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  • Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

    Godzilla vs. Megaguirus 2000

    ★★★½ Rewatched 11 Jul, 2015

    Third time this has screened at G-FEST in the last 5 years. At least there was a good reason this year as director Masaaki Tezuka was there to introduce. I dig the horror elements just were there were more of that (the first Meganula city scene specifically). Also good blend of practical tokusatsu and digital FX. Love seeing Shibuya underwater! Film does a great job of identifying precise areas in Tokyo; the final battle in Odaiba underscores that with Fuji building as a centerpiece. I believe this is the only time you'll see a character "ride" on Godzilla. Talk about a bucket list item.

  • Monsura Is Waiting

    Monsura Is Waiting 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Jul, 2015

    If you age the Fairy Twins from MOTHRA, place them in a dive bar within a colorful David Lynchian world, you'll have something like MONSURA IS WAITING. Nell Gwynn and Amy Staats are sisters performing the same "Monsura" song (a tune similar to the actual Mothra theme) every night in hopes that their Monsura monster will take them away. Creative and interesting take on the fairy twins (originally portrayed by The Peanuts back in 1961) and the Mothra mythology that feels like a chapter in a greater alt.godzilla universe. Info/trailer: www.monsuraiswaiting.com/

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  • Jodorowsky's Dune

    Jodorowsky's Dune 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2013

    My new favorite film of Fantastic Fest. Essential viewing not just for Jodo fans but anyone who loves art, music and/or film. If you create, you must see this this.

  • The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

    The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires 1974

    ★★★ Watched 03 Jun, 2013 3

    I get the charm and novelty of this Hammer/Shaw mash-up but I wouldn’t classify this as a better representation from either studio. However, together they’ve found a unique balance. In essence 1+1=3 in this case. The fighting scenes aren’t great and the Hammer elements only serve to drive the plot. Neither executed very well but combined it becomes an entertaining watch. Fun to see Peter Cushing so active in fighting the vampires. Plenty of replay value.