Roland Emmerich, That one director

Well, since it is that time of the month again let’s go over what this blog is. This is a blog where I would point out a person within the film industry that made an impact on the Giant monster movies we see. Now, this director isn’t my cup of tea(Check out my Godzilla 1998 for my reasons) But regardless, I will give the director his due mainly for his contribution to the film industry as a whole. “While” I am not the only one who has been at odds with this one. I placed him here because he has changed the way we would look at monster movies as a whole while reminding us of the old way the movies were portrayed. Pictures were taken by

Joe Haupt

Australian War Memorial collection

Maximilian Schönherr


Humble beginnings

Being born in Stuttgart, West Germany, and growing up in the nearby town of Sindelfingen must have been an interesting life. As a youth, Roland s took many trips across Europe and North America with the help of his dad named Hans, the wealthy founder of a garden machinery production company. Later on, in 1977, Roland began his new-found education through the University of Television and Film Munich to study to become a production designer. But as he continued onward Roland decided to enroll in the school’s film director program after a brief moment with the famous movie star wars. Required to create a short film as his final thesis in 1981, he wrote and directed the full-length feature The Noah’s Ark Principle, which was screened as the opening film of the 34th Berlin International Film Festival in 1984.

Late on in the 90s, Roland would then come to the United States to direct a futuristic action film entitled Isobar with producer our Emmerich then headed the film Stargate which saw major success in October as the highest major grossing film of that time. It became more successful that what most people anticipate to the point is how popular the movie became.

The popular films

Now we talk about his major successes afterward with his other works of art. (Just to play a little devil’s advocate. Independence day was the first “horror” I ever saw on film. I remember seeing it on VHS and there is a scene in the film that always made me jump. It wasn’t just any jump scare, it was so massive that I felt like I couldn’t breathe for a minute.) Not only contenting himself with the film industry, but Emmerich also had some stents in the TV industry with a show like The Visitor, which aired on the Fox Network during 1997–1998 before being canceled after one season

Being things as they were, Roland decided to get back into the film industry in 2000 with the epic The Patriot. The interesting part about all of this is there were only four other films after that he managed to direct. One of only five films (Universal Soldier, Anonymous, White House Down, and Midway being the others) Emmerich has directed in which he did not contribute to the screenplay, the film received a generally favorable critical and commercial response and is Emmerich’s best-reviewed film to date.

So you can tell this person has a lot going for them. Now for the next role we are looking back at something he has done that I have had a few disagreements with as a whole, Never the less, here is Godzilla 1998.

Godzilla 1998

Now we get to talking about his role in the movie as a director. While this movie isn’t very well-received by fans, this movie did see box office success in the release of the said film. It garnered a Saturn Award for Best Special Effects, a BMI Film Music Award, and the Audience Award for Best Director at the European Film Awards while also receiving a Razzie Award for Worst Remake or Sequel. It has only a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie itself was a stepping stone in the direction of monster movies sure but at the same time, it showed the negative side of said films by how well know the medium is.*Not very good)

What I see in this

What I see is a very accomplished director who was on a learning curve with that Godzilla movie. I still dislike the said movie but I can appreciate the fact it was his time getting into such a franchise. Maybe it was overwhelming? Whatever the case is there was a lot of cut content from the said movie I would have wanted in the film if I was the director. But all in all, I say this guy did learn from his mistakes and continues to shine as a director of many great movies here and there. While I normally would end this off with the links to works he has done down below, I would also like to give you guys a link to a review of the said movie. Kaijuvision has his own bones to pick with this one. So here it is. (Also a little reminder for everyone here is that the links will be down below the content like usual except in a different color of a link from the link directly to Kaijuvision. Thank you)

Independence day(Prime only)

Godzilla 1998 steel book edition


Author: Vic

Just a little about me is I like monster movies and love educating people with blogs and content.

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