2016-04-27

Happy Burr-thday to Godzilla!

T'was 60 years ago that the American release of Godzilla, King of the Monsters was released. The main difference between this version and Japan's is the inclusion of Raymond Burr as reporter Steve Martin, hence the title of today's post.

As a happy coincidence, I was in the cinema picking something up and there for sale are tickets for Shin-Godzilla, Toho's main monster in Resurgence. After much shuffling around, the proprietors managed to find my bonus gift, a nifty clear-file of Godzilla vs. Evangelion!





I was at the theatre to pick up advance tickets to Friday's showing of CAvsIM, Civil War which for some reason we are getting a full week before North America*! Go Nippon!




I just so happened to win a Team Cap/ Team Stark pillow at UFO Catcher to commemorate the occasion.



*Why is it so surprising to get a movie a week early? Because Every...Other...Movie is always a few months late!! Case in point, Deadpool.


ps. Apologies for my month-long absence. It was tough to get back in the blogging saddle after my vacation. I needed something important like the above to get me recharged.

2016-03-23

Best Easter Movie Ever!

Recently I got sucked into a violence debate on a Facebook post about Watership Down. Since I just happened to have the movie pamphlet handy, I thought I'd showcase the highlights as an early Easter present.







I'll let the artwork speak for itself and offer up little editorializing.






General Woundwort freaked me out when I first saw this.


Some letters from fans.







 The cast...

Zero Mostel makes the best seagull this side of Jonathon Livingston.








Art Garfunkel sang "Bright Eyes" (link to the opening credits.)

The back cover.

As you can see, this movie had an effect on other artists, such as Tezuka Osamu!

Well I'm on the topic of Easter, here are some KitKats that I will be bringing to Canada as presents. Possibly the best tasting ones I've had to date.


Perhaps more appropriate for Pancake Tuesday, yet I suppose Lent is now over so you can feast on Pancake-flavoured Kitkats!

2016-03-19

A Quintet of Kaiju!

These five little guys are part of a promotion by Dydo and their Barista Coffee.*


These  ゴジラ デスクトップアイテムズ (Godzilla Desktop items) (Not pictured...King Ghiddorah, he was sold out.)


Godzilla still mint in package. 


I mistakenly thought that Godzilla's function was to hang on to the rim of a drinking glass. Click this link and you'll discover I was wrong.**


Minilla is an elastic band holder and King Ghiddorah is a earphone reel.


Mecha-Godzilla doesn't stick well to a rounded surface though I'm sure he'll stick well to a mirror or iPhone. (Once again, click that link to see them in action.


My favourite is the Mothra larva who acts as a 名刺 (Meishi or business card) holder. I didn't have a card handy so a playing card works as well.



*Here is the homepage for Dydo and a picture of the goods in action.



**For those of you who don't want to click the link, here is the actual use of Godzilla...a pen holder.


I have purchased a few spares to give away to pals when I go to Toronto next week. Let me know if you want one!

2016-03-18

Get Jiggy.

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone. My annual tradition is to dress gaudily in green, have a few pints at the Ha'penny Bridge and snap a few photos with the lasses. This year did not disappoint.





 The band played on.


It was a fun night. Alex and I reminisced about our days 3 decades ago when we'd wander the streets of Toronto and go comic shopping, play with toys at my place and watch odd, now classic cult movies. I was the only adult in his then teenager life who didn't condescend to him and I became his Nerd-hero (Nerdero).

I'm waiting for a video to upload but it's taking too long and it's past my bedtime. So I'll revise the post later. Unfortunately until I do upload it, this post's title won't make any sense.

REVISION:
I re-uploaded it and now here is a vid of two lasses and a lad doing a jig!



As an added bonus, here are a few pictures taken by other attendees last night.





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