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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Sengoku machine GoShogun: toki no ihôjin [GoShogun: The Time Étranger] (1985)

(aka, GoShogun: The Time Stranger) There’s weird, then there’s Japanese Anime weird. And if you want proof you need look no further than GoShogun: The Time Étranger: here we have a children’s bright and colorful Giant robot television series, much in the vein of Voltron, which was adapted four years after the series ran into […]

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Free Guy (2021)

You’ve seen the trailers. An ordinary guy named Guy — a bank teller whose bank is robbed every day — doesn’t realize that the city where he lives his happy everyday life (dodging the occasional firefight) is really a super-violent videogame. Until, that is, he finally meets the girl of his dreams — only to […]

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Monsterland (2016)

Ah, yes, the anthology film. The truth is, it’s been around for a long time, one can even point at the silent horror classics, Destiny (1921, directed by Fritz Lang) and Paul Leni’s 1924 film, Waxworks, as two of the earlier examples.  I really have no idea what movie was the first anthology film, nor […]

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Waiting for Gorgo (2009)

Buried deep in the bowels of the British Ministry of Defense bureaucracy at Whitehall, the mysterious agency D.M.O.A has survived for almost Sixty years, even if it has now dwindled to no more than two employees.  But what does it do, and why is it still funded after all these years? And who is the […]

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Frankenstein 1970 (1958)

It came as a bit of surprise to me, after reading about this one in books about Science Fiction Cinema for years, to learn that it wasn’t actually made in 1970. I suppose I didn’t pay much attention to it, to be honest. In fact, as far as I can see, there really wasn’t any claim […]

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Monster! (1999)

I suppose it was inevitable. Scream brought a little new life to the faltering slasher horror genre with a very Post Modern story where everything depended on the rules we’d all learned from watching horror films. Now the nitpickers out there will undoubtedly point out that the idea wasn’t exactly new and had shown up […]

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Daikessen! Chô urutora 8 kyôdai [Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers] (2008)

(aka Great Decisive Battle! The Super 8 Ultra Brothers ) This is, without question, the most unique of all the Ultraman movies. Admittedly, that’s a curious thing thing to be saying about a movie franchise which has produced so many surprisingly dissimilar films.  But I really think they outdid themselves this time, creating a film which […]

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