If you’d asked me to name the best videogame film adaptation, I probably would have ducked the question by answering Scott Pilgrim Versus the World, which, while an incredible (if silly) film, isn’t actually based on a videogame, just on the whole notion of gaming. On the whole, most of the ones I’ve seen seem to […]Read more "Ratchet & Clank (2016)"
My Dad grew up during the Great Depression and he fondly remembered going to the local theaters for the Saturday morning matinees, where they’d always show two pictures, a few shorts or newsreels, and of course, a chapter of a serial. These were sort of the precursor of television: cheap, quickly made, and churned out […]Read more "The Vanishing Shadow (1934)"
Lately, it seems like Pixar has been stuck in a rut of endless sequels and dubious choices (with Inside Out one of the few bright spots) while the Disney animation department has turned out the sort of films we really expect from Pixar. Which is certainly the case here. What makes this even more interesting is the presence […]Read more "Big Hero 6 (2014)"
This film appeared the same year as Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, and it’s hard not to see it as Toei Studios’ attempt to break into the same market. The same year, they also released Magic Serpent, which ranks as one of the absolutely goofiest kaiju eiga movies ever made by anyone at any time for […]Read more "Terror Beneath the Sea [Kaitei daisensô] (1966)"
There’s a line in Star Wars that is almost guaranteed to get a laugh from even the hardest hard-core fan, when Ben Kenobi comments about the wreckage of the Jawa Sandcrawler, “And these blast points, too accurate for Sandpeople. Only Imperial stormtroopers are so precise.” In fact, the late Roger Ebert had the meme “Stormtrooper Marksmanship […]Read more "Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)"
(aka, The Robot King) Apparently, Americans are idiots. Or at least that’s the impression one gets from our film industry. Case in point: Yak, an animated version of the Indian classic, the Ramayana, filmed in Thailand. There are in fact two separate English language versions of this film, the second of which was made for the […]Read more "Yak [The Giant King] (2012)"
There’s a marvelous little sequence in Doug TenNapel’s graphic novel Cardboard that comes to mind: the hero, Mike, tries to find out the origin of the mysterious cardboard box he bought for his boy’s birthday, which makes everything made from it come to life. The old man who sold it to him explains: “A renegade bunch […]Read more "Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla [Gojira VS Supesugojira] (1994)"