Wednesday, November 16, 2005

King Kong vs. Godzilla

King Kong vs. Godzilla.
Miss Maven must admit to being a sucker for tall, dark guys with lots of personality who know what's what about fur coats!
Which is ironic since "King Kong" (1933) was made in what is known as stop-action photography which was used to reinforce Merian C. Cooper's story of a giant ape who ends up falling for Fay Wray.
(Miss Maven has known some men SHE'D like to see fall . . . off the Brooklyn Bridge . . . Mount Rushmore . . . the Eiffel Tower . . . .)
That Cooper, Willis H. O'Brien and company can make what was essentially a doll so sympathetic and sustain it over the length of a movie is a miracle of technology and writing.
Godzilla unfortunately doesn't fair so well by comparison. . . .
Okay, Godzilla has an electric personality but that doesn't change the fact that he needs an orthodontist sssoooo badly!
Not to mention industrial strength mouthwash!
Now Miss Maven has always had soft spot for Raymond Burr's work in Godzilla but let's face it.
Who wouldn't wonder what it was like for Fay Wray to be rescued by Bruce Cabot?!
And how can you not want to laugh at a creature that doesn't look any scarier than some dude in a badly-fitting lounge-lizard outfit?!
Miss Maven challenges you to watch both "King Kong" and "Godzilla" together and see who YOU'D vote for!
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