Extra Milestone – The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Terror of MechaGodzilla (1975), How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

Promises are being fulfilled left and right on this week’s Extra Milestone, in which the long-awaited debut of podcast veteran Adonis Gonzalez finally takes place! Adonis and I have a trio of dramatically contrasting movies to discuss, starting with a lengthy exploration of John Ford’s depression-era adaptation of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. We continue with a discussion of Ishirō Honda’s character-defining Kaijū film (as well as Godzilla’s Shōwa Era as a whole) with Terror of MechaGodzilla, and we conclude with a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Dreamworks’s How to Train Your Dragon. It was great to podcast with Adonis once more, and we hope to unite even more in the future. Enjoy!


  • 00:04:30 – The Grapes of Wrath
  • 00:44:50 – Terror of MechaGodzilla
  • 01:17:30 – How to Train Your Dragon

NEXT TIME: Sam welcomes longtime friend, film enthusiast, and podcast newcomer Andrew McMahon to discuss Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger and Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom!

Music in this episode: The opening theme of The Grapes of Wrath, composed by Ricky Ian Gordon; music from the trailers for The Grapes of Wrath, Terror of MechaGodzilla, and How to Train Your Dragon;  the ending theme of Terror of MechaGodzilla, composed by Akira Ifukube.

Cinemaholics in this episode: Sam Noland & Adonis Gonzalez

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  1. Personally, I find Grapes of Wrath to historically important, but mostly unimpressive cinematically. Though Henry Fonda operates on a level we just don’t see from many actors today. Adding Terror of MechaGodzilla to my watchlist so I can keep listening!

  2. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON is a full on animated masterpiece. Easily the best DreamWorks Animation film and then some. Really glad this is the first “recent” milestone you all have covered.

  3. I’ve always really liked The Grapes of Wrath, but is it fondly remembered by most people? Side note: super enjoyed the funny trailer you put for it: “HAVE YOU READ THE GRAPES OF WRATH THE GRAPES OF WRATH THE GRAPES OF WRATH??” XD

    1. That trailer was entirely Jon’s doing, and I’m also glad that he found it 🙂 As Adonis and I discussed, it’s not always at the forefront of the collective cinematic mind when discussing the all-time greats, but it would be if I could decide such things! Thanks for listening!

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