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.

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spootyjim

I’ve always been a huge fan of kaiju flicks since I was a kid. There was a lot of crossover appeal to me – going from Transformers, Voltron, and Thundercats, to Godzilla and all of the various giant mutant monster horror movies from the 50’s. I watched every schlock drive in monster movie TBS would serve up, and I’d beg for more, I’ve really enjoyed the Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters animated flix on Netflix this year. They’re part Starship Troopers (Verhoven), part Childhood’s End (Clarke), but most importantly – all Godzilla. My only beef is that they’re subtitled, and… Read more »

The non Godzilla flicks were always interesting-Rodan, Mothra, etc.

Les Moonves is out at CBS. The “far right” is set to make big gains in Sweden.

Burt Reynolds passed away this week. I remember when he was on the X Files, among other things:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs3UM-aqkdw

spootyjim

The wife and I watched Smokey and the Bandit last night in honor of his passing. It’s not a great movie, but it sure is fun.

Ah BIG-G, Godzilla. Love them movies no matter how cheesy, except the Matthew Broderick one can go such a iguana dick. I really didn’t care that much for Shin Godzilla, that much, however the final form was scary a hell. Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla , yeah that was a great one, when the old Godzilla bones wakes up takes over the MechG, and goes ape shit… loved that. the direct sequel was pretty good too. Now Final Wars, that was bad, but ina good bad way, insane plot like one would expect tom a Big G movie, with a zany asss… Read more »

oh BTW, are ya watching Venture Brothers?

What are the three essential Godzilla movies? I’m asking the experts.

just 3? oh hell

Godzilla 54.
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla 1&2…………… yes im cheating there.
Destroy all Monsters

with Honorable mentions
Godzilla Vs King Gidorah
Godzilla 2014
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

Best side kick
Jet Jager

You know it! I can’t believe this season. If the third episode had been the season finale, I would’ve been happy. Can’t believe there’s even more coming!

I have been loving it WTF, i should have seen it coming, Rusty is a Clone?
the fact that Monarch and Rusty are at the least half brothers does not shock me. it fits perfect given their antagonisms .
Me and my oldest boy have been having a laugh riot, heh, rewatching the shows over and over.

Godzilla vs. Destroyah… Big G diying, and passing the mantel on to Jr. really got to me/.
and His Immolation in Godzilla 85.

The storm appears to be weakening. So if Trump is responsible, is he using his wizard powers to slow it down?

Any thoughts on American Horror Story season 8? It has that kind of post-apocalyptic claustrophobic feel to it. And the Queen of Kitsch, Joan Collins!

kevinmkr

Any thoughts on American Horror Story season 8? It has that kind of post-apocalyptic claustrophobic feel to it. And the Queen of Kitsch, Joan Collins!

I’m so geeked for this. The only seasons I kinda liked were 1 and 3. I’m planning on waiting until it’s done (same with Better Call Saul) and then binge watching it all at once.

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