Top 10 Godzilla Films

29 06 2016

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It should come as no surprise that my favourite film series is of course Godzilla. I don’t know how many times I must have mentioned it to people I know, people passing by, or the number of posts I have written on the subject on this very blog that you are reading now (speaking of which, did you know this is my 500th post?). Yes, I love Godzilla movies! Ever since I was a young boy to right now and probably beyond, I have had a craving fascination for a film series starring a Giant Nuclear Irradiated Japanese Monster. While there are a lot of really great movies out there not including/starring Godzilla, it should come as no surprise that my Top 10 absolute favourite films are all Godzilla films. But which ones though? You see back in 2014, after the release of the 2014 Godzilla film, I thought I would finally work it out. What do I mean by that, well, you see the thing is that for many years I had always said which ones were likely and which ones would be high up but I never actually had a defined list of which were my top 10 favourites, just an idea. So with the 2014 film out of the way and to sort of celebrate I thought I would work it out.

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To zone in and find for definite which ones are my favourite and then order them was always going to be trivial. How I actually did it was like this:

  1. I ordered the films in order of when they were released starting from the original 1954 film, to the 2014 film.
  2. I then picked out the ones I thought were terrible (and there are 3 I can think of) and deleted them off the sheet.
  3. Even after cycling through some bad ones, I still had near 25 to choose from, so I just worked through them from there, picking out ones I did not feel strongly for until I get to a more definitive list (between 15 and 20) to then think more carefully about.
  4. As the process continued, some of the remaining films became obvious as to being ones I absolutely loved, so I then began to order those ones around a little.
  5. From there it became a process of difficult elimination as I analysed the films in my head and said to myself; “Is that one better than that one?”
  6. In the end it came down to 12 films and a difficult choice to get to specifically 10, so I worked hard and finally whittled it down to just 10 films.
  7. I then repeated step 5 to put the surviving 10 in order from 10 to 1.

Making this list was actually rather fun and interesting experience, and one I look forward to doing again in the future, but to which series I do not know (probably Studio Ghibli once I get more head on into it). There is a little bit of an issue with the choosing process, and that is I have not actually seen Invasion of Astro-Monster or Son of Godzilla. Invasion of Astro-Monster is on my shelf, and just haven’t got round to watching it yet, whilst I do remember seeing something of Son of Godzilla from when I was about 4 years old, but as I cannot currently get a copy of it, I am pretty much stuck. If anything, the only other one I have not seen is Godzilla Resurgence…..which has not been released yet. As this list goes though, there are still plenty of surprises…possibly. Some surprises for me as some films I was sure of being on here are not, and some surprises for you my wonderful readers as to where some films have been placed, however, being the Godzilla fan that I am, I will not have put it in that position unless I thought that it deserves to not only be on this list, but also in that position. Anyway, introduction’s over, I hope you enjoy this post as much as I have enjoyed working it all out. So sit back, relax (not unless you are like me and have to lean in on a computer to read something), and find out what my Top 10 Favourite Godzilla films are.

Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (Toho Co. Ltd. - 1974)

10. Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla – An Ancient prophecy begins to come to fruition when a dark cloud in the shape of Mount Fuji appears in the sky. The prophecy states that a Giant Monster will come along to destroy the land. Things take a confusing turn however when the Monster that appears turns out to be Godzilla. Things take an even bigger twist when another monster, who also looks a lot like Godzilla appears also. With everyone by this point really confused, the first one decides to shed its skin and reveals itself to be a cybernetic clone.

Mechagodzilla

The 1970’s were not a great time for the Godzilla series. From the start of the decade the series was already beginning to slump with the mediocre release of Godzilla vs Hedorah. Things then got even worse as the two films that followed were mostly made up of Stock Footage and very little were actually filmed. This landslide from Great films to terrible films appeared to be unending, until veteran director Jun Fukuda returned. Having previously done three Godzilla films in the past, and being one of the most important directors in the series, it came down to him to turn Godzilla’s fortune’s around; which he did spectacularly. Out with the stock footage; back in with actual film making. This film in the series was also made up with a lot of firsts: While Godzilla and Anguirus make an appearance in the film, both King Caesar and the now legendary MechaGodzilla both made their debut in this film. The film manages to cram a lot of human story and character elements into it also, with the characters having to help the Monsters as best they can; because otherwise, the green-skinned ape aliens would win. With a very jazzy soundtrack from Masaru Sato and also showing how fun a night time chase around a ferry cruise could be, Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla remains one of the series most stand out and thoroughly enjoyable entries into the series.

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (Toho Co. Ltd. - 2002)

9. Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla – In 1954, the monster simply called Godzilla attacked Japan and left Tokyo in ruins. Over the next 40+ years; several more Giant Monsters including Gaira, Mothra and a monster that looks a lot like Godzilla attack the nation. Having had enough, the country of Japan launches a new weapons program to build a machine specifically designed to defend themselves from these attacks. The machine code-named Kiryu is built on the fossilized skeleton of the original Godzilla. When Godzilla suddenly reappears, Kiryu is sent into action. After hardly any battle, Godzilla leaves, but Kiryu runs amok in Tokyo, but why?

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Since the release of Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla, MechaGodzilla has been redeployed in a film sense on several occasions. But the 2 times between this and the original did not fare so well and did not impact all that greatly. By the Millennium, and with the new series in full swing, Toho brought MechaGodzilla back, and created one of the Millennium Series most stand out films. In comparison to the above mentioned film, this one is not crammed full of characters, with instead only 3 really appearing as leads; but in this instance they are worked on in a great deal. The story and setting produce an initially terrifying but also heart-warming story telling of the connection between man and machine while also creating an initial yet terrifying plot twist, with not Godzilla necessarily running amok, but the weapon. Still providing the best in monster mash-ups, and up to date special effects as well as terrific pieces by Michiru Oshima for an unforgettable main movie theme, Against is an absolutely superb film and is easily Mechagodzilla’s best film appearance to date (not unless Legendary have plans).

Godzilla (Legendary

8. Godzilla 2014 – In 1954; something is discovered by the American navy; this thing is quickly covered up and supposedly destroyed. Nearly 50 years later, a nuclear power plant is destroyed supposedly in an earthquake. Sometime later, the husband of a scientist who died in the power plant goes mad trying to prove it wasn’t an accident, and he was right, as inside the power plant is a Giant Monster which escapes it’s confines and goes on the rampage.

Godzilla Beach

In 2010, Legendary Pictures announced it was going to make a brand new American Godzilla film, even though in the end we had to wait 4 years for it to be released. I went to see it on opening night, and absolutely loved it. It was near perfect, Godzilla himself was perfect, and the new MUTO’s were amazing creatures, all combined into a very human story (that seemed strangely similar to Gamera: Guardian of the Universe) supported by a terrific selection of cast, special effects and heart pounding music (composed by Alexandre Desplat), all brought together by Director Gareth Edwards. I enjoyed it so much that I went to see it another two times at the cinema. But for me, the real proof of the pudding came the Saturday after it was released. I had the night off, and really wanted to watch a Godzilla film for some reason, so I watched Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster, one of my favourite Showa films and one I have always enjoyed. But right there and then, I was struggling to enjoy it as much as I used to…..I wonder why?

Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (Toho Co., Ltd. - 1966)

7. Ebirah: Horror of the Deep – A young man who is looking for his brother lost at sea, finds a couple of people at a dance contest who take him to see some boats. They go aboard one, and the following morning the young man steals it, which ironically has already been stolen. After several days at sea, they get caught in a storm and the boat is destroyed by a giant claw. They all wash up on shore and discover that the giant claw belongs to a giant Lobster called Ebirah. Yet more nightmares are to be realised however as the island is the base for a terrorist group called the Red Bamboo, and the island boasts yet another secret.

Ebirah

With the Godzilla film series now in full swing, directing duties were handed over to hot up and coming director Jun Fukuda. Most of his previous work involved comedy and mystery, but in all fairness, Ebirah wasn’t any normal Godzilla film. It was originally intended to be made as a King Kong film, but Toho decided to make it a Godzilla film instead; such is why Godzilla does not smash-up a city, as well as show off several un-Godzilla like traits including attacking Mothra after supposedly now being friends. Any who; as a young boy, this one stood out for me a lot as for quite a while it was the only Godzilla film I had VHS access to, until the collection grew. As time has passed and other films have come that I prefer to it, this remains one of the films I have enjoyed the most. It’s not just a connection to my youth, but also a film that I have come to love with a great deal of memory and passion with many scenes, quotes and a heart thrilling caper like soundtrack being many a highlight. It’s place on this list always a guarantee; more than any other Godzilla film, it’s possibly the most enduring and one that I have conceivably the most memories of just watching it over and over again, even remembering specific times and days of watching it.

The Return of Godzilla (Toho Co. Ltd. - 1984)

6. The Return of Godzilla – In 1984, it’s been 30 years since Godzilla attacked Japan, but has not been since. His presence has still cast a shadow over the nation even as it progresses into a modern high-tech future. Out at sea, a fishing boat is discovered where only one member of its crew survived. He talks about seeing a Monster and as time passes, more incidents get reported, and it’s all revealed to be true, that Godzilla has indeed returned.

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After nearly a decade since Godzilla’s last movie appearance (Terror of Mechagodzilla), Toho finally decided to bring the monster back during the ever-growing tensions of the cold war. It was perfect, with the monster having lost his terrifying persona over 20 years of film making, they brought him back to his terrifying self in a movie that ignored all events of the films in between this and the original. This was also only the second time in the series that Godzilla attacked a city and did not fight another monster. Yes, while we all love a good fight, Toho showcased how terrifying, realistic and enjoyable a Godzilla film could be when he is not surrounded by other Monsters. This film would go on to kick-start the best era of Godzilla movies to date: the Heisei series; and while Godzilla the hero would come out to play a couple more times, the producers worked really hard to maintain Godzilla’s terrifying position and persona throughout. More than any film, this one ensured Godzilla’s long lasting cinema presence, one that is still being seen to this day.

Destroy All Monsters (Toho Co. Ltd. - 1968)

5. Destroy All Monsters – The year is 1999 (hypothetically), and all the monsters of the world have been collected and made to live together on an island decidedly called Monster Land. All of a sudden communications with the control station nearby is lost, and the supposedly ‘contained’ monsters all start attacking the Major Cities of the world, all except Tokyo?

Mothra, Gorosaurus, Rodan, Kumonga, Anguirus, King Ghidorah, Varan, Godzilla, Manda, Baragon, Minilla

What was originally intended to be the final Godzilla film, and as such was given a much bigger budget, remains one of the most popular in the series. Having just done some research, I have discovered that this is one of only a few Japanese Godzilla films to have a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In fact, for about 11 years, this was my favourite film. What sets this film apart from others is its large cast of Monsters. Loads of Monsters appear in this film, some remaining real favourites and some of the most endearing monsters in the series. Plenty of city destruction takes place, with others than Tokyo being hit for once, all the while setting the early instigations into an alien conspiracy. Expect some of the most memorable pieces of music, and some of the best military vs monster scenes to date as Godzilla leads the charge of the Monsters (which includes but is not limited to: Gorosaurus, Rodan, Varan, Manda and Baragon).

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (Toho Co. Ltd. - 1991)

4. Godzilla vs King Ghidorah – In 1992, over the sky of Tokyo, a UFO is spotted. It is eventually tracked, where it turns out not to be aliens, but people from the future. These people go on to talk about the future non-existence of Japan as a nation and that the country is to be finally destroyed by Godzilla. They send a team back in time to an island battlefield in World War Two, where the Dinosaur that would become Godzilla first appears; sending it to the bearing sea, preventing it from evolving into Godzilla. Returning to the present day, rumours of a new monster begin to circulate.

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This film easily remains one of the most beloved films in the series by fans. After struggling to get Godzilla going with the release of Godzilla vs Biollante, it was decided that for their next film that Godzilla would fight his arch-nemesis for the first time in nearly 20 years: the three-headed golden dragon; King Ghidorah. This new film in essence is based on the popularity of the time travelling element in the recently released Back to the Future films while also combining it with a story that focusses on how Godzilla became Godzilla. Its story; while basic does achieve quite a bit, with the implication that with Godzilla removed from history, King Ghidorah takes his place and is under the control of people with vengeance on their mind, only for their plans to eventually backfire. Godzilla vs King Ghidorah in the process creates some terrific scenes of city destruction, as well as not one but two incredibly well fought battles as Godzilla goes one on one with his Greatest Nemesis, in a battle that leaves one monster horribly scarred for life.

Godzilla (Toho Co., Ltd. - 1954)

3. Godzilla 1954 – Out at sea, several fishing boats are mysteriously destroyed. On a nearby island, the village is destroyed a few days later. A team is dispatched to investigate, and make a chilling discovery, one that will bring repercussions for the country of Japan for decades to come.

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1954 was a big year for Japanese cinema, especially more so for Toho. A few months earlier they released the Akira Kurosawa masterpiece Seven Samurai, but on set; apparently everyone was talking about something called Gojira. After trying to produce a film in Jakarta which ultimately fell through, Toho producer Tomoyuki Tanaka took two pieces of inspiration: the Lucky Dragon 5 fishing boat incident and the Ray Harryhausen film; The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms and in the process created Japan’s first movie Monster. Taking into account the destruction dealt upon Japan at the end of World War 2 by not one, but two Nuclear Bombs, Tanaka created a creature born of the forces of Nuclear Power and Nature’s answer to humanities destructive attitude and set this new monster loose in Japan’s Capital. Backed up with a terrifying soundtrack by composer Akira Ifukube, and the latest in Special Effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, all under the direction of Ishirō Honda; I believe they say: “The rest is History!”

Godzilla vs Mothra (Toho Co. Ltd. - 1992)

2. Godzilla vs Mothra – Out in space, a meteor strikes earth, and a Typhoon ensues revealing a giant egg. A team is dispatched to investigate the island where they find the egg and are told a harrowing tale of how an ancient battle was fought between Earth’s guardian Mothra, and another monster similar in design called Battra, who might have reawakened.

Battra

For over 11 years or so, Destroy all Monsters was my favourite film, until by chance I was able to get a copy of this film, and within one showing I knew this was my new favourite film. What is basically a film telling something of a lesson of the importance of keeping earth clean, and what is renowned as being rather rushed, is also a fantastically enjoyable film. It is rife with elements of tension; lots of city based destruction, and so far the only film in the series to contain one of the series best creations, the creature known as Battra. Containing some great acting, a fully thriving in-depth story and some amazing Monster Powers to create a full on power play of a Monster Battle climax, Godzilla vs Mothra in sense recreates the story of Mothra vs Godzilla, but ultra-charges it into the early to mid-nineties, and in the process creates one of the series best films to date.

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (Toho Co. Ltd. - 2001)

1. Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack – Across Japan, several incidents take place, in each one a Monster being spotted. It has been nearly 50 years since Godzilla attacked and has not been seen since, and his print on Japan’s history is slowly being forgotten. Meanwhile a young Science Fiction TV Presenter goes on the trail of an ancient legend concerning the reawakening of several monsters, monsters determined to make sure Japan does not forget its history, but more importantly, make sure Japan is defended from the return of the King of the Monsters.

Baragon (2001)

During Christmas 2007 (I think it was 2007), I received a couple of Godzilla DVD’s from my parents. One of them was this, with the other being Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. I was certain that Tokyo S.O.S. was going to be the better of the two, boy was I wrong. I had no real clue as to what this film was going to be like, but boy did I enjoy it. Directed by the man behind the Gamera Heisei Trilogy: Shusuke Kaneko and including a mystical based soundtrack from Kow Otani, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack is a very different film to its predecessors. What we have here is less a modernistic take on Godzilla, but more one that relies on the myths and legends of Japan’s history and combining it with the terror that Godzilla should stand for; and that’s what we get. We get three Monsters teaming up to take on Godzilla which includes Baragon, while Godzilla himself shows off his real power. He has bare white eyes, and can create an atom bomb like explosion from the power of his atomic breath. The monsters are relatively smaller than before, but their power isn’t by far. Its story of a Mystical history is addictive, its cast is effective, its soundtrack is enchanting, its effects are magical and its ending is terrifying. I watched this film many a time before I finally realised that this was my favourite film, and my favourite film it remains. To me at least (how long this will last is yet to be seen, but for now), of this I am certain; this is the best of the best, My Favourite Godzilla Film.

GENEPOOL

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Godzilla Quiz Answers (Heisei 1984 – 1995)

31 10 2014

Godzilla (Heisei - Toho Co., Ltd.)

For those of you who took part in my Godzilla Quiz earlier this week, here are the Answers. How many did you get right (without looking up the answers online)?

  1. From which monster’s remains is MechaGodzilla built from in Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla II? = Mecha-King Ghidorah (King Ghidorah)
  2. In which film does Miki Saegusa (Megumi Odaka) make her series debut? = Godzilla vs Biollante
  3. True or False: Godzilla fights another monster in The Return of Godzilla (Godzilla 1985)? = False
  4. In which location is Destoroyah first spotted? = An Aquarium
  5. Which two monsters are credited with sending Godzilla Cells into space; creating SpaceGodzilla in the process? = Mothra and Biollante
  6. Who directed Godzilla 1998? = Roland Emmerich
  7. Which monsters remains are found at the bottom of the ocean at the beginning of Godzilla vs King Ghidorah? = King Ghidorah
  8. What is the name of Mothra’s rival/counterpart in Godzilla vs Mothra? = Battra
  9. Which building is used by SpaceGodzilla as a power source/converter? = Fukuoka Tower
  10. Which series regular makes a major appearance in Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla II? = Rodan
  11. What flying vehicle is used to freeze Godzilla? = Super X-III
  12. Which Monster resurfaces out of Mount Fuji after it Erupts? = Godzilla
  13. What plant cells does Dr. Genshiro Shiragami combine with the cells of his Daughter? = Rose
  14. True or False: King Ghidorah loses its middle head in Godzilla vs King Ghidorah? = True
  15. What is the name of the fishing boat in The Return of Godzilla? = Yahata-Maru

GENEPOOL





Godzilla Quiz (Heisei 1984 – 1995)

27 10 2014

Godzilla (Heisei - Toho Co., Ltd.)

Building on from the quiz I did back in May. This time around I thought I would do another little quiz but this time focusing on the Heisei Series of Godzilla films. This time it is going to work differently due to the amount of film’s produced in the Heisei period. As only 7 films were made during the period, what will happen this time is that there will be 15 questions overall. So two questions for each film. So why 15 and not 14, well, just because it was around about the same time but not actually a Heisei film I thought I would include the 1998 film just to round the number of questions up to 15 just like the previous quiz had 15 questions. Anyway, 15 questions in a random order and not every question will have the film title in. I will post the answers up later in the week, until then grab a pen and paper or some other form of note taking to write your answers down on and enjoy.

  1. From which monster’s remains is MechaGodzilla built from in Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla II?
  2. In which film does Miki Saegusa (Megumi Odaka) make her series debut?
  3. True or False: Godzilla fights another monster in The Return of Godzilla (Godzilla 1985)?
  4. In which location is Destoroyah first spotted?
  5. Which two monsters are credited with sending Godzilla Cells into space; creating SpaceGodzilla in the process?
  6. Who directed Godzilla 1998?
  7. Which monster’s remains are found at the bottom of the ocean at the beginning of Godzilla vs King Ghidorah?
  8. What is the name of Mothra’s rival/counterpart in Godzilla vs Mothra?
  9. Which building is used by SpaceGodzilla as a power source/converter?
  10. Which series regular makes a major appearance in Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla II?
  11. What flying vehicle is used to freeze Godzilla?
  12. Which Monster resurfaces out of Mount Fuji after it Erupts?
  13. What plant cells does Dr. Genshiro Shiragami combine with the cells of his Daughter?
  14. True or False: King Ghidorah loses its middle head in Godzilla vs King Ghidorah?
  15. What is the name of the fishing boat in The Return of Godzilla?

GENEPOOL





My Week: 09/04/2012 – 15/04/2012

20 04 2012

After being inspired by the Radio 4 series Ed Reardon’s Week I thought I would give a go at doing something similar but while that is fiction this is reality. I am not going to add links (at the moment, maybe one day) because it will take forever.

Hurray I have been looking forward to this day. I am having a day out with my best friend Esther. I even had an early night to make sure I would not be tired. Once again I have not had breakfast but seeing as I usually have breakfast at 11:00am and lunch soon after it does feel a bit weird. Well just before 11:00am Esther and her parents arrive and I get an amazing Easter Egg off her. I got Esther one that was just an egg with Happy Easter Esther on the front of it. It was interesting to see the egg I received from her and discovered it was not an egg but a rabbit with Sam written on it. Now that was a surprise but also a lovely one and a delicious one which I discovered the following day. Well while her parents are having tea and coffee with my Mam and Dad we leave and start our day. Even though during the day I have problems with my throat which is what happens when I have chocolate and nothing to drink (my stupidity for not buying a drink when I bought the cookies), I also have a nasty pain downstairs while walking which goes away once I have gone to the toilet. We go to the castle which for a small hill has a nasty climb which always tires me out. Well at least it is not as bad as the hill up to Williamson’s Park, I mean why can’t we have a tram system or flatten the hill. Actually a tram system would greatly benefit the city but it seems as though I am the only one who thinks so. Being a bank holiday many shops are open despite things that my family say about them not being open on bank holidays even though they were open last Easter Monday as well. We end up going to Pizza Hut for lunch only to find out that the buffet is not on because it is a bank holiday, probably because they think everyone is having a picnic at a castle somewhere. Oh well it was a Good Pizza, I end up having most of it because Esther had a massive breakfast. I phone up Myra (my brother’s wife) because it was an ideal opportunity for Myra to talk to Esther because she has wanted to meet her. Well Esther invites both Myra and Luke to our annual visit to Blackpool Pleasure Beach so we can have a fun day out where Myra and Esther can have some time together and Me and Luke can catch up, that’s how Fantastic Esther is always coming up with ideas, like me really, well they do say great minds think alike (whoever they are, that part has not been made clear, could they mean those characters with red eyes in that Mitchell and Webb Look sketch). We go to HMV and buy some CD’s, Esther buy’s some Love songs while I buy a Black Sabbath CD I have wanted to buy since September. Well we go to Juicafe for a milkshake but I continue to have problems downstairs so we go to the doctors but turns out it’s closed so I decide to wait till tomorrow despite the fact it is really painful (however the pain completely disappears and so if I was to go to the doctor they would probably not find anything, again). We go to the train station so she can catch her train and as her train leaves an old train passes by (probably one of those special day trip ones which cost £5000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 to go on) which was interesting to watch but a shame it was not a steam train. Within the next few seconds I already begin to miss Esther and I still do, even though she lives a whole lot closer to me than my friends from Roothill.

After watching The Hunger Games at the cinema I have been reading the book when I go to bed and it is quite fun to match things from the film to things I am reading, even though it has been over a week since I saw it and I still can’t get enough of it. It makes a change from reading comic books and by the time I have finished reading all 3 books I may have several comic’s to read. I have decided to start reading books again and have chosen bed time to read them because then I can read them at a good rate. I have been reading several books recently but despite the fact a year and a half has gone I still have not finished reading MogWorld. I have decided that I would like to read Bram Stoker’s Dracula and possibly Alexandra Dumas novel The Count of Monte Cristo. I keep looking up how well my blog is doing and at the moment the viewing figures look a bit erratic and I do sometimes get annoyed when posts I have enjoyed writing don’t do as well as others (and also when people don’t (as usual) leave comments or rate my posts, I like it when they do and it is also nice when they do, no offence to those of you who do, it is greatly appreciated). OK other posts I did enjoy writing are some of the most viewed but why is my review of The Hunger Games only getting viewed on the weekend. While it is not my favourite film (possibly my favourite non-Godzilla film) I do think it is one of my best reviews to date. I am already looking forward to its Home Video release, in fact I am looking forward to that more than the next Batman film seeing as it is unlikely that the Legendary Pictures Godzilla Film will not be getting released this year and there is no sign of The Host sequel.

Too many shows on TV to watch, I keep recording them but don’t really get time to watch them, I still need to watch some episodes of Casualty, Rookie Blue repeats, Sea Patrol season 5, Touch plus some movies not to mention the fact that Not Going Out returns this week. Oh well I need to keep working, I won’t pass the year without work. Need to get this maths thing done and 750 word essay for film and media. As the week goes on I finish the work but don’t start anymore, it’s the Easter break for crying out loud, I want a break. I continue to play Minecraft on the Server with friends form Roothill and continue to build my Giant Lighthouse, if only there was an easier way to gather materials. I could use better tools but everyone else finds the better ingredients in places I am not looking in. I could try to make a generator but once again I need the materials to do so and I don’t have the materials to make the materials. I have decided that my next major project will be a small version of the Hunger Games arena and I found an ideal location in a nice green area near Matt’s Waterfall party place. I suppose if I keep digging I will find better resources. I do like Matt’s new station for travelling from my house to the lighthouse. Because creatures keep spawning inside the thing I might remove most of the floors. One Question about Minecraft still evades me; how come my character can eat huge amounts of food but does not need to go to the toilet? I keep reading news on GamesIndustry.biz and as usual the media is being nasty to Nintendo, the only time the media is nice is when the media is proven wrong which is usually all the time. I remember when the Wii was about to come out and how everyone said it was rubbish, well they were wrong but too proud to admit their mistake. I remember before the DS was released and how all attention was on that massive failure that was the NGage, yes combine a phone with Video Games, didn’t work did it. Ok you have something similar with the IPhone and how people claim how it will be the future and completely forgetting how low the memory on them is and how big games on them won’t work, maybe on the next generation which will be tomorrow knowing how often IPhone’s are released but then the consoles will have better power in them and still beat them. Well now all the media is being mean to the Wii U and completely failing to notice that Kinect and PS Move were only released because Motion Sensing worked fantastically with Nintendo. Now this new controller is turning the media back into what it was and failing to notice that the potential tablet control on the PS4 looks similar to the Wii U but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO the media still has to be nasty to Nintendo, technically everything that is standard on consoles today were invented by Nintendo so I don’t see why they can’t see that Nintendo are the innovators and the PlayStation and the YCube 180 are just copycats.

On Thursday I finally watch a Godzilla film for the first time in a long time. I decided to watch Godzilla vs Mothra 2 because it is the only one that I have not seen since buying it on DVD. One of my ultimate favourite films with some amazing monster scenes and Music as well as acting but does it get mentioned as often as that film with all the blue people in it or that one with so many plot holes the ship sinks or that other one where a bunch of small people have to transport some jewellery for miles instead of doing it on the giant eagles like someone with a brain would do, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I don’t understand why Syfy does not show Godzilla films in the UK, they could increase viewing figures immensely, it has been too long since a Japanese Godzilla film was shown in the UK, instead they show that 1998 (not technically a Godzilla film) film, I want to watch a PROPER GODZILLA FILM WITH MONSTER FIGHTS.

On Friday I travel to Ware which sounds like Where and as such it is complicated to tell people you are going there because it sound like a question for a Christian Conference Weekend. It is north of London but I have to travel to London just to change trains. I have reserved seats but there are some annoying children behind me with their dad, it is quite hard to resist the urge to turn around and shout SHUT UP at them. I do get to play on my 3DS and play some Su Do Ku. I get into Euston and look for something to eat and once again find out that Euston is the only major train station in London to not have a Sushi place. I like Sushi but nowhere North of Manchester has sushi places. I end up buying a giant pasty for £4.00, stupid pasty tax; I thought it was only supposed to be 60p more. I have been studying market theory and aren’t things supposed to get cheaper where there is more demand, I thought there would be lots of demand in London. I almost get into a panic when I think I lose my ticket but then find them hiding in my pocket. How come on the Great Anglia line all the stations don’t have the digital timetables like every other train station in the whole country. I finally get to Ware not where and remember that my only contact is Jim from GBM so I ring him only to meet the event organiser Nigel after ringing Jim so I ring Jim again to tell him that I have a lift. It’s a hot day so that means that pasty did not need to have tax included on it, cheapskate.

I arrive at the Christian college and pick up my info pack and a name badge, I loathe badges. I almost get into a state when I accidently doze off and discover I am 10 minutes late for tea. I get a shock when Jim comes looking for me. I recognize a few people but as usual am too shy to sit with them unless they want me too, I really need to work on not being scared of people I know. Unfortunately I forget to notice there is pudding available and go without, mince for tea 2 days in a row, I had some for breakfast as a toasted sandwich. The lasagne does look like cottage pie. Well I get picked out for accidently yawning at the beginning of the session. It is here that I realise I forgot to bring a Bible with me (along with my card games which would have been fantastic to bring but were not on my mind on Friday morning, I still have to play Munchkin and I have not played Fluxx for months, boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. I do get to observe Tom and Suzie playing Stomp or whatever it is called which usually involves slapping the table. I also read MogWorld for the first time since the Summer before going to bed because I want to prolong The Hunger Games because it is sooooooooo Good.

Saturday and today is the day we have to do those Workshops, I don’t like group discussions because I am always worried about saying something that may be wrong and might get told off, yes I am 22 but it still worries me. Egg, Tomato and Sausage for breakfast, nice, kind off, really messy to eat. I hear Tom talking about having a game of sardines which is something like Hide and Seek. I also talk to someone about drama and how one film I saw involved so much overacting it was quite good, I saw it at last year’s LMC end of year show but I cannot find it on YouTube, oh well. The first workshop is quite good but I find it hard to stay awake in the second, probably because of the Sardines Game. Basically it is like Hide and seek but one person hides while everyone seek them and once they are found they have to stay there until the last person. I end up looking where everyone isn’t and no wonder I am always one of the last people to find them, but to be fair they could easily hide up the chimney. It’s an interesting game but has some flaws particularly when you introduce buildings with several floors, if it was in a forest or just on the ground floor it would be better. In the evening I have tremendous fun playing Card Games for about 3 hours with Tom, Suzie, Chris, Tania and some other people who were friends with my friends followed by riddles for an hour. I end up having to pick up 24 cards in an extreme rules version of UNO. I even get more when I keep talking during the silent red phase, the game ends due to the number of cards I have. I keep thinking to myself “I should have brought Fluxx and or Munchkin. During one case of the ridiculous Silent Red rule I sing in my head and then when it is time for another colour I start singing aloud, if you want to know what song it was, well it was Cry Of The Banshee by Brocas Helm, one of the most obscure Heavy Metal Songs in the history of music which is quite a shame because it is an AWESOME song.

Decide to miss out on the early part of breakfast to get some more sleep on Sunday. Pain au Chocolat for the first time in years. There is a bit of service in morning with the weekend speaker Roger Carswell and Chris Hawthorne, there is also a Question time session where out of the 9 questions asked 4 of them are mine. After Lunch I need to get ready to leave by packing up my room. It’s a nice place but tiring to walk around for its size. I get some good answers for my questions. Then it is time to leave and say goodbye to people who I have come to know better as well as those who I knew already, it is hard especially with them all being in the south and near each other while I am in the north, oh well it was fun while it lasted (I did wish Esther could have come).

It is only a short trip to the railway station with a couple of girls who came to the event I met at the train station on Friday, we go in Nigel’s car and then wait Half an hour for the train. They get off at Broxbourne and I get off at the final stop, Seven Sisters and have to take the tube back to Euston where I discover I have to wait for over an hour for my train, I decide to look for some food and discover there is a Sushi place at Euston and so I get some sushi. While waiting for the train I knew from past experience that everyone surrounding me would be getting the same train, any train that goes in the direction of Lancaster (even those that terminate at Lancaster) are popular, some leave when Liverpool Lime Street is announced. The announcement does the usual thing of telling us stuff it has already told us 5 times instead of telling us which platform our train is on. Then just as I predicted everyone heads for platform 8 for the Glasgow Central Train which goes to Lancaster. I get on and grab a Priority seat hoping it is not reserved. I do see something weird which is some woman looking at the seats in front of me and keeps looking at them for about 5 minutes, constantly. At this point I need to go to the toilet but I was going to wait until the train was moving before I did because someone could easily steal my seat. The seat in front gets filled but not by that woman. I get ready to go to the toilet and I really need it but people are still moving, there is one woman who keeps prowling around, maybe she thinks I need the toilet and is waiting to pounce, there is one person at the table across from me who keeps standing up, eventually he stops after messing with his case. The train moves and after a further 10 minutes I go to the toilet and remember something Alan Partridge said, Going to the toilet does take away some of the time on a long journey but he was referring to train stations. I finish the journey coming up with ideas of how to complain about the toilet situation on trains for a future blog post and play Pokémon Soul Silver for the rest of the way, the amount of potions you need to stay alive in certain matches particularly when you are trying to level up your Pokémon, Trostodon is up to level 30 while Sheep is up to level 20. I do get a bit annoyed when all the in-game characters use sleep and confusion potions on you and how come they always get to go first unless I have Trostodon out, also how come things are ridiculously expensive? It is a fun game but there are too many Pokémon, maybe I should get that Black and White one, at least then there is a controlled number of creatures. I then arrive in Lancaster and get a lift from my Dad home to my house and then finish off the evening by being on the computer and load my pictures for the week.

Well that was my week, it was an extremely fun week and this was an enjoyable post to write (please don’t forget to comment and rate, thank you), I might do it again, not every week because that would be too hard. Thank you Ed Reardon for inspiring me. So that was my week, how was yours in comparison?

GENEPOOL (This post has 3455 words in it).








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