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Godzilla is back! …And hopefully better this time

I’m not a typical monster movie fan. I have nothing against them, but they wouldn’t be my first choice if I had a moment free to watch a movie on Netflix.

But I’ve always had a soft spot for Godzilla. As a kid, every so often, my grandpa would take me to the video rental place in Red Oaks Mill (it was called Movie Stars… then Moovies… then Video Update) and let me pick something out for the weekend.

I shudder to think about the absolute garbage that my grandpa wasted money on. Dolph Lundgren’s The Punisher, a steaming pile of festering trash, was one film I know he spent money for me to enjoy. And sadly, I enjoyed it so much as a kid. Actually, here’s the ENTIRE MOVIE if you have an extra 89 minutes and hate yourself:

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Or perhaps The Death of The Incredible Hulk, a real piece of Made-for-TV cinematic doo-doo:

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But the ones I really loved were the cheap, corny Godzilla films. Godzilla vs. Mothra, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla; if it involved a dinosaur in badly choreographed battle with another absurd creature, I was in.

So you can imagine the rollercoaster of emotion that I experienced when the 1998 Matthew Broderick Godzilla film came out. Here I was, a young kid, desperately wanting this movie to be enjoyable. But even at the age of 10, I went through a wide array of feelings: excitement, anticipation, disappointment, denial, and finally, acceptance that this movie sucked.

But now, I’m excited and in the midst of serious anticipation once again. I’m willing to risk disappointment, because this thing looks way too good not to be stoked:

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What summer movies have got you excited like a ten year old?

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