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Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero
6 years ago via Flixster

While it is a bit slim on the monster action, this is actually quite a good movie. Silly aliens from Planet X on the far side of Jupiter ask to borrow Godzilla and Rodan to fight Monster Zero who has been decimating their planet and in return they will provide a miracle drug to the Earth. Turns out that Monster Zero is actually King Ghidorah and the people of Earth agree to lend the Xiliens Godzilla and Rodan. Unfortunately, it was all a really complicated ruse and the xiliens declare war on Earth, and use mind control to send Godzilla, Rodan, and King Ghidorah to destroy to Japan. Unfortunately for the aliens, the people of Earth have discovered a way to sever their control of the monsters. Godzilla and Rodan don't show up until almost a third of the way into the film, and the monster battles are horribly brief. However, when the rest of the movie is so much fun, it's easy to overlook. I'm quite fond of this Godzilla suit, and Rodan and King Ghidorah look great as well. There is an obvious use of stock footage from the original Rodan, but most of the monster destruction is brand new and very well done. It's worth a look and actually manages to be very entertaining.

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
6 years ago via Movies on Facebook
½

Some sequels surpass their predecessors in quality--this is not one of those sequels. The story this time is that the Shobijin--the tiny twin fairies that serve Mothra--have appeared and begged the Japanese government to return Kiryu to the ocean because Godzilla's bones should not have been disturbed in the first place. If the government doesn't cooperate, Mothra will attack Japan, but if they cooperate she will defend them from Godzilla. Unfortunately, Godzilla decides to return to tokyo seeking a rematch with Kiryu, but Mothra arrives to fight off the monster. However, she is quickly overmatched, so the government decides to ignore Mothra's warning and sends Kiryu to help. The story is incredibly uneven this time out, but the special effects are easily the best of the series. Unfortunately, the effects belong to a script that islittle more than a Frakenstein's monster of elements cribbed from previous Godzilla movies. Two twin Mothra larvae arrive in the climactic battle and actually recreate exact scenes from Mothra vs. Godzilla, many of Kiryu's scenes are exact replicas of scenes in the previous film, and the resolution is almost identical to the end of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, only sillier--yes, sillier. Not to mention that despite Mothra being opposed to Kiryu's very existence, she and her offspring still fight alongside the cyborg. It's still a fun watch but just don't expect a good story.

Let the Right One In
7 years ago via Movies on Facebook

Well, whaddaya know, it is still possible to make a good vampire movie! Essentially this is a vampire romance film where a young vampire girl and a young human boy fall in love. However, unlike TWILIGHT, it never forgets that vampires are monsters that thrive upon death. We feel sympathy towards Eli--far more so than towards TWILIGHT's Edward--but we are never allowed to forget that in order to exist, she must take the lives of people. This is also one of the few films I've seen that uses traditional vampire lore without being tied down by it. As the title suggests, much is made of the fact that traditionally a vampire cannot enter a dwelling without first being invited--and the film even goes so far as to show what happens if a vampire does enter without an invitation. Terrifically filmed, with brilliant performances--particularly from the young actress playing Eli--this is a wonderful film. It is, however, not perfect, as it was based on a novel and despite the fact that several subplots from the novel were cut out of the film, there are still a few references to those subplots that serve only to befuddle the viewer who has not read the book. Beyond that, this is a great film and every horror fan should see it.

Watchmen
Watchmen (2009)
7 years ago via Flixster

A visually fascinating and highly engaging character study, with some terrific performances by Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, and Billy Crudup. The first two hours are simply marvelous and really draw the viewer into its alternate universe. Unfortunately, the film's resolution is deeply unsatisfying and a huge let-down after what has preceded it. In the end it is, unfortunately, a very uneven film. 'Tis a pity, as I really wanted to like it for the first 3/4ths of its running time. Worth seeing, but as consistently satisfying superhero films go you'd be better off with THE DARK KNIGHT, SPIDER-MAN 2, or even THE INCREDIBLES--whose plot was, ironically, clearly inspired by the graphic novel this film is based on.

Slumdog Millionaire
7 years ago via Flixster

An enchanting film, and quite deserving of the praise it has received. Danny Boyle's direction is superb as always, and the story is fascinating. Many critics of this film take it to task for being a poor imitation of a Bollywood film, but that simply shows that they don't know anything about Bollywood films. The only connections to Bollywood this film actually has are the dance sequence at the end credits, and the fact that its score is by A.R. Rahman. To criticize it for not being a Bollywood film simply because it's set in India is like criticizing LOST IN TRANSLATION for not being a Kurosawa film.