蜘蛛巣城 (Kumonosu-jō, lit. “Spider Web Castle”) [Throne of Blood] (1957)

As always, the title was changed in translation: "Kumonosu-jō" actually translates to "Spider's Web Castle," the given name of the castle in the film. It's probably criminal to some, but at this point I'm more familiar–in terms of what I have experienced–with the work of Akira Kurosawa than I am with the work of William […]

Read More 蜘蛛巣城 (Kumonosu-jō, lit. “Spider Web Castle”) [Throne of Blood] (1957)

ゴジラ・モスラ・キングギドラ 大怪獣総攻撃 (Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidorâ: Daikaijû sôkôgeki) [Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah (…)] (2001)

Slowly I’m making my way through the Millennium/X series of Godzilla films, the only series completely available in Region 1 DVD releases. There are notable exceptions from both the Showa and Heisei series over here, unfortunately–well, notably absent, not necessarily notable films–nevermind the releases that fail to have original language tracks or original aspect ratios. […]

Read More ゴジラ・モスラ・キングギドラ 大怪獣総攻撃 (Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidorâ: Daikaijû sôkôgeki) [Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah (…)] (2001)

ゴジラvsメカゴジラ (Gojira Vs. Mekagojira) [Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla “II”] (1993)

For someone who has loved daikaiju as long as myself, it’s a bit embarrassing how recent most of my collection of the films is. I’m picky and specific, to be sure, but there are plenty of decent Godzilla and Gamera releases around, and still some I’ve yet to purchase. I’ve watched even fewer, and more […]

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リング (Ringu) [Ring] (1998)

Oh goodness. This is an incredibly dangerous review for me, as most who know me know. Let me attempt to restrain myself from the natural response I have to reviewing this film and try to encapsulate my boundless irritation with the abysmal remake as follows: the American film (The Ring, of course) is a remake […]

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ガメラ 大怪獣空中決戦 (Gamera daikaijuu kuchyu kessen) [Gamera: Guardian of the Universe] (1995)

To those who know me, it’s no secret (at all) but to those who don’t, let this be a lesson: I am a huge daikaiju fan. My fandom dates back to before I knew that term or what it meant (dai being essentially an “adjective” to mean “large”–in this case giant–and “kaiju” being a term […]

Read More ガメラ 大怪獣空中決戦 (Gamera daikaijuu kuchyu kessen) [Gamera: Guardian of the Universe] (1995)