Godzilla vs. the SARFT Monster

I’ve been watching a lot of Godzilla movies recently. This isn’t some kind of weird Cable TV accident, like stumbling onto “Barbarella, Queen of the Galaxy” at 2AM when you have a microwave burrito in one hand and a vodka cranberry in the other, and thus, tragically, no ability to change channels.  It’s on purpose. I’ve loved Godzilla ever since I discovered him on the afternoon sci-fi serials as a small boy. They spoke directly to the primitive part of the small-boy brain stem that wants desperately to rampage through a model city with a flame thrower. That part sometimes survives into adulthood.

I’m mostly nostalgic for the “classic” Godzilla movies, from the 1954 original up to about the late 70′s, when I was in my tweens.  I haven’t seen many of the modern films from the 80’s, 90’s and naughties, and the 1998 Matthew Broderick Hollywood obscenity is history’s second most flagrant case of pissing indifferently on a beloved piece of popular culture after the new Star Wars movies. To this day I can’t watch “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” without weeping.

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2 Responses to Godzilla vs. the SARFT Monster

  1. Kai says:

    LoL, great post, Will. While I have to say that my experience with Chinese television has been a bit more varied than what you qualify as generalizations, I still love the overall point of your essay, and the fact that you’re still able to sit through such old scool cheesiness even after growing up. I don’t think I can, so I try to avoid revisiting childhood heroes and the like.

  2. Will says:

    Thanks Kai. You’re right; to be fair, you can find the occasional good show on Chinese television. Unfortunately, anything that’s too interesting (蜗居 comes to mind) gets spiked. Let’s face it – they’re a ways off from a TV renaissance.