Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Postby edgaguirus » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:26 pm

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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Postby HillyHulk » Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:45 pm

HillyHulk wrote:This is my favorite of the Showa era. There are some questions about it,

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how did they make a doppelganger of Godzilla when they just got to the planet for the first time, for example,


but the buildup to the new kaiju (at that moment in time) were great (especially Mechagodzilla), and the fight scenes here were the best of the Showa era (especially the final battle). The "new" kaiju themselves were among my favorite antagonist and ally kaiju respectively with how unique the two were. The suits and special effects were good. Finally, the simple plot meant a lot of time was given to the kaiju, which is appreciated.

I forgot to mention this had one of my favorite soundtracks from the entire Godzilla series. It's just so darn funky!
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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Postby Grievous » Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:18 am

I absolutely adore this one...its my personal favorite from the 70's.

I know it has it flaws...but its just so bright, colorful & creative with
some excellent kaiju fights & a jazzy soundtrack that shouldn't work...
but it does.
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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Postby Rhedosaurus » Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:19 pm

This is my personal favorite Godzilla movie.

The plot is tense, the special effects are amazing, the acting and action sequences are really good, the score is outstanding, the monsters are incredible. That and the villains are really effective. Especially, their boss. It really is amazing just how powerful Mechagodzilla really is and how Godzilla and King Ceaser (who's really cool) even survived. There is nothing I don't like in this movie. I personally consider it to be a good blend of zany and violent. And the mixing of ancient legend with advanced technology really does blend well. And boy, is this movie violent!

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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Postby Grievous » Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:42 pm

Rhedosaurus wrote:This is my personal favorite Godzilla movie.

The plot is tense, the special effects are amazing, the acting and action sequences are really good, the score is outstanding, the monsters are incredible. That and the villains are really effective. Especially, their boss. It really is amazing just how powerful Mechagodzilla really is and how Godzilla and King Ceaser (who's really cool) even survived. There is nothing I don't like in this movie. I personally consider it to be a good blend of zany and violent. And the mixing of ancient legend with advanced technology really does blend well. And boy, is this movie violent!

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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Postby Zarm » Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:58 pm

Yeah, I think this one is my favorite of the 70s, too. Vs. Gigan has some strong nostalgia, and vs. Hedorah, I acknowledge the superior craftsmanship of (there is some really gorgeous- in an ugly way- work in that film)... but this is the one I enjoy the most, and would most readily re-watch.
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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Postby Grievous » Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:35 am

Zarm wrote:Yeah, I think this one is my favorite of the 70s, too. Vs. Gigan has some strong nostalgia, and vs. Hedorah, I acknowledge the superior craftsmanship of (there is some really gorgeous- in an ugly way- work in that film)... but this is the one I enjoy the most, and would most readily re-watch.

Seriously...I say we order a pizza, grab some beers (for everyone else)
& throw this one in the player for some fun 70's kaiju action.

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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Postby Zarm » Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:39 am

Owing to geography, I think that will have to be quite some player to reach all of us. ;)
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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Postby Grievous » Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:45 am

Zarm wrote:Owing to geography, I think that will have to be quite some player to reach all of us. ;)

Fair call Zarm...Fair call.
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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Postby Maritonic » Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:45 am

This is a solid entry, but I think I enjoy Gigan more. I definitely like Terror of Mechagodzilla more. But honestly, when I think about it, I actually really enjoy all the 70's entries a hell of a lot. Megalon being the only one of actual "low" quality as far as I'm concerned.
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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Postby Grievous » Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:50 am

Maritonic wrote:This is a solid entry, but I think I enjoy Gigan more. I definitely like Terror of Mechagodzilla more. But honestly, when I think about it, I actually really enjoy all the 70's entries a hell of a lot. Megalon being the only one of actual "low" quality as far as I'm concerned.

The 70's is my favorite era...& I'd rank the films...
1). vs. MechaGodzilla
2). vs. Hedorah
3). vs. Megalon
4). Terror of MechaGodzilla
5). vs. Gigan
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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Postby Maritonic » Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:51 am

Grievous wrote:
Maritonic wrote:This is a solid entry, but I think I enjoy Gigan more. I definitely like Terror of Mechagodzilla more. But honestly, when I think about it, I actually really enjoy all the 70's entries a hell of a lot. Megalon being the only one of actual "low" quality as far as I'm concerned.

The 70's is my favorite era...& I'd rank the films...
1). vs. MechaGodzilla
2). vs. Hedorah
3). vs. Megalon
4). Terror of MechaGodzilla
5). vs. Gigan


Is this a ranking of quality or your personal enjoyment?
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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Postby Grievous » Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:59 am

Maritonic wrote:
Grievous wrote:
Maritonic wrote:This is a solid entry, but I think I enjoy Gigan more. I definitely like Terror of Mechagodzilla more. But honestly, when I think about it, I actually really enjoy all the 70's entries a hell of a lot. Megalon being the only one of actual "low" quality as far as I'm concerned.

The 70's is my favorite era...& I'd rank the films...
1). vs. MechaGodzilla
2). vs. Hedorah
3). vs. Megalon
4). Terror of MechaGodzilla
5). vs. Gigan


Is this a ranking of quality or your personal enjoyment?

Personal enjoyment...

Most (if not all) of my lists are based on personal enjoyment.

I'm not really qualified to rank any films on a quality basis.
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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Postby Maritonic » Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:05 am

Grievous wrote:
Maritonic wrote:
Grievous wrote:The 70's is my favorite era...& I'd rank the films...
1). vs. MechaGodzilla
2). vs. Hedorah
3). vs. Megalon
4). Terror of MechaGodzilla
5). vs. Gigan


Is this a ranking of quality or your personal enjoyment?

Personal enjoyment...

Most (if not all) of my lists are based on personal enjoyment.

I'm not really qualified to rank any films on a quality basis.


Well, I mean. Sure you are. Granted, everything boils down to opinion but let me clarify what I mean.

American Psycho is my favorite film of all time. It's the film I enjoy above all others. But I wouldn't make the claim that it's the "best" or highest quality film. Something like that I would attribute to The Godfather or something akin to that. But, because I don't get the same enjoyment out of that, it's not my favorite.

So that's kinda what I mean. I wasn't sure if you were saying those movies are what you consider is the quality ranking of them, or just the order in which you personally enjoy them.
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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Postby Grievous » Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:18 am

Maritonic wrote:American Psycho is my favorite film of all time.

Nice pick...

Maritonic wrote:It's the film I enjoy above all others. But I wouldn't make the claim that it's the "best" or highest quality film. Something like that I would attribute to The Godfather or something akin to that. But, because I don't get the same enjoyment out of that, it's not my favorite.

So that's kinda what I mean. I wasn't sure if you were saying those movies are what you consider is the quality ranking of them, or just the order in which you personally enjoy them.

Well...I understand the quality aspect is a debatable topic with any
film franchise...but I tend to focus on how a film makes me feel...
rather than what it looks & sounds like.

I appreciate a well made film...but...if it doesn't make me feel
anything then the technical issues don't matter to me.

Case & Point...Mad Max Fury Road made me feel...it made me care...
even through all the amazing visuals, stunts & completely insane
production design.

Without an emotional connection,...it may as well been a NASCAR race
set in a desert.

Another example is Suicide Squad...which not only looked like hot garbage
but it was also clearly edited by a group of chimps on crack.

Not only did I not care...but it was technically awful as well.

I guess I tend to give the Godzilla (& all kaiju) films a "free pass" as far
as the technical aspects go...although sometimes that is hard. The editing
& uneven effects in Terror of MechaGodzilla being an example of that.
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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Postby eabaker » Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:12 am

Grievous wrote:
Maritonic wrote:American Psycho is my favorite film of all time.

Nice pick...

Maritonic wrote:It's the film I enjoy above all others. But I wouldn't make the claim that it's the "best" or highest quality film. Something like that I would attribute to The Godfather or something akin to that. But, because I don't get the same enjoyment out of that, it's not my favorite.

So that's kinda what I mean. I wasn't sure if you were saying those movies are what you consider is the quality ranking of them, or just the order in which you personally enjoy them.

Well...I understand the quality aspect is a debatable topic with any
film franchise...but I tend to focus on how a film makes me feel...
rather than what it looks & sounds like.

I appreciate a well made film...but...if it doesn't make me feel
anything then the technical issues don't matter to me.

Case & Point...Mad Max Fury Road made me feel...it made me care...
even through all the amazing visuals, stunts & completely insane
production design.

Without an emotional connection,...it may as well been a NASCAR race
set in a desert.

Another example is Suicide Squad...which not only looked like hot garbage
but it was also clearly edited by a group of chimps on crack.

Not only did I not care...but it was technically awful as well.

I guess I tend to give the Godzilla (& all kaiju) films a "free pass" as far
as the technical aspects go...although sometimes that is hard. The editing
& uneven effects in Terror of MechaGodzilla being an example of that.


I'd say that even an "objective" (in so far as such a thing is possible, which some people on this board dramatically overestimate, though none currently involved in this conversation) analysis of how "good" a movie is should (and, for most critics, mostly does) start with how it made them feel, and works back from there to figure out what conceptual, structural and stylistic choices evoked that response.

So, taking your Fury Road example (not that I've seen the movie), that emotional connection is at least as essential to its being called a good movie as the visuals, stunts and production design.

I'm a big believer, though, in the idea that style and substance should not be treated as two separate elements of storytelling, though. If they can be disentangled, if the story and the style are two separate elements, then that story has not been told in a way that suits it.

I thought I had a point when I started typing, but if I did, I've long since lost track of it.

Anyway, Mechagodzilla is in fourth place for me among the 70s flicks, but that's less a criticism of this movie and more a statement of just how much I connect to Hedorah, Gigan and Terror of Mechagodzilla in terms of both story and style. :)
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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Postby Dr. Professor » Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:54 pm

Man, it's still somewhat staggering to me how brutal the fight is between MechaGodzilla and Anguirus. Anguirus gets one single hit in and then MG just beats the living poop out of him. And the eyes on the Godzilla suit looking upward really adds an extra layer of oof to the shot of MechaGodzilla breaking his jaw. It's a great skreeonkin scene.
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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Postby Billzilla1974 » Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:31 pm

HillyHulk wrote:.There are some questions about it,

Spoiler:
how did they make a doppelganger of Godzilla when they just got to the planet for the first time, for example,


Terror of MechaGodzilla had the scene when Katsura is electrocuted and the black hole aliens saved her out of nowhere, its implied to take place years before ToMG, given how Malfune didn't have grey hair yet. Which would also imply that the Black hole aliens were actually on earth since the early 60s, and witnessed/studied every battle Showa G had since he reemerged in King Kong vs Godzilla.
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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

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HillyHulk wrote:.There are some questions about it,

Spoiler:
how did they make a doppelganger of Godzilla when they just got to the planet for the first time, for example,


Terror of MechaGodzilla had the scene when Katsura is electrocuted and the black hole aliens saved her out of nowhere, its implied to take place years before ToMG, given how Malfune didn't have grey hair yet. Which would also imply that the Black hole aliens were actually on earth since the early 60s, and witnessed/studied every battle Showa G had since he reemerged in King Kong vs Godzilla.


Damn. I never really thought about that...

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Re: Talkback Thread #14: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Postby ROMG4 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:40 pm

I actually really like that which sort of makes MechaGodzilla feel even more like the final enemy of the Showa series
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