G-Fest XXVI (2019) Panel: Alien Invasions w/Giant Monster Messages

This is our G-Fest Conference panel, which took place at 12:00pm (CDT) on July 14, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. In it, we compare and contrast alien invasion stories in movies from the Godzilla franchise and from American kaiju/sci-fi movies. I connect the stories from the Godzilla movies to events and trends in Japanese history, while Taylor connects the stories from American films to events and trends in American history. I highlight events from World War II, post-war globalization, nationalism, and the Japanese stock market crash in 1989/1990. Taylor highlights events from the Great Depression, the Red Scare, resource management, and technology.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patrons Kyoei Toshi, Sean Stiff, William Mize, and Eric White. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.


Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Taylor Hensley

Editor/Director/Video: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Crowne Plaza O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

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Episode 22: Godzilla 1985 (US) (1985) (Asset Price Bubble, Japan Airlines Flight 123, Chernobyl)

Brian and Nate tackle the “Americanized” version of The Return of Godzilla brought to us thanks to the wonderful Roger Corman (just kidding—we watch MST3K). Not even the great Raymond Burr can save this controversial film or give it a reason to exist. Listen as your intrepid hosts (politely) savage this version of the film with some well-honed riffs. Our related topics are the Japanese Asset Price Bubble, Japan Airlines Flight 123, and the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident.


Introduction: 0:00 – 1:45

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:45 – 6:32

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 6:32 – 52:54

Part 3 – Related Topic: 52:54 – 1:17:28

Closing: 1:17:28 – End


Host: Brian Scherschel

Co-Host: Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Eagle Marsh, Allen County, Indiana

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