When any new form of media arrives, there are always a lot of inventive ways devised to make use of them. Mind you, a lot of them don’t last very long. One of the odder ones — and, curiously, one that outlived the media type that spawned it — was the OVA. OVA stands for […]Read more "Dragon’s Heaven (1988)"
(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 […]Read more "Sengoku machine GoShogun: toki no ihôjin [GoShogun: The Time Étranger] (1985)"
I love this film. I know, I know, a lot of you won’t agree with me. But it is a truly epic film, one which pushed the technological boundaries of its day, and gave the loving, “A” budget treatment to a film which was not merely a lowly member of a disregarded genre (science fiction) […]Read more "The Black Hole (1979)"
Now those of you familiar with Japanese mythology (or who are obsessive Toho monster fans) may have heard of Yamata no Orochi. This was the monstrous, eight-headed dragon god the legendary hero, Susano-o fought to save a girl who was about to be sacrificed to it. This story appears in the classic 1959 Toho epic, […]Read more "Yamata no Orochi no Gyakushu [Eight-Headed Giant Serpent’s Counterattack] (1985)"
Look, it’s a Hong Kong thing. Either you accept it for what it is, or you go off and watch something safe, like a Hallmark Christmas Movie or a SyFy network original “vs.” giant monster movie. Both of which are distinctively American in the same way that HK Chopsockey comedies are so very Hong Kong, […]Read more "Zui jia pai dang 2: Da xian shen tong [Mad Mission Part 2: Aces Go Places] (1983)"
In 1999, Sunrise decided to celebrate the Twentieth Anniversary of their Gundam franchise by making their first live action movie… For American television. In which the word Gundam is never mentioned. And the film only had minimal connections to the rest of the franchise. Okay… I guess it made sense to someone. Now I’ll admit […]Read more "G-Saviour (1999)"
I knew this was going to happen. After all, it keeps happening to the big green guy. Sooner or later, the Legendary American version of him was bound to end up back in the Seventies. I know, I know. You’re thinking “You mean the Sixties. After all, that’s when he fought King Kong before.” But, […]Read more "Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)"
The best part about chasing after obscure movies is that every once in a while you find something you were not at all prepared to find, the kind of film which leaves you wondering why no one has grabbed the film and released it here in the US. But maybe this is one of those […]Read more "ROBO☆ROCK [ROBO☆ROKKU] (2007)"
It never ceases to amaze me. I’ve seen it happening again and again: independent films with interesting, unique and appropriate names — like Das letzte Land [The Final Land], Canaries or Black Flowers — get the most vapid and anonymous titles from their distributors, like Final Voyage, Alien Party Crashers and Atomic Apocalypse. And this has to be […]Read more "OMG, I’m a Robot! [Robot Awakening] (2015)"
It is one thing to watch a movie and think you’ve seen it before. It is something entirely different to watch a movie for the first time and know that you’ve seen it before. In 1998, with the American Godzilla on the way, Full Moon Features made two Kaiju Eiga of their own (under their […]Read more "Planet Patrol (1999)"