• Son of Godzilla

    Son of Godzilla

    ★★½

    It's been quite a while since I dived into Godzilla for the little retrospective I planned for the OG, as last I checked on him was roughy...11 and a half months ago (so right on time in my usual schedule), and perhaps maybe there was some subconscious reasoning in me just delaying my venture back beyond just the rough-patch of movie-watching I've tried and tried to work out of (because as much as I love movies, I'm also starting to…

  • A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    ★★★★★

    I would have around 15 when I discovered A Clockwork Orange for the first time, rummaging through what was left behind of my brother's VHS and DVD collection and recognizing its poster art and name through hearsay and infamy. As someone who, in that point of time, was eager to genuinely dip my toes into the wide world of movies as a bonafide artform, as opposed to the family-friendly larks and mindless entertainment I had associated the medium with in…

  • Zazie dans le Métro

    Zazie dans le Métro

    ★★★★

    Raymond Queneau, a brief member of the original Surreliast movement, became notably through his intelligently obtuse desire to experiment with the medium of literature, incoporating mathematics to help communicate the predetermined and calculated manner of text and writing alongside free-wheeling exercises in style and prose that saw him demolish and reconstruct the French language with wit and exuberance. Zazie dans le Métro is one such example, exploring collequial language and slang in such a way that morphed syntaxes into a…

  • Under Capricorn

    Under Capricorn

    ★★½

    Alfred Hitchcock was no stranger to working beyond the supsense and thriller genres that eventually defined in part the reason for his enduring legacy, he may have settled into the groove of working exclusively in those genres post-'55 but scattered through his less-remembered films reveal an artist willing to keep his audience on their toes toes not through mounting anticipation within the film's content, but rather through a genre shift that people would have to adjust to in reactionary resistance.…

  • Copying Is Not Theft

    Copying Is Not Theft

    ★★★

    "Copying is not theft.
    Stealing a thing leaves one less left
    Copying it makes one thing more; that’s what copying’s for.
    Copying is not theft.
    If I copy yours, you have it too
    One for me and one for you
    That’s what copies can do
    If I steal your bicycle, you have to take the bus
    But if I just copy it there’s one for each of us!
    Making more of a thing, that is what we call “copying”
    Sharing…

  • Street Trash

    Street Trash

    I’m left in a very atypical scenario when it comes to discussing Street Trash, partly out of recent circumstances, partly out of reaction to the film itself, because I have little that I actively want to say about this flick and also don’t want to waste the effort trying to parse it down in the usual elongated reviews I tend to specialize in (and given the putrid trash I’ve covered in the past, THAT is saying something). This is a…

  • Armageddon

    Armageddon

    If you were lively and spry in the year of 1998 and you wanted to go to the theaters to watch a movie about what kind of disasters would unfold if a big-ass meteor was hurtling down Earth and the ensuing response to such a Doomsday scenario, well that would be a weird request but you'd be in luck as TWO films had that same exact premise just two months apart from each other in mostly different executions. Deep Impact

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★★½

    As a young lad, Berlin-raised Billy Wilder was enamored by America as much of the country's glitzy sights and sounds fascinated him, information which was mostly conveyed through the output of films Hollywood would churn out at a regular basis that sparked Wilder's imagination. The rise of Hitler meant the escape of Wilder, breaking his way to the world of filmmaking and making a name for himself as a screenwriter, while his first decade of being a director in the…

  • House of Seven Belles

    House of Seven Belles

    ★½

    Andy Milligan has two reputations as a director, on the one hand has gone own in infamy as being considered among the worst directors of all time for the nasty and excessive gore that punctuates all his films, the depraved misanthropy inherent in all his unlikable characters, and the downright sadistic degeneracy he flooded the exploitation market with that made even many of those sleazefests pale in comparison to the grueling experiences that qualified as a Milligan film. The other…

  • Flight to Fury

    Flight to Fury

    ★★½

    Roger Corman had a pretty good eye in spotting the talent of young aspiring directors and letting them have their way with stipulations like low budgets that could range from $60,000 to $600,000 and sticking to the genre pieces that excited and titillated the youth. Martin Scorsese, Joe Dante, James Cameron, these are just a few of the notable names to come from the Corman film school, and one that tends to be forgotten yet still has plenty of fans…

  • Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins

    Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins

    ★★★½

    The Dragon Ball franchise and its massive global influence/popularity is impossible to dispute, it's one of Japan's biggest and longest-lasting anime hits, it's many Western folks' gateway into the wide, sprawling, and at-times questionable world of anime, and the amount of episodes and side-films has allowed a lot of material for megafans to enjoy and become inspired to make their own lovingly-made fan projects. I've previously discussed the series through the much maligned live-action Dragonball Evolution and already expressed how…

  • Lucky Seven

    Lucky Seven

    ★★★

    Fans of the martials arts film subgenre will put up with a lot of things, they can survive through some putrid dubs, abysmal film transfers, highly ethically-questionable material and practices, and yet there a few things that can be surprising breaking points that'll make mildly-experienced enthusiasts shudder and seasoned experts sigh at the low expectations of quality. Kids being the main stars of a kung fu film and their comically wacky hijinx is one of those things, and the bile…