Godzilla is terrorizing Cloud City. It is up to Lando Calrissian and his cohorts – including Lobot, Admiral Ackbar, Ben Kenobi and a boxing nun – to save the day. Following up Quentin Tarantino’s Star Wars, Evan Mather deconstructs The Empire Strike Back using his childhood action figures, digitized sound clips and a disco soundtrack. Animated in mid-1998 using Adobe Premiere and a Power Macintosh computer, Godzilla Versus Disco Lando screened at MicroCineFest 1998 and the 1999 Cinequest film festival.
**** – Not including the price of a Macintosh and software, this film’s budget looked to be about $7.99 … yet Evan Mather’s work is a low-res tour-de-force involving Kenner Star Wars action figures, a boxing Godzilla doll, and yes, disco … this is a brilliant deconstruction of the Lucas trilogy, and reveals that percolating just beneath the surface sparkle of gee-whiz futurism lies barely suppressed homoeroticism, religion, violence, and bad dancing … Yoda explodes – what more do you want?
Disco star Lando Calrissian has a few secrets: he and Admiral Ackbar are having a “relationship”, and while he pretends to be straight he has quite an attraction for men. However, soon his disco spot is under threat from the legendary Japanese monster Godzilla. Lobot sends an urgent distress call, and soon Lando and the Rebel Alliance in their Y-Wings has assembled to battle the giant mutant. Lando is in charge along with Obi Wan Kenobi. When the ships’ weapons seem useless against Gojira, Lando gets a bright idea and straps dynamite to Yoda, kicking him into the monster’s mouth, but when he detonates it all he gets is a flaming burp from Godzilla.