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Retro Review: GODZILLA (1954)

Ishirō Honda’s 1954 masterpiece remains the gold standard in kaiju cinema.

Read the full Review over at Nerd Bastards (Originally Published 05/13/14).


Studio Ghibli: Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

The story of Kiki’s Delivery Service starts way back in 1987, when Studio Ghibli obtained the rights to Eiko Kadono’s novel Witch’s Delivery Service. At the time, both of the Studio’s main creative forces, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, were occupied working on  1,135 more words


Japanese Cinema: Culture and Influence, Part 3: Tokusatsu

The Japanese phrased used to describe any and all live-action film of television drama that features significant use to special effects if “tokusatsu”. Tokusatsu literally translate to “special filming”. 365 more words


Akira Kurosawa - An Observation - The Innovator

Akira Kurosawa is one of the most highly acclaimed filmmakers of all time. He put Japan cinema on the map with Rashomon (1950). He created a movie many consider the greatest of all time with… 810 more words


Studio Ghibli: My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

My Neighbor Totoro is Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece, which probably makes it the best animated movie ever made, and definitely puts it amongst the very best movies -in general, not only animated ones- ever made.Totoro, the furry forest spirit that gives name to the movie, has become Studio Ghibli’s mascot. 1,182 more words


Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist Competition Now Closed And The Winner Is...

A winner has been chosen!

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition to win a copy of Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist on DVD & Blu-Ray plus 2 randomly selected Manga UK DVD and/or Blu-Ray titles!. 109 more words


Studio Ghibli: Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Studio Ghibli was founded in 1984 by director Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki. Another member who quickly joined their ranks was Isao Takahata, who had come into the animation business working on some television series (I’m only familiar with his anime version of  1,293 more words