Today, we have a really great article from TDYLF reader (and apparently a great writer), Beth Kelly. Enjoy!
Whether you know him as “Godzilla” or “Gojira”, a monster by any other name does not compare. Godzilla is the internationally-respected icon of radioactivity gone AWOL, famous for destroying cities from Tokyo to Paris with his hulking jaws, giant green feet and dangerously bad breath. But being a pop culture icon for over 60 years isn’t easy. After causing a ruckus in more than thirty different films, Ishiro Honda’s iconic monster remains with us, bringing life to our desire for monstrous imagery. And he isn’t going away anytime soon. Continue reading
As you may recall from a month ago, I made an attempt at a somewhat thorough list of the top 50 French films ever made. I quickly discovered that there were many that I hadn’t seen, and consequently made a checklist of 40 or so more French films that I’d need to watch prior to next Bastille Day. It would enable me to make a far more complete list next year. And I quickly set about my task. As a result, from July 14th until earlier this week- approximately forty days- I’d watched heavy, intellectual French films almost exclusively. It tallied out to around twenty movies.
And then, my brain broke. As truly fantastic as many of those films were, they were giving me a cramp in my frontal lobe. It was time to take a break. And that’s precisely what I’ve done this week. St. Louis summer finally broke its’ back (temps fell from the 90’s every day to the much more reasonable 80’s) and October is very quickly approaching. In other words, it’s time to start the annual rite of passage that involves watching loads and loads of crappy horror movies for 45 to 60 days. What did I accomplish? Continue reading