Rank #1: Toho Mutants: The H-Man, The Secret of the Telegian, and The Human Vapor!
Oct 23 2017
Rank #2: Unmade Kaiju Movies with Author John Lemay!
Oct 05 2017
Rank #3: Korea Double Feature: The Host (2006) & Okja (2017)
Byrd and Matt discuss two creature features from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho. First we discuss 2006's The Host and dissect the film's themes and the real life incidents that influenced the film. Then we discuss the recent film Okja, which just dropped as a Netflix Original. We go deep into the themes of each film, and discuss the hot topic of what the original content created by Netflix and other streaming services means for theatrical films and big studios.
Aug 04 2017
Rank #4: Toho in the 80's: Sayonara Jupiter (1984) & Gunhed (1989)
We are joined again by Kevin Derendorf (Maser Patrol blog, Kaiju For Hipsters) to discuss two futuristic sci-fi spectacles that Toho produced in the 1980s. The first is Sayonara Jupiter, a futuristic space opera/disaster movie combo. The second is the 1989 dystopian mech film, Gunhed. We get into Sayonara Jupiter's long and troubled production history, Gunhed's genesis as a Godzilla script, manga adaptations and more! These films bolstered huge budgets and international casts, but they've earned a reputation as two of the worst Toho science fiction films of all time. Did we find that these movies lived up to their reputation? Listen and find out!
Feb 11 2019
Rank #5: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Jumbo Sized Spoiler Review!
Byrd and Matt are joined by guest reviewers Tom and Trev to take a deep dive into Legendary Pictures brand new film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters! We discuss the highly anticipated blockbuster from top to bottom. We give our thoughts on the writing, directing, effects, characters, monsters, and the themes of the film. We also talk about the fandom's reactions to the film and the recent divide between fans and critics. Does the movie live up to its expectations? Did it honor the traditions of the Godzilla franchise? What are our predictions for Godzilla vs. Kong? This was a SUPER exhaustive dissection of the film, and we have LOTS of thoughts on this one, so strap in for the haul!
Jun 07 2019
Rank #6: Godzilla Goes Criterion and Ultraman Gets The Blus (w/ the Maser Patrol Podcast)
More of Byrd's appearance on blogger/author Keven Derendorf's Maser Patrol Podcast with Justin Mullis sees the trio review Criterion's recent Showa Godzilla box set. Also discussed is the complicated history behind why the set turned out the way it did and what content did/did not make the cut. The two also discuss Mill Creek's massive and ambitious Ultraman release slate, as well as discuss the Ultra Q and Ultraman blu rays. It is a good time for tokusatsu on home video, so enjoy the discussion!
Jan 05 2020
Rank #7: Monster Attack Team with Ed Holland!
Matt and Byrd are joined by special guest, Ed Holland of Monster Attack Team magazine! We interview Ed about the creation of the magazine, its hiatus, and its resurgence over the last few years! Just how does one get a high quality magazine made in 2017? Ed also tells us about being on the sets of Ultraman Powered and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. But first, we discuss Ed's relationship with the late Haruo Nakajima, who passed away shortly before this recording. Ed did a lot of stateside events with Mr. Nakajima and shared some great stories and insights! Kick back and enjoy!
Aug 27 2017
Rank #8: Shin Godzilla: Giant Sized Spoiler Discussion!
On this episode, we take a super thorough look at Shin Godzilla, the latest entry in the franchise. After 12 years, Toho have come back to release a what is arguably the most divisive and unique entry in the long running series. There is SO much to talk about wiht this movie that we had to get some special guests to help us! Join Byrd and Matt with special guests Eric, Tom (from the Second Run Podcast), and Trev (from If It Bleeds We Can Kill It and Days of Future Podcast) as they unpack every aspect of the movie. We dissect everything from the political themes, the changes to the Godzilla character, the effects, and the state of the franchise to the reaction the movie has been getting on both sides of the pond. This is a long and contentious episode, so strap yourselves in!
Oct 14 2016
Rank #9: Gorgo, Gappa and Angry Kaiju Moms!
For our MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL, we take a look at a angry kaiju mothers! We start by talking about 1961's GORGO out of Britain. Then we talk about Nikkatsu's GAPPA: THE TRIPHIBIAN MONSTER (1967) and the long forgotten Fox television movie GARGANTUA (1998). We also touch on other angry gigantic mothers. Mothra, Jurassic Park's T-Rex, Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend, and more! We also touch on the part our own mothers played in our hobby, Byrd's daddy issues and the latest King Kong, Jurassic Park and Ultraman news. Happy Mother's Day!
May 13 2017
Rank #10: Showa Toho- Standalone Kaiju Films
On this episode, Byrd and Matt take a look at the standalone kaiju movies of the Showa era. Godzilla wasn't the only one dominating the screen in the early days! We discuss a handful of entries from the Golden age of Toho as we discuss some of their non-Godzilla kaiju films. On the table this time are Rodan, Mothra, Varan the Unbelievable, Dogora, and Yog: Monster from Space. But first, we have news on Godzilla Resurgence's US release, the Godzilla: Total Destruction fan anime, Voltron, and more Power Rangers casting! We end with a brief plug for Arrow Video's astounding blu-ray release of Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan. Enjoy!
Jul 22 2016
Rank #11: Godzilla Recap: The Heisei Era
Byrd and Matt talk their way through all 7 Heisei Godzilla films. Now that these movies are 20-some years old, how do they hold up? Listen and find out as we dissect each Godzilla movie from Godzilla (1984) through Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995). Before we talk movies, we discuss news and events with the announcement of the Godzilla anime film and Byrd reports back from the Mothra Rifftrax event and a local Godzilla art gallery in Detroit. Plus, an intro with an unexpected tangent about Jason X, the Leprechaun films and the weird phenomena of movie novelizations!
Aug 27 2016
Rank #12: Festivals, Fanzines and more with Bob Johnson!
Byrd and Matt are joined by special guest Bob Johnson (SciFi Japan, Planet 8 Podcast, GodzillaFest) to discuss a variety of topics including the pre-internet days of kaiju reporting, Russ Tamblyn, the birth and demise of Markalite magazine, clueless Ultraman directors, doing Godzilla DVD commentaries, forming SciFi Japan, a Mothra cast reunion, malfunctioning Ultra suits, and planning GodzillaFest, the largest theatrical Godzilla movie marathon in the country!
GodzillaFest 2019 will be held on August 23-25th at the Balboa theater in San Francisco, CA. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.cinemasf.com/balboa/godzilla-fest/
Aug 04 2019
Rank #13: Obscure Kaiju Movies with Kevin Derendorf!
Byrd and Matt are joined by Maser Patrol blogger and author Kevin Derendorf, who has just released the new book Kaiju for Hipsters! Kevin's book explores obscure and rare kaiju films. We talk to him extensively about his book and the large variety of lesser known kaiju flicks out there. Why have so many of these films fallen through the cracks? We'll get into that. We also discuss a wide variety of topics including kaiju in anime, Gamera's obscure direct to video life, weird Taiwanese co-productions, kaiju short films, our favorite obscure kaiju discoveries, and more! Tune in and enjoy!
Sep 10 2018
Rank #14: Rampage (2018)
Byrd and Matt find out what happens when "Big Meets Bigger" as they discuss the new Dwayne Johnson vehicle, Rampage, based on the video of the same name. We discuss the history of the Rampage games, our memories of playing them when we were young, and give our thoughts on the recent film adaptation. Did this movie break the "bad game movie" curse? And how is it compared to recent Hollywood giant monster films? Listen and find out!
Apr 22 2018
Rank #15: The History of Godzilla on Home Video (w/ the Maser Patrol Podcast)
Byrd appears on author/blogger Kevin Derendorf's Maser Patrol podcast with blogger Justin Mullis (Man Creates Dinosaurs) to discuss the history of the Godzilla series on home video in North America. We go through the various VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray releases, all leading up to Criterion's long anticipated box set (which will be reviewed in detail in part 2 of this podcast). So relax and get ready to take a trip down memory lane!
Dec 29 2019
Rank #16: Ultra-Beginnings Part 3: Ultraseven (1967-1968)
For the third and last of our three part look at the beginnings of Tsuburaya's Ultraman franchise, Byrd, Matt, and guest host Eric discuss the third series, Ultraseven! This was the last show that Eiji Tsuburaya would be directly involved with. Ultraseven was focused more on hard science fiction and saw our hero fighting off different alien invaders each episode. It took a much more earnest approach and focused more on story and theme than it did on being a simple monster mash. Arguably the most critically praised show in the Ultra-series, Ultraseven has a lot to offer. Tune in and enjoy the chat!
Feb 19 2018
Rank #17: Kong: Skull Island (2017)- [Spoiler Discussion]
Our Kongathon comes to an end with the release of Legendary Pictures' Kong: Skull Island. Matt and Byrd are joined by Trev (of If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It and Days of Future Podcast) to discuss the latest King Kong film. We give an in-depth discussion of the film's pros and cons and decide if it lives up to the hype. We also give our personal rankings of all of the King Kong movies and discuss how the new film compares to Legendary's other kaiju films. So how does the second entry in Legendary's MonsterVerse stack up? Listen and find out!
Mar 11 2017
Rank #18: Garuda (2004)
Byrd and Matt wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving with a review of the 2004 Thai film, Garuda! (Look, there aren't a lot of movies about giant birds so this was the best we could do this time). We discuss the film's themes and give our full review, as well as its oddly popular status as a "kaiju" movie. But first, we talk about the news of Godzilla vs. Kong's delay and Marvel's upcoming Ultraman comics.
Nov 28 2019
Rank #19: Godzilla Recap: The Millennium Series
The newest installment focuses on the third Japanese series of Godzilla films. After the Tristar movie, Toho took matters into their own hands and started a new series of films, which lasted from 1999-2004. How do these six films hold up over a decade later? Listen and find out!
Sep 21 2016
Rank #20: Godzilla Speaks! Interview with Suit Actor Tsutomu "Tom" Kitagawa
On a very special episode, Matt and Nick Poling (of The Monster Report) sat down with suit actor and stuntman Tom Kitagawa! Kitagawa is best known for playing Godzilla in five of the six Millennium series films, playing King Ghidorah in Mothra 3, and playing many of the heroes in Toei's Sentai series. Recorded at the Days of the Dead convention in Indiana, Matt and Nick chat with Mr. Kitagawa about his start in Battle Fever J, stunt work on the Sentai shows, the challenges of playing Godzilla, working in TV vs film, winding down after a long shoot, recovering from his recent surgery, and more! Special thanks to Cory Hannigan for translating during the interview.
Jul 05 2017