Tag: Flash Gordon

GFS home movies: Gojira (Godzilla)

GFS home movies: Gojira (Godzilla)

Movies
Here's what I remember about Godzilla -- a guy wearing a rubber suit fought another guy wearing a rubber suit, or maybe a fake monster suspended on some wires. There was a lot of really earnest-looking Japanese actors moving their mouths, but instead I heard really melodramatic English voices. In some of the movies, Godzilla was even a good guy of sorts, to the point that little kids were sad to see him go at the end of the film. I knew all about the subtext for Godzilla, which is that he was some kind of symbol for the anxieties of the Japanese over atomic bombs and radiation. But to me, very little separated Godzilla movies from American-written, period movie monster fare like Them! or The Day of the Triffids. I mean, who hasn't had a little fun yelling "Gozirraaaa!" while mimicking b...
Venture Bros. wrapup: “Any Which Way But Zeus”

Venture Bros. wrapup: “Any Which Way But Zeus”

TV & Radio
One of the ways you can gauge the strength of a show's is not how well they produce original plots and storylines, but how they rework old tropes into an entertaining package.  It's sort of like how Led Zeppelin made the blues into something you didn't have to force yourself to enjoy.  The Venture Brothers did much the same in its first season by repackaging a litany of hackneyed cartoon plots from the '60s and '70s into a wholly fresh enterprise.  Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer migrated away from that more obtuse approach as the series progressed, preferring instead to develop a more intricate, original mythology. Every once in awhile, however, Doc and Jackson kick it old school and produce a self-contained story that feels more like a fun one-off than a very important episode.  "A
Gordon’s alive!

Gordon’s alive!

Movies
Flash Gordon fans rejoice! After being out of print for years, this classic of cinema returns to DVD on August 7 with the Saviour of the Universe Edition. And you know it'll be good, because they put the "u" in Savior! European fans (aka Region 2) already got what I hear was a pretty sweet Silver Anniversary Edition release in 2005, but we Region 1 suckers got left out in the cold. The Saviour edition does lack some of the neat extras of the Silver edition, but there's enough improvements over the original DVD release that make it appealing even if you own another copy. Most importantly, the soundtrack has been remixed for 5.1 Dolby Surround, which should be a vast improvement over the piss-poor mono on the original. A full review is forthcoming, so stay tuned. And watch out for h...
Movies That Defined My Youth, Part 1

Movies That Defined My Youth, Part 1

Movies
Each of us has strong ties to movies, shows or music from our youth. All it takes is one scene or one chord to send you back to the days when life seemed simpler and shelves were higher. Growing up in New Jersey, many of these movies were seen in regular rotation on WPIX Channel 11 (before it became one of those crappy WB/UPN/CW networks). Because of this, it was years before I saw the unedited versions of these films. Having also seen most of these movies as an adult, I can verify that some have definitely aged better than others. Weird Science (1985) - Director/writer John Hughes dialed down the angst a bit, and traded it in for an abundance of cheap laughs - not that there's anything wrong with that. Michael Anthony Hall (Gary) was on a serious roll by the time this was rele...
I love a good movie meme

I love a good movie meme

Movies
I even love bad ones. But this one is pretty good (lifted from Culture kills). Of course I'm the special kid in school so I'm probably the last one to do this, but that's about par for the course. I just got rid of my last pair of Z Cavaricci pants like 5 years ago. 1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times. I can name more than one - Flash Gordon, Weird Science, Caddyshack, and Nightmare on Elm Street for starters. 2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in the theater. The Empire Strikes Back and Private Parts come to mind, although I know there's more. 3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie. Edward Norton, hands down. Or hands up. 4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie. Robin Williams and Ed...