(Includes The Man from M.A.R.S. (1922). Aka, Radio-Mania, Mars Mania, M.A.R.S.) “Mother, does not the astonishing restriction of Earth man’s cerebral cavities limit his perspicacity to an infinitesimal minimum?” “Do not ask childish questions, dear!” Once again, I got to see something I never dreamed I would get a chance to see. Although I have […]
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(Literal Title: 28 1/2 Delusional Giant) I never thought I would see this film. I suppose I could blame Mamoru Oshii for this: after all, his rather strange career has gone in a lot of very odd directions since he made the films which are hailed as his big classics: The Ghost in the Shell […]
Read more "28 1/2 mousou no kyojin [28 1/2] (2010)"
It’s the artwork that really sticks in your mind. Bright, and almost painfully colorful, full of beast men against often strikingly modern details, with blood splashes or medical equipment or violence, and a touch of black humor: whatever else you might say about it, you can’t ignore it on the page. You can hardly look […]
Read more "Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau (2014)"
(aka, Russian Road to the Stars) Great accomplishments in film never stand on their own. Take for example Kubrick’s masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey: It stunned audiences of its day, giving them an incredible glimpse of our solar system and the future of space travel, with a level of detail, scientific accuracy and believability never […]
Read more "Doroga k zvezdam [Road to the Stars] (1957)"
In 1963, Daiei started production on their attempt to break into the market for movies featuring giant monsters. However, instead of yet another giant lizard creature, they hit on the notion of something very different: a movie featuring a horde of deadly beasts. Giant rats, to be precise. But things didn’t work out as planned […]
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You have to admire someone who tries this hard. Back in 2005, with Steven Spielberg hard at work on his version of the classic H.G. Wells Novel, Timothy Hines made his own three-hour adaptation of the book which was (supposedly) the most accurate version ever made and which contained nearly every scene in the book. […]
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This is a rather clever little film. It starts out in a very routine, almost boringly familiar sort of way, like one of those all too common documentaries overflowing the History Channel. Only it very quickly subverts the form and uses the documentary format to tell a story you couldn’t tell any other way. Mind […]
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Honorable Mention You have no excuse not to watch this one. After all, it’s short. In fact, it’s only a minute long. This is an intense, mini-documentary about the great Haruo Nakajima… …What, you never heard of him? That’s because he was the unseen actor under all of Godzilla‘s foam rubber, who played one of […]
Read more "The Faceless Star (2019)"
This is a strange one. We start out with grainy and badly-scratched black and white footage of legendary horror writer, H.P. Lovecraft talking into an old-fashioned radio microphone about his work. It seems for a moment that we’re in a documentary about Lovecraft as he talks at length about the type of stories he writes […]
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“Many stories are told of Zaphod Beeblebrox’s journey to the Frogstar. Ten percent of them are ninety-five percent true, fourteen percent of them are sixty-five percent true, thirty-five percent of them are only five percent true, and all the rest of them are… told by Zaphod Beeblebrox” Somehow or other, listening to Alejandro Jodorowsky talk about […]
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