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Godzilla Is Coming...

 ... to the Jean Cocteau this weekend.

No, no, not the new guy... the ORIGINAL Big, Green, and Scary.



Starting May 9, for a special limited run, we'll be showing the original Japanese version of GODZILLA (aka GOJIRA, aka KING OF THE MONSTERS).  Not the Americanized version either, you won't see Perry Mason... er, Raymond Burr... here.

If you haven't seen GODZILLA before, you may be surprised.  This is not the camp Godzilla of the later films, when he was hanging out with Rodan and Mothra and battling robot versions of himself.  This Godzilla is no one's monster buddy, and the film is much darker than any of the sequels.

In honor of Godzilla coming to the Cocteau, our bar will be offering a special cocktail: the TOKYO STOMP.

See you at the movies.

Comments

( 16 comments )
Dave Grose
May. 7th, 2014 01:36 am (UTC)
Not fair!
As a lifelong Godzilla fan, I am so jealous of those of you going out to see this film in the Jean Cocteau theater! I agree with you on the tone of the first film. I'm really hoping the new Gareth Edwards flick can capture some of the bleakness of the first film. Though I truly love the later films and all their cheese, the modern world needs to be reminded of the allegory Godzilla originally represented. No! Not alien cockroaches!
princejvstin
May. 7th, 2014 01:55 am (UTC)
As part of our Skiffy and Fanty podcast, we watched and discussed this original version of Godzilla a few weeks ago. (I won't spam with the link, you can find it on our website).

I heartily approve of this choice for the Cocteau. If you think you've seen this movie (the Raymond Burr version), think again.
paladin677
May. 7th, 2014 03:05 am (UTC)
That's good because I don't think the new one would fit on the screen without losing a few pounds.
cemeteryconsort
May. 7th, 2014 11:50 am (UTC)
As a child of the Creature Double Feature on WLVI TV Ch. 56, I'd love to see this.
Ray Feighery
May. 9th, 2014 04:11 pm (UTC)
Same here! Ch 56 Boston (Back when TV's had both VHF and UHF channels) Saturday Mornings! My parents were a little concerned ;)
badlilmunkee
May. 7th, 2014 11:52 am (UTC)
And how cool is this??? The original movie truly is such a classic!

(Uh-oh, after watching this trailer, I seem to now have that old Blue Oyster Cult song 'Godzilla' stuck in my head). *G*

I'm sure your movie patrons will have a lot of fun with this awesome oldie but goodie. Enjoy! :D
francobian33
May. 7th, 2014 02:44 pm (UTC)
I'll like to be there!
I will not see the new! I prefer to stay with the memory of myself, small in the cinema and crying. Haha! The films are getting worse and worse everyday, the remakes ... double.
The_Wout
May. 7th, 2014 03:02 pm (UTC)
Boo
Here i was hoping you had killed King Kong.
grrm
May. 7th, 2014 08:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Boo
I did. It's Son of Kong I am wrestling now.
insurrbution
May. 9th, 2014 11:26 am (UTC)
Re: Boo
Should definitely refer to #7 as Godzilla...or your monster of choice.
I like your indirect way of referring to the larger, tougher books as monster movies.
Robert Ferguson
May. 7th, 2014 03:31 pm (UTC)
How was Australia?
ext_1757190
May. 9th, 2014 06:37 pm (UTC)
Benedict Con Awesome
GRRM - In Santa Fe this weekend. I took your advice and tried the eggs benedict con queso with jalapeño turkey sausage at Guadalupe. Oh, man. I want to fill my backpack full of the stuff. I'll try to catch Godzilla on Sunday. No better way to spend Mothers Day than with a mighty radioactive beast. Or with the film at the Cocteau.

- Jared
ext_1757190
May. 12th, 2014 03:23 am (UTC)
Re: Benedict Con Awesome
GRRM - Loved the Cocteau. The decor was awesome. Also, Jeff is a class act. He's such an interesting guy! Thanks for making it happen. I hope to screen some of my film work there sometime.

- Jared
davidkevin
May. 11th, 2014 12:49 am (UTC)

Well, big, greyscale, and scary....

When I was young a local independent channel showed a montage of various scenes to advertise its nightly eight o'clock movies, including a close-up of the Big Guy's head breathing out atomic destruction. They had to re-edit their montage because they ran the promo between six and 7:30, and parents were writing in and calling because their little kids were screaming and nightmaring as a result.

I was of the same age, but it wasn't Godzilla which had me scared; I saw the full American cut with Raymond Burr more than once. It was other monster movies which scared the bejesus out of me. Look up Kaltiki -- the Immortal Monster sometime -- I'm not, the nightmare memory is so clear I'm still too uncomfortable to watch it again, a half-century later.




Edited at 2014-05-11 12:52 am (UTC)
dead_girl_walks
May. 11th, 2014 03:52 pm (UTC)
Gojira
This is my all time favorite movie of Godzilla, my second favorite is Godzilla vs Mothra.
Jed Long
May. 13th, 2014 02:09 am (UTC)
California Blues
You host so many amazing film nights at the Cocteau. I hope to make it to one someday. Until then, I'll enjoy all of the Miyazaki nights at The Del Mar theatre here in Santa Cruz. Worth checking out if you're ever in the area. There's always something good playing either Friday or Saturday at Midnight.
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