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What to Watch Before Godzilla

By Vadim Newquist May 13, 2014

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Godzilla more or less created the unstoppable monster ravaging an entire city movie. Sure, there was King Kong back in 1933, and it certainly was influential, but Godzilla’s reign of terror is far more devastating than Kong’s. Now we’re not going to deny that there’s isn’t a part of us that that loves big-ass monster movies purely for the pleasure of seeing wild beasts run amok and smash everything in sight, but there’s more to the original Godzilla (or Gojira) than just that. The original Godzilla was basically conceived as an allegory for the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. It’s not hard to see the connection between that and an unstoppable killing force ravaging Tokyo. This element (aside from its stylish cinematography and knockout score) is what gives the film its classic punch.

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Vadim Newquist

Vadim Newquist is a writer, director, actor, animator, fire fighter, stunt driver, martial arts instructor, snake wrangler and time traveling bounty hunter who scales tall buildings with his bare hands and wrestles sharks in his spare time. He can do ten consecutive backflips in one jump, make cars explode with his mind, and can give fifty people a high-five at once without even lifting his hands. He holds multiple PhDs in nuclear physics, osteopathic medicine, behavioral psychology, breakdancing, and chilling out. He currently resides in Gotham City inside his stately mansion with his butler Alfred and his two cats.

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