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In "Ghidorah, The Three Headed Monster," Godzilla and Rodan are busy battling it out when Mothra arrives and convinces them to maybe try and put the past behind and save humanity from the coming monster that is King Ghidorah. The scene in which Mothra is squeaking at the roaring and screeching Godzilla and Rodan (respectively), is hilarious and strange, and as always there is some good old fashioned destruction as well. I think some of the stranger elements like the beginning of Godzilla as a hero and the introduction of the fairly awesome King Ghidorah make this a worthwhile entry in the long running series.
Solid thriller set in some kind of post apocolypse, where a virus has wiped out a good chunk of people, and a family is living in the woods hoping to survive. The movie begins with them burning the grandfather, who has recently succumbed to the virus...and then they are confronted by a man attempting to break into the house...and when they decide to trust him and bring his family into live with them, they are tested as to what kind of people they really are. I thought it was a solid thriller, well shot and performed, with a nice building of atmosphere and tension. Not the most original or exciting film I have ever seen, but a solid creepy thriller.
My issue with "The Beguiled" is an issue I seem to keep having with Sofia Coppola's work. There's great emotions to be explored in this movie, yet it never seems to bubble over the surface. It stays a bit too removed from any of the emotion, which detracts from the very story being told here. The movie looks great, and has great performances from great actors...and yet it feels like the cast is being somewhat stifled, not allowed to explore anything too deep. And since the whole movie needs the performances and emotional range to be anything other than a pretty film with a solid premise...it just never gets there.
I am so bored with this franchise. I love the original "Alien," I liked "Aliens," and I can forgive a lot of the flaws of "Alien 3." But after that it just feels like a constant retread of ideas, never feeling fresh or new. I felt "Prometheus" was flawed, but I liked that it felt like it had some ideas...even if they were all muddled in the end. This film sort of expands on those ideas, but not really enough, and then it is just a generic Alien movie. And it was tedious to sit through. I liked some of the David stuff, but it wasn't enough to get me through the dull action and scares, and it still didn't feel like it had a solid enough philosophical statement to warrant a 2 hour movie. The franchise needs to end...it has just become too boring to bother with for me.
Stephen King's novel "It" is given a new life on the big screen (originally adapted in 1990 as a TV mini-series), and for the most part it is a solid movie. This is essentially only part of the book, focusing in entirely on the kids portion of the novel, though updated from the 50s/60s of the source material to the 80s (so when they make the second part featuring the Losers Club grown up, they can set it in modern times). This is not an issue, as the key idea behind the story seems to be there. I've yet to read the giant novel that is "It" but I gather this doesn't stray too far from the point to garner much criticism. The young cast is solid, the direction is great, it visually is a winner...the biggest problem lies with something simple and seems like it should be minor, but ends up being a detriment to the whole experience...and that is Sound Design. It is riddled with the problem so many modern horror films have, which is loud noises to emphasize when something scary is happening. The moment Pennywise first appears in the sewer to Georgie should've been totally frightening, but it is undercut by a loud musical sting that lets us morons immediately know that the clown is evil. It totally takes the scare out of it for me, makes it all less scary, and is unfortunate because the obnoxious sound design upends what is otherwise a totally solid horror picture. I still liked it, but that little thing hurt the movie more than it needed to.