From THE NEW YORK TIMES Blog Opinionator:
[quote="PETER WYNN KIRBY"]
OXFORD, England â€” Peering at the post-tsunami devastation in Japan on miniature YouTube windows or video-streaming displays from Japanese news outlets provokes not only great empathy and concern, but an unmistakable feeling of dÃ©jÃ vu. As a scholar focusing on the place of nuclear energy in Japanese culture, Iâ€™ve seen more than my share of nuclear-themed monster movies from the â€™50s onward, and the scenes of burning refineries, flattened cities, mobilized rescue teams and fleeing civilians recall some surreal highlights of the Japanese disaster film genre.
This B-movie fare is widely mocked, often for good reason. But the early â€œGodzillaâ€