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Sanjuro (1962)

Toshiro Mifune’s wayward samurai returns to help foil the kidnapping of a statesman by a corrupt official intent on discrediting him to cover up his own crimes. 171 more words

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Gojira (1954)

The definitive Japanese monster movie sees mother nature fighting back in the form of a 150ft tall radioactive dinosaur after atomic tests contaminate the seas around a Japanese island. 200 more words

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Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975, Honda Ishirô)

Terror of Mechagodzilla is an uncomplimentary mix of a sixties Godzilla movie with the production values of a seventies Godzilla movie. It’s got a lame monster with cool powers and a cool monsters with lame powers. 410 more words

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Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974, Fukuda Jun)

I want to be more enthusiastic about Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. It has a number of good moments, often involving giant monsters, which is impressive. Godzilla facing off against a mechanical Godzilla (not to mention a flesh-covered cyborg–nothing dead will go), it’s a great visual. 373 more words

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The Perils of Owning a Volcano Lair

Take a dip in the Immunity Bath, because Latitude Zero is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring M.O.M., the Mistress of Malapropisms. 63 more words

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Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966, Fukuda Jun)

I’m having a difficult time writing about Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster because, even though the movie isn’t good, I wish I liked it more. I wish I enjoyed it more. 450 more words

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Son of Godzilla (1967, Fukuda Jun)

Strangely enough, Son of Godzilla ends well. It’s a surprise because the film loses a lot of steam throughout. Whether it’s the human plot or the Godzilla plot, the scene inevitably fails because of director Fukuda. 486 more words