Minor update here,
as I didn't want to take away from this thread, and allow everyone to comment on it throughout this following weekend. Our current Kaijuden art jam based on The Umibozu
ends this Tuesday.
More Info can be found below.
KMAC For November 2013: The UmibozuWe're dedicating this month's art jam to one of Japan's oldest giant monsters; the gigantic sea ghosts known as The Umibozu
You can read more about these spooky ship sinking creatures, and get some great visual inspiration, in the following link: http://www.clubdesmonstres.com/best/htm/umibozu.html
Because mythical monsters are NEVER consistent (no matter what fantasy fans may say otherwise), go crazy with your Umibozu artwork and designs. Just so long its recognizable as an Umibozu, and is done with good taste.
The Umibozu art jam ends December 10th
UPDATE: Looks like our very own :iconpmcconnolly: has gotten the jump on everyone, and has done the first November submission, featuring a very unique octopus-based version of an Umibozu. Check it out everyone!
And let's not forget these two KMAC submissions done for last month's "Godzilla vs The Wolfman" art jam.
And as promised, we'll be starting up a Design the Kaijuden Mascot
competition from December 11th, to February 7th
Me and the other administrators are still working out the final rules and prize options, outside me doing some basic DVD compilations featuring tons of Kaiju tidbits. And as such, it's best to wait for our official article come Wednesday night.
Well, we discussed your favorite Kaiju characters, now let's hear and share your favorite Kaiju / Giant Monster movies.
Let me start this thread off by sharing some of mine. True, I have a lot of films that I love and highly recommend, which includes (but not limited to) "Frankenstein Conquers the World"
, "Godzilla vs The Thing"
, "Godzilla vs. Biollante"
, "Jason and the Argonauts"
, "Gamera the Brave"
(yeah, I said it), and "Rodan"
But if I had to pick only one film and one film alone, it would be 1961's "Mothra"
That film in particular, encompasses everything I love about Japan monster movies, such as powerful fantasy beings invading or heavily effecting the (so-called) 'Real World'. But not in a grim horrific way, but in a offbeat and rather adventurous manner. And with human characters as likeable and as interesting as the unorthodox title monster itself. It even has sympathetic fairies and subtle
product placement in it - two things you almost never see in film at all!
And although "Mothra"
was made sometime before Toho purchased superior composite and visual effects equipment, it still feature some fantastic, large scale practical effects and creature props. And a reminder that the Kaiju films of the 1960's were more 'A Pictures' than the B movies / Z grade productions most arrogantly stupid people often accused them to be.
True, there's no supporting monsters for Mothra to fight, but with so much going on as it is, and how well a lot of it is handled and executed, more Kaiju would have just been indulgent overkill.
So that's MY all time favorite Kaiju film, so now what's all of yours?