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Dinosaur TV Week
Here are some highlights of U.S. national television
programming concerning dinosaurs, extinct and extant,
other prehistoric animals and evolution, from high art
to low trash and (hopefully) back again, all times
Eastern (check local listings to confirm):
Monday, October 25
TRAVEL Channel, 9:00pm (rebroadcast midnight, and
Includes discussion of dinosaur eggs.
This stuff is slightly out of listing sequence.
Saturday, October 30
American Movie Classics Godzilla Marathon. Expect
Ed's webpage to load very slowly this week.
(Godzilla is, after all, purportedly what happens when
a Tyrannosaurus and a Stegosaurus love each other
very, very much ...)
Th original and by far best of these peculiar movies.
Reptilian behemoth is awakened by nuclear testing and
pursues singleminded destruction of Tokyo. This will
be the version with Raymond Burr crowbarred in.
Godzilla vs. the Thing
You know, *that* thing, over there, next to the, you
know, the doohickey. This movie proves that a giant
moth is somewhat less terrifying than a giant aphid.
Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster
Giant shrimp guards island for evil guys out to
dominate something; Godzilla just happens to be
Godzilla vs. Kingghidora
This is one of the 1990's Godzilla movies in which he
looks terrifically evil, as he should. The movies are
simply incredibly awful. They are physically painful
to watch. In this one, the litigious lizard fights a
three-headed golden dragon. Evil Americans are
involved, somehow, as is time travel. In fact, much
of this movie is a shameless, ridiculous ripoff of the
Marathon continues Sunday, October 26
Godzilla vs. Mothra
Another of the astoundingly bad 1990's Godzilla
movies. The giant moth is back, and lamer than ever.
Where's a gargantuan lightbulb when you need one?
Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla
Yet another in the series of embarrassing 1990's
Godzilla movies. This one has "godzilla cells"
transported into space where they spontaneously
generate an evil Godzilla with new-age crystals
growing out of his back. You will vomit.
Godzilla vs. Destroyer
Those spunky little Fletcher Classes could sure put up
a fight. (Obscure joke.) If only. Ridiculous spiky
rubber suit fights Godzilla, who is himself about to
reach critical mass. So tedious. It's too bad all of
the effort in these movies went into making Godzilla
look good, which he does.
Sunday, October 31
The Last Dinosaur
Godzilla-sized Tyrannosaur hangs out under the polar
ice cap, pursued by Richard Boone. Appalling.
The Valley of Gwangi
Allosaurs of the Oooooold West. Gwangi is great fun,
as is the Eohippus.
So many movies, so little entertainment,
"I've been ionized, but I'm okay now."
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