Here I am in my fourth week of ignoring the news cycle. I’ve barely checked Twitter. Have been letting my Feedly notifications pile up. I haven’t read newspapers (print) or watched cable news for years. It’s been an interesting experiment, living in a cave of sorts.
I have no idea what outrageously outrageous things Trump has done or said in the past couple of weeks. Don’t know which countries are threatening to do what with which trade deals. Can’t even begin to make a claim about what voters are planning to do in the midterm elections nor do I know if the Democrats are running on anything besides IMPEACH or “free shit and stuff”. Have any late night comedians said anything shocking about someone associated with Trump, his family, or Administration? It’s virtually impossible for it to reach me.
So how am I feeling about the state of the world and the direction of the US? Meh. Indifferent. Seems fine, honestly.
Yesterday, I checked in to see what was going on with the news cycle and was surprised by how….constant…it was. Trump-Russia is still going on but there’s been a slap-on-the-wrist sentencing for Papadopoulos and his crime of not telling the truth about a not-crime. That’s all still going on inconclusively as it has been for the year and a half or more we’ve been talking about it. Want to argue about it some more? Okay.
The economy is doing well, as it has been for a few quarters now.
Hey, wait, there have been some hearings about a new SCOTUS justice! Of course, pretty much all the issues to discuss were hashed out over Gorsuch so I guess this is another recycled issue.
Jeebus, even Colin Kaepernick is still being discussed in the news with the Nike boycott. Didn’t we argue about all this NFL kneeling business a year ago exhaustively multiple times?
Okay, fine. I suppose somebody still feels passionate about these issues we’ve been working ourselves up over repeatedly for the past couple of years or so. Lay it on me.
What I’d much prefer to discuss is the shifting quality in Godzilla movies over the decades. Lately, Thrill Jr and I have been on a kick watching these films for some reason. I don’t know what piqued his interest, but I’ve never really paid close to attention to them unless they were on Mystery Science Theater 3000. It’s different when you watch them unironically.
On Friday, we watched Godzilla vs King Ghidorah. I’ll say that what I love about the old Godzilla movies is the use of practical effects, real sets, and good old-fashioned rubber costumes. I hate the modern overuse of CGI, as I often remark. This movie definitely had outstanding monster fighting, but the story was a mess. It’s never a good thing when I’m watching an action scene and exclaiming, “Just what the fuck is going on here?” in front of an elementary school child.
Contrast that with the next one we watched, which was Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (not to be confused with Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla, that’s different). I thoroughly enjoyed that one and appreciated the fact that it had a coherent story, an interesting (human character) protagonist, and fantastic battles. I even forgave it for the shoddy CGI it used in places. At least the reliance was primarily on the good, old stuff.
Here I am, less than two years into the Trump Administration, and I’m somehow utterly bored with the news cycle despite the over-the-top tweets, scandals, and vows to destroy the postwar order. After over 60 years, the Japanese can keep movies about a dinosaur destroying the same cities over and over again fresh. God(zilla) bless them.
Regale me with links to the same old shit with different names.