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King Kong vs. Godzilla

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Well, this is probably a no-brainer with the new Peter Jackson movie that just came out (movie site). Messages about King Kong have jumped over 10-fold in the last month. There’s just no love out there for the big green guy. Here’s a snapshot of what bloggers are saying about King Kong and Godzilla:

Bombadil’s » movie comparision
“After reading an article about great movies and not liking some of his choices and a small conversation earlier today with the wife I decided to throw out a small movie comparison type post. I tried to pick movies that were close in genre, where the one I choose is laregely considered inferior to the other or ones that might spark some conversation.

The Ten Commandments over Ben-Hur
Goodfellas over The Godfather
Glory over Saving Private Ryan
Platoon over Apocalypse Now
Ninja Scroll over Akira
Rear Window over North by Northwest
Nightmare on Elm Street over Friday the 13th
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly over The Searchers
King Kong over Godzilla
The Usual Suspects over Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction over Memento
L.A. Confidential over The Maltese Falcon

phin’s blog: Phin Beware!
“Scientists have just discovered an Ancient Godzilla which was actually a marine crocodile with a dinosaur-like head and a fish-like tail that likely terrorized the Pacific Ocean 135 million years ago.

As he was discovered in Argentina he has also been dubbed: “the ‘chico malo’ — ‘bad boy’ of the ocean.””

‘King Kong’ flunks biology | Popwatch
“Spoilsports at Forbes note that a gorilla the size of Kong is biologically impossible; for one thing, a creature that big would barely be able to walk. (He’d also need to eat the equivalent of 15,000 Big Macs or 65,000 Pop Tarts every day.) But the movie gets high marks for Andy Serkis’ aping of gorilla behavior. No word on how accurate the T. Rexes and giant spiders are.”

Joe’s Dartblog: Monkeys, Tribesmen, and Race, Oh My
“Matt Drudge refers this morning to Jim Pinkerton’s Newsday column which alleges that Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake of King Kong is a racist film. These three articles argue similarly. At Slate, the “implicit racism of King Kong? is discussed and in the Washington Post it is described as “a parable of exploitation, cultural self-importance, the arrogance of the West…?

That charge was bandied about after the first film was released in 1933. The claim now, near as I can tell (and, this being utter silliness, I’m not exactly close-reading these critiques) is that director Peter Jackson, working in our enlightened age, ought to have known better. Why weren’t the chracters—ape included, of course—in his film all of a bland orange skin tone with moderate temperaments and non-descript languages and uncertain sexuality? Moreover, why didn’t he use computers to ensure that all of the characters look the same, to avoid any possible charges of discrimination? Because, as we all know, when a director makes an actor do something in a film, and that something is a bad thing, that director almost certainly believes that all people who look like that actor are, in actuality, bad people…”

Gothamist: King Kongs New York
“The big budget spectacle, King Kong, will open in two weeks, and while most of the trailers seem to play up a fight with Godzilla and lots of jungle scenes (Naomi Watts – hot and sweaty!), part of the story does more to New York. Now, director Peter Jackson decided not to film in NYC because finding 1933 New York in today’s New York is difficult. (Gothamist sorta buys that, but we actually believe that once you’ve created Middle Earth, then you’ve got a god complex.)…”

Hybrid sales dive in November, even the Prius – Autoblog
“No hybrid was safe from sagging sales in the month of November, including the King Kong of hybrid sales, the Toyota Prius, sales of which were below 8,000 units for the first time in eight months. That’s still enough to call the Prius the 800-lb. gorilla of hybrids since the second best seller, the Highlander Hybrid also from Toyota, sold only 2,353 units in comparison.”

Exclamation Mark’s B-Movie Reviews: The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
“I always get a warm feeling while watching this movie. Ironic, considering the opening scene is set at the North Pole.

I think it has something to do with the familiarity of the story: A prehistoric beast is unleashed on the world while scientists conduct an A-bomb test. The beast eventually makes its way to a major city (in this case, New York City) and wreaks havoc.

It’s certainly a tale you’ve heard before, but this is the first of the genre. In fact, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms inspired a Japanese production entitled, Gojira, which you may recognize by its American title, Godzilla, King of the Monsters.”

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