GODZILLA: A CRITICAL DEMONOLOGY
My critical volume on Godzilla will offer sustained analysis of every single Godzilla film from 1954 to 2021. It will be published by Headpress Books, and has been generously financially supported by the Society of Authors. This page collects every essay I have published as a part of this project.
FORTHCOMING: Surf Nazis Must Die: An Examination of the Red Bamboo Army
"Ultranationalist fascists are dangerous, yes. But they are dangerous bozos. Like the recruits who laughed Yukio Mishima to his death, Ebirah laughs at the stupidity of fascists."
Kaiju Ramen 10, 2023, pp. [tba]
Illustrated by Ed Pirrie.
The Colour of Monstrosity in Godzilla 2014 and Godzilla Vs Kong
"Where Godzilla 2014 needs you to know that it went to film school, Godzilla Vs Kong needs you to know that it likes to party."
PopMeC Peer-reviewed Blog, 17/8/2023
Finding Redemption for Gigantis, The Fire Monster
"Gigantis, The Fire Monster, arguably the Godzilla franchise’s ugliest duckling, actually complements Godzilla in surprisingly interesting ways."
Certified Forgotten, 22/4/2022
Doom, Détente, Dr Pepper: Godzilla 1984 and Godzilla 1985
"Godzilla 1984 is that rare cultural artifact that doesn’t portray crisis as a time when an exception can be made. Instead, the movie foregrounds the struggle to stand by one’s principles when they are most sorely tested."
We Are The Mutants, 31/1/2022
The Golden Hydra: King Ghidorah, Astro-Colonizers, and Cold War Empire
"Much as US sci-fi movies like The Blob (1958), The Thing From Another World (1951) or Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) used alien encounters to think through themes of cross-cultural contact, colonialism, and communism, the Showa Ghidorah movies are a rich engagement with world-historical themes of Cold War antagonism, first contact, and imperial manipulation."
We Are The Mutants, 6/10/2021
Rise of the Smog God: Ecological Apocalypse in Godzilla Vs. Hedorah
"Banno’s only Kaiju movie is a bold, flamboyantly weird parable about mankind’s responsibility for the murder of the Earth."
We Are The Mutants, 15/6/2021
The Greatest Showa on Earth: 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla
"In the final analysis, what is perhaps most striking about this movie is that its legacy—the structuring principle of the Kaiju battle film—saturates every Godzilla film to come."
We Are The Mutants, 25/3/2021