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  • Truckster of Guts
  • Tora-san Meets the Songstress Again
  • House
  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

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  • A 5,000 Kilometer Run under The Scorching Sun

    ★★★★½

  • Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

    ★★★½

  • Love and Honor

    ★★★★

  • Cantankerous Edo

    ★★★½

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  • A 5,000 Kilometer Run under The Scorching Sun

    A 5,000 Kilometer Run under The Scorching Sun

    ★★★★½

    After seeing this with more understanding of the plot, I can say that this movie is in fact just as good as I thought in my original review. Perhaps even better.

    I’m still gonna withhold one half-star though, for the garbage the movie puts Miyuki Ono through. It’s like they felt the need to balance the fact that the Madonna is a hard-drinkin’, nuts-kickin’ badass by having her groped and attacked at every turn.

    Overall I still think this is one of the best in the series.

  • Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

    ★★★½

    Very fun to watch with a crowd. This move has Terminator Fever. The nicely detailed kaiju suits and use of the classic Akira Ifukube score give the movie some merit, but it’s the chonky computer graphics and slightly wooden but jovial acting by cast members like Robert Scott Field as Android M-11 that makes this really charming. 

    That joke about Stephen Spielberg’s father seeing the UFO gets ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • The Sword of Doom

    The Sword of Doom

    ★★★★★

    SWORD OF DOOM, where have you been all my life?

    On my watchlist for a while is the answer, I guess. I love Kihachi Okamoto’s quirky dark comedies like OH, BOMB! and AGE OF ASSASSINS. A while back I saw KILL!, another chambara film of his and thought “yeah, this is pretty good,” so while I intended to see this eventually I wasn’t exactly jumping out of my seat.

    Tatsuya Nakadai plays Ryunosuke (later renamed Yoshida) a swordsman who is…

  • On-Gaku: Our Sound

    On-Gaku: Our Sound

    ★★★★

    An anime film that 90% of the time has the aesthetic and halted rhythm of BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD and the other 10% is anything-goes animated flexing. 

    It has a very slow start, reinforcing the mundanity and malaise of these high schoolers’ day-to-day, and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to totally click with it. But once they discover music and we get to know the earnest folk band and some of the other characters get involved I was on…