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  • To compliment the normal comic review, found here, I’m doing a graphic review of Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #1 from IDW Publishing, written by Eric Powell and Tracy Marsh with art from Phil Hester. This is a totally new take, with images to provide better examples for those interested in the comic. Below is my review in full, along with images to accompany some of the mentioned scenes. (more…)

    General // March 29, 2011
  • Taking a cue from the show of nearly the same name, this Toho Busters article looks to address and debunk widespread misconceptions regarding Toho’s work and characters. It will not look to cover every incorrect belief, but rather focus on ones that are well published or are still addressed as fact today. (more…)

    General // February 11, 2011
  • Included below is an interview conducted by Dillon Fisher with Bobby Curnow, editor at IDW Publishing who is spearheading the new Godzilla comic series. The interview was done in January, before the Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters title was widespread, so please keep in mind that it’s noted under the “working” title of Godzilla: Monster World below. (more…)

    Interviews // January 15, 2011
  • In September of 2004, Toho Music started their ambitious release of all of the Godzilla films in six soundtrack boxes for the 50th Anniversary of the King of the Monsters. Titled the Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection, these boxes came with 6-9 CDs and covered 4-6 Godzilla films each. The series was plagued with delays, to the point where the final box was released in 2010, six years after the touted “50th Anniversary” line that it came with. (more…)

    General // December 31, 2010
  • Outside of Toho Kingdom, I’m rather notorious among my coworkers for being the proverbial “wet blanket” when it comes to practical jokes. Perhaps it’s just my philosophy to always try to make a prank friendly or to always have it end with a sigh of relief; regardless, practical jokes are a rarity for me. Nevertheless, the internet provides a medium that allows for my style of humor, and there is one day in the year where there is a universal, unspoken law that gives me an outlet for my shenanigannery. (more…)

    General // September 26, 2010
  • When it comes to soundtracks, I’m a fanatic. Both collecting, listening… and then storing. My mode of operation is to take most of the music I collect and then dump it onto my computer and eventually move my favorite tracks to my iPod. This leads to the Perfect Collection release of Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (G-021), which frankly speaking had one of the worst track title jobs Toho Music has done to date. (more…)

    General // September 2, 2010
  • Well, as you all have probably figured out by now, I’m a kaiju toy nut. I’ve been collecting for almost 15 years now, and as long as they keep making ’em, I’ll keep buying ’em. ….problem is, these past five years, new kaiju toys are getting as scarce as milkbones in Michael Vick’s house. So, just in case anyone at Bandai is paying attention to what I have to say (and why wouldn’t they?! I’m on the INTERNET, for crying out loud, my opinion HAS to be valid!), I’m going to debut a new feature that Anthony has graciously allowed me to expand the toy section for, my own personal opinion. This section will be home to various articles that don’t quite qualify as reviews, be they comparisons of many collectibles at once, wish lists, gripes, anything you can possibly imagine. Today we’re keeping it simple, as I list my top 10 most wanted Bandai figures in the classic 8 inch scale. (more…)

    General // June 10, 2009
  • Toho’s most successful endeavor from the 1970’s, Submersion of Japan (1973), is set for a remake to be released in 2006. The film will be produced on a budget of ¥2 billion, the same as last year’s Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), and will be directed by Shinji Higuchi, fresh off the extremely successful Lorelei (2005). Kazuya Hamana, the man behind Onmyoji (2001), is set to produce the movie. (more…)

    News // June 1, 2006
  • What can I say about All Monsters Attack, more commonly known in the United States as Godzilla’s Revenge? Hmm… to sum up the movie in one word: “flawless”. Now, try to imagine me saying that while rolling my eyes, lilting my voice, and crossing my fingers behind my back. I guess there is no fitting adjective I can think of for this movie. Maybe “weird” works. But you’ll ask: “Isn’t this Ishiro Honda? Doesn’t he know how to make a Godzilla film?” My answer is simple. A wise, anonymous reviewer on another movie site once stated, in reference to an Akira Kurosawa film, that he does not “blindly endorse” every one of that director’s films. Let me say the same about Ishiro Honda. Honda, from a critical standpoint, hit home runs quite frequently. However, he struck out on occasion: Destroy All Monsters (1968), All Monsters Attack, and Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) are just three examples. So, what is All Monsters Attack, this strangely nonsensical, stock footage-collage of a pseudo-entry in the Godzilla franchise? To which demographic does it appeal? Is it truly the worst Godzilla movie of all time? In due time, the merits, or lack thereof, will be shown in their full details. Personally, I’m a sucker for this film on some level that I can’t identify. In fact, it’s far from my least favorite Godzilla film. It’s quite a perplexing situation. So, let’s examine, or more appropriately dissect, All Monsters Attack and figure out what it’s really all about. (more…)

    Movie Reviews // November 10, 2005
  • One of director Ishiro Honda‘s better known pictures, The Mysterians would act as a blueprint on countless “alien invasion” films to come from Toho while also introducing new techniques to the genre. Where as Legend of the White Serpent (1956) was Toho’s first science fiction film to utilize color, Honda’s The Mysterians becomes the first science fiction epic to use the firm’s “Toho Scope” aspect ratio. This “extended widescreen” look to the film would become standard throughout most of Toho’s work, prevailing up until the 1980s before reemerging at the turn of the century for the Millennium series of Godzilla films. This “technical achievement” aside, Honda’s The Mysterians is a rather ho-hum entry in the director’s portfolio of science fiction films. As it stands, The Mysterians has a fairly straight forward plot, which fails to introduce any memorable characters or give the actors much to work with, and while the musical score and special effects are impressive at times, the film really ends up limping to the finish due to the film’s very slow pacing. (more…)

    Movie Reviews // July 28, 2005