Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster

What are you doing this Saturday afternoon at 2:00?  How about joining us at the Central Library for a free screening of Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster? Cinefantastique says, “This is one of the silliest but also one of the more amusing Godzilla movies. The goofiness of the enterprise somehow becomes part of the entertainment value, resulting in a likable, fun-filled, fast-paced movie that is totally incredible but quite watchable. The story begins with a family worried about a missing son. Some people go looking for him and wind up accompanied by a likable thief who recently pulled off a big heist. Their search takes them to a South Seas island, which is protected by Ebirah, a giant shrimp-like monster. As if this were not bad enough, the island is the secret base of an organization calling itself “Red Bamboo” that is planning to launch a campaign of world domination. As slave labor, they have been kidnapping villagers from a nearby island presided over by Mothra, the giant moth-like god; among the slaves is the missing son. The script by Shinichi Sekisawa eschews the city-stomping clichés that had marked previous Godzilla flicks, in favor of an island setting, lending a new flavor to the film. With its SPECTRE-like secret organization plotting to take over the world, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster feels almost like a James Bond film, and director Jun Fukuda treats it as such, featuring lots of fast-paced action and gunplay. Frankly, the whole thing is totally ridiculous, and yet somehow it manages to be colorful, exciting fun. It may be nonsense, but it is enjoyable nonsense for fans, especially younger ones." We'll provide the popcorn, and before the feature we'll show a cartoon (hint: this one features someone who is strong to the finish 'cause he eats his spinach.) This free film series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Everyone is welcome - we hope you'll come!

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