This week the Hirshhorn announced the schedule for their annual Summer Camp film series, and this year is all about Godzilla. I've never seen a Godzilla movie, and since film scholar David Wilt will introduce each film, it might make for an amusing evening.
All screenings are free and start at 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 11, 7 p.m.
"Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah" (1991)
The arrival of a UFO corresponds with the awakening of you-know-who in his oceanic lair. He's evolved from Godzillasaurus and revitalized by nuclear power that he sucked out of a 1970s Soviet sub. Don't ask how the winged, three-headed Elvis fits into the story. Skewed time travel, odd national politics, and plot hiccups may be a tad confusing, but the extreme monster-on-monster action is well worth it!
Thursday, June 18, 7 p.m.
"Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster" (1966)
Ryota's search for his lost-at-sea brother lands him washed up on a dangerous island inhabited by a giant crustacean, Ebriah, and a suspicious organization, the Red Bamboo. He enlists the help of Godzilla, who is sleeping off the traumatic battles with King Ghidorah, by awakening him with a lightning rod. Can the sea monster be dashed into subordinate claws? Can 'Zilla lick the 'Boo and make the giant lobster roll?
Thursday, June 25, 7 p.m.
"Godzilla 2000" (1999)
The Gangsta Lizard takes on the Godzilla Prediction Network and the Crisis Control Intelligence agency, neither of which, despite over fifty years of attacks, have noted that standard artillery is useless. A new adversary joins the action when, inadvertently CCI awakens a long-dormant UFO. You may be able to guess who wins out, but you will never guess why in this dubbed masterpiece.