodan? That’d be so cool. Just don’t let him park your car; he’d probably eat it.

Future Godzilla

Posted in Classic Horror, Giant Monsters, Godzilla, Science Fiction with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2014 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Future Godzilla

On the heels of the raging success of Godzilla (2014/over a half billion at the box office) – the greatest giant monster movie of all time according to me to myself – an announcement has been issued that a sequel is not only planned, but scheduled for release in June of 2018. This is good and bad news. Good that we’ll get another Godzilla movie. Bad, for me anyway, as I doubt my liver will hold out that long.

Future Godzilla

The future Godzilla movie will likely be called Future Godzilla, as predicted by me for myself, and is reputed to feature Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah as demolition derby opponents.

Old Godzilla

In the meantime, me/you/mostly me will be able to re-enjoy Godzilla when it arrives on Blu-Ray/DVD on September 16, 2014. That’s a Tuesday, a good day to go to the video store at the mall as all the obnoxious mall rats will be in school. I went to see Godzilla at the mall four times, three for IMAX 3D and one for standard viewing.

They could do a flip book of Godzilla and I’d still pay to see it.

Three Heads, Two Tails, Four Names

Posted in Aliens, Asian Horror, Asian Sci-Fi, Foreign Horror, Giant Monsters, Godzilla with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2014 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Invasion of Astro-Monster

Astro-Monster is really King Ghidorah with a different name. Actually, in this 1965 sci-fi classi movie, he’s referred to by four different names: Monster Zero, Astro-Monster, Ghidrah and the aforementioned King Ghidorah. I bet this gets really confusing to the cops that pull him over for speeding.

Invasion of Astro-Monster

Planet X, parked right behind Jupiter in the Scorpion Galaxy (yes, that’s a real galaxy), is sending out a distress signal. So an American and Japanese astronaut fly there to check it out. A little more than a commuter flight, the lunar dudes land on the barren planet, only to be greeted by Xians, inhabitants that have to live five miles underground because of you-know-who zapping them in the meteor hole.

Invasion of Astro-Monster

These Xians wear silver space suits and New Wave sunglasses and offer Earth a miracle drug that will cure any disease (not Budweiser™, but close) in exchange for their help in getting rid of you-know-who. (It’s not determined if the miracle drug can eliminate hangovers. If it did, I’d be on the next rocket headed to the very REAL Scorpion Galaxy.)

Invasion of Astro-Monster

The Xians need to borrow Godzilla and that pecker head Rodan, the only two things that could possibly defeat the lightning-spewing beast. So they come to Earth in flying saucers (even referred to by the Xians as flying saucers) and using technology, transport the city-wreckers back to Planet X in space bubbles, where an epic point-counterpoint with King Ghidorah ensues.

Invasion of Astro-Monster

Back on Earth, the astronauts find out they’ve been hoaxed by the Xians who want to control our world. Those stinkin’ butt-heads. They have Godzilla and Rodan under control and bring King Ghidorah to our previously happy planet to smash it, the irony being that we were doing it fine on our own.

Invasion of Astro-Monster

Urban mega damage and battle destructo-ness transpires. Despite Godzilla doing a premature one-legged victory hop dance (an entirely embarrassing moment, even if he was drunk with power), Invasion of Astro-Monster is good time giant monster fun. And really, isn’t that why we’re all here?