Daikaijû Gamera (Gamera: The Giant Monster) (1965)

I suppose you could say it is a tradition. Although it isn’t too hard to spot the moment when it actually began.  When Toho’s first major monster epic, Godzilla, first came to the United State, the U.S. producer added a lot of new footage with Raymond Burr as a reporter (with the funniest moment coming in […]

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Nainteîn [19] (1987)

(aka, XIX) I should know by now that you just can’t rely on the advertising. Consider the movie 19: if you read the plot summaries of the film that are out there (and yes, the plot descriptions you find on a movie site are almost always written by the studio, particularly when every review uses […]

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Vicious Lips (1986)

(aka, Pleasure Planet, Lunar Madness) [Spoilers Ahead] Who knew the future had Eighties’ Girl Bands? Not to mention big hair, wild New Wave fashions and an incredible club scene. Look, some of these movies, you look at them and wonder, what were they thinking?  There’s an interesting movie here somewhere, but it just didn’t get […]

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El monstruo de los volcanes (1963)

(literal title: The Monster of the Volcano) Honorable Mention Welcome to Mexico’s first Yeti movie. And it proves to be pretty much what you’d expect: brave hero, beautiful young girl, familiar horror elements we’ve seen in other non-Mexican films, and, of course, a big, silly-looking monster. A group of engineers are trying to construct a […]

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The Monster (2016)

Okay, it takes a while to get going. In fact, we are over a half an hour into the film before that monster finally makes an appearance. But it is not exactly wasted time as we learn a lot about the troubled relationship between Lizzy and her alcoholic mother Kathy.  They are on a trip […]

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Se tutte le donne del mondo… (Operazione Paradiso) [Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die] (1966)

[Literal Translation: If All the Women in the World… (Operation Paradise)] We’ve heard that art imitates life. And a parody is, of course based on the original work. But sometimes it works the other way. Take Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die, for example: it’s a lighthearted parody of the James Bond films, right?  […]

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