Undoubtedly one of the best of the Shōwa period of Godzilla films, Mothra vs. Godzilla features the return of the Shobijin along with Mothra herself. Akira Ifukube's scoring is tremendous and vivid, and Emi and Yumi Itō sing this melancholic, gentle tune he composed for the film. Although far eclipsed by the popularity of the... Continue Reading →
Although Godzilla will always be my favorite giant Japanese monster, Mothra is a close second and a very different sort of character. Whereas Godzilla has alternatively played the roles of villain, antihero, hero, and “a force of nature”, Mothra has been pretty consistently depicted as a benign and protective heroine. She’s worshiped as a goddess,... Continue Reading →
I first learned of movie director Sam Raimi and his Evil Dead series thanks to The Incredibly Strange Film Show in the early 90s. I am particularly fond of Evil Dead 2 and the third film in the series, Army of Darkness, released in 1993 during my senior year of high school. Both Evil Dead... Continue Reading →
Noriyoshi Ohrai (1935-2015) was a Japanese illustrator best known for his popular movie posters crafted for films such as The Goonies and The Empire Strikes Back. Among the posters he created, he crafted all of the Japanese theatrical posters for the seven Godzilla films collectively known as the Heisei period. Released between 1984 and 1995,... Continue Reading →
I loved the The Goonies as a kid... and I still do! Such a downright fun film, and its opener is brilliant in how it sets up the movie and main characters in just over four minutes. Fun Fact: Growing up I always imagined this took place on the coast of my home state of... Continue Reading →
...Peter Jackson's 2005 remake of King Kong contains this fantastic scene. It's one of my favorite action sequences, ever. The film isn't without its flaws, but I like it warts and all... Enough to recommend the directors cut. So if you're digesting a big meal with family today, and have three and a half hours... Continue Reading →
Helping the Halloween spirit with surprise videos over the holiday!
I enjoy movie scores as much as I love epic music. :-) I found this lovey gem browsing YouTube last week for proper listening while I continue to write Vivian's Last Cigarette. It was perfect. Not only because The Dark Crystal is a beloved film from my childhood, but also because it was something I... Continue Reading →