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What ‘Godzilla’ Is Really Trying to Say

Posted on 05/14/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentWith the new 3-D version starring Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, Godzilla is bigger, badder and louder than ever. From a technical standpoint, there’s no sense in even comparing director Gareth Edwards’ computer-generated monster of today with the Japanese original of 60 years ago —  a lumbering creature that practically screams, “I’m a man in a rubber dragon suit!” Still, like others who have tried to resurrect the monster, Edwards and his writers make a common error:  They mistake the monster …

Tsunamis, Nuclear Meltdowns, and the Godzilla Effect

Posted on 03/14/2011 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThe destroyer rises from the ocean, utterly unexpected, leaves untold destruction in its wake; and gives rise to the threat of nuclear destruction. If the themes of the 1954 Japanese monster flick Gojira (Godzilla to us here in the U.S.) eerily echo the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown nightmare unfolding in Japan, the similarities are not completely coincidental. The fact is, while we consider Godzilla to be a cheapo thriller starring a guy in a lizard suit, for Japanese filmgoers less than a …