Kaiju Appreciations Commentary

I’m a massive Godzilla fan. I’d call myself a fan of a lot of different things, but by far the one that is closest to my heart is Godzilla.

As a matter of fact, Godzilla was what got me interested in film. I started out loving the Godzilla series, and that led me to look into other, similar films like King King, the Harryhausen flicks, or the Universal Monsters. From there, of course, it was only a brief step to a full-blooded love of cinema.

Why do I love Godzilla so much? Well, it isn’t the reason a lot of people love him. I don’t laugh at the dubbing or the questionable special effects (in fact, some of the effects work is really quite impressive, but that’s another story). I don’t even go to see Godzilla and his co-stars smashing stuff. I keep coming back because I simply love the characters and the world and the story. I love Godzilla, and Mothra, and Rodan, and King Ghidorah, and Anguirus, and all the rest: I love how, to me at least, they come across as real personalities, with virtues and vices. Godzilla especially I find to be a fascinating figure: a tortured, ferocious soul yet possessed of an essential nobility which causes him to side with the right when faced with true evil.

As an expression of this love, I began to make short music videos, pairing footage of each monster to a song that I thought fit his personality. My first went up back in 2009 (six years ago. Wow). My most recent just went up a few days ago, and I’m still not nearly done yet.

Just as a bit of self-indulgence (and because I really need to get to blogging again), I’ve decided to go back and do a kind of ‘director’s cut’ commentary. Each week I’ll present one of my videos and do my best to describe the process of making it (as well as I can remember) and my reason for picking the specific song. Hey, it’s my blog: I can do what I want with it.

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