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marcd30319 7/10/2013 4:28:08 AM

 "as the man of steel carelessly doled out in his latest screen incarnation."

Gee, I thought General Zod and his Kryptonian minions did all that damage.  I guess the arthor of this article in the the Blame America First school of thought.

DarthBob 7/10/2013 5:01:03 AM

What about the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man kaiju?  He proved that just about anything can be terrifying when it's larger than 100 feet tall.

goirish83 7/10/2013 5:09:01 AM

The 1991 Godzilla vs. King Ghidora was released during the Heisei series, which to me was the best series of all the Godzilla movies.  It started with Godzilla vs. Biollante.  The look Godzilla had the second half if Godzilla vs. King Ghidora through Godzilla vs, Destroyah was my favorite look for him.  All of these movies are classics and I love watching them every once in a while and relive my youth.

Eldogg42 7/10/2013 5:55:48 AM

markd30319: have you seen MOS? the fight alone between SM and Zod caused billions of dollars in damage. 

blankczech 7/10/2013 6:26:39 AM

 In my opinion articles like this are Mania at it's best.  I'm revelling in the utter geekiness of it all.  I didn't get caught up in the Kaiju experience (though I did watch several of the movies) but as John Travolta said in Saturday Night Fever "I know the type."

Sometimes I wonder if kids growing up now have stuff like this to get into.  What will they look back fondly on when they grow up. 

This is why I hate big budget blockbuster flicks and the Tomato-meter on Rotten Tomatoes.  Many, many of the movies I've loved over the years were bombs...both critically and economically...but they were incredible fun and are tied to precious memories.  I'd still take The Blob (with Steve McQueen) or Invasion of the Saucer Men over Ben-Hur or Lawrence of Arabia...every day of the week (and twice on sunday).

CyanideRush 7/10/2013 6:54:47 AM

 @Darthbob - I completely didn't consider Mr. Staypuft. Now I'm really sad that I didn't. lol

@Blankczech - Thanks man! I very much agree with you that people just disregard many "bad" movies beause of things like the tomato-meter, and that it's a huge mistake. Speaking of 'The Blob", this weekend is Blobfest in Phoenixville, PA- with showings of The Blob, The Deadly Mantis, THEM!, and Tarantula. I know where I'll be!

monkeyfoot 7/10/2013 7:05:11 AM

When I was a kid, one of the big movie events was the airing of Ghidrah, The Three Headed Monster on local TV. (also Godzilla vs. King Kong to a lesser degree). Every kid gathered with friends that night and watched it and discussed it endlessly in school the day after. I'm not heavily into all aspects of Kaiju so I had no idea it was actually a real seminal moment in the movie genre, too.

Blankczech, I agree with you. Nowadays geek culture especially online is so devoted to cruel and mean criticism of everything. Everything sucks and its an absolute truth. If you disagree you suck as well. They lose the part about this all being just great fun. The fun you had when you were a kid in you pajamas on a Saturday morning eating your bowl of cereal in front of the TV enjoying The Blob/Godzilla/Monster Squad/GI Joe cartoons, or reading your comics.There was no need for mean, sniping debates on it all. It was all just fun!

On another fun side note, Hollywood Insider worked with a damage consulting firm and said the amount of damage caused in The Avengers came to about $175 billion. Buzzfeed did the same for Man Of Steel and the estimate was $700 billion. I expect your average Kaiju attack would be even more than that.

mike10 7/10/2013 7:32:53 AM

 Monkeyfoot I agree with 100%. People are so quick to criticize and run somebody down if they don't agree with their point of view. Sadly one of my friends was like this growing up in the 1980's and if you didn't like what he liked something was wrong with you. The internet just magnifies the problem.

 

joelr 7/10/2013 8:54:14 AM

@marcd Chuck is right, Supes let Metropolis become a smoking crater in MoS, instead of taking the fight elsehere. In fact, he has very little regrd for human life other than lois. It's an extreme misunderstanding of the character, and a definite failure of the filmmakers.

redhairs99 7/10/2013 9:05:00 AM

Okay, gotta weigh-in on the Man of Steel "damage" argument.

Has no one ever opened a Superman comic before or watched the animated series from the 90's?  Whenever there's a big super-power foe a la Zod (in the movie) or Doomsday or Darkseid there's shit tons of damage to Metropolis and other locations, so way does everyone have such a big problem with it in Man of Steel.  In Man of Steel, it was Zod and his minions or equipment that did most of the damage.  When Supes would punch Zod directly, he wasn't punching him through building after building.  He punched him in the mid-air.  It was Zod who threw Supes in buildings and such.  And don't give me the Superman would've lured him out of town to some isolated location BS.  Zod acted purposely to cause as much damage and carnage to Metropolis and the Earth as possible.  The poer crawl up the side of the building is a prime example.  He could have just lept up the side fo the building and met Superman mid-air for a power punch, but he didn't.  He power crawled his way up the sid eof the building causing as much damage as possible.

Okay, end rant.

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