On July 15, 2010, Amazon delivered my dvd of Godzilla Vs. Gigan. And I was excited. Not only is Godzilla Vs. Gigan the only available Godzilla movie I do not own, it is, to the best of my knowledge, the only Godzilla movie I have never seen.
On the evening of July 16, I had a light supper and sat down to watch the film.
About twenty minutes into the movie I thought, "This is really silly."
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In a couple of weeks I am going to be 59 years old. Which of the following statements is the more pathetic?
1) As I enter my later-middle age, I have possibly lost a source of entertainment that has never before failed me.
2) It took me 49 years to notice that Godzilla movies are silly.
I do have one thing to say in my defense. Godzilla Vs. Gigan was made in 1972, a period considered to be the nadir of the Godzilla oeuvre. But the whole experience has spooked me. What if this weekend I decide to relax with Godzilla Vs. Mothra, generally considered to be one of his best performances, and I have the same reaction?
Will I be reduced to nothing but a steady diet of Eric Rohmer, Rainer Fassbinder, Yasujiro Ozu, and all those other directors who have never made a film that features a giant lizard kicking the shit out of Tokyo?
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