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  • The Mysterians

    The Mysterians

    ★★★

    Continuing to dig through the Showa Era of Toho tokusatsu films, filling in the peripheral gaps of Criterion's Godzilla set. The version of Mysterians I saw was a beautiful HD remaster of the Japanese cut. I'd previously seen the US cut back in the mid 90s.

    "We want to mate with your Earth women."

    Not to say they weren't already toeing the line, but this is when the Toho run of scifi films descend into full blown silliness, with alien…

  • Rodan

    Rodan

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Continuing to dig through the Showa Era of Toho tokusatsu films, filling in the peripheral gaps of Criterion's Godzilla set. The version of Rodan I saw was a beautiful HD remaster of the Japanese cut.

    In many ways, this marks a huge step up from the production of Godzilla just two years earlier, while in others, it still struggles to live up to the impact that prior film had. This is the first of the Toho tokusatsu films by Ishiro…

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  • The Hitcher

    The Hitcher

    ★★★

    I can definitely see why this is a film everyone keeps talking about. It's an absolutely intense, wild, nihilistic nightmare of a horror scenario. Nonsensical in how absurdly cruel it gets, but in a captivatingly cinematic way. Rutger Hauer's hitcher is chilling in that you never know game he's playing. Does he want to kill? Does he want to die? Does he just want a friend? Does he want to make his victim into a killer? All these possibilities are…

  • Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic the Hedgehog

    ★★★★

    I didn't have much interest in seeing this movie. The ads had me worried because it's become a regular go to trope with adaptations of animated characters - video game or otherwise - to have their films center on them plopping into the "real world" from their cartoon dimension, pair up with a plucky yet bland human lead, and go on a road trip adventure. It's not a plot that interests me much, and the way Sonic was being plopped…