A podcast seeking entertainment and enlightenment through tokusatsu.
Origin Story: After vacationing on the Monsterland Resort, professional writer/raging nerd Nathan Marchand got a job as the curator of the Vault containing the films about Monster Island’s many kaiju residents. Now he and his intrepid producer, Jimmy From NASA (who miraculously survived the infamous War in Space), record a bi-weekly podcast critically and academically examining each of the films in the prestigious Vault with one to four guest hosts chosen from Monster Island’s many tourists.
Philosophy: Kaiju and/or tokusatsu fans will tell you these genres are undeniably fun. What’s often missed, though, are the deeper meanings below the sensational surface. Meanings entrenched in the story’s original historical and cultural context. That’s why this podcast believes in film appreciation. What’s that? It’s studying a movie’s script, direction, cinematography, and other aspects of filmmaking. It’s learning how and why it was created since movies aren’t made in a vacuum. This is especially true with foreign films. Non-native audiences are separated by both time and culture with them. There are things that will go over their heads that the original audience intrinsically understood. Listening to this podcast, listeners will gain a greater appreciation of the films and the respective cultures in which they were made.
Format: The podcast alternates between full-length film discussions with one to four guest hosts and “mini-sodes.” Full episodes are divided into three segments: The Entertaining Info Dump (plot and production details), Kaiju Conversations (discussion with one to four guest hosts chosen from Monster Island’s Tourists), and Toku Topics (deeper analyses of issues brought up by the films). “Mini-sodes” include audio essays, comedy sketches, and interviews. Expect surprises!
One Monstrous Moment: Star of Ultra Edition – We are Dragon Caesar
Hello, Kaiju Lovers! As part of The Omni Viewer’s “One Monstrous Moment: Star of Ultra Edition” series, Nate waxes poetic about a mecha-kaiju—from Zyuranger! Yes, he kinda combines all of his podcasts into one short essay that discusses grief, vulnerability, legacy, and Jason David Frank. Have some tissues ready!
BONUS: Kaiju Weekly 024 - Night of the Lepus (re-release)
To tide you over while I finish production on episode 74, I’m re-sharing this Kaiju Weekly classic! You’ll get to hear me and Travis Alexander discuss a deathly serious horror movie that features DeForrest Kelly fighting giant killer rabbits! This was originally published in spring 2020. The audio quality is a bit inconsistent because we recorded on Discord.
MIFV MAX #16: ‘Shin Ultraman’ Special Report (abridged) | Ft. Daniel DiManna, Damon Noyes, Michael Hamilton, and Guest of Honor Jeff Gomez
Hello, Kaiju Lovers! While production continues on the last quarter of MIFV season three, I’m sharing this excerpt from the latest MIFV MAX livestream, on which the subject was the finally-released Shin Ultraman. In this portion, we interview the producer of the Ultraman Connection website, Jeff Gomez, who shares why tokusatsu—and especially Ultraman—is important to him. We then move to the work he did to get Shin Ultraman released through Fathom Events, including who was commissioned to make its surprisingly good dub. You’re getting inside info no other podcast has!
MIFV Update (1-11-23): Where’s the Rest of Season 3?
What happened to season three? Where’s season four? Nathan answers these answers and explains what’s been interfering with MIFV production. Don’t worry! The show isn’t going anywhere! Just keep Nathan in your prayers. Thanks!
MIFV MAX #15: ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ (2000) | Ft. Sarah Marchand (abridged)
Merry Christmas, Kaiju Lovers! And yes, you read that right! Nathan is covering a holiday “monster movie”—because his real sister said so! Yes, Sarah Marchand joins him as a guest host to discuss one of the movies that they’ve, ironically, bonded over: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey. While it stretches the purview of the podcast thinly, Nathan does justify it with some weak connections (like Rick Baker making the Grinch costume and makeup). While Sarah is quite nostalgic for this movie, having seen it when she was about the same age as Cindy Lou Who, it’s a guilty pleasure for Nathan because he has issues with it as an adaptation of a classic Dr. Seuss book and the original 1966 animated TV special. Expect to hear almost the entire film—or at least Jim Carrey’s lines—quoted throughout! But Nathan and Sarah do agree that, despite this movie’s faults, it’s better than the stupid new horror parody, The Mean One.
To hear the uncut version, where Nathan interviews Sarah about playing Jessica Shaw (aka Crystal Lady) on MIFV, join MIFV MAX on Patreon using the link below.
We’d like to give a shout-out to our MIFV MAX patrons Travis Alexander; Michael Hamilton; Danny DiManna (author/creator of the Godzilla Novelization Project); Eli Harris (elizilla13); Chris Cooke (host of One Cross Radio); Bex from Redeemed Otaku; Damon Noyes, The Cel Cast, TofuFury, Eric Anderson of Nerd Chapel, Ted Williams, Wynja the Ninja, Brad “Batman” Eddleman, and Christopher Riner! Thanks for your support!
You, too, can join MIFV MAX on Patreon to get this and other perks starting at only $3 a month! (https://www.patreon.com/monsterislandfilmvault)
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“Carol of the Bells (Metal Version)” by Alexander Nakarada (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDndE-MOAE0)
Sound effects sourced from Freesound.org, including those by InspectorJ.
Check out Nathan’s spinoff podcasts, The Henshin Men and The Power Trip.
This episode is approved by Cameron Winter and the Monster Island Board of Directors.
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“Dr. Seuss.” Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Seuss.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_the_Grinch_Stole_Christmas!.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” IMDb. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0170016/.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas DVD special features (Universal):
Commentary with Director Ron Howard
“Makeup Application and Design”
“Seussian Set Decoration”
“Spotlight on Location”
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000).” Christmas Specials Wiki. https://christmas-specials.fandom.com/wiki/How_the_Grinch_Stole_Christmas_(2000).
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000 film).” Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_the_Grinch_Stole_Christmas_(2000_film).
McKay, Alexia. “15 Really Interesting Facts About The Grinch Your Kids Will Love.” Romper. 18 Dec. 2021. https://www.romper.com/entertainment/the-grinch-facts.
Episode 73 - ‘Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie’ | Ft. The Cel Cast
Hello, Kaiju Lovers! In what you could call the perfect crossover between their podcasts, MIFV MAX members Drew and Jacob of The Cel Cast sponsor a discussion of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie. It has animated kaiju in it—they’re just bad CGI robots. But the real star of this film, like other pop culture blockbusters in 1995, was the villain Ivan Ooze (played by Paul Freeman), who steals every scene and eats all the scenery. If you’ve heard Nate discuss this on one of his other podcasts, The Power Trip, this will be an expansion on what he said there, particularly on the subject of the hero’s journey. Too bad for Nate and his co-hosts, their discussion is interrupted by a certain snarky bonehead.
Informative and Entrtaining
Really is a fun podcast! Nate and his guests really do know what they are talking about in the kanji world but present it in a fun way. Listening to the podcast is like sitting in a room listening to a bunch of friends laugh and talk about things that they are passionate about.
Fun and informative podcast!
Fun and informative podcast from an enthusiastic kaiju fan. Nathan covers all sorts of angles in his pursuit of enlightenment via kaiju movies. Definitely worth a listen.
They got me giggling
These folks had me laughing, thanks dudes.