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Review in a Nutshell: A PG-13 “sequel” to an R-rated original, House II: The Second Story is a horror comedy film that mostly works because of its strong production values, irreverent tone, and a strong performance by character actor Royal Danno as Gramps.
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Review in a Nutshell: While not director Ishiro Honda’s best Godzilla-related work, King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) deserves credit for innovating the franchise in ways that established patterns that ran throughout the Showa Era.
You can’t keep a good (or even a mediocre) Godzilla down, and this time we’re looking at the aptly named Godzilla 2000 (aka Godzilla: Millenium), the first entry in Toho’s “Millenium” series of giant monster movies. CLICK HERE or on the banner above to join Jeremy and I was we share our experiences of seeing Godzilla in the theater and as we apply a perhaps too-critical lens to a movie featuring noodly space aliens and Hiroshi Abe’s impeccable fashion-sense.
Hold on to your helicopters, because Kong: Skull Island is most definitely the Greatest Movie EVER!
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Review in a Nutshell: A gleefully violent creature-feature, Kong: Skull Island manages to leave much of the character’s colonial baggage behind. It’s a great little genre fiction romp with some surprising artistic flourishes and a wicked sense of humor.
It’s Christmas, and this year we bring the gift that keeps on giving when Tom and I talk about the 1992 Godzilla vs. Mothra: The Battle for Earth, not to be confused with the 1964 Mothra vs. Godzilla. CLICK HERE or on the banner above to here us muse about giant moths, overly invasive archaeology, and what dating prospects should await anyone who dares to kidnap the Cosmos.
The years-spanning (annual?) tradition continues with the next entry of Stomp Romp / Zilla Thrilla as Mom and I take breathless look at the 2016 Hideaki Anno / Shinji Higuchi joint, Shin Godzilla. CLICK HERE or on the banner above to download our review of the film, which features much discussion on Japanese politics, “scrap and rebuild”, and the imagery of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
Has it really been just over a year since the last installment in our Godzilla movie theme? The answer is “yes”, but now Anthony Wendel is back to talk about the first entry in the Heisei Series (technically filmed during the Showa Period), The Return of Godzilla, aka Gojira (1984), aka Godzilla 1985. CLICK HERE or on the banner above to download our review of the film. Topics of discussion include the recently-resolved difficulties of acquiring the original Japanese version of the film, late Cold War nuclear anxiety, and more.
The Stomp Romp / Zilla Thrill theme refuses to die, unlike King Ghidorah in Destroy All Monsters, a 1968 monster-bash that was originally intended to be the final entry in the Godzilla film franchise. CLICK HERE or on the image above to download our review of the film, in which I find the pacing of the film a tad overwhelming and Mom proves herself to be a secret Anguirus-hater.
Lay off the anti-aircraft artillery, because Repticilus is (probably not) The Greatest Movie EVER!
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Review in a Nutshell: A Danish / American co-production sponsored in part by American International Pictures, Reptilicus is one part giant monster movie, one part travelogue, and one part puzzling artifact of the mysteries of international productions. Apparently, in the Danish version of the film, there is at least one more musical number, and also the titular monster can fly.
This is an actual screen capture that from Reptilicus, highlighting the movie’s “spectacular” special effects.
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Review in a Nutshell: A groovy, boozy Seventies movie with a fashionably hard-boiled geologist protagonist and a pair of completely inert giant “dinosaurs”, Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds was allegedly the most expensive science fiction film yet produced by Toei Studios when it premiered in 1977. It’s a baffling little creature feature with lots of symbolic camera-work and questionable wardrobe choices.