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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Godzilla Image of the Day


Here's yet another good Godzilla size-comparison image, this time comparing him against one of his most well known antagonists, King Kong.

The difference here is that real proportions are utilized...and not what was previously seen in their film match-up.

(For all of my other size-comparison entries you can see them here, here, and here and here).

Now this is how a true King Kong vs. Godzilla match would look like, even if we're using the Godzilla from the 1998 film.

As you can see a real-sized Godzilla would absolutely dwarf a real-sized King Kong, so much so that the fight should last no longer than a minute.

One quick kick or stomp and it's all over.

(There's even a point of reference for showcasing just how small a human would appear).

Such a size difference would be even greater if a Godzilla from the 91' to 95' is used, as that design has Godzilla reaching 300 meters in height, over 70 feet taller than G.I.N.O.










...and now Godzilla fans I'm off the Dallas Comic Con for a nice two days of events!  Pictures and descriptions to be presented shortly thereafter!










Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Actors Inside Famous Costumes, Revealed: Chewbacca, Godzilla, Big Bird, etc



Ever wanted to see who was actually underneath many of the most famous movie costumes of all time?

Designtaxi.com has a great article highlighting the multitude of actors hiding behind famous faces such as Big Bird, Alien, Chewbacca, Harry from "Harry and the Hendersons", and others.

(They of course highlight famous man-in-suit Godzilla actor Haruo Nakajima, pictured above, who I've chronicled in a past article here).

It was especially surprising to see that Barney from "Barney and Friends" was played by none other than David Joyner, a very imposing looking man.

It's just weird (and funny) to imagine this tough looking guy jumping and giggling around in a dinosaur costume.

To see the actors behind the movie costumes be sure to check out this link here:

designtaxi.com: Actors Inside Famous Costumes Revealed

Nissan $98,000 ‘Godzilla’ GT-R Supercar



There's cars...and then there's CARS.

What you're looking at is the Nissan GT-R, otherwise knows as the "Godzilla" supercar.

Recently released in America (where it had previously been a well known model in Japan) this car is built for one thing and one thing only...going insanely fast.

Businessweek.com (one my favorite business websites) has a great article highlighting all of its features, and I'm pasting the most interesting stats here for your viewing pleasure:

Engine: 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 530 horsepower.

448 pound-feet of torque.

Transmission: Automated six-speed dual clutch.

Speed: 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.

Gas mileage per gallon: 16 city; 23 highway.

Price as tested: $91,230.

Best feature: Immoderate performance.

Worst feature: Noisy and clunky at slow speeds.

Target buyer: The driver who will sacrifice everything for speed
(love this last part).

All yours to own for the low low low price (yeah right) of only $91,000.

Gee, with that price why not buy a spare one for the weekends you know?

I've owned sports cars in the past and while they remain a favorite ride...they do come with some inherent problems.

For starters they're much nosier than luxury vehicles...although I suppose that's the whole purpose of the engine. (That's why I like luxury vehicles like Cadillacs and Buicks).

If you're willing to sacrifice speed for noise, a sports car is where it's at.

Also they're instant death traps for cops ready to hand out tickets on the highway. It thus negates the purpose of having a fast car, as one cannot speed if cops are more willing to give out tickets.

In any case here's the article from Businessweek for further info on this new car:

businessweek.com: Nissan $98,000 Godzilla GT-R Supercar

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #1 Yearly Ranking


The yearly comic book sales rankings are out for 2011, and the big news is that the debut issue of the new Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters series landed at a pretty secure spot!

Coming in at number #102 with 71,700 issues sold, it just barely made it out of the Top 100 list for the year!

To put it into perspective, this Godzilla issue sold more copies than the reboot series' for "Venom" and the "Ultimate Comics X-Men", both featuring far more popular comic book heroes.

Again I have to give credit where credit is due.

IDW comics knows how to market their comics in a spectacular fashion.

Their ad-nauseum variant covers allow each new series to kick off big!

They've taken the classic approach that bigger is better, and (no pun intended) Godzilla is the biggest one of all.

Here's hoping that 2012 stays a strong comic book year for the King of Monsters.





What We Would Like to See from the Godzilla Reboot


I'll admit, it's been dead slow right now when it comes to any news related to the newest Godzilla movie.

Short of that new writer Max Borenstein writing a third script/draft for the movie...nothing else has been heard of for a long time.

As such Shocktillyoudrop.com has a pretty good article highlighting what they'd like to see within the new Godzilla movie, sort of as a means of keeping interest going within this very prolonged film.

They speculate (as I have in the past) that the film is presumably on track for 2013/2014...and what they want for it pretty much consists of everything the 1998 film didn't have.

I'll agree that the film should truly showcase Godzilla's awesome power. Please no more of the weak, scampering-away monster that would rather hide than face an opponent.

I'll also agree that this film should involve an epic, nation-wide mayhem of sorts.

From the coast of California to the metropolis of New York, the way to truly make this film gigantic is to incorporate many famous landmarks along the destruction.

What I do not agree with is lowering the amount of CGI in the film.

In the 1998 film this remains one of its biggest strengths; the fantastic use of CGI. Emmerich and Devlin were able to masterfully utilize CGI in ways to truly gauge Godzilla's mammoth size.

This should NOT be shortened for the new film, as everyone pays to see wall-to-wall Godzilla action.  Plus this means no man-in-suit.  There's just no right way for something like this to work in a summer blockbuster.

Also I do not agree that there should be other monsters within the film.  Leave that type of antagonism for the sequels, something to build upon as the franchise grows.

If we have monsters already fighting in the first movie, where's the escalation going to be for any future films?

Rather this should remain a solo outing for Godzilla, with him taking on militaristic forces and who knows what other types of weapons.

In any case here's the nice article from shocktillyoudrop.com:

shocktillyoudrop.com: What we would like to see from the Godzilla reboot

Monday, February 6, 2012

Godzilla Video of the Day



Talk about a blast from the past!

Back when I was a teen I remember watching MTV every year for their MTV Movie Awards.

This was an annual ritual where I would get with friends and we would see what movies won what, what cornball actors made stupid guest appearances, what skits would play before each award, etc.

Lo and behold I found this rare gem from those days, this one featuring a skit centered around Samuel L. Jackson and his adventures within the 1998 Godzilla film (with a special appearance by Christopher Lloyd).

Looking at these things now I can see just how dumb and corny they really were...but man back in the day there were something.

At least I can say this about these skits...they were still done on a very professional level.

I mean carefully integrating filmed movie scenes with scenes featuring these two actors, painstakingly utilizing as much of the same cab exterior/interior as possible, that definitely takes effort.

Take a look if you want to travel back to 1998 and see MTV before The Jersey Shore took over everything.

Godzilla makes a "Best Destruction of a Famous Landmark" list


Wearemoviegeeks.com has a great list chronicling the Top 10 "Best Destruction of a Famous Landmark" moments in film.

Godzilla lands in at number three with his destruction of the Tokyo Tower in the original "Gojira" movie!

A classic scene of course, well deserved in my opinion.

I'm surprised they used this scene from the Godzilla franchise...as one would think that the destruction of the Chrysler building, or the destruction of the Brooklyn Bridge, both from the 1998 film, remain far more memorable.

In any case the article states this about that Tokyo Tower scene:

GOJIRA, or for us Americans, GODZILLA! How many times has the grumpy green giant destroyed the Tokyo Tower? I tried to find the answer online, no one seems to know for sure. I would count, but that would take forever. The destruction of this landmark is almost as, if not more famous than, the landmark itself. First crunched by the mean green stomping machine in the original 1954 classic GOJIRA, the tall Eiffel Tower-like structure has been pummeled not only by various eras and incarnations of Godzilla, but also by rival massive monsters like Mothra and Gammera, even King Kong when he battled Godzilla. Take any on landmark, natural or man-made, and I doubt it's had as many destructions as the Tokyo Tower. Here's to resilience!

The article does manage to pick other interesting destruction scenes, such as the buried Statue of Liberty from the original "Planet of the Apes", the eroded Eiffel Tower from "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra", and the ripped apart Golden Gate Bridge from "X-Men: The Last Stand".

Check out the list right here:

wearemoviegeeks.com: Top Ten Tuesday Best Destruction of a Famous Landmark

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Godzilla inside your computer?


Dailymail.co.uk has a fantastic article talking about a subject few people have ever seen.

What you're looking at is a micro-sized image of "Waldo" embedded within the intricate circuity of a home computer.

Such images cannot be seen by the naked eye; as they are so small they fall into the category of micrometers.

Called "chip graffiti", they were used by microprocessor developers as both a form of intellectual property protection...and as a nod to popular geek artifacts.

What's interesting to note is that "Godzilla" was apparently used in this fashion by some computer developers!

I tried to find images related to this...but unfortunately I couldn't.  It would have been great to list at least one...

This means that sometime/somewhere in the past, your computer could have had Godzilla within its circuit board and you didn't even know it!

Interesting stuff, and I highly recommend everybody to take a look at this article to see more fascinating hidden images, as well as the beautiful works of art these circuit boards make when reflected in the proper light:

Dailymail.co.uk: Going Deep Silicon Lines Uncovering hidden underbelly Computer Processing Unit

Retro Review: GODZILLA COLOR SPECIAL


Destroyer 14 has done it again by creating another great review, this time focusing on one of the most famous Godzilla comics ever.

What made the "Godzilla Color Special" so memorable was that it was the first time Dark Horse Comics ever utilized their Godzilla license in color.

Before this was the rare "Godzilla, King of the Monsters Special #1" and the "Godzilla 1985" movie tie-in series "Godzilla"...but they were both published in black and white as this was the mantra Dark Horse comics was following.

As such the "Godzilla Color Special" was a turning point for both the publisher and Godzilla comics, as they reintroduced Godzilla back in a big fashion.

What's also noteworthy is that this issue remained a stand-alone issue, something Dark Horse was never fond of doing.

Anybody who follows Dark Horse Comics knows they always released things 4 or 5 issues at a time. It's their way of ensuring 4/5 times the money if each issue sells well.  Not so with this debut.

I myself have this issue and it does remain one of my favorite Godzilla comics ever.

Writers Art Adams and Randy Stradley were nicely able to sum up everything within one issue, nicely pacing the introduction of Godzilla with his battles with the G-Force crew...and an entirely new monster called "Gekido-Jin".

(On a spoilerish note, the neat side-effect of Gediko-Jin growing bigger and bigger with each defeat made for some great roundabout fighting).

And the artwork by Art Adams...absolutely phenomenal.

Art remains by far the best Godzilla artists around, and I hope that IDW comics gets smart and utilizes him for any of their upcoming issues/series.

I highly recommend everyone to pick up this issue if you haven't read it before. You definitely won't regret it.

Also here's the link for Destroyer 14's review:

comicbookmovie.com: Retro Review: Godzilla Color Special

As an added BONUS I've reposted the amazing motion comics YouTube user "JediMaster 725" did on this issue. Enjoy!