Written May 13, 2014
You'll be disappointed if you're expecting either a special-effects masterpiece or an opportunity to display your snarky, MST3K-style condescension (as several college kids attempted at the screening I attended, before they were shamed out of the theater). But as a rare look at Japanese filmmaking and cultural attitudes a scant nine years after losing two major cities to atomic bombs, it offers a fascinating perspective that few outside of Japan have experienced. This is a far different film from the butchered version with Raymond Burr inserted after the fact that most sci-fi fans are familiar with; the anti-nuclear subtext and metaphors are emphasized to a greater degree, and the Japanese style of storytelling will be jarring in some instances. With an all-new version of 'Godzilla' hitting theaters this spring, the 1954 original provides some important historical context for the origin of both the monster and the enduring franchise that he spawned.
Written May 11, 2014
(spoiler) Godzilla is killed by an "oxygen destroyer". that should tell you enough.
Written February 02, 2015
Best Godzilla film of all time