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Ultimate Samurai: Miyamoto Musashi

5-part collection on the life of the greatest swordsman who ever lived. it stops with his last and most famous duel, years before he wrote the classic 'Book of Five Rings' (Gorin no Sho). fictionalized, but still great.

Johnny Got His Gun

Great book, great movie. trapped within part of a body, unable to communicate. . .reliving the events of his life, leading to his taking part in World War I and being forever changed. . .forever trapped within himself. horrible and fascinating, gut-wrenching and provocative.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

the Surfer is, of course, the best part of the movie. . .outside of seeing Stan. wish Jack could have lived to be in it, too. . .


only took 40-45 years. . .what took so long?

X2: X-Men United

so the military wants to attack the mutants. . .let's see how well that works. . .

X-Men Origins - Wolverine

left me flat. storyline really sucked, and went against 30-40 years of continuity. . .REALLY hated 'Deadpool'. . .knowing all this, i'd have still watched it, but only for Jackman.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

few changes in the storyline. . .instead of wearing the armor breatpplate, now he has a nuclear reactor inside his chest. . .lotsa good stuff in this movie

Village of the Damned

Carpenter's remake of the 60's movie, both from John Wyndham's story 'The Midwich Cuckoos'. . .still powerful. a treat seeing the late Christopher Reeve in George Sanders' role. . .

The Thing from Another World

adapted from the John W Campbell story 'Who Goes There?', the story was basically slaughtered in its first screen version. a woman was placed in the cast; and, indignity of indignity, James Arness starred as 'the Thing'. . .basically, a walking carrot.

we had to wait for John Carpenter to do Campbell's story justice.

Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2(2010)

there have been a few changes in the comic book storyline, which don't detract from the action, but might upset pureheart Iron Man readers. Ivan Vankov, the original Crimson Dynamo, has become Whiplash. Natasha Romanov (the Black Widow) is already a member of SHIELD.

there's also a new Rhodey in this movie. . .and a couple other teases are presented. . .a certain shield and a certain hammer. . .

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

the first reappearance after the TV show's cancellation. . .it was worth the wait, for the special effects if not the story

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

part 2 of a story began by Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla. . .a blending of science and Shintoism. . .but then again, the whole concept is. . .


Matthew Broderick was the only saving grace in this film. Otherwise it's basically "Jurassic Park 4: Giant Velociraptor in New York".

. . .on second thought, I take it back. . .VICKI LEWIS. . .she's totally hot hot hot HOT HOT HOT in ANYthing she's in, even if it's a turkey like this. . .

My Favorite Year

What's the difference between an 'actor' and a 'movie star'?

Wild At Heart

A beautiful modern fairy tale, with just the right mix of sex and violence and drugs and rock'n'roll. . .

Heavy Metal
Heavy Metal(1981)

Just about the best animated movie I ever saw, following on the heels of "Heavy Metal" magazine, known as "Metal Hurlant" in its native country of France.

Got an ASS-KICKIN' soundtrack, too. The music alone was worth the price of admission. . .

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

What most people don't realize is that this film is the logical followup to "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "2010: Odyssey Two".

. . .and it quite adequately explains why some people really, really hate clowns. . .

Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

Titled "Gojira" in Japan. Raymond Burr ("Perry Mason", "Ironside" on TV) was spliced into the American Version of this film; decades later, he would reprise the role of "Steve Martin" in "Godzilla 1985", which I believe was his last role. Still a great movie to watch.

Godzilla 2000

not bad; here we see a lot of evidence that Godzilla has intelligence superior to humans

The Big Boss (Tang shan da xiong)

one of Bruce Lee's earliest and best movies. . .a must-see

The Devil's Rejects

sequel to "House of 1000 Corpses", and just as gory. . .bit more suspense, though. . .

House of 1000 Corpses

not so bad, if you like senseles guts and blood and gore. . .Rob Zombie's first movie. . .

Trinity Is Still My Name (...continuavano a chiamarlo Trinità)

never, never get tired of this character. . .NEVER. . .


it's a fairly decent movie, especially as regards the psychology of Achilles and Hector. but i rather intensely disliked its alteration of the "Iliad", shoving years of conflict into just a few days. And it pretty accurately portrayed Agamemnon and Menelaus as the jerks they were. . .

The Fountain
The Fountain(2006)

great love story; great mythological story.

Shogun Assassin

Based on the life of Lone Wolf and Cub, Itto Ogami and his son Daigoro. This is one episode in a series of films, although this is the only one I've ever seen.

Gigantis the Fire Monster (Godzilla Raids Again)(Gojira's Counterattack)(The Volcano Monster)

sure, he died in the very first film, but haven't you ever heard of someone coming back from the dead?

Bambi Meets Godzilla

YOW-suh !
the upgrade of the venerable and much-worshipped classic of the 60's.

Godzilla 1985

the American version brought back Raymond Burr (possibly in his last movie) as reporter Steve Martin. A good movie, although a bit of campiness leaks in here and there.

Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla

unlike the current model, the original was constructed by illegals. . .

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (Gojira tai Mekagojira)

what i consider part one of a 2-part story followed by 'Tokyo SOS'

Godzilla Vs Hedorah (Gojira tai Hedorâ) (Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster)

so hokey and campy it's perfect; the "environmentalist" Godzilla battles the smog monster by using--among other things--KUNG FU !

King Kong vs. Godzilla

As has been said, "King Kong is 50 feet high; Godzilla is 400 feet high. . .NO WAY. . ."


less introspective than "2001", but it gets to the point: what happened to the crew of the Discovery? A near-perfect adaptation of Clarke's novel, bolstered by recent discoveries by our probes to Jupiter. . .

They Live
They Live(1988)

simple themes and plot. Rowdy Roddy still brings it off. A good movie for the days since 9-11

High Plains Drifter

something of a 19th century ghost story. . .completely mythological. . .

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

the perfect end to the "Man With No Name" trilogy. . .by far the best of the lot

For a Few Dollars More (Per Qualche Dollaro in Più)

the continuation of the American Yojimbo. . .not as good as the first or the last, but still great

A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari)

Sergio Leone adapted Akira Kurosawa's "Yojimbo" to the American West. The beginning of the "Man With No Name" series.

Godzilla: Final Wars

probably the best of the movies, if for nothing else than the appearance of the "Rogues' Gallery" of enemies. . .not counting the aliens.

Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2(2004)

not bad. . .more of a psychological study than a straight comic adaptation. . .

2001: A Space Odyssey

The Kubrick-Clarke collaboration is a masterwork; yet its meaning cannot be commonly agreed on. Interpretation is left to the individual.

My Name Is Nobody (Il mio nome è Nessuno)

Wonderful movie. What happens if you're too well known? Don't you just want to escape?

The Magnificent Seven

Kurosawa Cowboys - with an all-star cast.

Full Metal Jacket

Loved trhe movie; brough back memories. I didn't like the way it left out some of the stories in the book; a lotta good material could have been used.

The Thing
The Thing(1982)

It took about 50 years for this story to get done right. Thank God for Carpenter.

Circle of Iron

Bruce Lee wrote the story. He died. His followers, including David Carradine and James Coburn, put the story on film for him.

All the best stories are mythological. This is one of them.

Judgment at Nuremberg

A group of German jurists are placed on trial for their collusion with the deceased Nazi regime. What is right, and what is wrong? When should one speak out?

Inherit the Wind

Based on the play, in turn based on the Scopes Trial, it's as relevant to the present time as it was then.

Revenge of the Ninja

No matter how you try to get along, some people JUST WON'T LET YOU.

American Ninja

First of the series, with Dudikoff as an American serviceman who moonlights as a ninja. Of course, almost everyone's against him.

Enter the Ninja

A good film, full of action.

Ninja III: The Domination

It's an okay movie, but Sho Kusugi was the best thing about it.

Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai)

Supposedly based on a true story, this was the inspiration for "The Magnificent Seven", which in turn spawned a movie series and a TV series.

This was one of Toshiro Mifune's first roles, and one of his best.


Based on a real story, this was later remade as the American western "The Outrage" with William Shatner.

The "Rashomon Phenomenon" illustrates the vulnerabilities of eyewitness testimony; for years some lawyers' bar associations made it part of their required training.


Kurosawa was a great fan of Shakespeare, and based "Ran" on Shakespeare's "King Lear".
This remains one of the most consistently gorgeous and meaningful films I've seen.

Red Sun
Red Sun(1972)

The most romantic period for any society is its feudal era. Here the American and Japanese feudal eras overlap in a story possibly based on fact. The interplay of Mifune and Bronson is classic.


Before CGI or the special effects we've come to expect, "Zardoz" reaches levels of mythology and philosophy that go beyond 99.99999999999 % of movies.


the film that inspired Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name, starting with "A Fistful of Dollars".