Episode 28: Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)

Nate and Brian come to the end of the Heisei Series with a film where—spoiler warning!—Godzilla dies. It’s one of the highest-rated Godzilla films, and with good reason. Your hosts discuss Godzilla’s death scene, the power of finality in stories, and Kazuki Omori turning Alien’s xenomorph into a kaiju (“Kaijumorph”? “Xenokaiju”?). We have also included our first behind-the-scenes bonus feature “Creating Our Film Descriptions” where we explain how we formulated our original, audience-focused part 1 film descriptions. Our related topic is the Act on National Anthem and Flag.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:40

Behind-the-Scenes Bonus Feature: Creating Our Film Descriptions: 1:40 – 14:37

Part 1 – Film Description: 14:37 – 20:28

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 20:28 – 1:15:19

Part 3 – Related Topics: 1:15:19 – 1:33:05

Closing: 1:33:05 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

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Episode 27: Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)

In a hilarious new episode, Brian and Nate take on the most eccentric entry in the Heisei Godzilla series. The kaiju and some special effects are amazing, but the story is so overstuffed it feels like three unrelated films packed together. Your hosts’ biggest riffs are aimed at MOGUERA, the most useless mecha ever, and one half of an infamous dogfight in an asteroid belt. On a more serious note, our related topic is the Senkaku Islands dispute.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:55

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:55 – 7:33

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:33 – 1:00:16

Part 3 – Related Topics: 1:00:16 – 1:20:18

Closing: 1:20:18 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: St. Joseph River, Spencerville, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

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Behind-the-Scenes Bonus Feature: Creating Our Film Descriptions

In 2016 and 2017, Brian and Nate spent a lot of time developing our original, signature, audience-focused film descriptions – an analysis tailored to kaiju movies in order to be able to compare these movies to each other. The goal is to to arm the listener with the facts, rather than just read a long, boring plot synopsis from a wiki site. Quick, focused, and to the point, the descriptions last an average of 5 minutes. In our first behind-the-scenes bonus feature, we discuss the process behind our state-of-the-art creation.

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Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Headwaters Park, St. Mary’s River, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

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Episode 26: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)

Godzilla not only looks great in this movie, but he gets more screen time than any other movie in the entire series. Baby Godzilla looks impressive, and the Azusa Gojo character is good. Brian and Nate address topics, like how stuff explodes when Rodan flies over it, how Kazuma seems to be a Japanese Rick Moranis, and how Miki Saegusa needed to be reminded to use her psychic powers.  Our related topic is the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:31

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:31 – 7:02

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:02 – 62:50

Part 3 – Related Topics: 62:50 – 1:20:38

Closing: 1:20:38 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Posey Dam (Maumee River), Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

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Episode 25: Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992)

Our trek through the Heisei Series continues!  After watching experimental weirdness and convoluted time-travel, Nate and Brian cover a Godzilla film that’s a bit more “normal”—for this franchise, anyway.  It’s the most successful film in the Heisei Series, and we see more positives than negatives in this 1990s update of the classics.  The movie features Akira Takarada, the return of Mothra, a weaponized Ferris wheel, and scenes ripping off Indiana Jones (the last one drives Nate crazy).  We also compare Battra to Mirror Universe Spock.  Our related topics are contemporary environmentalism and the Lost Decade.

We’d like to send a shout-out to our patrons Kyoei Toshi and Sean Stiff for pledging at the Kaiju Visionary level. Thank you for your support! We really appreciate it.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:40

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:40 – 7:01

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:01 – 48:51

Part 3 – Related Topics: 48:51 – 1:17:36

Closing: 1:17:36 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Foster Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

Music: Audiophiliac (http://www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

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