28 1/2 mousou no kyojin [28 1/2] (2010)

(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 […]

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Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau (2014)

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 […]

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Nezura 1964 (2020)

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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The Faceless Star (2019)

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 […]

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Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013)

“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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Trekkies (1997)

As i sat down to write this, I was reminded once again of just how big the Star Trek Fandom has become:  besides a 2004 sequel to this film (Trekkies 2), IMDB also lists these documentaries about the Trek phenomenon:   Trek Nation (2011); The Captains (2011); Chaos on the Bridge (2014); and For the Love of Spock […]

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