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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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There are HOW MANY Red Rangers? Comparing US and Japanese TV Continuity

35 Years of the Red Ranger

35 Years of the Red Ranger

Expatriate guest writer, it’s morphin’ time!

Living in Japan for the past two years, I’ve been struck by a curious difference in the way this country and my native United States approach ongoing continuity in televised speculative fiction. Shows here are constantly refreshed with new storylines and new characters that (we’re led to believe) US audiences would never stand for. Why? I have no idea, but bear with my while I lay out the basic differences and offer a few theories as to the forces at work. Continue reading