Posts tagged “Godzilla”

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

“Of the Month” October 2014

Tabletop Game of the Month:
Boss Monster Boss Monster: The Dungeon Building Card Game
This is an absurdly fun and satisfying 16-bit (NOT 8-BIT) video game simulator from the point of view of the dungeon bosses. Every turn heroes appear in a tavern in town and it’s up to you to lure them to your dungeon with treasure and kill them with all sorts of traps and monsters with which you populate said dungeon. If you kill the hero(es) before they can reach you, you get points. But if they survive the trip through the dungeon and get to you, you take damage! There are some very clever mechanics, including interrupting and interfering spells that can be played on your own dungeon or your opponents’ dungeons. And the 16-bit (NOT 8-BIT) aesthetic is absolutely delightful. Plus the games don’t drag on for too long, so it’s entirely possible to play several sessions in one sitting!

Movie of the Month:
Godzilla 2014 Godzilla (2014)
I know a lot of people had some problems with this latest American Godzilla movie, but I thought it was fan-frikkin-tastic. And now it’s out on home release! You can read my full review here.

Artist of the Month:
Uzumaki Junji Ito
Junji Ito is the Japanese manga horror master responsible for the infamous Uzumaki series (which was adapted into a very trippy movie). He has been incredibly prolific, and his stories often have a rather gruesome body-horror bent, and characters being taken over by or acting on strange impulses and compulsions. Though they can be very simple (and sometimes have rather silly endings), his stories have some amazing psychological scares that make them just stick in my head. One of my favorites is “The Enigma of Amigara Fault.” Happy Halloween!

Categories: Of the Month.

Friday, 30 May 2014

New Movie Review: Godzilla (2014)

That's our monster...

That’s our monster…

Godzilla (2014) ★★★½

Directed by Gareth Edwards

I must confess that I am a Godzilla movie fan. For some reason I can’t explain, I am just drawn to his movies even though the hugely-vast majority of them are utter, utter crap. Nonetheless, much like the entire James Bond oeuvre, I really enjoy them. Started by the original Gojira, a very serious and scary film, the series devolved over the decades into cheesy, B-movie, Saturday-morning kiddie affairs (I mean, Jet Jaguar—come on). The series tried to right this starting with Godzilla 1985 and going through a couple of iterations in the 90s and the 00s, but with the quirkiness of Japanese pop-culture of the times, these movies were bright, colorful, cartoony spectacles.

That is one of the main reasons why I really enjoyed Gareth Edwards’ new Godzilla movie. This is by far the most realistic Godzilla movie to date. And though there are a couple of fun nods to previous Godzilla and Kaiju movies, this one really treats its source material with great respect and much-due gravitas. This isn’t a tongue-in-cheek, ironic “re-imagining” of Godzilla. This is a distillation of what makes Godzilla the King of the Monsters. Gareth Edwards brings Godzilla back to his roots.

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Categories: Movie Reviews.