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Like maybe if my theory was proven, that Mothra mistook the Cleveland power plant for a giant bug zapper and thereby caused the Great Midwestern Blackout of 2003?

Like maybe if Mothra sided with Battra and Ghidorah against the children of the world and, you know, ate them all?


Mothra grubs, drenched in blood, exploding from their human host!

I think they should exit through the eye sockets.

You haven't recently watched Slugs, have you?...

Okay, before I go any further....did I somehow forget hman's true identity, or did I somehow never know it in the first place?!? How did I forget this/not know this!?

What next? Are one of you secretly Jeffery Combs or Bruce Campbell?

All right, Godzilla. I'd be happy to see a new monster, no question. I'd also be okay with lesser-used monsters. Spacegodzilla, Varan, Battra or especially Biollante would be great. I will also throw in a vote for Millennium-version Gigan, who was utterly wasted and needs a movie to shine in.

I love King Ghidorah so much that I'd be okay with a return for it, which I know puts me in the minority, but goddamn it's fantastic. I would also be happy with Rodan, who again I really like. I'm perfectly happy not to have either one show up, though.

Mechagodzilla I'm torn on; the first two versions gave us some of the best movies of their respective series, but the last one, although I liked the design and idea behind it, came in movies that weren't very good. I think I'd be okay without a new MG anytime soon, all told.

Mothra I'll completely pass on. Partly because it's been done to death, and partly because of the Mothra trilogy, a group of movies which ranged in quality from "crappy" to "1upmushroomy" to "MONKEYWRENCH YOU MOVIE." Seriously, that third one made me near-1998 Godzilla levels of angry.




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Okay, before I go any further....did I somehow forget hman's true identity, or did I somehow never know it in the first place?!? How did I forget this/not know this!?

True identity?

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The Rev. D.D. wrote:
Mothra I'll completely pass on. Partly because it's been done to death, and partly because of the Mothra trilogy, a group of movies which ranged in quality from "crappy" to "1upmushroomy" to "MONKEYWRENCH YOU MOVIE." Seriously, that third one made me near-1998 Godzilla levels of angry.




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Don't even get me started on what they did to Belvera, those monkeywrenchers.


I saw all three of them in Japanese, thanks to Video Daikaiju. I liked the first one, the overracting during Mothra's death scene (plus the upteenth incarnation of Ghidorah) notwithstanding. The music was really good and it was also one of Koichi Kawakita's most consistente films, FX-wise. The second one was really not that great. The third one was a real mixed bag. The city destruction scenes with King Ghidorah were awesome, and the fight between Cretaceous King Ghidorah and Mothra was well-mounted. Everything else...however...uhhh...yeah.

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El Santo wrote:
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Okay, before I go any further....did I somehow forget hman's true identity, or did I somehow never know it in the first place?!? How did I forget this/not know this!?

True identity?


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He has contributed liner notes for numerous DVD releases, edited and authored over 150 subtitle scripts (so far), and written for periodicals such as Japanese Fantasy Film Journal, Filmfax. Video Watchdog, Asian Cult Cinema, Henshin! Online, Oriental Cinema, G-Fan, Super7, Otaku USA, and Famous Monsters of Filmland.

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I was under the impression that H-Man was a guy named Blake Matthews, who lives in Sao Paolo. Or are we now to believe that that was all a clever smokescreen?

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El Santo wrote:
I was under the impression that H-Man was a guy named Blake Matthews, who lives in Sao Paolo. Or are we now to believe that that was all a clever smokescreen?


Actually, it's São Paulo, but El Santo is right.

I think I confused someone with the first post in the thread. What I meant is that I had mentioned the subject in Grab Bag thread, but decided to give it it's thread here.

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Dang. For a second there, I was really impressed. Not by the writing, but by being Bob Wilkins' teenage kaiju expert.

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Hman wrote:
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I was under the impression that H-Man was a guy named Blake Matthews, who lives in Sao Paolo. Or are we now to believe that that was all a clever smokescreen?


Actually, it's São Paulo, but El Santo is right.

I think I confused someone with the first post in the thread. What I meant is that I had mentioned the subject in Grab Bag thread, but decided to give it it's thread here.


See, there people go again. Confusing effective marketing with the truth!

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Hman wrote:
El Santo wrote:
I was under the impression that H-Man was a guy named Blake Matthews, who lives in Sao Paolo. Or are we now to believe that that was all a clever smokescreen?


Actually, it's São Paulo, but El Santo is right.

I think I confused someone with the first post in the thread. What I meant is that I had mentioned the subject in Grab Bag thread, but decided to give it it's thread here.

Okay, I feel better now.

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Mothra I'll completely pass on. Partly because it's been done to death, and partly because of the Mothra trilogy, a group of movies which ranged in quality from "crappy" to "1upmushroomy" to "MONKEYWRENCH YOU MOVIE." Seriously, that third one made me near-1998 Godzilla levels of angry.



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I saw all three of them in Japanese, thanks to Video Daikaiju. I liked the first one, the overracting during Mothra's death scene (plus the upteenth incarnation of Ghidorah) notwithstanding. The music was really good and it was also one of Koichi Kawakita's most consistente films, FX-wise. The second one was really not that great. The third one was a real mixed bag. The city destruction scenes with King Ghidorah were awesome, and the fight between Cretaceous King Ghidorah and Mothra was well-mounted. Everything else...however...uhhh...yeah.

Well, there was some pretty good monster stuff and effects throughout the trilogy...but since they were aimed at kids they were full of bad child actors and the plots were simplistic and boring. Mothra's constant reveal of hitherto-unknown powers, and subsequent utter pwning of previously formidable opponents kind of grated, as well. It was like "Dragonball Z" meets the Gamera trilogy.

The first one is probably the best of the three, which says very little. I liked Death Ghidorah's design, but when it wasn't fighting Mothra it stood around burning a few trees and roaring. Not exactly thrilling. The overacting during Mothra's death was bad, but the scene itself with the larva and adult was actually touching (maybe even tear-jerking). Which means, yes, the actors were out-acted by a couple of puppets. Belvera and Garugaru being so much more awesome than the Elias and Fairy Mothra skewed my sympathies pretty badly, too.

The second one is bland and Dagahra is even less pro-active than Death Ghidorah was. Its design struck me as the next evolution for Spacegodzilla if it were a Pokemon (maybe vice-versa). Gogo made me want to punch things. At least we still had Belvera and Garugaru.

The third one had a couple of good monster scenes...and also some of the most embarrassing special effects I've seen in a giant monster movie (possibly the worst Toho has done, right up there with a couple of scenes from Godzilla vs. Destoroyah), a weird reason for Ghidorah to do what it does (i.e. destroy planets) that didn't gel for me, a lot of dull stretches with way too many bad child actors and the Elias...but really, even if they'd done everything else right, their decision to neuter Belvera and stick her on the back burner would have left me unhappy. With everything else wrong, it left me spitting fire. What a waste of her character.

If Ken ever lets me write a review for Jabootu, it'll be on Mothra 3. Although, to match up to Ken, I'd first have to review the previous two films. Which means I'd have to watch them all again...which, admittedly, would suck. It's bad enough I saw the third one a second time, thanks to Sadistic Sandy inflicting it on us at a prior T-Fest.



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.....But I'll happily keep waiting if they'll give us some completely new monsters 15% cooler than Battra or better.


As would I. That's a good point about Battra. As difficult as it is for me to buy into Mothra being even half the challenge to Godzilla that Toho continues to assert in several movies, Battra. particularly in its Hot Wheels-colored larval form, made me a believer that a kaiju caterpillar/moth could be a contender.


They really need to get more mileage out of the caterpillars. Have you ever seen a tree entirely eaten by tent caterpiggles? Is there some reason a concrete- or naked-ape-chomping version 100 feet long couldn't "tent" the sh!t out of, say, Moscow?

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I'm hoping somewhere in the reboots and reimaginings, we finally get to see Hedorah vs. Biollante. LIFE VERSUS ANTI-LIFE!

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I'm hoping somewhere in the reboots and reimaginings, we finally get to see Hedorah vs. Biollante. LIFE VERSUS ANTI-LIFE!


There is a LOT of room for improvement in the angry-rosebush motif.

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The Attack on Titan trailers have me very hopeful about this flick. It looks like more of the effects than I expected are going to be CGI-boosted practical stuff instead of purely digital, and they look fantastic.

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The Attack on Titan trailers have me very hopeful about this flick. It looks like more of the effects than I expected are going to be CGI-boosted practical stuff instead of purely digital, and they look fantastic.


Yeah that's looking and sounding pretty good. Let's not forget that the Chief Director/writer for the new Godzilla is going to be....Hideaki Anno. Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno. Which means this could end up being the strangest and controversial Godzilla film since Hedorah.

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You know, I kind of hope it is.

Realistically, if we want more Japanese Godzilla movies (and I sure know I do), it probably can't be because it wouldn't be very likely to be a commercial success.

That said, I like Smog Monster and I'm 100% ready for someone to take Godzilla and do something really experimental and crazy with him.

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