84 episodes

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!

The Monster Island Film Vault Moonlighting Ninjas Media

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    • 4.2 • 83 Ratings

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!

    Episode 56: The Omni Viewer vs. ‘The Lost World’ (1925)

    Episode 56: The Omni Viewer vs. ‘The Lost World’ (1925)

    Hello, Kaiju Lovers! And welcome to season three of The Monster Island Film Vault! We begin 2022 with a brand new series focusing on giant monster films from the U.S.A., “Ameri-kaiju.” To launch this special occasion, Nate is joined by returning guest/YouTuber/author Ryan “The Omni Viewer” Collins (and his kaiju-muppet-thing sidekick, Snazzy, who butts heads with Nate’s sidekick, the intrepid producer Jimmy From NASA) to discuss the prototypical kaiju film, The Lost World (1925). You’re about to hear one of the most MIFV of MIFV episodes: literary analysis, film appreciation, witty banter, hilarious puns, and wild history. What more could you want?


    Before the broadcast, Nate meets Dr. Nick Tatopoulos, the leader of H.E.A.T., in the KIJU breakroom (and pronounces the man’s name correctly) while fighting with the coffeemaker. Nick talks about his hostile history with the Island’s new boss, Cameron Winter—and then the crooked tycoon calls them on Nate’s phone!


    The Omni Viewer’s YouTube channel.


    This episode’s prologue, “Dr. Tatopoulos, I Presume,” was written by Nathan Marchand.


    Guest stars:


    R. Villers as Nick Tatopoulos

    Jack “GMan” Hudgens as Cameron Winter


    Additional music:


    “Stomp the World” by Jim Latham

    “Pacific Rim” by Niall Stenson


    Sound effects sourced from Freesound.org.


    Check out Nathan’s spinoff podcasts, The Henshin Men and The Power Trip.


    We’d like to give a shout-out to our MIFV MAX patrons Travis Alexander and Michael Hamilton (co-hosts of Kaiju Weekly); 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, and Ted Williams! Thanks for your support!


    You, too, can join MIFV MAX on Patreon to get this and other perks starting at only $3 a month!


    Buy official MIFV merch on TeePublic!


    Timestamps:


    Prologue: 0:00-6:21

    Intro: 6:21-16:19

    Entertaining Info Dump: 16:19-24:53

    Toku Talk: 24:53-1:40:30

    Promo: 1:40:30-1:41:56

    Toku Topic: 1:41:56-2:13:06

    Housekeeping & Outro: 2:13:06-end


    This episode is approved by Cameron Winter and the Monster Island Board of Directors.


    Podcast Social Media:


    Twitter

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Follow Jimmy on Twitter: @NasaJimmy

    Follow the Monster Island Board of Directors on Twitter: @MonsterIslaBOD

    Follow the Raymund Martin and the MIFV Legal Team on Twitter: @MIFV_LegalTeam

    Follow Crystal Lady Jessica on Twitter: @CystalLadyJes1

    Follow The Henshin Men Podcast on Twitter: @HenshinMenPod

    Follow Dr. Dourif on Twitter: @DrDorif


    www.MonsterIslandFilmVault.com


    #JimmyFromNASALives       #MonsterIslandFilmVault       #Amerikaiju


    © 2022 Moonlighting Ninjas Media


    Bibliography/Further Reading:


    “Bone Wars.” Wikipedia.

    Bromberg, Serge. “The Lost World: Secrets of the Restoration,” and other essays in the Flicker Alley blu-ray booklet.

    Byrd, Kyle. “The Road to Kong: Making the Lost World.” Kong Unmade: The Lost Films of Skull Island by John LeMay, p. 353-363.

    Ciccone, Nicholas. Commentary on The Lost World. (Flicker Alley blu-ray).

    Hunt, Kristen. “The 1925 Dinosaur Movie That Paved the Way for King Kong.” JSTOR Daily. 10 October 2019.

    “O.C. Marsh and E.D. Cope: A Rivalry.” American Experience. (PBS.org).

    Strauss, Bob. “The 20-Year Bone Wars That Changed History.” 26 January 2020.

    Switek, Brian. “The Bone Wars: how a bitter rivalry drove progress in palaeontology.” Science Focus. 22 March 2020.

    Wiki articles on The Lost World (1925):
    IMDB

    Moviepedia

    Wikipedia

    • 2 hr 24 min
    Episode 55.5: Season 3 Promo - ’Ameri-kaiju’

    Episode 55.5: Season 3 Promo - ’Ameri-kaiju’

    Hello, kaiju lovers! New year, new season! In 2022, The Monster Island Film Vault will focus not on a franchise but on a country: ‘Merica! Join Nate, his intrepid producer Jimmy From NASA, and the colorful cast of characters (in more ways than one) at KIJU as they examine 12 of the best (and most infamous) giant monster films to come out of the U.S. of A with “Ameri-kaiju.” All the while trying to deal with their new boss, Cameron Winter. Oh boy….


    Additional music:


    “Pacific Rim” by Niall Stenson


    Sound effects sourced from Freesound.org.


    Listen to Nathan Marchand and Travis Alexander’s spinoff podcast, The Henshin Men, on Redcircle.


    We’d like to give a shout-out to our MIFV MAX patrons Travis Alexander and Michael Hamilton (co-hosts of Kaiju Weekly); 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, and Ted Williams! Thanks for your support!


    You, too, can join MIFV MAX on Patreon to get this and other perks starting at only $3 a month!


    Buy official MIFV merch on TeePublic!


    This episode is approved by Cameron Winter and the Monster Island Board of Directors.


    Podcast Social Media:


    Twitter

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Follow Jimmy on Twitter: @NasaJimmy

    Follow the Monster Island Board of Directors on Twitter: @MonsterIslaBOD

    Follow the Raymund Martin and the MIFV Legal Team on Twitter: @MIFV_LegalTeam

    Follow Crystal Lady Jessica on Twitter: @CystalLadyJes1

    Follow The Henshin Men Podcast on Twitter: @HenshinMenPod

    Follow Dr. Dourif on Twitter: @DrDorif


    www.MonsterIslandFilmVault.com


    #JimmyFromNASALives       #MonsterIslandFilmVault


    © 2022 Moonlighting Ninjas Media

    • 3 min
    Bonus Episode #10 – Meet the New Boss: An Interview with Cameron Winter

    Bonus Episode #10 – Meet the New Boss: An Interview with Cameron Winter

    Hello, kaiju lovers! In an MIFV exclusive, Nate interviews Solstice Technologies CEO (and the envy of Elon Musk), Cameron Winter, who recently purchased the majority shares of Monster Island. Winter discusses several changes that he will make to the day-to-day operations on the Island and how he plans to revitalize the struggling scientific facility and resort in light of the ousting of the Board. It’s the biggest interview Nate has ever scored!


    This episode was written by Nathan Marchand with Michael Hamilton and Jack “GMan” Hudgens.


    Guest stars:


    Michael Hamilton as William H. George III

    Jack “GMan” Hudgens as Cameron Winter


    Additional music:


    “Son of Chaos” by Xaleph


    Sound effects sourced from Freesound.org.


    Listen to Nathan Marchand and Travis Alexander’s spinoff podcast, The Henshin Men, on Redcircle.


    We’d like to give a shout-out to our MIFV MAX patrons Travis Alexander and Michael Hamilton (co-hosts of Kaiju Weekly); 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, and Ted Williams! Thanks for your support!


    You, too, can join MIFV MAX on Patreon to get this and other perks starting at only $3 a month!


    Buy official MIFV merch on TeePublic!


    This episode is approved by Cameron Winter and the Monster Island Board of Directors.


    Podcast Social Media:


    Twitter

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Follow Jimmy on Twitter: @NasaJimmy

    Follow the Monster Island Board of Directors on Twitter: @MonsterIslaBOD

    Follow the Raymund Martin and the MIFV Legal Team on Twitter: @MIFV_LegalTeam

    Follow Crystal Lady Jessica on Twitter: @CystalLadyJes1

    Follow The Henshin Men Podcast on Twitter: @HenshinMenPod

    Follow Dr. Dourif on Twitter: @DrDorif


    www.MonsterIslandFilmVault.com


    #JimmyFromNASALives       #MonsterIslandFilmVault


    © 2021 Moonlighting Ninjas Media

    • 10 min
    Episode 55 - ‘Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century’ (feat. Travis Alexander and Daniel DiManna)

    Episode 55 - ‘Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century’ (feat. Travis Alexander and Daniel DiManna)

    Welcome to MIFV’s season finale, kaiju lovers—it wasn’t what it was supposed to be! No, after the Board’s envoy, William H. George III, stunguns the ever-intrepid Jimmy From NASA, he takes over as producer and forces Nate, Travis Alexander (co-host of Kaiju Weekly and Henshin Men), and Daniel DiManna (author/creator of the Godzilla Novelization Project) to watch the infamous 1977 Canadian-but-actually-Italian kaiju movie, Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century. Though Nate survived watching it during Kaiju Quarantine, he’s still unprepared for inflatable abominable snowman nipples and deadly “toe-fu.” The riffs and jokes abound amidst actual research as WHG3 gets drunker—and more Scottish?!—as the episode progresses. God(zilla) help Nate!


    This episode’s prologue, “The Board’s Revenge,” was written by Nathan Marchand with Travis Alexander, Michael Hamilton, and Daniel DiManna.


    Guest stars:


    Michael Hamilton as William H. George III


    Additional music:


    “Opening the Way” by Pablo Coma


    Sound effects sourced from Freesound.org and Toho foley.


    Listen to Nathan Marchand and Travis Alexander’s spinoff podcast, The Henshin Men, on Redcircle.


    We’d like to give a shout-out to our MIFV MAX patrons Travis Alexander and Michael Hamilton (co-hosts of Kaiju Weekly); 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, Elijah Thomas, and Eric Anderson! Thanks for your support!


    You, too, can join MIFV MAX on Patreon to get this and other perks starting at only $3 a month!


    Buy official MIFV merch on TeePublic!


    This episode is approved by the Monster Island Board of Directors…maybe.


    Timestamps:


    Prologue: 0:00-5:15

    Intro: 5:15-11:28

    Main Discussion: 11:28-1:39:36

    Housekeeping & Outro: 1:39:36-1:52:25

    Epilogue: 1:52:25-end


    Podcast Social Media:


    Twitter

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Follow Jimmy on Twitter: @NasaJimmy

    Follow the Monster Island Board of Directors on Twitter: @MonsterIslaBOD

    Follow the Raymund Martin and the MIFV Legal Team on Twitter: @MIFV_LegalTeam

    Follow Crystal Lady Jessica on Twitter: @CystalLadyJes1

    Follow The Henshin Men Podcast on Twitter: @HenshinMenPod

    Follow Dr. Dourif on Twitter: @DrDorif


    www.MonsterIslandFilmVault.com


    #JimmyFromNASALives       #MonsterIslandFilmVault


    © 2021 Moonlighting Ninjas Media


    Bibliography/Further Reading:


    “Gianfranco Parolini.” Wikipedia.

    LeMay, John. Kong Unmade: The Lost Films of Skull Island (1st and 2nd Editions). Bicep Books.

    Radford, Benjamin. “The Yeti: Asia's Abominable Snowman.” Live Science.

    “Yeti.” Cryptid Wiki.

    “Yeti.” Wikipedia.

    “YETI: GIANT OF THE 20TH CENTURY.” The Loft Cinema.

    “Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century (1977).” Wikizilla.

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Episode 54: Bex vs. ‘Gamera the Brave’

    Episode 54: Bex vs. ‘Gamera the Brave’

    Hello, kaiju lovers! With this episode, we reach the end of the “Year of Gamera.” Depending on who you talk to (like Nate), it’s a bittersweet occasion because, on one hand, many bad movies were endured, but on the other hand, today’s subject is 2006’s Gamera the Brave. Becky “Bex” Smith from the Redeemed Otaku podcast and YouTube channel joins Nate to discuss what is, as of now, the last Gamera film. It is sadly overshadowed by everything that came before it. It’s a shame because this is a Showa Gamera movie—except good! Think of it as a Gamera film made by Pixar. So, it’s emotionally honest and will make you cry. Even Nate had to summon all of his manly discipline to keep control. Bex, on the other hand, did not. The Toku Topic, since much of the movie takes place at a restaurant, is Japanese ramen culture.


    Before the broadcast, Nate was…graced with the return of his pseudo-sister, Jessica. Unfortunately, he didn’t appreciate her bone-crunching glomp and told her off. That got him a lecture from Jessica’s bestie, Bex. Afterward, Nate is all but forced to indulge Jessica and let her sing a karaoke of a popular anime theme song. You can probably guess which one.


    Check out the Redeemed Otaku podcast and YouTube channel.


    This episode’s prologue and epilogue, “Jessica Returns,” was written by Nathan Marchand with Becky Smith.


    Guest stars:


    Sarah Marchand as Jessica Shaw


    Additional music:


    “A weird thing” by Chiro

    “Waltz of the Wind God” by Laura Platt

    “Pacific Rim” by Niall Stenson

    “Sailor Moon Theme Song” (melody by Tetsuya Komoro, lyrics by Andy Heyward)


    Sound effects sourced from Freesound.org.


    Listen to Nathan Marchand and Travis Alexander’s spinoff podcast, The Henshin Men, on Redcircle.


    We’d like to give a shout-out to our MIFV MAX patrons Travis Alexander and Michael Hamilton (co-hosts of Kaiju Weekly); 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, Elijah Thomas, and Eric Anderson! Thanks for your support!


    You, too, can join MIFV MAX on Patreon to get this and other perks starting at only $3 a month!


    Buy official MIFV merch on TeePublic!


    This episode is approved by the Monster Island Board of Directors…maybe.


    Timestamps:


    Prologue, “Jessica Returns (Part 1)”: 0:00-5:10

    Intro: 5:10-16:15

    Entertaining Info Dump: 16:15-23:19

    Toku Talk: 23:19-1:25:32

    Ad: 1:25:32-1:26:58

    Toku Topic: 1:26:58-2:10:30

    Housekeeping, Epilogue (“Jessica Returns, Part 2”), & Outro: 2:10:30-end


    Podcast Social Media:


    Twitter

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Follow Jimmy on Twitter: @NasaJimmy

    Follow the Monster Island Board of Directors on Twitter: @MonsterIslaBOD

    Follow the Raymund Martin and the MIFV Legal Team on Twitter: @MIFV_LegalTeam

    Follow Crystal Lady Jessica on Twitter: @CystalLadyJes1

    Follow The Henshin Men Podcast on Twitter: @HenshinMenPod

    Follow Dr. Dourif on Twitter: @DrDorif


    www.MonsterIslandFilmVault.com


    #JimmyFromNASALives       #MonsterIslandFilmVault


    © 2021 Moonlighting Ninjas Media


    Bibliography/Further Reading:


    Buhnn, Jane. “History of Ramen in Japan: Quintessentially Japanese.” Tokyoesque. 14 May 2020.

    Flower, James. “A Guide to English Language Gamera.” (Arrow Video Gamera: The Complete Collection).

    Gamera: The Complete Collection, Disc Eight Special Features.

    Gamera the Brave Commentary by Keith Aikan and Bob Johnson (Arrow Video’s Gamera: The Complete Collection).

    “Ramen in Culture.” Arigato Travel. 10 April 2020.

    LeMay, John. The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies Volume 2: 1982-2017.

    Lombardi, Linda. “The Social History of Ramen: Slurp Slurp Slurp Some Knowledge.” Art by Aya Fransisco. (Tofugu).

    Macias, Patrick. “A History of Gamera: Gamera the Brave” (Arrow Video’s Gamera: The Complete Collection).

    “Mikimoto Pearl Is

    • 2 hr 24 min
    TRAILER - The Power Trip: A Journey through the Power Rangers Franchise

    TRAILER - The Power Trip: A Journey through the Power Rangers Franchise

    Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Power Rangers with Michael Hamilton (Kaiju Weekly, The Kaiju Groupie Podcast) and Nathan Marchand (The Monster Island Film Vault, Henshin Men) as they embark on a quest through every season of this morphenomenal franchise. Coming January 4, 2022, to a podcatcher near you! IT’S MORPHIN’ TIME!


    Follow The Power Trips on Twitter: @ThePowerTripPod.
    Join the podcast’s official Facebook group: Power Rangers Legacy.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

nastyinthepasty ,

They got me giggling

These folks had me laughing, thanks dudes.

Razor105 ,

Fun, insightful, cheesy

This show takes the silly attitude in a lot of classics to spin a creative look at various Kaiju films. The host is clearly an academic that considers these important works culturally.

ggeorge759 ,

A Kaiju-riffic Podcast!

If you like Kaiju films and want a podcast that treats them better than just cheesy monster movies, you can't do much better than The Monster Island Film Vault. Nathan and the tourists he brings along with him, analyze the films and the context they were made in, in a way that is fun and entertaining. I've only just finished the King Kong (2015) review, but I'm looking forward to the rest of the journey. Keep it up Nathan and Jimmy!

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