Category Archives: World Cinema

GODZILLA SEASON: Film Review No.291: Ebirah, Horror Of The Deep

Ebirah-Horror-Of-The-Deep-1

It’s time for a Godzilla island adventure! Grab your Hawaiian shirt, your Ukulele and get ready to get down and swing with a veritable bevy of beach based fun! That’s right folk! Godzilla is going on holiday and you’re invited! But what’s that? Is that a giant lobster?! Well that can only mean one thing! Toho has ran out of ideas, or money, and is putting anything they can together to try to save money during a period of Japanese film making where readily available funds were in decline! Money will be saved. Adventures will be had. Angles will be Dutched and and music will be seriously groovy. Click the link for Ebirah, Horror of the Deep!

Go, go, Godzilla!

About these ads

GODZILLA SEASON: Film Review No.290: Invasion Of The Astro-Monster

Invasion-of-The-Astro-Monster-2

We’re now Six films into the Godzilla series and, already, we’ve moved away from what the original film was drastically. The dark thematic elements regarding Japan’s fear of the Atomic bomb has been replaced with cursory discussion. Godzilla is no longer the villain but has become almost an anti-hero fighting to protect Earth. Gojira was very much set in the real world, in this film the Earth in invaded by aliens from Jupiter’s recently discovered moon, Planet X. The change in tone and style over the first 6 films is so grand that, if were not for the iconic design of Godzilla himself, you’d think thee films were entirely unrelated. This would be akin to making a sequel to a film like RoboCop and giving him a jetpack or having him fighting ninja robots or something equally stupid. Thankfully that fate has never befallen RoboCop. Godzilla, on the other hand, is only part of the way through his Showa era transformation. Click the link below to see if I think these changes have worked out for the best.

Oh no! They say he’s got to go.


GODZILLA SEASON: Film Review No.289: Ghidorah, The Three Headed Monster

Ghidorah-The-Three-Headed-Monster-3

Notice a trend with the last few Godzilla film’s I’ve reviewed? He still hasn’t been given top billing in any film made since 1955. Ghidorah, The Three Headed Monster isn’t even the last of these early films to keep this trend up either. The next film is Invasion of the Astro Monster. After that is Godzilla Vs The Sea Monster, except that’s the US title. The actual title is Ebirah, Horror of the Deep. After that is Son of Godzilla, where he’s playing second fiddle to his irritating offspring. It’s not until 1971s Godzilla Vs Hedorah that we get a definite film where Godzilla gets top billing. It is kind of strange for the main attraction of these films to never get his name in the title. None of that really matters though. I was just trying to find something to fill this opening paragraph with before asking you to click the link below for my review of Ghidorah, The Three Headed Monster.

he picks up a bus and he throws it back down


GODZILLA SEASON: Film Review No.288: Mothra Vs Godzilla

Mothra-Vs-Godzilla-2

Why yes that is the poster for the Americanised version of Mothra Vs Godzilla. For some reason they opted to called it Godzilla vs The Thing and decided to hide just what “The Thing” was. Hell, looks like it’ll be some tentacle monster there. God bless the Hollywood B-Movie studio system of the 1960s. Anyway, this film is Mothra Vs Godzilla and it’s about Mothra fighting Godzilla. Well, there’s some stuff about an egg and some crooks… also some tiny little ladies… but mostly it’s about a giant moth fighting a giant dino-lizard guy. Click the link below to read what I hilariously call a review!

Scream, bug-eyed, as he looks in on them.


GODZILLA SEASON: Film Review No.287: King Kong Vs Godzilla

King-Kong-Vs-Godzilla-1

King Kong Vs Godzilla is a little bit of a big deal. It may not have been the most successful film of all time but it does hold the honour of having the highest box office attendance of all the Godzilla films in Japan. It also sent a message to Toho that big monster fights were a commercial draw and, more so that Godzilla Raids Again, it was this film that pushed the series in the direction we mostly regard Godzilla as having. The film almost didn’t happen. Back in 1955 Toho had put Godzilla on ice (That’s a pun you’ll get later) with no intention of making any new films. In the early 1960s the studio was working on making a Japanese King Kong film and intended to have Kong fight against another of their monster movie stars, Frankenstein. Frankenstein is 50 metres tall in Japan by the way. This was eventually scrapped when Toho learned they no longer had the license for Frankenstein and so they decided to defrost (also a pun) Godzilla after 7 years and create a battle of East Vs West with two of the biggest monster movie stars of the time. Click the link for my review.

Helpless people on subway trains


GODZILLA SEASON: Film Review No.286: Godzilla Raids Again

Godzilla-Raids-Again-3

So my review of Gojira went up yesterday and right after I was done with that I moved straight onto watching its sequel, Godzilla Raids Again. I had never seen this entry in the series before. There’s quite a few Godzilla films I haven’t seen, to be honest. Not surprising considering how much off a ball-ache it is to actually acquire these things. Godzilla Raids Again is the film that laid the groundwork for the monster Vs monster films that would come to be the main focus of the series from this point onwards. I believe, off the top of my head, only 2 Godzilla films made after this point didn’t feature a second monster. And one of those was the Roland Emmerich film that didn’t even feature Godzilla. This film features Godzilla though, so it’s all good. Click the link below or something.

He pulls the splitting high tension wires down


GODZILLA SEASON: Film Review No.285: Gojira

Gojira-2

Back when I was a youngster of some variety formerly decent British TV Channel, Channel 4, set up a film sister channel called Film 4. This was back in 1998, which means the variety of youngster I was would have been a 16 year old. Early on they did a few nights of Godzilla films and it was then that I saw the original Godzilla. Before this point I had seen the 1998 abomination “starring” Matthew Broderick and a number of random Godzilla films on VHS. The original Godzilla, or Gojira as it probably should be referred to in order to differentiate itself from the previously mentioned US film and the upcoming reboot, was a very different film to the ones I had seen before. It was slower paced, darker and there was no other monsters in sight. Also it was in Japanese. At this point, if you did see a Godzilla film, it would have likely been the English dubbed versions which often edited down from their original versions. This was the first Godzilla film I had seen without it being presented through the distorted lens of a US film studio. This was the real Godzilla experience. I watched the film again last night for the first time in a long, long time. How did it hold up? Click the link below.

With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound


Film Review No.284: Barbarella

Barbarella-1

So a while back I figured what type of films got me the most views. It seems that the formula basically involves reviewing a film that is full of sexiness and stuff. This was figured out when I noticed that my review of Showgirls was by far and away the most viewed review I have ever done. Also, my Blue is the Warmest Colour review pulled in a load of views in its first day. That had sexy ladies in it too. So, before I start Godzilla month (oh yes, that’s happening) allow me to introduce you to one of my favourite sexy films of all time. That film is Barbarella. Which you probably guessed based on the title of this review… and the fact there’s a pic of Jane Fonda as Barbarella up there… Also, there’s a good chance you Google searched for “Barabarella with shirt off” to find this site. Click the link below to see if I provide such a pic!

Will this review feature hot topless Jane Fonda action? You won’t believe what you see when you click this link!


Film Review No.270: Riki-Oh – The Story Of Ricky

Story-Of-Ricky-3

Oh man, where do I begin with this film? Some of you may be aware of The Story of Ricky. Mostly aware you’d be aware of its infamy as being one of the most gloriously brutal and violent films of its kind. To be honest, that’s likely all you’d be aware of. The film is pretty much a wafer thin story hanging on the tendons of a recently severed/exploded arm. Follow the link below and allow me to explain why that is all Riki-Oh needs.

You’ve got a lot of guts, Oscar!


Film Review No.268: Chennai Express

Chennai-Express-1

So I was perusing Netflix to find something to watch last night when I see in my Twitter feed that Film Crit Hulk has reviewed Dhoom 3. Dhoom 3 is currently doing a crazy amount of business in India and around the world. Obviously, it being a Bollywood film, there’s been pretty much zero coverage by mainstream western media. The film is out in the UK but the nearest cinema to me showing it is a fair old journey away and I’m quite broke right now. So how’s about I review the Bollywood film that was setting the theatres alight earlier this year before Dhoom 3 came out, and more importantly happens to be available on the UK Netflix. That film is the Shah Rukh Khan starring Chennai Express and after the link is words what do make up this review.

Do not underestimate the power of the common man.


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 401 other followers