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

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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Episode 24: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

Filmed and released during the Japanese stock market crash, this movie perfectly captures the Japanese national spirit at the time it was made. In 1991, just like after World War II ended, the Japanese people collectively asked “How could this happen?” In fact, Miki Saegusa says that herself. While the symbolism isn’t very subtle either, this movie is not anti-American. Our related topics are nationalism and the US-Japan difficulties reaching a peak regarding trade. 

This film was released in late 1991, and if you can find that year on this graph of the Japanese Nikkei 225 stock market average, you will notice that’s at a very pivotal and scary time for Japan.

Source: macrotrends.net

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:59

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:59 – 7:23

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:23 – 57:55

Part 3 – Related Topic: 57:56 – 1:28:24

Closing:  1:28:24 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant, Confluence of the Three Rivers (St. Mary’s, St. Joseph, and Maumee), Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

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Episode 23: Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)

Are the Showa series movies simple, or are they really just focused? Are the Heisei movies creative, or are they just complex? As Godzilla fans, we want these movies to be better than they are. Nate and Brian dissect this experimental Godzilla film featuring a rare plant kaiju. Listen as Brian cracks jokes to maintain his sanity and Nate sings quirky show tunes (badly). Our related topics are the Human Genome Project, the death of Emperor Hirohito & ascension of Akihito, and Japan becoming a major non-NATO ally.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:13

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:13 – 8:14

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 8:14 – 1:23:07

Part 3 – Related Topic: 1:23:07 – 1:42:43

Closing: 1:42:43 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Anthony Boulevard Bridge (Maumee River), Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

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All Rights Reserved