Stomp Romp / Zilla Thrilla: All For the Want of a Doctor Pepper

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.

Droppin’ Bombs with M.O.M.

Strap on your fur loincloth, because The Barbarians (1987) is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the title or the DVD cover above to download our review of the film, featuring M.O.M., the Mistress of Malapropisms.

Review in a Nutshell: A thoroughly generic Conan the Barbarian rip-off buoyed up by its scattershot production design and the exuberant performances of Peter and David Paul (aka the Barbarian Brothers), The Barbarians (1987) is everything I’ve ever wanted in a Cannon Film Group film directed by Ruggero Deodato.

“Let me know if you see a Radio Shack.”

Break out the gopher-chucks, because Kung Pow! Enter the Fist is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting.

Review in a Nutshell: One part straightforward kung fu revenge flick, sixteen parts pure absurdity, Kung Pow! Enter the Fist is what happens when you give Steve Oedekerk free rein to work his patented nuttiness on a martial arts movie spoof. It’s an acquired taste, to be sure. Wee oo wee oo.

Whale Song, Monkey Trouble, and Literal Dawg Attacks

Shiver me timbers, but Cutthroat Island is (probably not) the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring long-awaited return of Katherin the Great.

Review in a Nutshell: A big-budget pirate adventure that torpedoed an entire movie studio, Cuttroat Island hasn’t aged very well due to its thin script and questionable casting choices, but a scene-chewing performance by Frank Langella as the villainous pirate Dawg helps a bit.

Rock Monsters and the Evil Influence of Uranus.

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Oil up those pectoral muscles, because Hercules Against the Moon Men is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the title or the movie poster above to download our review of the film, featuring M.O.M., the Mistress of Malapropisms.

Review in a Nutshell: Not actually a Hercules movie but in fact a Maciste film, Hercules Against the Moon Men salvages a surprising amount of production value from its costumes, locations, old school special effects, and the affable performance of Alan Steel, who never stops smiling even when beset by saber-tooth apes or spiky death-traps.

Those Legendarily Furious Fists, Yo.

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Brush up on your 1930’s international politics, because Fist of Legend is the Greatest Movie EVER!.

Click on the title or the DVD cover above to download our review of the film, featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting.

Review in a Nutshell: A re-telling of the classic Bruce Lee martial arts revenge film, Fist of Fury, director Gordon Chan and actor Jet Li bring a surprisingly humanistic portrayal to the character of Chen Zhen, a student who defends the honor of Chinese kung fu in the face of foreign aggression. The fight choreography by Yuen Woo-Ping is top notch.

I Meant “The Long Goodbye”, Not “The Big Sleep”.

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It’s an ace detective team-up for the centuries, and Murder by Death is (probably not) the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the title or the movie poster above to download our review of the film, featuring M.O.M..

Review in a Nutshell: Death is easy, comedy is hard. Despite an all-star cast and the writing talents of the creator of The Odd Couple, I found Murder by Death to be brutally unfunny, although  we can’t quite put our finger on why this meta-textual critique of the foibles of the murder mystery genre doesn’t work.