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RockInvasion of Astro-Monster is good stuff. I like the conception of the aliens as a monolithic hive-mind. It kind of begs reading a metaphor into it, even if the movie doesn't pursue it that seriously. It's also much better paced than Ghidorah while offering more of the same action and doing it better.

Terror of Mechagodzilla was pretty dry, although Godzilla's entrances are pretty badass and it has one great line ("you're a robot but I still love you" or something to that effect). Godzilla vs Mechagozilla was also one of the two I watched a lot as a kid (the other was King Kong vs Godzilla, which I've been meaning to revisit), so it's disappointing that it's not easier to find.

I guess I'll keep my expectations in check for Godzilla 1984 and make a point to check out at least one other Heisei entry next month.

I really don't have any real criticism of IOAM. It's just entirely too much fub.
The line was "You're a Cyborg but I still love you" and that was a hell of a moment. That it was preceded by the weird zombie face reveal was icing in the cake.
Have you not seen any of the other Heisei flicks? I don't wanna seem too down on RoG but it is more admirable than successful.

Nah, I'm entirely a Heisei (and Millenium) n00b. I've only seen some of the Showa era ones as well as the Emmerich and Evans films.

I definitely wasn't putting down on IOAM, it's honestly in my top 10. I just always feel compelled to compare it to Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. It's nice in the original that Ghidorah is just a natural force of destruction, rather than an alien puppet.

The Showa era movies are consistently more enjoyable, but I think the Heisei suits are the best in the series. What are you guys' favorite Godzilla movies? My top five would look something like...

5.) Godzilla vs. Gigan
4.) Gojira
3.) Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
2.) Shin Godzilla
1.) Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
Sep 25, 2017 2:31 PM
Invasion of Astro-Monster is awesome, but I think I prefer the original Ghidorah movie a little because it works great as a crossover/team up movie for Godzilla, Mothra & Rodan. Invasion of Astro-Monster is basically to Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster what Evil Dead II is to the original Evil Dead; a sort of retelling/sequel on steroids.

If you are sitting on a copy of Destoroyah then you definitely need to get around to seeing it soon. That's my favorite of all the Godzilla's I've seen. The only ones I'm missing out on are Megalon, Ebirah and The Return of Godzilla. I also owe Son of Godzilla a rewatch, haven't seen it since I was a wee boy.
Sep 24, 2017 8:40 PM
I'm always happy to see some Godzilla vs. Gigan love, MKS. I feel like that one gets a bad rap. It might be the most fun Godzilla of the entire bunch. I lose my shit when Godzilla bosses Anguirus around in that strange voice. The characters are colorful and memorable. Gigan is a hilariously "edgy" kaiju. I even love the recycled footage; it's like watching the same house go by three times in a Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
Sep 24, 2017 7:49 PM
Sep 24, 2017 9:00 AM
This season wasn't as gut punching as three, but I think they're being smart and setting us up for the heavy stuff. It almost reminds me of Breaking Bad's third season. It was a false glimmer of hope before the Walt/Guy chess took over the show.

I can't think of any other show that could pull off the eight dads angle. Bojack always holds up on rewatches; the show is crammed with silly details that I usually miss the first time.

Spencie Returns
MaxRennI finished it yesterday. It's not quite on par with season 3 - as good as "Time's Arrow" is, there are no episodes on the same level as "That's Too Much, Man" or "Fish Out of Water" - but it's still spectacular TV. In all my years of watching TV and movies, I don't think I've disliked a character more than Joseph Sugarman (Bojack's grandfather). Characters like him make me thankful to live in times when the things he did are considered evil.

I totally read all of your posts in the voice of Tom Jumbo-Grumbo.


"For Christ's sake, this isn't just a newsroom, this is a family!"


Sep 21, 2017 7:03 AM
I can't seem to get enough of Egal by Dunkelbunt and Elephant in the Room by Dutty Moonshine.
Sep 20, 2017 3:34 PM
13 great horror movies from the 2010's

1. The Witch
2. Black Swan
Sep 20, 2017 3:20 PM
My list would look something like...

Mean Girls
Napoleon Dynamite

I've always hated The Breakfast Club and don't think I'm particularly fond of high school movies in general.

Apex Predator
Actually set in High School:


The New Guy

I'm always happy to see Election and The New Guy get some lovin'. Election actually has a Criterion release coming up, and The New Guy is in League with Joe Dirt as top tier, trash cinema.

"High school is a lot like prison: Bad food, high fences. The sex you want, you ain't gettin', the sex you gettin', you don't want!"
Sep 20, 2017 3:06 PM
MaxRennI finished it yesterday. It's not quite on par with season 3 - as good as "Time's Arrow" is, there are no episodes on the same level as "That's Too Much, Man" or "Fish Out of Water" - but it's still spectacular TV. In all my years of watching TV and movies, I don't think I've disliked a character more than Joseph Sugarman (Bojack's grandfather). Characters like him make me thankful to live in times when the things he did are considered evil.

I totally read all of your posts in the voice of Tom Jumbo-Grumbo.
Sep 19, 2017 3:53 PM
IT - *7.5 out of 10*

A lot stronger than I expected, IT features a great cast of kid actors and oozes atmosphere. Could definitely do without the excess digital effects they used on Pennywise, and I think it's odd how little they elaborate on who or what he is. Overall it's a pretty good horror film that manages to be a gorefest without actually being a gorefest, if that makes any sense.

Baywatch - *4 out of 10*

I'm pretty sure this movie was designed for dumb people, as it's certainly no 21 Jump Street. What pisses me off the most is that despite it's hard R rating, there's no boobies to be seen. Instead we get an unwarranted amount of F-bombs and a graphically visual gag involving a corpse's dick. It's pretty awful. Not sure why I subjected myself to it.
Sep 19, 2017 1:32 PM
The only reason I'm talking about this bullshit is because I desperately want to like the Pirates movies, even though I can't in good conscience defend any of them beyond Dead Man's Chest. I love the first one, and thought Dead Man's Chest was really cool, if a bit bloated. At World's End was a wishy-washy nightmare of backstabbing and excess characters. On Stranger Tides was dull, except for the mermaids, which is also the only thing I remember about it. The newest installment is flamboyantly dumb. It's a shame because I love the aesthetic of the entire series, while the characters and lore have so much potential. Jack Sparrow is one hell of an anti-hero, and I've got a big soft spot for Mr. Gibbs.
Sep 15, 2017 4:03 PM
I'm about halfway through season four and saving some episodes for the weekend. Aside from the first few episodes of the entire show, Bojack has been really dependable. I also think the Rick & Morty comparisons are warranted because they scratch such a similar itch, with Rick & Morty having much higher highs, and Bojack constantly hitting you at a steady pace. I can watch a Rick & Morty episode several times in a row, especially the most recent one. Bojack? Not so much. It's too thick to indulge on. It's a really neat show, and a shame that it's hard to recommend to people without sounding stupid.

I think the clown-dentists may have been Todd's greatest idea of all time.
Sep 15, 2017 6:14 AM
Rated NCC-1701The first three have always been 6/7/10 for me. But if I saw them in a theater, I would feel pretty gyp'd. Haven't seen Stranger Tides yet, but I'm in no hurry for guaranteed above meh.

I might have liked it more than I thought considering how much I've pondered on it afterward. I can't remember anything about On Stranger Tides. The new one is a lot more colorful with its characters and set pieces, but it can get pretty hammy when the movie tries to tie in with the original trilogy.
Sep 15, 2017 6:02 AM
Give the guy a break, Nameless. We can't all be as civil and even-tempered as you.
Sep 15, 2017 5:33 AM
Yeah, I was not happy to hear the news. What's worse is how much support I've seen from the internet elsewhere. JJ's style was serviceable for kick starting a new era of Star Wars with a safe and fluffy retread, but giving the man control of the finale is a terrible idea. Resolutions are his kryptonite, but people are going to eat it up regardless. Say what you will about Abrams, the man knows how to hide shoddy storytelling under charismatic performances and smooth direction.
Sep 13, 2017 3:18 PM
It's everything you knew it would be; a mildly entertaining mess of familiarity. It might not justify its own existence, but once again, Javier Bardem has a memorable hairdo. It's pretty dumb in parts, but I actually liked seeing them use the Tony Stark effect to make Baby Jack. It's funny how dedicated the series is to hamfisting Barbosa into the picture.

I give it two smiley face stickers and thumbs sideways.
Sep 11, 2017 5:20 AM
blakulaI probably (definitely) watched the Scarface remake at too early an age, but I remember having a very strong reaction to seeing that guy strung up in a bathtub getting a chainsaw to the head. The way the camera moves to his face and you see his eyes roll back. Fuck that shit.

I think that's my most impressionable movie death. As a kid, the anticipation of Tony watching and waiting his turn is what really messed with me.

I also remember being uncomfortable in the first X-Men movie every time the senator bursts after being turned into a veiny, fish, water-blobby thing. I would have been about ten.
Sep 11, 2017 5:09 AM
DeschainI've been heavily addicted to Has Been Heroes on Switch. It's a rogue-like/lite that's got some tower defense elements with sort of turn-based combat. Hard to explain the game mechanics without being able to show you but if you like any of those things give it a shot. It's also pretty damn difficult.

I recently jumped onto the Nintender Switch wagon and have been really digging it. I need to look into Has Been Heroes, and am watering at the mouth for Mario Odyssey next month. Can't remember the last video game I was really excited for.

Anyone else playing Switch?
Sep 11, 2017 4:51 AM
"Hello Peter, whats happenin'? Ummm, I'm gonna need you to go ahead come in tomorrow. So if you could be here around 9 that would be great"
Aug 28, 2017 8:53 PM
Is your new avatar a response to Fiver, Nameless? I've always had the hots for jungle/cave women. I'm pretty sure it all started when The Power Rangers movie, the real one, both confused and aroused five-year-old me.


Anyway, I approve.
Aug 28, 2017 6:56 PM