July 1st, 2007


Doctor Who Meme

From stephen_dedman:

When you see this post, quote from Doctor Who on your LJ.

You know, I'm just dorky enough to do this! There are so many great ones to choose from, though. How about these:

"Jenkins! Chap with the wings there -- five rounds rapid." -- Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (always one of my favorite characters) ordering a soldier to fire at a gargoyle in "The Daemons"

"The trouble with computers, of course, is that they're very sophisticated idiots." -- The Doctor in "Robot"

"Evil? Your evil is my good. I am Sutekh the destroyer. Where I tread I leave nothing but dust and darkness. I find that good." -- Sutekh (one of the best villains ever!) in "Pyramids of Mars"

"It's funny, but you know, before I met you, I was actually willing to be impressed." -- Romana, upon meeting the Doctor in "The Ribos Operation"

"Ooh, look; rocks!" -- the Doctor, upon discovering the TARDIS has landed in its nine-millionth BBC quarry in "Destiny of the Daleks"

And, of course, one of the greatest Doctor Who lines of all time:

"It's the end, but the moment has been prepared for."
Godzilla Breath

Godzilla 3D

Brian Keene emailed me all in tizzy Thursday morning to let me know about Godzilla 3D, the proposed new, post-Final Wars, English-language Godzilla movie. Brian knows my history with Godzilla. He knows I ran the Godzilla Film Club back in college (the things I did for extra credit!). He knows I have not one but two stuffed Ghidorahs. He knows news like this -- a 3D Godzilla movie! -- turns me into an excited twelve-year-old bouncing off the walls, and so it did.

I was worried about it being an English-language production, though, and that Toho was only marginally involved. It put me too much in mind of the 1998 Matthew Broderick movie, which was a complete and annoying failure. Also, how could anything top Final Wars? That was the best movie ever made, and I'm including Casablanca and Citizen Kane when I say that. Why try to follow it up with anything?

Then I dug a little deeper. It turns out Godzilla 3D is not so much a feature film as one of those short, under-an-hour Imax movies that are usually about volcanoes or migrating birds. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing. A lot of Godzilla movies are unnecessarily bloated in the middle, usually focusing on the human drama while the monsters are off-stage, and I wouldn't mind at all seeing that done away with in favor of more monster-on-monster action. Plus, it looks like Las Vegas gets leveled at the climax, and that sounds like fun! (Sorry, blue_underarms.)

Given its two-year production delay, though, I have feeling this one may be more pipe dream than summer blockbuster.