Monday, January 21, 2008
It's hard to recapture the innocent stupidity of Toho Studios, home of the Godzilla movies. Ed Wood, William Castle, Roger Corman - those guys could bring it. But Hollywood is too cynical, too bloated, too drugged by the promise of the Big Hit to pull it off (anyone remember that vile "Godzilla" remake about 10 years ago?).
Korea, however, may be a new contender.
Saw the delightfully incomprehensible "D-Wars" this weekend. Like the original Godzilla, it's actually a Korean-American hybrid, with English-speaking scenes inserted into the movie between the special effects. If you can get past the opening 20 minute slab of exposition, the CGI kicks in and it's pretty fun. Just don't expect it to make any sense whatsoever.
A better movie, though equally goofy, is "The Host." The NY Times actually reviewed it, so I slapped it into the Netflix queue, forgot about it, and it showed up in the mail a few months later. It's about a disgruntled mutant catfish.
Below is a poster from my favorite Toho movie ever (well, this and Destroy All Monsters). I had read about it, but never saw it til the lil Hucky found it at a garage sale half a block away from our house. One of the strangest movies you're ever likely to see. Made in 57, the same year as Godzilla.