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  • Mothra vs. Godzilla

    Mothra vs. Godzilla

    ★★★★★

    Fixes the two problems I had with Honda's original Mothra: it's under ninety minutes, and it tones down the greedy businessmen's mustache-twirling. Human protagonists are once again a journalist (played by Mr. Handsome) and his camerawoman, along with Hiroshi Koizumi returning as another scientist. But this time, Mothra is the hero, and she's never been more magnificent. Her death, after a brave suicide attack against Godzilla, is quite sad. At least he gets his ass handed to him by the…

  • Mothra

    Mothra

    ★★★★★

    A delightful fantasy that couldn't be more different from Honda's original Godzilla. TohoScope, Eastmancolor, songs by the Peanuts, synchronized dances, lighthearted comedy, engaging characters (a genre rarity!), and a happy ending. What more could you want? Oh, right. All manner of exceedingly detailed miniatures, smashed to bits! I know I say this a lot but Tsuburaya truly outdoes himself here. Imagine if every classic Toho film was afforded such a budget!

    Mothra herself is my absolute favorite; majestic, beautifully realized,…

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  • School of Rock

    School of Rock

    ½

    I used to really like this film.

    Back in the day, I worked at Hollywood Video. For those of you who are too young to know what this business was, it allowed people to rent VHS tapes and DVDs inside a brick & mortar store, for stupidly high prices with ridiculous late fees that would cause customers to yell at me.

    Anyway, one of my co-workers was Rob. All things considered, he's a cool guy. But Rob was/is a huge Jack…

  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending

    ★★★★★

    This is a movie that keeps getting better on repeated viewings. With only two hours to craft a new universe that's crammed with more detail than any of their previous works, the Wachowskis by necessity move the story - populated with a huge cast of characters - along quickly and expect you to keep up. I couldn't during the first time around, which caused me to give up trying to follow what was happening, leading to disappointment and boredom. But…