Byrd, Matt and Kevin discuss Netflix's recent Pacific Rim anime series, which was released in early March of 2021. This co-production between Legendary and Polygon Pictures takes place after the events of Pacific Rim: Uprising and follows two young siblings who encounter gangsters, kaiju, and more on a quest to find their missing parents. How does the season stack up and why is it so difficult to review? Listen and find out!
Byrd and Matt are joined by frequent guest host Trev (Days of Future Podcast and Failure to Franchise), as well as independent game developer Alex Rushdy (13AM Games) to unpack the recent film, Monster Hunter directed by Paul WS Anderson. This Sony/Toho/Tencent/Constantin Films co-production (yes, there's that many studios involved) based on Capcom's hit video game series landed exclusively in theaters with little fanfare at an unfortunate height for the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to our review, Alex gives us a history of the Monster Hunter game franchise, we discuss early versions of the script, the controversy over a removed scene, melted chocolate, and more! Listen and enjoy the show!
Byrd and Matt are joined by frequent guests Tom and Trev to unpack the recent cross over film, Godzilla vs. Kong. We give our review, as well as discuss the film's long road to completion, director Adam Wingard, cut subplots, and the future of the MonsterVerse. So how did the rematch nearly 60 years in the making fare? Listen and find out!
Byrd and Matt conduct a taste test experiment with their children and significant others to review recent Godzilla vs. Kong tie in food. Byrd is joined by Kim and Julia, and Matt is joined by Sara and Landon to review FYE's exclusive Ultimate Showdown Titan 1lb Milk Chocolate bar, the Kong Banana Crunch milk chocolate bar, the Godzilla Fiery Chipotle dark chocolate bar, and the Godzilla heat ray hot sauce. How did these snacks fare with our better halves and small children? Did the podcast erupt into complete chaos? Listen and find out!
In the lead up to Godzilla vs. Kong, Byrd, Matt, and Tom are joined by author John LeMay (The Lost Films, Kong Unmade, Jaws Unmade) to talk about the original classic showdown! On this audio commentary, we talk about the surprisingly tragic way the film came about, the sad life of Willis O'Brien, the battle for Kong's rights, the rise of commercialism in post-war Japan, the aborted sequels to this film, Toho's attempts to use Kong in the Heisei series, differences between the Japanese and American versions, and more! This commentary is loaded, so whether you decide to listen to it along with the movie or by itself, we hope you enjoy the discussion!
Byrd, Matt and Maser Patrol's Kevin Derendorf scrape the bottom of the barrel for more King Kong rip offs and come back with tales to tell! This time, we discuss the Italian-Canadian film Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century (1977), the Asylum's King of the Lost World (2005) and Bigfoot (2012), the uber obscure The Abominable (aka Ice Kong, 2006), and the recent micro budget reboot, Konga TNT (2020)! As always, we'll give our reviews and a fair bit of trivia. Relax and enjoy!
Byrd and Matt are joined by Kevin Derendorf (Maser Patrol/Kaiju For Hipsters) and Justin Mullis (Man Creates Dinosaurs blog) to talk about King Kong's animated forms, with a spotlight on four "unofficial" animated films that were made without the permission of Kong's rights holders. We discuss the animated musical The Mighty Kong (1998), two Kong Animated Series sequels Kong: King of Atlantis and Kong: Return to the Jungle, and the feature length pilot episode of Kong: King of the Apes. But first we discuss the original 60s "King Kong Show", and how the convoluted legal rights to King Kong allowed the original films' novelization go into the public domain, and how that lead to these animated productions being made in the first place. We also bust some very commonly repeated myths about the availability of the rights to King Kong. Relax and enjoy the conversation!
In 2018, Byrd and Tom joined up with the Movie Graveyard Podcast for an audio commentary for 1961's UK classic Gorgo! We talked about the state of the giant monster genre at the time, how it would go on to influence kaiju cinema, its origins as a Japanese/British co-production and more. Listen along and enjoy the discussion!
Byrd and Matt get together with Kevin and Ultra superfan Connor to discuss the most recent Ultraman show, 2020's Ultraman Z! We talk about its troubled production history, our favorite and least favorite moments, and more! But first we have a huge kaiju news roundup, as we give our thoughts on the latest for Godzilla vs. Kong, Shin Ultraman, Cloverfield 2, Pacific Rim: The Black, and the upcoming Monsterverse King Kong Netflix cartoon, and Byrd reveals why he's Team Kong!
Byrd and Matt are joined again by Trev and Tom to discuss the 2020 film Love and Monsters! The film takes place seven years after a giant monster apocalypse, as our protagonist Joel travels across a monster filled terrain to find his high school sweetheart. The film stars Dylan O'Brien, Michael Rooker and Jessica Henwick, and was directed by Michael Matthews and written by Matthew Robbins and Brian Duffield (Underwater, Spontaneous, and the upcoming Monsterverse Kong animated series on Netflix). How does the film stack up? Listen to us argue about it!