In 1954, Japan unleashed upon the world what is arguably its most important contribution to popular culture: Godzilla. A radiation-breathing, city-stomping behemoth that measure 167 feet tall (except when he measures 267 feet tall or 334 feet tall). Since then he has smashed and crashed his way into the hearts and minds of monster enthusiasts the world over.
Starting with the original Godzilla and throughout the subsequent 27 films, Godzilla has undergone many transformations (the least of which is his height). Sometimes he is a hero, sometimes a villain, and sometimes a misunderstood entity somewhere in between.
His films run the gamut from sober social commentaries to cheesy children’s comedies, from absurd action blowouts to abysmal American remakes.
In 1954, who would have thought that a guy in a rubber suit kicking over model houses would go on to be a global icon of cinema? But he has, and that deserves some attention.
This is the GodzillaFest. A chronological viewing of every single Godzilla movie (terrible American attempts included). We may laugh, we may cry (we probably won’t cry), but we’ll definitely trash some skyscrapers along the way. And in the end, isn’t that what it’s really all about.