Long-time readers and those who know me personally know I’m a lifelong Godzilla fan (Showa era only; I don’t care all that much for the others, except 2004′s Godzilla: Final Wars, which I’d argue is the most Showa-like of the modern Godzilla films). I have all the Showa Godzilla films on video (all VHS tapes, originally, then DVD) and even ran a Godzilla Film Club in college. Giant monsters were my thing. When I was little, I wanted to grow up to make Godzilla movies. Not movies in general — Godzilla movies.
With Gareth Edwards’s Godzilla coming to movie screens this weekend, now is the best time to be a Godzilla fan. My favorite giant monster is getting press everywhere, even respectable newspapers like the New York Times. Godzilla: he’s not just for articles in Starlog anymore! (Okay, I’m dating myself, but still.) Here are some great examples of Godzilla in the mainstream media recently:
CNN.com has a great slideshow of Eiji Tsuburaya, who did the visual effects for the classic films, posing with his rubber-suited creations.
The New York Times is running a retrospective on Godzilla’s different designs over the decades.
This one’s one of my favorites: The New York Daily News interviewed Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Bruno, among other government and military personnel, about whether New York City could withstand a Godzilla attack. It’s a fascinating and hilariously deadpan read.
I’m sure you can find plenty more with a little Googling. In the meantime, I’m so excited about the new Godzilla movie. Judging from the trailers I’ve seen, it looks phenomenal. Edwards knows his giant monsters; his previous film, 2010′s Monsters, was the best recent giant monster movie until Pacific Rim. And now this! I can’t wait to go see my favorite giant monster return to theaters!