It’s finally here! After many long months of delays (this was originally recorded on September 23rd, 2017), the Robot Carnival podcast has arrived. CLICK HERE or on the DVD cover above to listen to Dawn, Tom, and myself talk about this eclectic animated anthology from 1987 about sad robots, robot sadness, and the general inability for teenager girls to hold onto their lockets.
Strap on your helmet (and leave it on) because Judge Dredd is the Greatest Movie EVER!
Click on the (helmet-less) DVD cover or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Katherin the Great.
Review in a Nutshell: Despite its high production values, Judge Dredd stumbles because it tries to turn a dark and satirical British comic book into a big, dumb, American action movie. The casting is questionable, the dialog is hammy, and the performances are mixed, but man does that ABC Warrior robot look cool.
Put on your professorial hiking gear, because The War of the Gargantuas is the Greatest Movie EVER!
Click on the Japanese Bluray cover or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring M.O.M., the Mistress of Malapropisms.
Review in a Nutshell: A somewhat strange sequel to Frankenstein Conquers the World that stars Russ Tamblyn of all people, The War of the Gargantuas is a throwback to the golden era of Toho’s giant monster films.
Due to various circumstances, we missed the entire month of June, but now we’re back and it’s Time to have some Anime Fun. In this episode, Tom, Andrew Collie, Dylan Kielman, and I discuss Kemono Friends, an unlikely 3DCG TV anime from 2017 whose moe cuteness belies a surprisingly rich and somber story-line. CLICK HERE or on the image above to tune in for discussion that includes digressions on classic mecha anime, love-sick penguins, Toei’s tokusatsu assassin Redman, and various slanders aimed out our fellow Anitwitter friends.
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.
Before there was JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, super fabulous manga auteur Hirohiko Araki created Baoh, a silly, stylish, ultra-violent shonen manga that was adapted in 1989 into an OAV with animation by Studio Pierrot. CLICK HERE or on the image above to join Tom, Dylan, and Paul as they take a trip down memory lane and discuss such subjects as the joys of bad dubbing and exquisite dog-murder in the latest installment of GME! Anime Fun Time.
Strap on your six guns, because Westworld (1973) 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: A low-budget, high-concept genre film that predates the popular usage of the phrase “computer virus”, Westworld (1973) is a compelling science fiction thriller with solid performances, strong character writing, and special effects that have stood the test of time.
July is here, and it’s time for another jumbo-sized helping of GME! Anime Fun Time. This time Tom, Daryl, Dylan, and I examine Giant Robo: The Animation – The Day the Earth Stood Still, a 7 episode OAV series from the Nineties directed by Yasuhiro Imagawa and inspired by the manga works of Mitsuteru Yokoyama. Don’t let the term “robo” fool you: Giant Robo is closer in spirit to the heroic wuxia tales of classic Chinese literature than to something like Mobile Suit Gundam. CLICK HERE or on the image above to download our review of the series.
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.
Take a dip in the Immunity Bath, because Latitude Zero is the Greatest Movie EVER!
Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring M.O.M., the Mistress of Malapropisms.
Review in a Nutshell: A 1969 tokusatsu film directed by Ishiro Honda with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, Latitude Zero was filmed in English and marketed to an international audience. Despite the presence of flying submarines, super advanced undersea civilizations, laser gloves, and a giant griffon, the extended international version of the movie is not nearly as zany as I wanted it to be.