Who needs monster movies? Obviously, we do.
The clusterfuck Presidency of W. Bush has yielded its most seismic shock waves since the launch of the Iraq War, plunging some markets at or below previous immediate post-9/11 record lows,
Keep an eye on the American dollar, which is at an all-time low and is likely to plunge further.
I'll post a full review of Cloverfield later this week, but I gotta tell you, I loved it. Cannibal Holocaust meets The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms: what's not to like? This is the Dogme 95 post-Millennial monster movie; specifically, Cloverfield is precisely to post-9/11 America what Ishiro Honda's ゴジラ/Gojira/Godzilla King of the Monsters (1954) was to post-Hiroshima/Nagasaki Japan, a traumatized nation materializing otherwise shapeless dread, and it's that good, too.
For this die-hard monster movie lover, the fact that Cloverfield's enigmatic monster was created by Tippett Studios (though Phil Tippett isn't credited, it was heartening to see Tippett vet associate and partner Jules Roman's name on the final credits crawl) was a most pleasant surprise, and the images resonate mightily in my mind and dreams.
My old comics amigo Mitch Waxman (whose incredible Plasma Baby is still my fave giant-monster-comic of the '90s) agreed: "...I thought it was kind of interesting that 9/11 is now in a bottle." Mitch is a die-hard New Yorker, and he wrote that Cloverfield "...got me when the newscast came on (that's actually our "local" station and the newscaster wasn't an actress but one of the actual anchors- its what we NYer's tune in to for morning weather, traffic, and believe it or not- disaster news). Most unrealistic part of the story was moving from Spring Street to Columbus Circle in under 30 min walking."
Having walked that myself (back in the late '70s), without either a monster on the loose, the intrusive military presence, or hordes of dog-sized carnivorous monster young (or parasites?) infesting the streets and subways, I can only say you're right, Mitch. It does take a hell of a lot longer than a half hour.