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With such a large number of Godzilla sequels being released, we’re truly spoilt for choice. However, it seems that it doesn’t really matter which Godzilla film you watch: they all have a very similar feel, and not just because they all contain the titular giant monster. It’s more that each film shares the same themes and basic plot lines that make them feel so very ‘samey’. There are the recurring themes that nuclear anything is bad, the fact that Godzilla … (read more)
Well those wacky Japanese scientists are at it again. As can be gleaned from the synopsis above, weather experiments are being conducted. These weather experiments consist of being able to make it snow on a tropical island. Why? Well, that’s never really explained, but be assured that there is a definite useful purpose behind this research. In any case, it seems that the equipment to be used in the experiments has a high probability of going awry and blanketing the … (read more)
A little while ago I was fortunate enough to catch the film Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem at the Mercury Cinema in Adelaide. Why I was fortunate was that the film opened my eyes to different ways in which to convey a story. You see, what made Interstella 5555 a unique anime experience was that it contained no lines of dialogue whatsoever. Instead, the film consisted of the animated story with an audio track contributed by … (read more)
Having watched Godzilla: Tokyo SOS, I really don’t believe that I can possibly watch another Godzilla film, and it’s not because it’s a bad film. Quite the opposite, in fact. I just can’t stand the thought of disappointment from any of the other Godzilla titles that I am yet to watch.
It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what makes Tokyo SOS such a fantastic Godzilla film. However, I must point out that when I say ‘fantastic’, I am making a … (read more)
With around 28 films, the Godzilla franchise has definitely seen its share of highs and lows. It seems that for every brilliant and truly inspired Godzilla film, worthy of critical acclaim, there’s a Godzilla film that is so bad, so poorly concocted that it’s the spawn of Lucifer himself. True, I may exaggerate a little, but it does seem that there is a great discrepancy between Godzilla films. Thus, it should be of no surprise to hear that Godzilla vs … (read more)
Where do we even begin with Maburaho? It’s probably best to begin with the synopsis from the back of the DVD jacket (written above) and basically go downhill from there. The synopsis pretty much sums up the entirety of the first disc, and I’d be willing to gamble that there are very few surprises in store for the rest of the series. To this end, the rest of this review is pretty much padding, since with Maburaho, what … (read more)
After the rather pitiful Zatoichi in Desperation I was worried that the Zatoichi franchise could be lost forever. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy writing a scathing review – in fact they’re easier to write, it’s just that you have to watch the film in the first place. Thus I had fairly low expectations when I began watching Zatoichi at Large. Thankfully it isn’t as bad as Zatoichi in Desperation. What am I saying?! It completely annihilates … (read more)
It’s a crying shame when a well-loved film series becomes so formulaic that each successive film brings nothing fresh or original to the story line or character development of the series. Unfortunately, it seems that Zatoichi in Desperation has steered the Zatoichi franchise down this path of fruitless repetition. Having said this, Zatoichi in Desperation cannot be called a terrible film: it’s just a bad film, as there are a handful of good scenes which make the film watchable.
It … (read more)