Archive for December, 2008

“Godzilla vs. Hedorah” – A.J. Hakari

To be honest, I thought I was prepared for something as monumentally silly as Godzilla vs. Hedorah. After experiencing firsthand the kid-friendly atmosphere of All Monsters Attack and Godzilla vs. Megalon’s asinine plotting, I thought that the franchise couldn’t possibly get any goofier. But after watching Godzilla vs. Hedorah, I’m prepared to eat my words, [...]

“Deadly Fight in Hiroshima” – A.J. Hakari

Japanese gangsters have really gotten the short end of the cinematic stick. While the Italians are out having all the fun, soldiers of the Yakuza often get stuck as placeholder villains, alongside corporations and Eastern European terrorists. But leave it to Battle Royale’s Kinji Fukasaku to give Japan its own crime saga in the form [...]

“The Place Promised in Our Early Days” – Chris Luedtke

Give me a blanket, give me a pillow, give me a soft place to lay, pop in this flick, and I’m good to go. Not so very often do I get a strong urge to just sit back and enjoy the bittersweet frames whisk by. The Place Promised in Our Early Days is a place [...]

“Mandabi” – A.J. Hakari

The old saying goes that money is the root of all evil. Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene’s Mandabi goes one step further and shows how even the promise of money can send one’s world into disarray. Like his later film Xala, Sembene begins the film with a simple situation that proceeds to spin wildly out of [...]

“Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack” – A.J. Hakari

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack is the sort of unwieldy title usually reserved for Pirates of the Caribbean sequels. But when it comes to this chapter of the kaiju great’s saga, it couldn’t be more appropriate. GMK is one of the most epic films of the series, yet at the same [...]