Reel Hooligans vs. Godzilla vs. Kong

by Alan Rapp on April 8, 2021

in Podcast

I recently sat down with the Reel Hooligans to talk Godzilla vs. Kong and help David Cain try and convince Tim English why you always bet on Kong.

Godzilla vs. Kong

by Alan Rapp on March 30, 2021

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Godzilla vs. Kong
  • IMDb: link

Godzilla vs. Kong movie reviewA year ago, summer was called off, theaters were closed, and studios pulled their largest potential blockbusters from the calendar. Although far from perfect, and with too much of the Godzilla story built on the ashes of the weakest film of the series (Godzilla: King of Monsters), Godzilla vs. Kong delivers the kind of big dumb summer blockbuster audiences have been waiting two years for. The culmination of Legendary’s MonsterVerse wastes little time getting both King Kong and Godzilla on-screen. And, clocking in at under two-hours, director Adam Wingard knows not to overstay his welcome.

As the film opens, Godzilla appears to be out of control, attacking the Florida coastline without warning (although his choice of target, Apex Cybernetics, allows some to question the kaiju’s motives). Having defeated the last of the Titans, only Kong, who has remained in Monarch captivity on Skull Island, remains. With Godzilla’s increasingly erratic actions a choice is made to return Kong to the Hollow Earth, both for his own protection, and in a businessman’s (Demián Bichir) hope that something long hidden can be found to defeat Godzilla.

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King Kong vs. Godzilla

by Alan Rapp on March 29, 2021

in Home Video

  • Title: King Kong vs. Godzilla
  • IMDb: link

King Kong vs. Godzilla DVD reviewOriginally envisioned as a stop-motion film featuring King Kong fighting a giant Frankenstein Monster, the struggling project was given to Toho Studios which saw in Kong an adversary worthy of Godzilla. The story involves a submarine which takes absolutely no attempt to avoid hitting a giant iceberg which cracks and releases the slumbering Godzilla once more. The movie is a bit unclear on if people know who Godzilla is (they know at least about his name, but otherwise the film is inconsistent about the creature’s history).

Elsewhere, a pharmaceutical company discovers Kong on an isolated island. Deciding to remove him from the island as a prize, the giant raft takes him close to Japan where he escapes as events maneuver the two behemoths into a confrontation. When the first fight proves inconclusive, and doubles Japan’s problems of now having two rampaging monsters on the loose, the locals arrange a rematch for the two at Mount Fuji (including delivering a slumbering Kong via balloons) hoping that the creatures may end up killing each other. Their battle ends with only one walking away and the fate of the other in doubt.

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First Look – Godzilla vs. Kong

by Alan Rapp on January 24, 2021

in Film News & Trailers

King Kong versus Godzilla. ’nuff said. The film will be released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max on March 26th.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

by Alan Rapp on May 30, 2019

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Godzilla: King of the Monsters
  • IMDb: link

Godzilla: King of the Monsters movie reviewGodzilla: King of the Monsters is a big dumb action movie, dumb being the operative word. The full title may as well be Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Humans: Dumbest Fucks on the Planet. Even for a horror movie, the motivations and decision making of every single human character, from child to soldier to politician, are stuptifying. Seriously, you begin to wonder how people this dumb don’t drown in the shower or walk directly into traffic. (And some of them are supposed to be scientists?!) In a series that continues to place a large amount of focus on the human storylines adjacent to the creatures, Godzilla: King of the Monsters makes you wonder if the human race is even worth saving.

The movie is also filled with innumerable plotholes, continuity problems, a misunderstanding of distances across the globe and the time to navigate them, timeline problems, and plenty of insane choices from every character presented on screen. The monsters, however, are pretty cool. It’s just a shame that the movie only really works when two or more are battling on-screen (which, sadly, takes place during far less of the film’s running time than it should).

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