Episode 38 - Godzilla (1998)
Castle Bravo: A Godzillaverse Retrospective
by Derek Van Dyke & Charlotte Landale
3w ago
The season three finale is here as we tackle one of the most infamous blockbusters of the 90s. It has loomed over our heads for several episodes, languishing in development hell, but the 1998 Tristar Godzilla is finally here. Hollywood Disaster Film magnates Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich bring their crew from Stargate and Independence Day to bring audiences a movie almost as big as its marketing deals were. It's the movie that forced a rapid course correction from Toho, but is it finally time to give the original American Godzilla a second chance? We're joined this week by two guests. First ..read more
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Episode 37 - Rebirth of Mothra 3 (1998)
Castle Bravo: A Godzillaverse Retrospective
by Derek Van Dyke & Charlotte Landale
1M ago
We're back with Matt and Jayson one last time as we bring Mothra's 90s movie trilogy to a close. It's a movie that was unfairly kept from western audiences for an unreasonably long time, especially when you consider just how good this final entry retroactively makes the entire Rebirth of Mothra trilogy. Moths are good, actually. Yes, we have technically broken our continuity slightly, as a certain movie did finally release months before Rebirth of Mothra 3. Derek thought it would fit better to finish the trilogy before turning to the elephant (or iguana) in the room. --- Support this podcast ..read more
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Episode 36 - Rebirth of Mothra 2 (1997)
Castle Bravo: A Godzillaverse Retrospective
by Derek Van Dyke & Charlotte Landale
1M ago
Mothra's standalone film series continues as our baby boy Leo fights an aquatic jet plane dragon that is also a starfish parasite factory that is also an ancient garbage disposal created by Not-Atlantis. A furby pees on people. Leo turns into an underwater X-wing. It's a weird movie, but more than that, it's a movie that feels like it was shotgunned through an edit bay so it could be over with already. We're joined once again by JaysonDoesMusic and Matt Storm, returning from our Rebirth of Mothra episode, and bless them for pulling through this entire sub trilogy with us. --- Support this pod ..read more
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Episode 35 - Rebirth of Mothra (1996)
Castle Bravo: A Godzillaverse Retrospective
by Derek Van Dyke & Charlotte Landale
2M ago
Godzilla is dead and signed over to Hollywood, but Toho still needs to make money, so they dusted off some old script ideas and set to make Mothra a solo star again. The first of a trilogy aimed much more squarely at kids and families, Rebirth of Mothra is often overlooked but not lacking in charm. Come for Mothra and a goth Ghidorah doing fighting game special moves, stay for an evil camp fairy icon. We’re joined this week by two guests. First, returning from an earlier episode, Matt Storm from the CPOV network! Secondly, appearing for the first time, Jayson of JaysonDoesMusic! The two of the ..read more
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Episode 34 - Godzilla vs Destoroyah (1995)
Castle Bravo: A Godzillaverse Retrospective
by Derek Van Dyke & Charlotte Landale
3M ago
It's the end of an era, the end of several careers, and the end of more than a couple lives (not all of them fictional) as the Heisei period of Godzilla movies draws to a close. One of the most beloved entries in the franchise, Godzilla vs Destoroyah ties the end to the beginning by centering the legacy of the Oxygen Destroyer, Dr Serizawa, and the Yamane family. Also, Crab Satan. Crab Satan is pretty cool. For the first time, we're joined this week by not one but TWO guests (both returning from previous episodes): Godzilla megafan and SDGC cohost Justin aka Roboplato, and CPOV podcaster Case ..read more
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Episode 33 - Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla (1994)
Castle Bravo: A Godzillaverse Retrospective
by Derek Van Dyke & Charlotte Landale
3M ago
And so we're back! From outer space! It's a moment we have been dreading as the Heisei era finally loses the plot. Godzilla vs Spacegodzilla is a fun spectacle, and basically an early Dragonball Z arc in Godzilla form, but it's a case study in how good filmmaking can't overcome basic structural script problems. Derek does a script rewrite live even, a Castle Bravo first (and hopefully a Castle Bravo last). We're joined this week by podcaster, PR man, and fellow SDGC host Matthew Finneman. The timeline of these movies is getting a little too self-referential for newbies to keep up, but Finn is ..read more
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Episode 32 - Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II (1993)
Castle Bravo: A Godzillaverse Retrospective
by Derek Van Dyke & Charlotte Landale
6M ago
No, it's not a sequel to Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla. This entry in the Heisei era is the most interested in continuity so far, the most jam-packed with returning monsters, and the least thematically interesting (in that there is no real theme to speak of). But it's big, flashy, and fun, and they managed to make some version of Minilla that doesn't make me physically ill, so that's gotta be worth some points. We're joined this week by writer and journalist Ryan Easby. Like several of our guests this season, Ryan is coming to the Heisei era of Godzilla without a ton of history with the Japanese f ..read more
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Episode 31 - Godzilla vs Mothra (1992)
Castle Bravo: A Godzillaverse Retrospective
by Derek Van Dyke & Charlotte Landale
7M ago
With the previous two movies barely managing to break even, the decision was made to Break Glass In Case Of Emergency; it was time to bring back Mothra. The resulting film was not only incredibly faithful to Mothra's original film appearances, but also more smartly reimagined elements of her story to fit into the modern day (especially in comparison to Ghidorah's radical reinvention just one movie ago). It also marks as a sort of final chapter of director Ishiro Honda's connection to the series shortly before his death. We're joined this week by writer and host of the Make Me A Gamer podcast ..read more
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Episode 30 - Godzilla vs King Ghidorah (1991)
Castle Bravo: A Godzillaverse Retrospective
by Derek Van Dyke & Charlotte Landale
8M ago
In the wake of Godzilla vs Biollante's middling box office performance, Toho decided to break out a secret weapon that would ensure a box office draw: King Kong. Except that got messy and complicated quick, so they went back to the workshop and brought out Godzilla's most recurring villain instead: King Ghidorah. What follows is the dumbest, smartest, dumbest again, maybe smartest again movie about time travel we've seen in ages. We're joined this week by freelance writer Erroll Maas, who has a fascination with all things Kaiju and Tokusatsu. Social Media Links The Show - twitter.com/CastleBr ..read more
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Episode 29 - Godzilla vs Biollante (1989)
Castle Bravo: A Godzillaverse Retrospective
by Derek Van Dyke & Charlotte Landale
8M ago
Return of Godzilla was a critical and commercial success, so Toho wanted to strike while the iron was hot. The best way to do this? Find a talented director and force him to work with a script you got in a contest. A tumultuous behind-the-scenes story led us to a movie wildly beloved by fans: Godzilla vs Biollante. Starring a guest appearance by infamous Dragon Quest series composer Koichi Sugiyama. We're joined this week by Dr MJ Cali, writer and actual geneticist. MJ's not as active on social media anymore since the whole "doctor" thing, but they made time to be on this episode to weigh in ..read more
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