1-7-011: I woke up this morning with the Godzilla theme stuck in my head. I had to watch some stuff on Youtube to get the urge out of me to watch all the Godzilla films. My Netflix que will soon send me a recent Godzilla film I have not seen completely, Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. I was curious how good this one would be so I checked out some best Godzilla film lists, and it placed pretty well. I also noticed how I didn’t quit agree with people’s top choices. Somebody even put Godzilla vs. the Astro Monster which is awful. I decided to make my own list. My list will be odd though, because I love some of the really goofy Godzilla films and I know people really hate some of the ones I love.
1. Godzilla vs. Biollante I have seen it so many times it gets kinda boring. The fight is cool to watch, but Biollante is clunky and they did the best that they could. Why is it a top film? Because it actually has a story with relevant plot points to our real world. Godzilla cells are used as a way to modify plants to be tougher- Middle Eastern Terrorists want to take it to improve their country where nothing grows. They use bombs to threaten to release Godzilla if they don’t get what they want, he gets released. Destruction ensues…
2. Godzilla: King of the Monsters A perfectly legitimate and good Japanese film. Good effects, acting, plot, and music. The American version is #2, Japanese should be #1. Good political message to it.
3. Godzilla vs. MechGodzilla This is one of the titles people will stop reading the blog for. But I love it, it is one of the funnest Godzilla films with good action, destruction, interesting silly story, music and dance, and green monkey space aliens.
4. Godzilla 1985 Again, the Japanese version is better but I was born in 1985. I love the new roar, the costume is unique, the plot is politically charged and interesting, the ending makes me cry, and the destruction of the city is amazing good. Maybe the best or most realistic save the helicopter blowing up a whole parking lot of cars. Really good film, nice tension, just missing the ending kiss.
5. Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster The guy who directee this, Yoshimitsu Banno, not only has a great name from Tekken and Soul Calibur, but made only one awesome Godzilla film. He was fired right after the head of Toho saw it :(. I love this film, check out IMDB’s poster http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067148/. This is another politically charged film, yeah, you can tell what I like- and I did like them as a kid; and the effects are creepy awesome, it has disco dance club scenes, somewhat violent in a real harsh way, Godzilla flies, humans actually defeat the monser instead of leaning on Godzilla, the Cinematography is diffent and great, and did I mention it is gross. Why is this film not higher on the list? Because it was one of two films I never saw as a kid and the other films here have nostalgia and heritage factors. This film didn’t even need Godzilla, it coulda been Frankenstein fighting Hedora, but I’m glad it is the big G.
6. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah This one set the tone for the new Godzilla. Flashy, full of Monsters, great effects, and awful acting. God, could you imagine worse acting than the 70’s Godzilla films? Well, they found it. Lol, the evil Americans are just the corniest nuggets to get plucked out of the states. Save a couple bad scenes, this film is quit amazing and fun with probably my favorite Godzilla costume from the whole series.
7. Godzilla and Mothra: Battle for Earth This was released right after King Ghidorah, and the effects are just as good and the buildings are so believable. I love the corny lines and comic relief to the dub of this film, I don’t even want to see it in Japanese. The monsters are great in this film, Battra really sticks out from the whole series.
8. Godzilla vs. Megaguirus Where did they come up with this name? The Millennium Godzilla films are a bit too corny for me. I don’t like the rubbery looking costume, the plots are too cliche and acting is just rolling straight down the hill. I don’t get the humor of them, I thought Seatopia was hilarious- not X mutants. Maybe it is an age thing. Anywho, this is the only Millennium Godzilla film I like- it is really well done and it fits the epitome of what a Godzilla vs… film should be.
9. Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster Again, the plot is so fun. Bored teenagers dance in a competition to win money. The lose, so they steal a boat for fun. A man wakes up on the boat to find he, along with the boat has been stolen. He is very mad at them, because it wasn’t his boat, he was just sleeping there. Well, it turns out he’s a bank robber. Well, who cares because the boat crashes on an island that is guarded by a giant lobster that can be controlled by a secret evil military who use islanders as slaves to help them manufacture juice and guns to rule the world. Oh yeah, Godzilla shows up and plays volleyball with the lobster.
10. Godzilla’s Revenge Here’s where fans hate me. This film is so hated. But I love the music, the awful corny idea of talking monsters, the boy fighting the robbers, the silly roar of Gabera, and most of all the dream like or child like progression of the story.
Noteable Mentions- Anything Jun Fukuda did! To think he didn’t want to ever work on Godzilla films, and he defined the 70’s drive in cheese of Godzilla and helped kill the series. Son of Godzilla, Godzilla vs. Gigan, and Godzilla vs. Megalon or some of the most iconic pieces in Godzilla history. Also, Destroy all Monsters is epic and worth a top rank. The 1992 Mechagodzilla is well done and Terror of MechaGodzilla when uncut is fantastic.