Now on Mondays here on the bloggety blog I'm going to cover some of what I consider the greatest movies of all time. Yes, KANE is on the list but I'm going to try to dig a little bit deeper to offer up some things you either might not have heard of or have dismissed.
First up-- three sci fi/fantasy films that launched entire genres.
KING KONG (1933) With effects that are still a wonder today the story of film-maker Carl Denham trying to bring back the Eight Wonder of the World after he discovers him on a remote uncharted island is still a great movie today. You can have CGi nonsense today-- THIS is a great adventure fantasy film.
Japanese director Ishiro Honda was a big fan of Kong's and wanted to make his own version and in many ways he surpassed the original when he released...
GOJIRA (1954) After World War II the effects of nuclear radiation were the subject of the day and this story about a prehistoric dinosaur being reawakened after nuclear testing has mutated it into a fire breathing 100 story dragon is a true masterpiece. The original, subtitled in English, has been restored and released by the quality film outfit Criterion on a beautiful Blu Ray edition.
While many dismiss the 1956 American cut with scenes of Raymond Burr inserted nearly seamlessly in the action and titled the more outlandish GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS, I still love it. Burr plays reporter Steve Martin who just happens to have a layover in Tokyo when Godzilla attacks and the movie plays like a serious drama but with a giant fire breathing monster.
All of the following Godzilla films, and there have been close to 30 of them, pale in comparison to the original. We'll cover some of those when I get to the section of "Not Great but Really Good Movies" later in the year.