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Catching Up: Godzilla

As Holly mentioned yesterday, we got plenty of movie watching in on our flights to and from Australia. I watched a great Australian science fiction film (Predestination) that I am going to talk about later (it comes out in the U.S. January 9th, it looks like – I recommend it!). I also watched a pretty miserable Australian science fiction/comedy called The Infinite Man (which I would NOT call a comedy…), and maybe I’ll talk about that too at some point.

But today I wanted to talk about Godzilla. We had been reluctant to see this film, and with the number of LitFlix we had going in May and June, we just did not make it to see this movie on the big screen. And it’s the sort of movie that probably begs to be seen on a big screen, with big monsters and all… instead we watched it on the tiny, tiny airplane screens. Such is life!

The most obvious comparison is to the 1998 Godzilla, but I can easily say this movie was better, and move on. I think instead I’ll make some less obvious comparisons to the movie, because after all, it’s Comparative Geeks! And because I’m not sure this movie stands on its own in my mind, it makes me think of too many other things. So spoilers ahead for 2014’s Godzilla!

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The Greatest Movie Never Made – Jodorowsky’s Dune

When Holly and I were in Seattle, we got the chance to go see the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune. I didn’t know much about it, but it was about Dune, so I was there. I knew it was about an earlier attempt to make a Dune film, before the David Lynch version in the 80s. That was more than enough to go on.

So I did not know the director Jodorowsky, but he is an interesting dude. Not actually easy to describe. The movie describes him as, for instance, the man who created the midnight showing of the cult classic. And they go on to attribute a whole lot more to him, and to the film he tried to make in the early 1970s. Frank Herbert’s Dune.

The way I think it makes sense for me to move through this is to talk about Jodorowsky and the team he pulled together, about his Dune and the impact that it had on moviemaking, and then talk about the source material – Dune – of which I am such a fan. I suppose there will be spoilers for the documentary, but not many more than the trailer. I really recommend this documentary and if you get a chance to see it – and you love Dune and/or science fiction, do yourself a favor and check it out!

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Icons of Science Fiction at the EMP Museum

Rounding out our favorite exhibits at the EMP Museum was the Icons of Science Fiction. The Horror exhibit was centered around the types of monsters and evils in the horror stories. The Fantasy exhibit was centered around the archetypical characters of the genre. The Science Fiction exhibit was organized around big questions that science fiction asks.

Science Fiction is the Literature of Ideas

Walking into the exhibit you go through rays of light like you’re going through hyperspace or going to warp speed. From there, unlike the dark and horrible sounds of the Horror exhibit, or like the muted tones and forest decor of the Fantasy exhibit, it’s stark white, with bright colors, and clean. The areas are collected around books and themes, with the books shown, and quotes as well. I loved it.

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Fantasy Worlds at the EMP Museum

EMP Museum Exhibit

EMP Museum Exhibit

One of the other exhibits we saw at the EMP Museum was the Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic I love Science Fiction and Fantasy. Both of these genres have the ability to transport you to an entire new world. I discussed the Horror exhibit yesterday and that was fantastic. The Fantasy exhibit was so much better partly because I got to totally geek out on my fandoms, but it was also a really interesting exhibit. One of the best parts of the exhibit is that you are literally transported to a new world hidden behind a door. The door looks so innocuous and at first we were not even sure if it was the way in and not just a display. Then you open the door and it is like stepping through the door to Narnia or running through the column to platform 9 3/4. You are suddenly in a place where magic can happen.

As you walk through the exhibit you get to go through the enchanted forest, the dungeons, the arcane library, and the mythical armory. The various pieces of the exhibit take you through the world of fantasy, from the characters, to the worlds, to the items use on the characters journeys. Continue reading

EMP Museum Horror Exhibit, Enter if You Dare

EMP Can't Look Away the Lure of Horror

David and I were in Seattle this weekend and on our last day we ended up at the EMP Museum. The EMP Museum has exhibits about Music, Science Fiction, and Pop Culture. One of the exhibits they had while we were there was about the Lure of Horror. The exhibit was curated by Roger Corman, John Landis, and Eli Roth, three well known Horror directors. The exhibit it self was great because it took you through a few different areas around horror and really tried to explain what made something horror. Not only was it about the information that was presented, but the atmosphere that the exhibited exuded horror movie. Everything about the exhibit brought you into a space that was meant to be unsettling. Continue reading